Seventh Valley - The Valley of True Poverty and Absolute Nothingness
This station is the dying from self and the living in God, the being
poor in self and rich in the Desired One. Poverty as here referred to
signifieth being poor in the things of the created world, rich in the
things of God's world. For when the true lover and devoted friend
reacheth to the presence of the Beloved, the sparkling beauty of the
Loved One and the fire of the lover's heart will kindle a blaze and
burn away all veils and wrappings. Yea, all he hath, from heart to skin,
will be set aflame, so that nothing will remain save the Friend.
When the qualities of the Ancient of Days
Then the qualities of earthly things did
Moses burn away.
He who hath attained this station is sanctified from all that pertaineth
to the world. Wherefore, if those who have come to the sea of His presence
are found to possess none of the limited things of this perishable world,
whether it be outer wealth or personal opinions, it mattereth not.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys, p. 36