"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 12 - `Ilm/Knowledge
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 19 - `Alá'/Loftiness & Jalál/Glory
Likewise if we are born
from the matrix of this physical and phenomenal environment
into the freedom and loftiness
of the life and vision spiritual,
we shall consider this mortal existence
and its blessings
as worthless by comparison.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Baháí World Faith, p. 266)
He is God,
exalted is His state, wisdom and utterance.
The True One
(glorious is His glory)
for the showing forth of the gems of ideals
from the mine of man,
hath, in every age,
sent a Trusted One.
The primary foundation of the faith of God
and the religion of God is this,
that they should not make diverse sects
and various paths
the cause and reason of hatred.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, A Traveller's Narrative, p. 42)
Year 175 B. E. – D/Dál - Month 13 - Qudrat/Power
With the hands of power I made thee
and with the fingers of strength I created thee;
and within thee have I placed the essence of My light.
Be thou content with it
and seek naught else,
for My work is perfect
and My command is binding.
Question it not, nor have a doubt thereof.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words)
Day 1 - Bahá/Splendour & Jamál/Beauty
Every evidence falleth short of Thine unknowable Essence
and every light retreateth and sinketh below the horizon
when confronted with but a glimmer of the dazzling splendour of Thy might.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 208)
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 2 - Jalál/Glory & Kamál/Perfection
His is the kingdom of earth and heaven
and He is the Lord of power and glory.
Such as have believed in God
and in His signs
are indeed the followers of truth
and shall abide in the gardens of delight,
while those who have disbelieved in God
and have rejected that which He hath revealed,
these shall be the inmates of the fire
wherein they shall remain forever.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 167)
HOW vast the number of people
who are well versed in every science,
yet it is their adherence to the holy Word of God
which will determine their faith,
inasmuch as the fruit of every science
is none other than the knowledge of divine precepts
and submission unto His good-pleasure.
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 3 - Jamál/Beauty & Fidál/Grace
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)
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 Writings All-Compelling.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 10)
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)
Indeed had it not been for the exaltation of the name of the Primal Point,
would not have ordained for you the Letters of the Living,
nor those who are the Testimonies of His Truth,
nor the Witnesses of His Justice;
could ye but heed a little.
All this is to glorify the Cause
of Him Whom God shall make Manifest
at the time of His manifestation;
would that ye might ponder a while.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 148)
Day 5 - Núr/Light & Istjilál/Majesty
ALL praise be to God Who hath,
through the power of Truth,
sent down this Book unto His servant,
that it may serve as a shining light for all mankind...
Verily this is none other than the sovereign Truth;
it is the Path which God hath laid out
for all that are in heaven and on earth.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 39)
Know thou that first and foremost in religion is the knowledge of God.
This attaineth its consummation in the recognition of His divine unity,
which in turn reacheth its fulfilment
in acclaiming that His hallowed and exalted Sanctuary,
the Seat of His transcendent majesty,
is sanctified from all attributes.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 117)
Day 6 - Rahmat/Mercy & Istiqlál/Independence
With each and every Prophet
Whom We have sent down in the past,
We have established a separate Covenant
concerning the Remembrance of God and His Day.
Manifest, in the realm of glory
and through the power of truth,
are the Remembrance of God and His Day
before the eyes of the angels
that circle His mercy-seat.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 68)
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 nothingness, 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)