"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 175 B. E. – D/Dál - Month 16 - Sharaf/Honour
The straight path is the one which guideth man to the dayspring of perception
and to the dawning-place of true understanding
and leadeth him to that which will redound to glory, honour and greatness.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 35)
Day 13 - Qudrat/Power & Jalál/Glory
Wert thou to ponder a while,
thou wouldst bear witness unto the wisdom,
and the power,
and the sovereignty of God,
exalted be His glory.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 121)
in the Lawh-i-Fu'ád,
and in the Tablet of the King of Paris (Napoleon III),
and in other Tablets,
there hath been revealed
that which will lead every fair-minded person
to testify unto the power,
and the majesty,
and the wisdom of God --
exalted be His glory.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 149)
Day 14 - Qawl/Speech & Jamál/Beauty
Unstop, then, the ear of thine heart
that thou mayest hearken unto the speech of the Divine Lote-Tree
that hath been raised up in truth by God,
(Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 84)
'Whosoever turns to Him
hath surely turned unto God,
and whosoever turneth away from Him
hath turned away from My beauty,
denied My proof
and is of those who transgress.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablet of the Branch)
Day 15 - Masá'il/Questions & Kamál/Perfection
Until now it has been said that all religions
were composed of tenets that had to be accepted,
even if they seems contrary to science.
Thanks be to God,
that in this new cycle
the admonition of Bahá'u'lláh is
that in the search for truth
man must weigh religious questions
in the balance of science and reason.
God has given us rational minds for this purpose,
to penetrate all things,
to find truth.
If one renounce reason,
The sacred texts?
How can we understand God's commands
and to what use can we put them
without the balance of reason?
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 102)
To know that it is possible
to reach a state of perfection,
to march forward on the path is better.
We know that to help the poor
and to be merciful is good
and pleases God,
but knowledge alone
does not feed the starving man,
nor can the poor
be warmed by knowledge or words
in the bitter winter;
we must give the practical help
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, `Abdu'l-Bahá in London, p. 60)
Day 16 - Sharaf/Honour & Fidál/Grace
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. 69)
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. 128)
Day 17 - Sultán/Sovereignty & Idál/Justice
The greatest attainment in the world of humanity is nearness to God.
Every lasting glory, honor, grace and beauty
which comes to man comes through nearness to God.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 145)
The divine sovereignty is ancient, eternal.
God from everlasting was love,
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity, p. 102)
Day 18 - Mulk/Dominion & Istijlál/Majesty
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
Abandon the concerns of mankind
and be naturalized with the attributes
of the angels of the Supreme Concourse,
because these angels humble themselves
to the lowest thing of the things
despite their honor, glory, the loftiness of station
and the greatness of their might.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of `Abdu'l-Bahá v1, p. 77)
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.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 146)