The price of vainglory

Gems of Divine MysteriesI just finished reading “Gems of Divine Mysteries” by Baha’u’llah. This was one of the required reading for a class which also includes study of the “Kitab-i-Iqan”. The Gems is similar in style to the Seven Valleys and it describes severals Cities of God as stages of spiritual development. These Cities are, of course, metaphors and are not limited to physical aspects they imply. Thus traveling between them, as well as the distance between them, is not limited to physical measures. Reaching a station is the result of detachment. Loosing this station is the result of pride and vainglory:

Know, moreover, that should one who hath attained unto these stations and embarked upon these journeys fall prey to pride and vainglory, he would at that very moment come to naught and return to the first step without realizing it.
– Baha’u’llah, “Gems of Divine Mysteries”, paragraph 109, page 74

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