"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 5 - Nur/Light
Thou art My light
and My light shall never be extinguished;
why dost thou dread extinction?
Thou art My glory
and My glory fadeth not;
thou art My robe and
My robe shall never be outworn.
Abide then in thy love for Me,
that thou mayest find Me
in the realm of glor y.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words)
Day 12 - `Ilm/Knowledge & Jalál/Glory
Do Thou destine for them, O my Lord,
that which will profit them.
Illumine, then, their eyes with the light of Thy knowledge,
that they may see Thee visibly supreme over all things,
and resplendent amidst Thy creatures,
and victorious over all that are in Thy heaven
and all that are on Thy earth.
Powerful art Thou to do Thy pleasure.
No God is there but Thee,
Whose help is implored by all men.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 43)
Thou shalt behold the lights of beauty upon their faces
and the mysteries of glory in their human temples.
Thou shalt perceive the musk-laden fragrance of their words
and behold the signs of His sovereignty in all their ways and doings.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 64)
Day 13 - Qudrat/Power & Jamál/Beauty
PRAISE be unto God,
incomparable in majesty, power and beauty,
peerless in glory, might and grandeur;
too high is He
for human imaginations to comprehend Him
or for any peer or equal to be ascribed unto Him.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 101)
The Tongue of My power hath,
from the heaven of My omnipotent glory,
addressed to My creation these words:
"Observe My commandments,
for the love of My beauty."
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 332)
Day 14 - Qawl/Speech & Kamál/Perfection
Unstop, then, the ear of thine heart
that thou mayest hearken unto the speech
of the Divine Lote-Tree
that hath been raised up in truth
by God, the Almighty, the Beneficent.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 83)
With fixed and steady gaze,
born of the unerring eye of God,
scan for a while the horizon of divine knowledge,
and contemplate those words of perfection
which the Eternal hath revealed,
that haply the mysteries of divine wisdom,
hidden ere now beneath the veil of glory
and treasured within the tabernacle of His grace,
may be made manifest unto you.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-`Iqán, p. 16)
Day 15 - Masá'il/Questions & Fidál/Grace
Thanks be to God,
that in this new cycle
the admonition of BAHA'O'LLAH
is that in the search for truth
man must weigh religious questions
in the balance of science and reason.
God has given us rational minds for this purpose,
to penetrate all things,
to find truth.
If one renounce reason,
The sacred texts?
How can we understand God's commands
and to what use can we put them
without the balance of reason?
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 102)
The world of creation has had no beginning
and will have no end,
because it is the arena upon which
the attributes and qualities of the spirit
Can we limit God and his power?
In the same manner
we cannot limit his creations and attributes.
Just as the reality of divinity is limitless,
likewise his grace and bounties are limitless.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 169)
God has crowned you with honour
and in your hearts has He set a radiant star;
verily the light thereof
shall brighten the whole world!
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 68)
The honour of this creation
and the worthiness of this garment
to have love and affinity for his own kind,
nay rather, to act towards all living creatures
with justice and equity.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 287)
Day 17 - Sultán/Sovereignty & Istijlál/Majesty
The souls who have been enlightened with the light of the Kingdom,
however, have founded eternal sovereignty.
They shine, like unto the stars,
upon the horizon of everlasting glory.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Bahá'í World Faith - `Abdu'l-Bahá Section, p. 385)
O Lord! make them signs of guidance,
standards of Thy immortal kingdom,
waves of the sea of Thy mercy,
mirrors of the light of Thy majesty.
Verily Thou art the generous!
Verily Thou art the merciful!
Verily Thou art the precious, the beloved!
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Bahá'í World Faith - `Abdu'l-Bahá Section, p. 231)
Day 18 - Mulk/Dominion & Istiqlál/Independence
I ask God
that thine inner sight may be illumined
so that thou mayest discover
the hidden mysteries of the Kingdom of God.
If thou become so,
thou wilt be an evident light
and a divine angel in the celestial dominion;
then it dependeth on the divine confirmation,
according to thy perseverance.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of `Abdu'l-Bahá v2, p. 409)
When man in all conditions is pure and immaculate,
he will become the center of the reflection of the manifest Light.
In all his actions and conduct there must first be purity,
then beauty and independence.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Bahá'í World Faith - `Abdu'l-Bahá Section, p. 333)