Vain Imaginings

And if, confirmed by the Creator, the lover escapes from the claws of the eagle of love, he will enter THE VALLEY OF KNOWLEDGE and come out of doubt into certitude, and turn from the darkness of illusion to the guiding light of the fear of God. His inner eyes will open and he will privily converse with his Beloved; he will set ajar the gate of truth and piety, and shut the doors of vain imaginings.  He in this station is content with the decree of God, and seeth war as peace, and findeth in death the secrets of everlasting life. With inward and outward eyes he witnesseth the mysteries of resurrection in the realms of creation and the souls of men, and with a pure heart apprehendeth the divine wisdom in the endless Manifestations of God. In the ocean he findeth a drop, in a drop he beholdeth the secrets of the sea.

Bahá’u’lláh, The Seven Valleys, p. 11-12

Fear God, and be not of those who are shut out as by a veil. Burn ye away the veils with the fire of My love, and dispel ye the mists of vain imaginings by the power of this Name through which We have subdued the entire creation.

Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 66

For the people are wandering in the paths of delusion bereft of discernment to see God with their own eyes or hear His Melody with their own ears.

Bahá’u’lláh, Tablet of Ahmad, Bahá’í Prayers

Hold Thou the hand of this seeker who hath set his face towards Thee, O my Lord, and draw him out of the depths of his vain imaginations, that the light of certainty may shine brightly above the horizon of his heart in the days whereon the sun of the knowledge of Thy creatures hath been darkened through the shining of the Day-Star of Thy glory; the days whereon the moon of the world's wisdom hath been eclipsed through the appearance of Thy hidden knowledge, and the manifestation of Thy well-guarded secret, and the revelation of Thine enshrined mystery; the days whereon the stars of men's doings have fallen  through the rising of the orb of Thy unity and the shedding of the radiance of Thy transcendent oneness.

Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 53-54

How vain, how contemptible, are the imaginations which your hearts have devised, and are still devising!

Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 325

If any one should now arise and, prompted by the vain imaginations his heart hath devised, endeavor, openly or in secret, to sow the seeds of dissension amongst men -- can such a man be said to have acted with equity? No, by Him Whose might extendeth over all things! By My life! Mine heart groaneth and mine eyes weep sore for the Cause of God and for them that understand not what they say and imagine what they cannot comprehend.

Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 202