"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 174 B. E. – Ab/The Father - Month 11 - Mashíyyat/Will
Wouldst thou have Me,
seek none other than Me;
and wouldst thou gaze upon My beauty,
close thine eyes to the world
and all that is therein;
for My will
and the will of another than Me,
even as fire and water,
cannot dwell together in one heart.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Persian Hidden Words)
Day 19 - `Alá'/Loftiness & Jalál/Glory
Men are material;
the Manifestations transform them into divine semblance.
They are immature children;
the Manifestations 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.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 466)
It is incumbent upon the father
to choose for his daughter
the glory that dieth not.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Rosenberg Tablet)
Year 174 B. E. – Ab/The Father - Month 12 - `Ilm/Knowledge
Quaff from the tongue of the merciful
the stream of divine mystery,
and behold from the dayspring of divine utterance
the unveiled splendor of the daystar of wisdom.
Sow the seeds of My divine wisdom
in the pure soil of the heart,
and water them with the waters of certitude,
that the hyacinths of knowledge and wisdom
may spring up fresh and green
from the holy city of the heart.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Persian Hidden Words)
Day 1 - Bahá/Splendour & Jamál/Beauty
All that is known owes its renown to the splendour of Thy Name,
the Most Manifest,
and every object is deeply stirred by the vibrating influence
emanating from Thine invincible Will.
Thou art nearer unto all things than all things.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 195)
Number me, O my God,
with those who are privileged to fix their gaze upon Thy Beauty
and who take such delight therein
that they would not exchange a single moment thereof
with the sovereignty of the kingdom of heavens and earth
or with the entire realm of creation.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 216)
Day 2 - Jalál/Glory & Kamál/Perfection
GLORY be unto Him
Who is the Lord of all
that are in the heavens and on the earth;
He is the All-Wise,
It is He Who calleth into being
whatsoever He willeth at His behest;
He is indeed the Clement,
Say, verily He is equal to His purpose;
whomsoever He willeth,
He maketh victorious through the power of His hosts;
there is none other God but Him,
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 166)
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.
are superior to all other names.
taketh precedence over any other expression of good-pleasure.
His pre-eminent exaltation
is far above the reach of every other symbol of exaltation.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 157)
Day 3 - Jamál/Beauty & Fidál/Grace
THE glory of Him Whom God shall make manifest
is immeasurably above every other glory,
and His majesty is far above every other majesty.
His beauty excelleth every other embodiment of beauty,
and His grandeur immensely exceedeth every other manifestation of grandeur.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 156)
It behooveth you to proclaim the Cause of God
unto all created things
as a token of grace from His presence;
no God is there but Him,
the Most Generous,
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 9)
Graciously inspire me, O my God,
through Thy grace and bounty,
Thy glory and majesty,
and Thy dominion and grandeur,
for no one mighty and all-knowing
can I find beside Thee.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 194)
I beg Thee by Thyself, O my God,
my Lord and my Master,
to intercede in my behalf.
I have fled from Thy justice unto Thy mercy.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 204)
Day 5 - Núr/Light & Istijlál/Majesty
From all eternity I have indeed recognized Thee
and unto all eternity will ever do so through Thine Own Self
and not through any one else besides Thee.
Verily Thou art the Source of all knowledge,
From everlasting I have besought
and unto everlasting will beseech
forgiveness for my limited understanding of Thee,
aware as I am that there is no God but Thee,
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 4)
I entreat Thee by this great, this wondrous splendour
and by the glory of Thine exalted sovereignty,
O Thou Who art the Lord of indomitable power,
to transform us through Thy bounty
into that which Thou Thyself dost possess
and enable us to become fountains of Thy light,
and graciously vouchsafe unto us
which beseemeth the majesty of Thy transcendent dominion.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 180)
Day 6 - Rahmat/Mercy & Istiqlál/Independence
Verily this is the true Faith of God,
and sufficient witness are God
and such as are endowed with the knowledge of the Book.
This is indeed the eternal Truth
which God, the Ancient of Days,
hath revealed unto His omnipotent Word --
He Who hath been raised up from the midst of the Burning Bush.
This is the Mystery
which hath been hidden
from all that are in heaven and on earth,
and in this wondrous Revelation it hath,
in very truth,
been set forth in the Mother Book
by the hand of God, the Exalted...
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 41)
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
majesty and boundless grace.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 179)