"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 3 - Jamál/Beauty
Thou art the Ancient of Days
Whom none can ever describe
through the evidences of Thy glory and majesty,
and Thou art the mighty One
Whom none can ever comprehend
through the revelations of Thy greatness and beauty,
inasmuch as the expressions of majesty and grandeur
and the attributes of dominion and beauty
are but the tokens of Thy divine Will
and the effulgent reflections of Thy sovereignty
which, by reason of their very essence and nature,
proclaim that the way is barred
and bear witness that the pathway is inaccessibly beyond the reach of men.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 212)
Day 8 - Jamál/Perfection & Jalál/Glory
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)
What impiety is more grievous
than to deny the Lord
on the day when faith itself
is renewed and regenerated
What death is more wretched
than to flee from the Source of everlasting life?
What fire is fiercer
on the Day of Reckoning
than that of remoteness from the divine Beauty
and the celestial Glory?
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 45)
Day 9 - Asmá'/Names & Jamál/Beauty
Bahá'u'lláh also affirms that,
in the spiritual realm,
there is an "essential unity"
between all the Manifestations of God.
They all reveal the "Beauty of God",
manifest His names and attributes,
and give utterance to His Revelation.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 233)
Consider these days
in which He Who is the Ancient Beauty
hath come in the Most Great Name,
that He may quicken the world
and unite its peoples.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 63)
Day 10 - `Izzat/Might & Kamál/Perfection
We recognize in the manifestation of each one of them,
whether outwardly or inwardly,
the manifestation of none but God Himself,
if ye be of those that comprehend.
Every one of them is a mirror of God,
reflecting naught else but His Self,
His Beauty, His Might and Glory,
if ye will understand.
All else besides them
are to be regarded as mirrors
capable of reflecting the glory
of these Manifestations
Who are themselves
the Primary Mirrors of the Divine Being,
if ye be not devoid of understanding.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 73)
Consider, moreover, 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)
Day 11 - Mashíyyat/Will & Fidál/Grace
they will behold the countenance of the promised One,
the adored Beauty,
descending from heaven
and riding upon the clouds.
By this is meant that the divine Beauty
will be made manifest
from the heaven of the will of God,
and will appear in the form of the human temple.
The term "heaven" denoteth loftiness and exaltation,
inasmuch as it is the seat of the revelation
of those Manifestations of Holiness,
the Day-springs of ancient glory.
These ancient Beings,
though delivered from the womb of their mother,
have in reality
descended from the heaven of the will of God.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-`Iqán, p. 66)
We render thanks unto God
for that which He hath bestowed upon us
of His grace.
He it is Who hath caused us to be assured
of the truth of His Faith -
a Faith which the combined forces of earth and heaven
are powerless to resist.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 57)
Illumine our eyes, O my Lord,
with the effulgence of Thy beauty,
and enlighten our hearts
with the splendors of Thy knowledge and wisdom.
Write us up, then,
with those who have fulfilled their pledge
to Thy Covenant in Thy days,
and who, through their love for Thee,
have detached themselves from the world
and all that is therein.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 174)
The tenderness of Thy mercy, O my Lord,
surpasseth the fury of Thy wrath,
and Thy loving-kindness exceedeth Thy hot displeasure,
and Thy grace excelleth Thy justice.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 136)
Day 13 - Qudrat/Power & Istijlál/Majesty
O my Lord!
Make Thy beauty
to be my food,
and Thy presence
and Thy pleasure
and praise of Thee
and remembrance of Thee
and the power of Thy sovereignty
and Thy habitation
and my dwelling-place
the seat Thou hast sanctified
from the limitations
imposed upon them
who are shut out as by a veil
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 261)
the essence of all power is God's,
the highest and the last End of all creation.
The source of all majesty is God's,
the Object of the adoration
of all that is in the heavens
and all that is on the earth.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 341)
Day 14 - Qawl/Speech & Istiqlál/Independence
Unstop, then, the ear of thine heart
that thou mayest hearken
unto the speech of the Divine Lote-Tree
that hath been raised up in truth
by God, the Almighty, the Beneficent.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 84)
Then wouldst thou find thyself
raised up to the summit of exaltation and glory,
and elevated to the pinnacle of majesty and independence.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts)