The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys
The Seven Valleys
attained thy very meeting from perusing thy letter. And since I noted thy mention of thy death in God, and thy life through Him, and thy love for the beloved of God and the Manifestations of His Names and the Dawning-Points of His Attributes—I therefore reveal unto thee sacred and resplendent tokens from the planes of glory, to attract thee into the court of holiness and nearness and beauty, and draw thee to a station wherein thou shalt see nothing in creation save the Face of thy Beloved One, the Honored, and behold all created things only as in the day wherein none hath a mention.
Of this hath the nightingale of oneness sung in the garden of Ghawthíyyih.4 He saith: “And there shall appear upon the tablet of thine heart a writing of the subtle mysteries of ‘Fear God and God will give you knowledge’;5 and the bird of thy soul shall recall the holy sanctuaries of preexistence and soar on the wings of longing in the heaven of ‘walk the beaten paths of thy Lord’,6 and gather the fruits of communion in the gardens of ‘Then feed on every kind of fruit.’”7
By My life, O friend, wert thou to taste of these fruits, from the green garden of these
4 Sermon by ‘Alí.
5 Qur’án 2:282.
6 Qur’án 16:69.
7 Qur’án 16:69.
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