"The Word of God
is the king of words
and its pervasive influence is incalculable.
It hath ever dominated
and will continue to dominate
the realm of being...
...The Word is the master key for the whole world
inasmuch through its potency
the doors of the hearts of men,
which in reality are the doors of heaven,
Year 175 B. E. – D/Dál - Month 10 - `Izzat/Might
At Thy behest Thou dost render victorious
whomsoever Thou willest,
through the hosts of heaven and earth
and whatsoever existeth between them.
Thou art the Sovereign,
the Eternal Truth,
the Lord of invincible might.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 177)
Day 15 - Masá'il/Questions & Jalál/Glory
Every community in the world
findeth in these Divine Teachings
the realization of its highest aspirations.
These teachings are even as the tree
that beareth the best fruits of all trees.
Philosophers, for instance,
find in these heavenly teachings
the most perfect solution
of their social problems,
and similarly a true and noble exposition
of matters that pertain to philosophical questions.
In like manner men of faith
behold the reality of religion manifestly revealed
in these heavenly teachings,
and clearly and conclusively prove them
to be the real and true remedy
for the ills and infirmities of all mankind.
Should these sublime teachings be diffused,
mankind shall be freed from all perils,
from all chronic ills and sicknesses.
In like manner are the Bahá'í economic principles
the embodiment of the highest aspirations
of all wage-earning classes
and of economists of various schools.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablet to August Forel, p. 26)
The call of the Kingdom
is heard in your midst.
Glory be to God,
you have been born again,
you have been baptized
by the fire of the Love of God;
you have been plunged
in the Sea of Life
and regenerated by the Spirit of Love!
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 170)
Day 16 - Sharaf/Honour & Jamál/Beauty
Thou possessor of infinite mercy!
O Lord of forgiveness and pardon!
Forgive our sins,
pardon our shortcomings,
and cause us to turn to the kingdom of Thy clemency,
invoking the kingdom of might and power,
humble at Thy shrine
and submissive before the glory of Thine evidences.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 235)
The greatest attainment
in the world of humanity
is nearness to God.
Every lasting glory, honor, grace and beauty
which comes to man
comes through nearness to God.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 146)
Day 17 - Sultán/Sovereignty & Kamál/Perfection
Service to the sons and the daughters of the Kingdom
is the diadem of everlasting glory
with which ye have crowned your heads,
the garment of eternal sovereignty
with which ye have adorned your bodies,
and the throne of majesty
and grandeur of heaven
upon which ye sat.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of `Abdu'l-Bahá v3, p. 533)
whether of the mineral, vegetable or animal kingdom,
is compelled to obey the law of motion;
it must either ascend or descend.
But with the human soul,
there is no decline.
Its only movement is towards perfection;
growth and progress alone
constitute the motion of the soul.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 89)
Day 18 - Mulk/Dominion & Fidál/Grace
O God Omnipotent,
do Thou shield us
and be our refuge
and, O Lord of Being,
show forth Thy might
and Thy dominion.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 313)
The one all-loving God
bestows His divine Grace and Favour
on all mankind;
one and all are servants of the Most High,
and His Goodness, Mercy and loving Kindness
are showered upon all His creatures.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 130)
Man is base, treacherous and mean;
the Manifestations of God uplift him
into dignity, nobility and loftiness.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity, p. 111)
In the Hidden Words Bahá'u'lláh says,
"Justice is to be loved above all."
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, `Abdu'l-Bahá in London, p. 20)
Year 175 B. E. – D/Dál - Month 11 - Mashíyyat/Will
thou art sailing upon the sea of creation,
know thou that the First Remembrance,
which is the Primal Will of God,
may be likened unto the sun...
It is this Primal Will
which appeareth resplendent in every Prophet
and speaketh forth in every revealed Book.
God hath created Him
through the potency of His might,
and He hath,
from the beginning that hath no beginning,
caused Him to be manifested in every Dispensation
through the compelling power of His behest,
and God will,
to the end that knoweth no end,
continue to manifest Him
according to the good-pleasure of His invincible Purpose.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 125-126)
Day 1 - Bahá/Splendour & Istjilál/Majesty
THROUGH Thy revelation, O my God,
Thou hast enabled me to know Thee,
and through the radiance of Thine effulgent splendour
Thou hast inspired me with Thy remembrance.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 211)
Magnified art Thou!
No God is there but Thee.
Thou art in truth the Supreme Ruler,
the Help in Peril,
the Most High,
Verily Thou art mighty in Thy prowess,
the Lord of transcendent glory and majesty.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 209)
Day 2 - Jalál/Glory & Istiqlál/Independence
GLORY be unto Him
Who is the Lord of all that are in the heavens
and on the earth;
He is the All-Wise,
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 166)
No Lord but Thee do we invoke, O God our Lord,
nor do we implore blessings or grace from anyone but Thee,
O Thou Who art the God of mercy unto this world
and the next.
We are but the embodiments of poverty,
of nothingness, of helplessness and of perdition,
while Thy whole Being betokeneth wealth,
independence, glory, majesty and boundless grace.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 179)