"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 2 - Jalál/Glory
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 12 - `Ilm/Knowledge & Jalál/Glory
In the estimation of the people of Bahá
man's glory lieth in his knowledge,
his upright conduct,
his praiseworthy character,
and not in his nationality or rank.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 67)
The first Tajalli
which hath dawned
from the Day-Star of Truth
is the knowledge of God --
exalted be His glory.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 49)
Day 13 - Qudrat/Power & Jamál/Beauty
Humility exalteth man
to the heaven of glory and power,
whilst pride abaseth him
to the depths of wretchedness and degradation.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 30)
The Tongue of My power hath,
from the heaven of My omnipotent glory,
addressed to My creation these words:
"Observe My commandments,
for the love of My beauty."
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 332)
Day 14 - Qawl/Speech & Kamál/Perfection
Whoso ariseth among you to teach the Cause of his Lord,
let him, before all else, teach his own self,
that his speech may attract the hearts of them that hear him.
Unless he teacheth his own self,
the words of his mouth will not influence the heart of the seeker.
Take heed, O people,
lest ye be of them that give good counsel to others
but forget to follow it themselves.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 277)
Likewise, reflect upon the perfection of man's creation,
and that all these planes and states are folded up
and hidden away within him.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Seven Valleys, p. 34)
Day 15 - Masá'il/Questions & Fidál/Grace
It is an axiomatic fact that while you meditate
you are speaking with your own spirit.
In that state of mind
you put certain questions to your spirit
and the spirit answers:
the light breaks forth
and the reality is revealed.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 174)
It is hoped that ye will be nurtured
in the shade of the lote-tree of Divine Grace,
and practice that which God desireth.
Ye are all leaves of one tree
and drops of one sea.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, A Traveller's Narrative, p. 83)
Man has a sacred power
beyond the confines of the senses.
The power of the rational mind
is the power of the soul over the senses.
This cycle is radiating love
and the bestowals of God
are descending like unto rain.
lies in the difference between him
and the animals.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 95)
hath not created in man
the claws and teeth of ferocious animals,
nay rather hath the human form been fashioned and set
with the most comely attributes
and adorned with the most perfect virtues.
The honour of this creation
and the worthiness of this garment
therefore require man to have love and affinity
for his own kind,
nay rather, to act towards all living creatures
with justice and equity.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 287)
Day 17 - Sultán/Sovereignty & Istijlál/Majesty
Every woman who becometh the maidservant of God
outshineth in glory
the empresses of the world,
for she is related to God,
and her sovereignty is everlasting,
whereas a handful of dust will obliterate
the name and fame of those empresses.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 122)
will finally become collapsed;
every glory and splendor
will at last vanish and disappear,
but the Kingdom of God is eternal
and the heavenly sovereignty and majesty
will stand firm, everlasting.
Hence in the estimation of a wise man
the mat in the Kingdom of God
to the throne of the government of the world.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 79)
Day 18 - Mulk/Dominion & Istiqlál/Independence
This day is the day of the Ancient Honor,
Abundant Wealth, Mighty Dominion and Great Gift.
Appreciate thou its value
and do not neglect it,
so that thou mayest attain to that which was longed for
by the holy ones in bygone ages and centuries.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of `Abdu'l-Bahá v2, p. 294)
Let God's beloved,
each and every one,
be the essence of purity,
the very life of holiness,
so that in every country
they may become famed for their sanctity,
independence of spirit,
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 203)
"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."