"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 14 - Qawl/Speech

Heed, therefore, My counsel,
and hearken thou,
with the hearing of thine heart,
 unto My speech,
and be not careless of My words,
nor be of them that reject My truth.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 226)

 

 

Day 11 - Mashíyyat/Will & Jalál/Glory

We beseech God
 to aid thee
to be just and fair-minded,
 and to acquaint thee
with the things that were hidden
 from the eyes of men.
He, in truth,
is the Mighty,
the Unconstrained.
We ask thee to reflect
upon that which hath been revealed,
 and to be fair and just in thy speech,
 that perchance the splendors
of the daystar of truthfulness and sincerity
 may shine forth,
and may deliver thee
from the darkness of ignorance,
and illumine the world
with the light of knowledge.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 10)

O MY handmaiden, O My leaf!
 Render thou thanks
unto the Best-Beloved of the world
 for having attained this boundless grace
at a time when the world's learned
 and most distinguished men
have remained deprived thereof.
We have designated thee 'a leaf'
that thou mayest,
like unto leaves,
be stirred by the gentle wind
 of the Will of God
 -- exalted be His glory --
even as the leaves of the trees
stirred by onrushing winds.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 254)

 

 

 Day 12 - Ilm/Knowledge & Jamál/Beauty

Fair speech and truthfulness,
by reason of their lofty rank and position,
are regarded as a sun
shining above the horizon of knowledge.
The waves rising from this Ocean
are apparent before the eyes of the peoples of the world
 and the effusions of the Pen of wisdom and utterance
 are manifest everywhere.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 40)

Say:
Blessed the slumberer
who is awakened by My Breeze.
Blessed the lifeless one
who is quickened through My reviving breaths.
 Blessed the eye
that is solaced by gazing at My beauty.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 16)

 

 

Day 13 -Qudrat/Power & Kamál/Perfection

I verily proclaim:
"There is no power nor strength except in God,
 the Help in Peril,
the Self-Subsisting."
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 76)

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 14 - Qawl/Speech & Fidál/Grace

Heed, therefore,
 My counsel,
and hearken thou,
with the hearing of thine heart,
 unto My speech,
and be not careless of My words,
nor be of them that reject My truth.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts)

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.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 130)

 

 

Day 15 - Masá'il/Questions & Idál/Justice

Follow thou the way of thy Lord,
and say not that which the ears cannot bear to hear,
 for such speech is like luscious food given to small children.
 However palatable,
rare and rich the food may be,
it cannot be assimilated
by the digestive organs of a suckling child.
Therefore unto every one who hath a right,
 let his settled measure be given.
'Not everything that a man knoweth can be disclosed,
nor can everything that he can disclose be regarded as timely,
 nor can every timely utterance
be considered as suited to the capacity of those who hear it.'
 Such is the consummate wisdom to be observed in thy pursuits.
 Be not oblivious thereof,
if thou wishest to be a man of action under all conditions.
First diagnose the disease and identify the malady,
 then prescribe the remedy,
for such is the perfect method of the skillful physician.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 268)

Questions not treated of
are left to the civil law of each country,
and to the decisions of the Bait-ul-Adl,
 or House of Justice,
instituted by Bahá'u'lláh.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of `Abdu'l-Bahá v3)

 

 

Day 16 - Sharaf/Honour & Istijlál/Majesty

"Unless one accepts dire vicissitudes,
 he will not attain.
To me prison is freedom,
 troubles rest me,
 death is life,
and to be despised is honour.
Therefore, I was happy all that time in prison.
When one is released from the prison of self,
 that is indeed release,
for that is the greater prison.
When this release takes place,
then one cannot be outwardly imprisoned.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, `Abdu'l-Bahá  in London, p. 120)
 

Inasmuch as God is kind and loving to all,
 why should we be unkind?
As this human world is one household,
why should its members be occupied
 with animosity and contention?
 Therefore, humanity must be looked upon
 with the eye of equal estimate
and in the same attitude of love.
The noblest of men is he who serves humankind,
and he is nearest the threshold of God
who is the least of His servants.
The glory and majesty of man
are dependent upon his servitude to his fellow creatures
and not upon the exercise of hostility and hatred.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 107)

 

 

 Day 17 - Sultán/Sovereignty & Istiqlál/Independence

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.
 In other words,
as soon as they go down to the grave
 they are reduced to naught.
The maidservants of God's Kingdom,
 on the other hand,
enjoy eternal sovereignty
unaffected by the passing of ages and generations.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 123)


First in a human being's way of life must be purity,
then freshness, cleanliness, and independence of spirit.
First must the stream bed be cleansed,
then may the sweet river waters be led into it.
Chaste eyes enjoy the beatific vision of the Lord
and know what this encounter meaneth;
a pure sense inhaleth the fragrances
that blow from the rose gardens of His grace;
a burnished heart will mirror forth the comely face of truth.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 146)

 

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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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