"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 176 B. E. – Gate/Báb - Month 9 - `Asmá'/Names
Say: Verily I am the 'Gate of God'
and I give you to drink,
by the leave of God,
the sovereign Truth,
of the crystal-pure waters of His Revelation
which are gushing out
from the incorruptible Fountain
situate upon the Holy Mount.
And those who earnestly strive after
the One True God,
let them then strive
to attain this Gate.
Verily God is potent over all things...
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 50)
Day 5 - Núr/Light & Jalál/Glory
Through the radiance of His light
God imparteth illumination to your hearts
and maketh firm your steps,
that perchance ye may yield praise unto Him.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 154)
GLORY be unto Him
Who knoweth all that is in the heavens
and in the earth.
Verily there is no God but Him,
the sovereign Ruler,
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 18)
Day 6 - Rahmat/Mercy & Jamál/Beauty
Humbly I cast myself before the revelations of Thy mercy,
confessing that Thou art God,
no God is there but Thee,
and that Thou art incomparable,
hast no partner
and naught is there like Thee.
Unto this Thou Thyself bearest witness,
as well becometh Thy glory.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 206)
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)
Day 7 - Kalimát/Words & Kamál/Perfection
Glorified art Thou, O my God!
I invoke Thee by Thy Most Great Name
through which the hidden secrets of God,
the Most Exalted,
and the kindreds of all nations
converged toward the focal centre of faith and certitude,
through which Thy luminous Words
streamed forth for the quickening of mankind
and the essence of all knowledge was revealed
from that Embodiment of bounty.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 199)
NO created thing shall ever attain its paradise
unless it appeareth in its highest prescribed degree of perfection.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 88)
Day 8 - Kamál/Perfection & Fidál/Grace
Thou, in truth,
art one of the suns of the heaven of His names.
lest darkness spread its veils over thee,
and fold thee away from His light.
Ponder, then, that which hath sent down in the Book
by thy Lord,
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 56)
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)
I entreat Thee,
by Thy Name
which Thou hast ordained to be the spirit of all names
that are in the kingdom of names,
to shield us from the whisperings of those who have turned away from Thee,
and have repudiated the truth of Thy most august and most exalted Self,
in this Revelation that hath caused the kingdom of Thy names to tremble.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 126)
Whatever betide us,
we beseech Thine ancient forgiveness,
and seek Thine all-pervasive grace.
Our hope is that Thou wilt deny no one Thy grace,
and wilt deprive no soul of the ornament of fairness and justice.
Thou art the King of all bounty,
and the Lord of all favors,
and supreme over all who are in heaven and on earth.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 246)
Day 10 - `Izzat/Might & Istijlál/Majesty
"Say: Call upon God or call upon the All-Merciful:
by whichsoever name ye will, invoke him,
for He hath most excellent names."
For they are all the Manifestations of the name of God,
the Dawning-Places of His attributes,
the Repositories of His might,
and the Focal Points of His sovereignty,
- magnified be His might and glory -
is in His Essence
sanctified above all names
and exalted beyond even the loftiest attributes.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 34)
My majesty is My gift to thee,
and My grandeur the token of My mercy unto thee.
That which beseemeth Me none shall understand,
nor can anyone recount.
Verily, I have preserved it in My hidden storehouses
and in the treasuries of My command,
as a sign of My loving-kindness unto My servants
and My mercy unto My people.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words)
Day 11 - Mashíyyat/Will & Istiqlál/Independence
Sanctify for Thy servants,
by Thy Name
which Thou hast blessed above all other names,
which Thou hast singled out for Thy favor,
and by which Thou didst reveal Thy beauty,
these days of which the Pen of Thy decree hath distinctly written,
and which, according to Thy will and wisdom,
have been preordained in Thine irrevocable Tablet.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 120)
"O men! Ye are but paupers in need of God;
but God is the Rich, the Self-Sufficing."
By 'riches' therefore is meant independence of all else but God,
and by 'poverty' the lack of things that are of God.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-Iqán, p. 132)
"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."