"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,
are unlocked..."

Bahá'u'lláh

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Year 174 B. E. – Ab/The Father - Month 15 - Masá'il/Questions

His revelation of the Word
embodies completely
the teachings of all the Prophets,
expressed in principles and precepts
applicable to the needs and conditions
 of the modern world,
amplified and adapted
to present-day questions
and critical human problems.
 That is to say,
the words of Bahá'u'lláh
are the essences of the words
of the Prophets of the past.
They are the very spirit of the age
and the cause of the unity
and illumination of the East and the West.
 The followers of His teachings
are in conformity
with the precepts and commands
of all the former heavenly Messengers.
 Differences and dissensions,
which destroy the foundations of the world of humanity
 and are contrary to the will and good pleasure of God,
 disappear completely in the light
 of the revelation of Bahá'u'lláh;
difficult problems are solved,
unity and love are established.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 314)

 

 

Day 6 - Rahmat/Mercy & Jalál/Glory

IT is not permissible to ask questions
from Him Whom God will make manifest,
except that which well beseemeth Him.
For His station is that of the Essence of divine Revelation...
(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 100)

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

For instance,
were a person to inquire the price of straw
 from a merchant of rubies,
how ignorant would he be
and how unacceptable.
Similarly unacceptable would be the questions
 of the highest-ranking people of the world
 in His presence,
 except such words
as He Himself
 would utter about Himself
 in the Day of His manifestation.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 101)

Abandon me not to myself, O my Lord,
nor deprive me of recognizing Him
Who is the Manifestation of Thine Own Self,
nor account me with such as have turned away
 from Thy holy presence.
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 8 - Kamál/Perfection & Kamál/Perfection

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)

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

Thou, in truth,
art one of the suns of the heaven of His names.
Guard thyself,
lest darkness spread its veils over thee,
 and fold thee away from His light...
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Proclamation of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 83)

My claim on thee is great,
it cannot be forgotten.
My grace to thee is plenteous,
 it cannot be veiled.
My love has made in thee its home,
it cannot be concealed.
My light is manifest to thee,
it cannot be obscured.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words)

 

 

Day 10 - `Izzat/Might & `Idál/Justice

Transgress not thy limits,
nor claim that which beseemeth thee not.
Prostrate thyself before the countenance of thy God,
 the Lord of might and power.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words)

O Divine Providence!
Though wicked, sinful, and intemperate,
 we still seek from Thee a "seat of truth,"
and long to behold the countenance of the Omnipotent King.
 It is Thine to command,
and all sovereignty belongeth to Thee,
and the realm of might boweth before Thy behest.
Everything Thou doest is pure justice,
 nay, the very essence of grace.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 252)

 

 

Day 11 - Mashíyyat/Will & Istijlál/Majesty

Nature is God's Will
and is its expression
in and through the contingent world.
It is a dispensation of Providence
ordained by the Ordainer,
 the All-Wise.
Were anyone to affirm that it is the Will of God
 as manifested in the world of being,
no one should question this assertion.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 142)

A true philosopher would never deny God
 nor His evidences,
rather would he acknowledge His glory
 and overpowering majesty
 which overshadow all created things.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 150)

 

 

Day 10 - `Ilm/Knowledge & Istiqlál/Independence

I created thee rich,
why dost thou bring thyself down to poverty?
 Noble I made thee,
wherewith dost thou abase thyself?
 Out of the essence of knowledge I gave thee being,
 why seekest thou enlightenment from anyone beside Me?
 Out of the clay of love I molded thee,
how dost thou busy thyself with another?
Turn thy sight unto thyself,
that thou mayest find Me standing within thee,
 mighty, powerful and self-subsisting.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words)

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)

 

 

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  "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."

Bahá'u'lláh

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