Idle Fancies

Certain people seem to be entirely bereft of understanding. By clinging to the cord of idle fancy they have debarred themselves from the Sure Handle. I swear by My life! Were they to reflect a while with fairness on that which the All-Merciful hath sent down, they would, one and all, spontaneously give utterance to these words, 'Verily Thou art the Truth, the manifest Truth.

Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 242

I entreat Thee . . . to blot out from my heart all idle fancies and vain imaginings, that with all my affections I may turn unto Thee, O Thou Lord of all mankind!

Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 75

O My brother! Forsake thine own desires, turn thy face unto thy Lord, and walk not in the footsteps of those who have taken their corrupt inclinations for their god, that perchance thou mayest find shelter in the heart of existence, beneath the redeeming shadow of Him Who traineth all names and attributes.

Bahá’u’lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 48-49

Protect us, we beseech Thee, O my Lord, from the hosts of idle fancies and vain imaginations.

Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 323

Suffer not your idle fancies, your evil passions, your insincerity and blindness of heart to dim the luster, or stain the sanctity, of so lofty a station.

Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 327

Take heed lest thou cling to the cord of idle fancy and withhold thyself from that which hath been ordained in the Kingdom of God, the Almighty, the All-Bountiful.

Bahá’u’lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 62