Need help with this verse please

Sep 2017
Say: He is not to be numbered with the people of Bahá who followeth his mundane desires, or fixeth his heart on things of the earth. He is My true follower who, if he come to a valley of pure gold, will pass straight through it aloof as a cloud, and will neither turn back, nor pause. Such a man is, assuredly, of Me. From his garment the Concourse on high can inhale the fragrance of sanctity.… And if he met the fairest and most comely of women, he would not feel his heart seduced by the least shadow of desire for her beauty. Such a one, indeed, is the creation of spotless chastity. Thus instructeth you the Pen of the Ancient of Days, as bidden by your Lord, the Almighty, the All-Bountiful.

I'm confused about this verse for multiple reasons ... Firstly is the valley of gold not to be approached because it's stealing to take the gold? If it's referring to take someone's property then yes I can understand how a true Baha'i will not be concerned with the gold now however if it's just spare gold for anyone I would stop and consider taking some for reasons such as a great deal of good can be done by selling the gold such as create a prayer house worship for the Baha'i faith what's wrong with that? Also a comely women what's wrong with a women's beauty and wanting to marry a women if it's because you appreciate her beauty alongside other characteristics or is this referring to a married man then yes it's wrong .. Please someone clear this up for me and input on my translation/opinion on the verse


Jul 2017
Denver, CO

In this passage, the gold is a symbol for the things of the world. The things of the world are those things which hold man back from attaining nearness unto God. Therefore, we would do well to be careful not to take the passage too literally.

In the part of the passage referring to the woman's beauty: It seems to me that meeting the woman implies that the man is not married to her, and in such a circumstance, a man should not be swayed by any amount of desire -- this is the ideal standard of chastity to which Baha'u'llah calls us.
Jul 2017
Dear Yousefy2,

as this is a passage from one of Bahá'u'lláhs mystic Writings you shouldn't take everything literally. He says Himself that it is an example, a parable to elucidate on the meaning of His core message. And the core message is, that clinging to the things of the world withholds man from God. Wealth is volatile. Beauty is volatile. The joy of nearness to God is perpetual.