"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 8 - Kamál/Perfection
Every other perfection
is as naught in face of His consummate perfection,
and every other display of might
is as nothing before His absolute might.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 157)
Day 11 - Mashíyyat/Will & Jalál/Glory
The soul of man
is the sun by which his body is illumined,
and from which it draweth its sustenance,
and should be so regarded.
how the fruit,
ere it is formed,
lieth potentially within the tree.
Were the tree to be cut into pieces,
no sign nor any part of the fruit,
could be detected.
When it appeareth,
however, it manifesteth itself,
as thou hast observed,
in its wondrous beauty
and glorious perfection.
Certain fruits, indeed,
attain their fullest development
only after being severed from the tree.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 155)
We have designated thee 'a leaf' that thou mayest,
like unto leaves,
be stirred by the gentle wind of the Will of God
-- exalted be His glory --
even as the leaves of the trees
are stirred by onrushing winds.
Yield thou thanks unto thy Lord
by virtue of this brilliant utterance.
Wert thou to perceive the sweetness of the title
'O My handmaiden'
thou wouldst find thyself detached from all mankind,
devoutly engaged day and night in communion
with Him Who is the sole Desire of the world.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 254)
Day 12 - `Ilm/Knowledge & Jamál/Beauty
Ye are My treasury,
for in you I have treasured the pearls of My mysteries
and the gems of My knowledge.
Guard them from the strangers amidst My servants
and from the ungodly amongst My people.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words)
Behold ye My beauty,
and My radiance,
and My revelation,
and My effulgence.
By God, the True One!
I am Trustworthiness
and the revelation thereof,
and the beauty thereof.
I will recompense whosoever will cleave unto Me,
and recognize My rank and station,
and hold fast unto My hem.
I am the most great ornament
of the people of Bahá,
and the vesture of glory
unto all who are in the kingdom of creation.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 136)
Day 13 - Qudrat/Power & Kamál/Perfection
The Faith of God
is endowed with penetrating might and power.
Erelong that which hath flowed from Our tongue
will outwardly come to pass.
We beseech God
to bestow upon thee
the strength to assist Him.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tabernacle of Unity)
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 14 - Qawl/Speech & Fidál/Grace
Arise, O people,
and, by the power of God's might,
resolve to gain the victory over your own selves,
that haply the whole earth
may be freed and sanctified
from its servitude
to the gods of its idle fancies --
gods that have inflicted such loss upon,
and are responsible for the misery of,
their wretched worshipers.
These idols form the obstacle
that impedeth man in his efforts
to advance in the path of perfection.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 93)
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)
Questions not treated of are left to the civil law of each country,
and to the decisions of the Bait-ul-Adl,
or House of Justice,
instituted by Bahá'u'lláh.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of `Abdu'l-Bahá v1, p. viii)
It is incumbent upon these members
(of the Universal House of Justice)
to gather in a certain place
and deliberate upon all problems
which have caused difference,
questions that are obscure
and matters that are not expressly recorded in the Book.
Whatsoever they decide has the same effect as the Text itself.
Inasmuch as the House of Justice hath power to enact laws
that are not expressly recorded in the Book
and bear upon daily transactions,
so also it hath power to repeal the same.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Will and Testament, p. 20)
Day 16 - Sharaf/Honour & Istijlál/Majesty
Religion, moreover, is not a series of beliefs,
a set of customs;
religion is the teachings of the Lord God,
teachings which constitute the very life of humankind,
which urge high thoughts upon the mind,
refine the character,
and lay the groundwork for man's everlasting honour.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 52)
The cause of eternal glory to man is faith and certainty
and then living (or acting)
according to the behests of His Majesty the Eternal God.
My hope is that thou wilt attain to the three.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of `Abdu'l-Bahá v3, p. 667)
Day 17 - Sultán/Sovereignty & Istiqlál/Independence
Do all ye can to become wholly weary of self,
and bind yourselves to that Countenance of Splendours;
and once ye have reached such heights of servitude,
ye will find,
gathered within your shadow,
all created things.
This is boundless grace;
this is the highest sovereignty;
this is the life that dieth not.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 76)
First in a human being's way of life
must be purity,
then freshness, cleanliness, and independence of spirit.
First must the stream bed be cleansed,
then may the sweet river waters be led into it.
Chaste eyes enjoy the beatific vision of the Lord
and know what this encounter meaneth;
a pure sense inhaleth the fragrances
that blow from the rose gardens of His grace;
a burnished heart will mirror forth the comely face of truth.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 146)