The two passages below are beautiful reminders of the importance of detaching ourselves from the things of this world. I often try to recall these quotations when life brings challenges which is why I chose to set them both to music in order to memorise them. They are available on the album ‘Fire and Gold’, a CD on the theme of tests and difficulties.
Below are the lyrics: The world is but a show, vain and empty, a mere nothing, bearing the semblance of reality. Set not your affections upon it… The world is like a vapor in a desert, which the thirsty dreameth to be water and striveth after it with all his might, until when he cometh unto it, he findeth it to be mere illusion. -Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, page 328. O Son of Being! Busy not thyself with this world, for with fire We test the gold, and with gold We test Our servants. -Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic #55.