"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 5 - Núr/Light
This is the divinely-inscribed Book.
This is the outspread Tablet.
Say, this indeed is the Frequented Fane,
the sweet-scented Leaf,
the Tree of divine Revelation,
the surging Ocean,
the Utterance which lay concealed,
the Light above every light...
Indeed every light is generated by God
through the power of His behest.
He of a truth is the Light
in the kingdom of heaven and earth
and whatever is between them.
Through the radiance of His light God imparteth illumination
to your hearts and maketh firm your steps,
that perchance ye may yield praise unto Him.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 154)
Day 14 - Qawl/Speech & Jalál/Glory
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)
Since We have created you all
from one same substance
it is incumbent on you
to be even as one soul,
to walk with the same feet,
eat with the same mouth
and dwell in the same land,
that from your inmost being,
by your deeds and actions,
the signs of oneness
and the essence of detachment
may be made manifest.
Such is My counsel to you,
O concourse of light!
Heed ye this counsel
that ye may obtain the fruit of holiness
from the tree of wondrous glory.
(Baha'u'llah, The Arabic Hidden Words)
Day 15 - Masá'il/Questions & Jamál/Beauty
Parliamentary procedure should have for its object
the attainment of the light of truth upon questions presented
and not furnish a battleground for opposition and self-opinion.
Antagonism and contradiction are unfortunate
and always destructive to truth.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 72)
In reality all are members of one human family --
of one Heavenly Father.
Humanity may be likened unto the vari-colored flowers of one garden.
There is unity in diversity.
sets off and enhances the other's beauty.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 25)
Day 16 - Sharaf/Honour & Kamál/Perfection
As Christians believe in Moses,
so the Jews should believe in Jesus.
As the Muhammadans believe in Christ and Moses,
so likewise the Jews and the Christians should believe in Muhammad.
Then all disputes would disappear,
all then would be united.
Bahá'u'lláh came for this purpose.
He has made the three religions one.
He has uplifted the standard of the oneness of faith
and the honour of humanity in the centre of the world.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, `Abdu'l-Bahá in London, p. 43)
The spiritual love of God
maketh man pure and holy
and clotheth him with the garment of virtue and purity.
And when man attacheth his heart wholly to God
and becometh related to the Blessed Perfection,
the divine bounty will dawn.
This love is not physical,
nay, rather, it is absolutely spiritual.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of `Abdu'l-Bahá v1, p. 22)
Day 17 - Sultán/Sovereignty & Fidál/Grace
God is the Ancient, the Almighty;
His attributes are infinite.
He is God
because His light, His sovereignty, is infinite.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 274)
Can we limit God and His power?
In the same manner
we cannot limit His creations and attributes
Just as the reality of divinity is limitless,
likewise His grace and bounties are limitless.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 169)
Day 18 - Mulk/Dominion & Idál/Justice
Now thou shalt thank God
that a beam of the light came to thy sight.
I ask God
that thine inner sight may be illumined
so that thou mayest discover
the hidden mysteries of the Kingdom of God.
If thou become so,
thou wilt be an evident light
and a divine angel in the celestial dominion;
then it dependeth on the divine confirmation,
according to thy perseverance.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of `Abdu'l-Bahá v2, p. 409)
Equality and Brotherhood
must be established
among all members of mankind.
This is according to Justice.
The general rights of mankind
must be guarded and preserved.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, `Abdu'l-Bahá in London, p. 29)
Day 19 - `Alá'/Loftiness & Istijlál/Majesty
Service to humanity is service to God.
Let the love and light of the Kingdom
radiate through you
until all who look upon you
shall be illumined by its reflection.
Be as stars,
brilliant and sparkling
in the loftiness of their heavenly station.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 8)
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. 106)
Year 174 B. E. – Ab/The Father - Month 6 - Rahmat/Mercy
My calamity is My providence,
outwardly it is fire and vengeance,
but inwardly it is light and mercy.
that thou mayest become an eternal light
and an immortal spirit.
This is My command unto thee,
do thou observe it.
(Baha'u'llah, The Arabic Hidden Words)
He is God;
glorified is the splendour of His light.
The verses in this Tablet
are revealed for the one
who hath believed in the signs of her Lord
and is reckoned among such
are wholly devoted unto Him.
Bear thou witness
that verily no God is there but Him,
Who is both my Lord and thine,
and that no other God besides Him existeth.
He is the Bountiful, the Almighty.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 163)
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)