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Old 01-22-2018, 07:06 AM   #1
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Anyone else notice this?

So my favorite book of all time is the Seven Valleys, which charts an individual's spiritual path towards God. Recently, however, I noticed that the first few Valleys seem to line up with the four Abrahamic religions:

Valley of Seek => Judaism
Valley of Love => Christianity
Valley of Knowledge => Islam
Valley of Unity => Baha'i Faith
Valley of Contentment =>
Valley of Wonderment =>
Valley of True Poverty and Absolute Nothingness =>

Christianity having a focus on Love and the Baha'i Faith having a focus on Unity are somewhat obvious matches so I don't think I need to explain them.

The Jewish Era is marked by cycles of people turning away from God, encountering crisis, and turning back to God, which I'd say is a good fit for the theme of Seeking God.

Islam is notable for God giving us the Quran and Muhammad promoting literacy and circulating the Book so that all could have the knowledge of God's Book, and thus I think Knowledge an apt fit for Islam.

There's probably more that could be written about each era as a whole and fitting the theme of the corresponding valleys... about how perhaps this book charts not only personal spiritual development but societal spiritual development. Maybe that's an essay-writing project I should seek to take up at some point in time.

Has anyone else noticed parallels between the Seven Valleys and the religions?? I guess we'll see in 800ish years if the next religion fits the theme of Contentment!!

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Old 01-22-2018, 09:13 AM   #2
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So my favorite book of all time is the Seven Valleys, which charts an individual's spiritual path towards God. Recently, however, I noticed that the first few Valleys seem to line up with the four Abrahamic religions:

Valley of Seek => Judaism
Valley of Love => Christianity
Valley of Knowledge => Islam
Valley of Unity => Baha'i Faith
Valley of Contentment =>
Valley of Wonderment =>
Valley of True Poverty and Absolute Nothingness =>

Christianity having a focus on Love and the Baha'i Faith having a focus on Unity are somewhat obvious matches so I don't think I need to explain them.

The Jewish Era is marked by cycles of people turning away from God, encountering crisis, and turning back to God, which I'd say is a good fit for the theme of Seeking God.

Islam is notable for God giving us the Quran and Muhammad promoting literacy and circulating the Book so that all could have the knowledge of God's Book, and thus I think Knowledge an apt fit for Islam.

There's probably more that could be written about each era as a whole and fitting the theme of the corresponding valleys... about how perhaps this book charts not only personal spiritual development but societal spiritual development. Maybe that's an essay-writing project I should seek to take up at some point in time.

Has anyone else noticed parallels between the Seven Valleys and the religions?? I guess we'll see in 800ish years if the next religion fits the theme of Contentment!!
In the Four Valleys, the first valley seems to correspond to Christianity, the second valley to Islam, the third valley to Babi, the fourth valley to Baha'i. See for yourself. The first valley has to do with spiritual qualities, which Christianity emphasizes, the second has to do with knowledge, and the Qur'an is a book of knowledge, the third with love and rapture of God, which corresponds to the Babi martyrs, and the fourth is more mysterious and presumably has to do with Baha'i because that is the logical progression.
 
Old 01-22-2018, 10:29 AM   #3
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Walrus,

With regard to the use of the 7 Valleys for a comparison of religious advents, may we, as Baha'is, study in depth to realize the letter describing 7 Valleys was written to a believer in Islam in accord with that persons's understanding (as being Islamic).

As a Baha'i, in accord with the Word in His "Gems of Divine Mysteries", He has granted the knowledge of the 8th and 9th Valley (Resignation and Immortality), the spiritual experience (awareness) therein.

Such experience (sojourn in each Valley) is meant for the seeker in this age. The seeker, having traversed these paths, will be granted the knowledge of the Bab (the Primal Point) Who (as the Gate) leads the wayfarer unto the Garden of Ridvan and the knowledge of Baha as the Glory of God (Baha'u'llah) wherein the seeker may declare his allegiance and be recognized as a Baha'i.

The seeker has now "graduated" from the past to become a knower in the Baha'i Era. Herein he becomes acquainted with Loftiness to continue his journey in the Cause of God, the Faith of God.

The knower now has the responsibility to teach, becoming an instrument of God's Will in assisting others (seekers) to become aware of Baha'u'llah in this new age.
 
Old 01-22-2018, 10:36 AM   #4
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In the Four Valleys, the first valley seems to correspond to Christianity, the second valley to Islam, the third valley to Babi, the fourth valley to Baha'i. See for yourself. The first valley has to do with spiritual qualities, which Christianity emphasizes, the second has to do with knowledge, and the Qur'an is a book of knowledge, the third with love and rapture of God, which corresponds to the Babi martyrs, and the fourth is more mysterious and presumably has to do with Baha'i because that is the logical progression.
Duane,

It becomes apparent in His letter, as concerns the 4 Valleys, He has granted the Islamic recipient a way to unlock his own worlds of consciousness and discover Baha.
 
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