"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..."





Year 174 B. E. – Ab/The Father - Month 18 - Mulk/Dominion

HALLOWED be the Lord
in Whose hand is the source of dominion.
He createth whatsoever He willeth
 by His Word of command 'Be',
 and it is.
His hath been the power of authority heretofore
and it shall remain His hereafter.
He maketh victorious whomsoever He pleaseth,
through the potency of His behest.
He is in truth the Powerful, the Almighty.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 171)



Day 5 - Núr/Light & Jalál/Glory

ALL majesty and glory, O my God,
and all dominion and light and grandeur and splendour
 be unto Thee.
Thou bestowest sovereignty on whom Thou willest
and dost withhold it from whom Thou desirest.
No God is there but Thee,
 the All-Possessing,
the Most Exalted.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 202)

GLORY be unto Him
Who knoweth all that is in the heavens
 and in the earth.
Verily there is no God but Him,
 the sovereign Ruler,
the Almighty,
the Great.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 18)



 Day 6 - Rahmat/Mercy & Jamál/Beauty

Have mercy on me, O Lord,
in these days
when the peoples of Thine earth
 have erred grievously;
supply me then, O my God,
 with that which is good and seemly
 in Thine estimation.
Thou art verily the All-Powerful,
 the Gracious,
the Bountiful,
the Ever-Forgiving.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 216)

Verily I have desired naught else but Thy love
 and the love of those who love Thee.
How can I extol the effulgent beauty of Thy Lordship,
conscious as I am of my nothingness
before the habitation of Thy glory?
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 216)



Day 7 - Kalimát/Words & Kamál/Perfection

Know thou that every ear
which hearkeneth unto His Words with true faith
 shall be immune from the fire.
Thus the believer,
through his recognition of Him
will appreciate the transcendent character of His heavenly Words,
 will whole-heartedly choose Him over others,
and will refuse to incline his affections
towards those who disbelieve in Him.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 98))

Every other perfection is as naught
 in face of His consummate perfection,
and every other display of might is as nothing
 before His absolute might.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 157)



Day 8 - Kamál/Perfection & Fidál/Grace

Thus the Lord of the First and the Last
in setting forth the grades of contemplation,
and expressing wonderment hath said:
"O Lord, increase my astonishment at Thee!"
Likewise, reflect upon the perfection of man's creation,
 and that all these planes and states
are folded up and hidden away within him.
Dost thou reckon thyself only a puny form
When within thee the universe is folded?
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Seven Valleys, p. 34)

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 9 - Asmá'/Names & Idál/Justice

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)

Verily justice is My gift to thee
and the sign of My loving-kindness.
Set it then before thine eyes.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words)



Day 10 - `Izzat/Might & Istijlál/Majesty

Thou art My dominion
and My dominion perisheth not;
wherefore fearest thou thy perishing?
Thou art My light
and My light shall never be extinguished;
why dost thou dread extinction?
Thou art My glory
and My glory fadeth not;
thou art My robe
and My robe shall never be outworn.
Abide then in thy love for Me,
that thou mayest find Me in the realm of glory.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words)

Believe in the Messengers of God and His sovereign might,
 and in the Self of God and His majesty.
Follow not those who have repudiated what they had once believed,
 and who have sought for themselves a station after their own fancy;
 these, truly, are of the ungodly.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 30)



 Day 11 - Mashíyyat/Will & Istiqlál/Independence

Say: O concourse of mirrors!
Ye are but a creation of My will
and have come to exist by virtue of My command.
Beware lest ye deny the verses of My Lord,
and be of them who have wrought injustice
and are numbered with the lost.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 44)

Even as He hath said:
"O men!
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."





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