The three blinding hidden words

In my last podcast, Worlds Within, I discuss hidden words in which Baha'u'llah asks us to blind our eyes to the world and open them to the Eternal Beauty. When I was putting the quotes up, I realised that there were in fact three hidden words on that theme. Throughout the Hidden Words, Baha'u'llah tends, in some cases, to group hidden words by theme. And I realised that he'd done that with this idea of blinding our eyes to the world. I've dubbed them, "The three blinding hidden words." :-)

Here they are, Persian hidden words 10 to 12:

10. O son of desire! Give ear unto this: Never shall mortal eye recognize the everlasting beauty, nor the lifeless heart delight in aught but in the withered bloom. For like seeketh like, and taketh pleasure in the company of its kind.

11. O son of dust! Blind thine eyes, that thou mayest behold My beauty; stop thine ears, that thou mayest hearken unto the sweet melody of My voice; empty thyself of all learning, that thou mayest partake of My knowledge; and sanctify thyself from riches, that thou mayest obtain a lasting share from the ocean of My eternal wealth. Blind thine eyes, that is, to all save My beauty; stop thine ears to all save My word; empty thyself of all learning save the knowledge of Me; that with a clear vision, a pure heart and an attentive ear thou mayest enter the court of My holiness.

12. O man of two visions! Close one eye and open the other. Close one to the world and all that is therein, and open the other to the hallowed beauty of the Beloved.

Well, alright, the first doesn't talk about blinding our eyes to the world, but it does say that we will never see the everlasting beauty with our physical eyes. Another aspect of the same thing.

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