"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,
are unlocked..."





Year 174 B. E. – Ab/The Father - Month 17 - Sultán/Sovereignty

My first counsel is this:
Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart,
that thine may be a sovereignty ancient,
 imperishable and everlasting.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words)



Day 17 - Sultán/Sovereignty & Jalál/Glory

The divine sovereignty is an ancient sovereignty,
 not an accidental sovereignty.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 218)

How ignorant and heedless is man!
The Father has willed for him eternal glory,
and he is content with blindness and deprivation.
The Father has built for him a royal palace,
but he is playing with the dust;
prepared for him garments of silk,
but he prefers to remain unclothed;
provided for him delicious foods and fruits,
while he seeks sustenance in the grasses of the field.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 227)



  Day 18 - Mulk/Dominion & Jamál/Beauty

It is evident that the sovereignty of science
 is greater than the dominion of rulers.
Kings have invaded countries
and achieved conquest
through the shedding of blood,
but the scientist
through his beneficent achievements
 invades the regions of ignorance,
conquering the realm of minds and hearts.
Therefore, his conquests are everlasting.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 348)

May the favors of the Blessed Beauty, Bahá'u'lláh,
 encompass you,
and may the lights of the Sun of Reality
 be your illumination.
May you all become united and assured.
May you serve the Cause of God
as one single, united force.
I give you the glad tidings
that the confirmations of God
will descend upon you.
 Be ye assured of this.
Ye will become illumined.
Ye will become conquerors.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 428)



Day 19 - `Alá'/Loftiness & Kamál/Perfection

Service to humanity is service to God.
Let the love and light of the Kingdom
 radiate through you
until all who look upon you
shall be illumined by its reflection.
 Be as stars,
brilliant and sparkling
 in the loftiness of their heavenly station.
 Do you appreciate the Day in which you live?
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 8)

This is the century of the Blessed Perfection!
This is the cycle of the light of His beauty!
This is the consummate day of all the Prophets!
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 8)



Year 174 B. E. – Ab/The Father - Month 18 - Mulk/Dominion

HALLOWED be the Lord
in Whose hand is the source of dominion.
He createth whatsoever He willeth
 by His Word of command 'Be',
 and it is.
His hath been the power of authority heretofore
and it shall remain His hereafter.
He maketh victorious whomsoever He pleaseth,
through the potency of His behest.
He is in truth the Powerful, the Almighty.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 171)



 Day 1 - Bahá/Splendour & Fidál/Grace

He is God;
glorified is the splendour of His light.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 163)

Thou art verily the Lord of grace abounding.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 7)



Day 2 - Jalál/Glory & `Idál/Justice

to Whom pertaineth the dominion of the heavens
 and of the earth,
in Whose hand lieth the kingdom of all created things
 and unto Whom shall all return.
It is He
Who setteth the measure assigned to each and every thing
and revealeth His goodly gifts and blessings
in His sacred Book
for the benefit of those who offer gratitude for His Cause.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 160)

Strengthen my heart, O my God,
in Thine obedience
and in Thy love
and grant that I may be clear of the entire company of Thine adversaries.
 Verily I swear by Thy glory
that I yearn for naught besides Thyself,
nor do I desire anything except Thy mercy,
nor am I apprehensive of aught save Thy justice.
I beg Thee to forgive me
as well as those whom Thou lovest,
howsoever Thou pleasest.
Verily Thou art the Almighty, the Bountiful.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 215)



Day 3 - Jamál/Beauty & Istijlál/Majesty

Verily I have desired naught else but Thy love
 and the love of those who love Thee.
How can I extol the effulgent beauty of Thy Lordship,
 conscious as I am of my nothingness
 before the habitation of Thy glory?
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 216)

Magnified art Thou!
No God is there but Thee.
Thou art in truth the Supreme Ruler,
 the Help in Peril,
the Most High,
the Incomparable,
the Omnipotent,
the All-Powerful.
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 4 - `Azamat/Grandeur & Istiqlál/Independence

I bear witness that there is no God but Thee,
inasmuch as Thou art invested with sovereignty,
grandeur, glory and power
which no one among Thy servants can visualize or comprehend.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 216)

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)




  "The understanding of His words
and the comprehension of the utterances
 of the Birds of Heaven
 are in no wise dependent upon human learning.
They depend solely upon purity of heart,
chastity of soul,
   freedom of spirit."





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