The Seven Valleys


The Seven Valleys by Baha'u'llah is my favorite of His writings.  It was written when He was exiled in Bagdad in response to questions from a Sufi mystic.  The book describes the progress of the soul towards God as going through stages or valleys.
In the first valley (Search) Majnun, the Persian archetypal lover is searching for his beloved (Layli, an archetypal beloved also from Persian stories and literature).
Majnun is sitting on the ground and sifting thru the dirt.  Some wise people come by and tell him that this is useless as Layli is a pure spirit and will not be found in the dust.  Majnun replies that he searches for her everywhere and hopefully he will find her somewhere.
Baha'u'llah then quotes from an Arabian proverb "Whoso seeketh out a thing with zeal shall find it".