"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 6 - Rahmat/Mercy
IT is better to guide one soul
than to possess all that is on earth,
for as long as that guided soul
is under the shadow of the Tree of Divine Unity,
he and the one who hath guided him
will both be recipients of God's tender mercy,
whereas possession of earthly things
will cease at the time of death.
The path to guidance
is one of love and compassion,
not of force and coercion.
This hath been God's method in the past,
and shall continue to be in the future!
He causeth him whom He pleaseth
to enter the shadow of His Mercy.
Verily, He is the Supreme Protector,
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 75)
Day 14 - Qawl/Speech & Jalál/Glory
Praise be to God,
the Eternal that perisheth not,
the Everlasting that declineth not,
the Self-Subsisting that altereth not.
He it is Who is transcendent in His sovereignty,
Who is manifest through His signs,
and is hidden through His mysteries.
He it is at Whose bidding
the standard of the Most Exalted Word
hath been lifted up in the world of creation,
and the banner of
"He doeth whatsoever He willeth"
raised amidst all peoples.
He it is Who hath revealed His Cause
for the guidance of His creatures,
and sent down His verses
to demonstrate His Proof and His Testimony,
and embellished the preface of the Book of Man
with the ornament of utterance
through His saying:
"The God of Mercy
hath taught the Qur'án,
hath created man,
and taught him articulate speech."
(Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 1)
A drop of the billowing ocean of His endless mercy
hath adorned all creation with the ornament of existence,
and a breath wafted from His peerless Paradise
hath invested all beings with the robe of His sanctity and glory.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 61)
Day 15 - Masa'il/Questions & Jamál/Beauty
with intelligence and reason
whereby he is required to determine
the verity of questions and propositions.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith - `Abdu'l-Bahá Section, p. 240)
Therefore, in this age of splendours,
teachings once limited to the few
are made available to all,
that the mercy of the Lord
may embrace both east and west,
that the oneness of the world of humanity
may appear in its full beauty,
and that the dazzling rays of reality
may flood the realm of the mind with light.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá , Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá , p. 59)
Day 16 - Sharaf/Honour & Kamál/Perfection
This handmaid of God was infinitely patient,
dignified and reserved,
and at all times thankful.
But then Bahá'u'lláh left the world,
and this was the supreme affliction,
the ultimate anguish,
and she could endure no more.
The shock and alarm were such
that like a fish taken from the water
she writhed on the ground,
trembled and shook
as if her whole being quaked,
until at last she took leave of her children
and she died.
She rose up into the shadowing mercy of God
and was plunged in an ocean of light.
Unto her be salutations and praise,
compassion and glory.
May God make sweet her resting-place
the outpourings of His heavenly mercy;
in the shade of the Divine Lote-Tree
may He honor her dwelling.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá , Memorials of the Faithful, p. 174)
This is the ultimate degree of human perfection,
for the attainment of which
the thinkers and philosophers of all time have longed
and poets have dreamed;
it is the mystery of mysteries
and the light of lights
wherein the spirit become eternal,
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 166)
Day 17 - Sultán/Sovereignty & Fidál/Grace
O thou who hast been sore afflicted
on the pathway of the Covenant!
Anguish and torment,
when suffered on the pathway of the Lord,
Him of manifest signs,
is only favour and grace;
affliction is but mercy,
and grief a gift from God.
Poison is sugar on the tongue,
and wrath is kindness,
nourishing the soul.
Then praise thou Him,
the loving Provider,
for having ordained this dire affliction,
which is but bounty unalloyed.
If I, like Abraham,
through flames must go,
Or yet like John
a bloodstained road must run;
Thou'd cast me in a well,
Or shut me up within a prison cell --
Or make me e'en as poor as Mary's Son --
I will not go from Thee,
But ever stand
My soul and body
bowed to Thy command.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 227)
Thou seest me, O my God,
bowed down in lowliness,
humbling myself before Thy commandments,
submitting to Thy sovereignty,
trembling at the might of Thy dominion,
fleeing from Thy wrath,
entreating Thy grace,
relying upon Thy forgiveness,
shaking with awe at Thy fury.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 224)
taught the Oneness of humanity;
that is to say,
all the children of men
are under the mercy of the Great God.
They are the sons of one God;
they are trained by God.
He has placed the crown of humanity
on the head of every one of the servants of God.
Therefore all nations and peoples
must consider themselves brethren.
They are all descendants from Adam.
They are the branches, leaves, flowers
and fruits of One Tree.
They are pearls from one shell.
But the children of men
are in need of education and civilization,
and they require to be polished,
till they become bright and shining.
Man and woman
both should be educated equally
and equally regarded.
It is racial, patriotic, religious and class prejudice,
that has been the cause of the destruction of Humanity.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, `Abdu'l-Bahá in London, p. 28)
taught that an equal standard of human rights
must be recognized and adopted.
In the estimation of God all men are equal;
there is no distinction or preferment for any soul
in the dominion of His justice and equity.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 181)
Day 19 - `Alá'/Loftiness & Istijlál/Majesty
Men are material;
transform them into semblance divine.
They are immature children;
develop them into maturity.
Man is poor;
they endow him with wealth.
Man is base,
treacherous and mean;
the Manifestations of God
uplift him into dignity, nobility and loftiness.
These holy Manifestations
liberate the world of humanity
from the imperfections which beset it
and cause men
to appear in the beauty of heavenly perfections.
Were it not for the coming
of these holy Manifestations of God
would be found on the plane of the animal.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity, p. 111)
Have pity on my weakness,
and strengthen me with Thy power.
Have pity on my impotence,
and assist me with Thy might and majesty.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 107)
Year 175 B. E. – D/Dál - Month 7 - Kalimát/Words
The light of the people of the world
is their knowledge and utterance;
while the splendours shed from the glorious acts
of Him Whom God shall make manifest
are His Words,
through whose potency
He rolleth up the whole world of existence,
sets it under His Own authority
by relating it unto Himself,
then as the Mouthpiece of God,
the Source of His divine light
-- exalted and glorified be He --
'Verily, verily, I am God,
no God is there but Me;
in truth all others except Me
are My creatures.
Say, O My creatures!
Me alone, therefore,
should ye fear'
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 97)
Day 1 - Bahá/Splendour & Istiqlál/Independence
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)
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 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)