"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 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 10 - `Izzat/Might & Jalál/Glory
A handful of clay
is greater in the sight of God
than all your dominion and your sovereignty,
and all your might and your fortune.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 163)
For your glory consisteth not in your sovereignty,
but rather in your nearness unto God
and your observance of His command
as sent down in His holy and preserved Tablets.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 187)
Day 11 - Mashíyyat/Will & Jamál/Beauty
We recited unto them verses
that would enrapture
the dwellers of the heavenly Dominion
and the inmates of the Kingdom on high,
and yet they departed veiled therefrom,
and hearkened rather unto the voice of him
who is but a servant of God
and a mere creation of His Will.
Thus do We impart unto you
that which shall guide you
towards the path of God's favoured ones.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts)
The Evil One hath appeared
in such wise
as the eye of creation hath never beheld.
He Who is the Beauty of the All-Merciful
hath likewise been made manifest
with an adorning the like of which
hath never been witnessed in the past.
The Call of the All-Merciful hath been raised,
and behind it the call of Satan.
Well is it with them
who hearken unto the Voice of God,
and turn their faces towards His throne
to behold a most holy and blessed Vision.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 53)
Day 12 - `Ilm/Knowledge & Kamál/Perfection
Armed with the rod of celestial dominion,
adorned with the white hand of Divine knowledge,
and proceeding from the Paran of the love of God,
and wielding the serpent of power and everlasting majesty,
He shone forth from the Sinai of light upon the world.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 19)
Even as it hath been recorded in the "Kafi,"
in the tradition of Jabir,
in the "Tablet of Fatimih,"
concerning the character of the Qá'im:
"He shall manifest the perfection of Moses,
the splendour of Jesus,
and the patience of Job."
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-`Iqán, p. 245)
Day 13 - Qudrat/Power & Fidál/Grace
God testifieth to the unity of His Godhood
and to the singleness of His own Being.
On the throne of eternity,
from the inaccessible heights of His station,
His tongue proclaimeth that there is none other God but Him.
He Himself, independently of all else,
hath ever been a witness unto His own oneness,
the revealer of His own nature,
the glorifier of His own essence.
He, verily, is the All-Powerful, the Almighty, the Beauteous.
He is supreme over His servants,
and standeth over His creatures.
In His hand is the source of authority and truth.
He maketh men alive by His signs,
and causeth them to die through His wrath.
He shall not be asked of His doings
and His might is equal unto all things.
He is the Potent, the All-Subduing.
He holdeth within His grasp
the empire of all things,
and on His right hand
is fixed the Kingdom of His Revelation.
His power, verily, embraceth the whole of creation.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 86)
All praise, O my God,
be to Thee Who art the Source
of all glory and majesty,
of greatness and honor,
of sovereignty and dominion,
of loftiness and grace,
of awe and power.
Whomsoever Thou willest
Thou causest to draw nigh unto the Most Great Ocean,
and on whomsoever Thou desirest
Thou conferrest the honor of recognizing Thy Most Ancient Name.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 94)
My sole duty
is to remind you of your failure in duty
towards the Cause of God,
if perchance ye may be of them that heed My warning.
Wherefore, hearken ye unto My speech,
and return ye to God and repent,
that He, through His grace,
may have mercy upon you,
may wash away your sins,
and forgive your trespasses.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 130)
Defer ye humbly to the faithful,
they that have believed in God
and in His signs,
whose hearts witness to His unity,
whose tongues proclaim His oneness,
and who speak not except by His leave.
Thus do We exhort you with justice,
and warn you with truth,
that perchance ye may be awakened.
Lay not on any soul
a load which ye would not wish to be laid upon you,
and desire not for any one
the things ye would not desire for yourselves.
This is My best counsel unto you,
did ye but observe it.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 128)
Day 15 - Masá'il/Questions & Istijlál/Majesty
The divine teacher does not come to acquire knowledge,
for this tree of life is a fruit tree by birth
and not through grafting.
Behold the sacred tree
which spreads its shade over the whole world!
This is the mission of Bahá'u'lláh -
for under this tree all questions are solved!
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 54)
Erelong, however, shall the power of heaven,
the dominion of the Holy Spirit,
hoist on the high summits the banners of love and peace,
and there above the castles of majesty and might
shall those banners wave in the rushing winds
that blow out of the tender mercy of God.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 174)
Day 16 - Sharaf/Honour & Istiqlál/Independence
All the teaching of the Prophets is one;
one Divine light
shining throughout the world.
Now, under the banner of the oneness of humanity
all people of all creeds should turn away from prejudice
and become friends and believers in all the Prophets.
As Christians believe in Moses,
so the Jews should believe in Jesus.
As the Muhammadans believe in Christ and Moses,
the Jews and the Christians should believe in Muhammad.
Then all disputes would disappear,
all then would be united.
Bahá'u'lláh came for this purpose.
He has made the three religions one.
He has uplifted the standard of the oneness of faith
and the honour of humanity in the centre of the world.
Today we must gather round it,
and try with heart and soul
to bring about the union of mankind.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, `Abdu'l-Bahá in London, p. 43)
All creatures are dependent upon God,
however great may seem their knowledge, power and independence.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 22)
"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."