"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 174 B. E. – Ab/The Father - Month 8 -Kamál/Perfection
So Christ said,
"Be ye therefore perfect,
even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect,"
meaning that perfection is the requirement of Christianity.
Be the image and likeness of God.
This is not easy.
It necessitates the focalization of all heavenly virtues.
It requires that we become recipients of all the perfections of God.
Then we become His image and likeness.
For in the Bible it is stated,
"Let us make man in our image,
after our likeness."
The attainment of this is most difficult.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 248)
Day 13 - Qudrat/Power & Jalál/Glory
PRAISE be unto God,
incomparable in majesty,
power and beauty,
peerless in glory, might and grandeur;
too high is He
for human imaginations to comprehend Him
or for any peer or equal to be ascribed unto Him.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 101)
Verily potent art Thou to do whatsoever Thou willest.
All they that dwell in the heavens and on the earth
bear witness to Thy power and Thy might,
to Thy glory and Thy bounteousness.
Praise be to Thee,
O Lord of the worlds and the Well-Beloved
the heart of every man of understanding!
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 95)
Day 14 -QawI/Speech & Jamál/Beauty
My sole duty is to remind you of your failure in duty towards the Cause of God,
if perchance ye may be of them that heed My warning.
Wherefore, hearken ye unto My speech,
and return ye to God and repent,
that He, through His grace,
may have mercy upon you,
may wash away your sins,
and forgive your trespasses.
The greatness of His mercy
surpasseth the fury of His wrath,
and His grace encompasseth all who have been called into being
and been clothed with the robe of life,
be they of the past or of the future.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 130)
Neglect not My commandments if thou lovest My beauty,
and forget not My counsels if thou wouldst attain My good pleasure.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words)
Day 15 - Masá'il/Questions & Kamál/Perfection
With political questions the clergy,
however, have nothing to do!
Religious matters should not be confused with politics
in the present state of the world
(for their interests are not identical).
Religion concerns matters of the heart,
of the spirit, and of morals.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 158)
But the friends of the Blessed Perfection
have no thoughts save the thoughts of heaven
and the love of God.
Therefore, you must without delay employ your powers
in spreading the effulgent glow of the love of God
and so order your lives
that you may be known
and seen as examples of its radiance.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 8)
Day 16 - Sharaf/Honour & Fidál/Grace
Lift up your hearts
above the present
and look with eyes of faith
into the future!
Today the seed is sown,
the grain falls upon the earth,
but behold the day will come
when it shall rise a glorious tree
and the branches thereof
shall be laden with fruit.
Rejoice and be glad
that this day has dawned,
try to realize its power,
for it is indeed wonderful!
God has crowned you with honour
and in your hearts
has He set a radiant star;
verily the light thereof
shall brighten the whole world!
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 68)
The one all-loving God
bestows His divine Grace and Favour
on all mankind;
one and all are servants of the Most High,
and His Goodness, Mercy and loving Kindness
are showered upon all His creatures.
The glory of humanity is the heritage of each one.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 129)
Love is the eternal sovereignty.
Love is the divine power.
By it all the kings of earth are overthrown and conquered.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 211)
Then with a firm resolution,
a pure heart,
a rejoiced spirit,
and an eloquent tongue,
engage your time
in the promulgation of the divine principles
so that the oneness of the world of humanity
may pitch her canopy in the apex of America
and all the nations of the world
may follow the divine policy.
This is certain,
that the divine policy is justice
and kindness toward all mankind.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 71)
Day 18 - Mulk/Dominion & Istijál/Majesty
Vouchsafe, O Best Beloved of the World,
a ray from Thy Splendour.
O Well-Beloved of mankind,
shed upon us the light of Thy Countenance.
O God Omnipotent,
do Thou shield us and be our refuge and,
O Lord of Being,
show forth Thy might and Thy dominion.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 313)
Have pity on my weakness,
and strengthen me with Thy power.
Have pity on my impotence,
and assist me with Thy might and majesty.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 107)
Day 19 - `Alá/Loftiness & Istiqlál/Independence
Men are material;
the Manifestations transform them into semblance divine.
They are immature children;
the Manifestations develop them into maturity.
Man is poor;
they endow him with wealth.
Man is base, treacherous and mean;
the Manifestations of God
uplift him into dignity, nobility and loftiness.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity, p. 110))
When man in all conditions is pure and immaculate,
he will become the center of the reflection of the manifest Light.
In all his actions and conduct
there must first be purity,
then beauty and independence.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of `Abdu'l-Baháv3, p. 581)