"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 176 B. E. – Gate/Báb - Month 4 - `Azamat/Grandeur
Say: Verily I am the 'Gate of God'
and I give you to drink,
by the leave of God,
the sovereign Truth,
of the crystal-pure waters of His Revelation
which are gushing out
from the incorruptible Fountain
situate upon the Holy Mount.
And those who earnestly strive after
the One True God,
let them then strive
to attain this Gate.
Verily God is potent over all things...
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 50)
Day 2 - Jalál/Glory & Jalál/Glory
I bear witness that there is no God but Thee,
inasmuch as Thou art invested
with sovereignty, grandeur, glory and power
which no one among Thy servants
can visualize or comprehend.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 217)
All praise and glory
befitteth the sacred and glorious court
of the sovereign Lord,
Who from everlasting hath dwelt,
and unto everlasting will continue to dwell
within the mystery of His Own divine Essence,
Who from time immemorial hath abided
and will forever continue to abide
within His transcendent eternity,
exalted above the reach and ken of all created beings.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 111)
Day 3 - Jamál/Beauty & Jamál/Beauty
Graciously inspire me, O my God,
through Thy grace and bounty,
Thy glory and majesty,
and Thy dominion and grandeur,
for no one mighty and all-knowing
can I find beside Thee.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 194)
THE glory of Him Whom God shall make manifest
is immeasurably above every other glory,
and His majesty is far above every other majesty.
His beauty excelleth every other embodiment of beauty,
and His grandeur immensely exceedeth every other manifestation of grandeur.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 156)
Day 4 - `Azamat/Grandeur & Kamál/Perfection
ALL majesty and glory, O my God,
and all dominion and light and grandeur and splendour
be unto Thee.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 202)
NO created thing shall ever attain its paradise
unless it appeareth in its highest prescribed degree of perfection.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 88)
Day 5 - Núr/Light & Fidál/Grace
Thou art the Ancient of Days
Whom none can ever describe
through the evidences of Thy glory and majesty,
and Thou art the mighty One
Whom none can ever comprehend
through the revelations of Thy greatness and beauty,
inasmuch as the expressions of majesty and grandeur
and the attributes of dominion and beauty
are but the tokens of Thy divine Will
and the effulgent reflections of Thy sovereignty
which, by reason of their very essence and nature,
proclaim that the way is barred
and bear witness
that the pathway is inaccessibly beyond the reach of men.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 212)
I IMPLORE Thee
by the splendour of the light of Thy glorious face,
the majesty of Thine ancient grandeur
and the power of Thy transcendent sovereignty
to ordain for us at this moment
every measure of that which is good and seemly
and to destine for us every portion of the outpourings of Thy grace.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 186)
Day 6 - Rahmat/Mercy & Idál/Justice
clear and conclusive,
are a token of the mercy of thy Lord
and a source of guidance for all mankind.
They are a light unto those who believe in them
and a fire of afflictive torment for those who turn away and reject them.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 162)
Paradise is attainment of His good-pleasure
and everlasting hell-fire His judgement through justice.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 158)
Day 7 - Kalimát/Words & Istijlál/Majesty
The light of the people of the world is their knowledge and utterance;
while the splendours shed from the glorious acts
of Him Whom God shall make manifest
are His Words,
through whose potency
He rolleth up the whole world of existence,
sets it under His Own authority by relating it unto Himself,
then as the Mouthpiece of God,
the Source of His divine light
-- exalted and glorified be He -- proclaimeth:
'Verily, verily, I am God,
no God is there but Me;
in truth all others except Me
are My creatures.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 97)
I have extolled Thine overpowering majesty
through Thine Own Self
before the dwellers of the heavens and the earth,
bearing witness that, verily,
Thou and Thou alone art the Lord of might,
the Eternal One,
the Ancient of Days.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 5)
Day 8 - Kamál/Perfection & Istiqlál/Independence
Consider, moreover, how the fruit,
ere it is formed,
lieth potentially within the tree.
Were the tree to be cut into pieces,
no sign nor any part of the fruit,
could be detected.
When it appeareth, however,
it manifesteth itself,
as thou hast observed,
in its wondrous beauty
and glorious perfection.
Certain fruits, indeed,
attain their fullest development
only after being severed from the tree.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 155)
As these statements clearly reveal,
the Bábí Dispensation
was essentially in the nature of a religious
and indeed social revolution,
and its duration had therefore to be short,
but full of tragic events,
of sweeping and drastic reforms.
Those drastic measures enforced by the Báb
and His followers
were taken with the view
of undermining the very foundations of Shi'ih orthodoxy,
and thus paving the way for the coming of Bahá'u'lláh.
To assert the independence of the new Dispensation,
and to prepare also the ground
for the approaching Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh,
the Báb had therefore to reveal very severe laws,
even though most of them were never enforced.
But the mere fact that He revealed them
as in itself a proof of the independent character of His Dispensation
and was sufficient to create such widespread agitation,
and excite such opposition on the part of the clergy
that led them to cause His eventual martyrdom.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 214)