"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 16 - Sharaf/Honour
The straight path is the one which guideth man to the dayspring of perception
and to the dawning-place of true understanding
and leadeth him to that which will redound to glory, honour and greatness.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 35)
Day 6 - Rahmat/Mercy & Jalál/Glory
All praise be unto Thee,
O Thou besides Whom there is none other God.
Graciously enable me to ascend unto Thee,
to be granted the honour of dwelling in Thy nearness
and to have communion with Thee alone.
No God is there but Thee.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 192)
Do Thou graciously forgive me
for the things that I have wrought in Thy holy presence,
and look not upon me with the glance of justice,
but rather deliver me through Thy grace,
treat me with Thy mercy
and deal with me according to Thy bountiful favours,
as is worthy of Thy glory.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 208)
Day 7 - Kalimát/Words & Jamál/Beauty
I affirm that no Paradise is more sublime for My creatures
than to stand before My face
and to believe in My holy Words,
while no fire hath been or will be fiercer for them
than to be veiled from the Manifestation of My exalted Self
and to disbelieve in My Words.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 87)
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)
Day 8 - Kamál/Perfection & Kamál/Perfection
Allow not the abject
to rule over and dominate
them who are noble and worthy of honour,
and suffer not the high-minded
to be at the mercy of the contemptible and worthless,
for this is what We observed
upon Our arrival in the City,
and to it We bear witness.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 212)
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 9 - `Asmá'/Names & Fidál/Grace
It behoveth the people of Bahá
to invoke and entreat the Lord of Names
that perchance the people of the world
may not be deprived
of the effusions of grace in His days.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 258)
I implore Thee,
O Thou Who art the King of names
and the Creator of earth and heaven,
so to assist me by Thy strengthening grace
that nothing whatsoever will have the power to hinder me
from remembering Thee,
or celebrating Thy praise,
or to keep me back from observing
what Thou hast prescribed unto me
in Thy Tablets,
that I may so arise to serve Thee
that with bared head
I will hasten forth from my habitation,
cry out in Thy name amidst Thy creatures,
and proclaim Thy virtues among Thy servants.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 242)
Shall he who reposeth upon the loftiest seat of honour,
who hath attained the pinnacle of might and glory,
Nay, by My Lord, the All-Merciful!
All on earth shall pass away,
and there remaineth alone the face of My Lord,
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 133)
Glorified, immeasurably glorified art Thou!
Thou art adored in Thy truth,
and Thee do we all, verily, worship;
and Thou art manifest in Thy justice,
and to Thee do we all, verily, bear witness.
Thou art, in truth, beloved in Thy grace.
No God is there but Thee,
the Help in Peril,
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 262)
Day 11 - Mashíyyat/Will & Istijlál/Majesty
3. Miscellaneous Exhortations:
a. To associate with the followers of all religions with fellowship
b. To honour one's parents
c. Not to wish for others what one does not wish for one's self
d. To teach and propagate the Faith after the ascension of its Founder
e. To assist those who arise to promote the Faith
f. Not to depart from the Writings or to be misled by those who do
g. To refer to the Holy Writ when differences arise
h. To immerse one's self in the study of the Teachings
i. Not to follow one's idle fancies and vain imaginations
j. To recite the holy verses at morn and at eventide
k. To recite the holy verses melodiously
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 159)
Open Thou outwardly to their faces, O my Lord,
the gates of Thy grace,
that they may enter them by Thy leave
and in conformity with Thy will,
and may stand before the throne of Thy majesty,
and catch the accents of Thy voice,
and be illumined with the splendors of the light of Thy face.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 72)
Day 12 - `Ilm/Knowledge & Istiqlál/Independence
and He verily speaketh the truth:
"Whoso maketh efforts for Us,
in Our ways shall We assuredly guide him."
"Fear God and God will give you knowledge."
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 27)
Even as He hath said:
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."