"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 19 - `Alá'/Loftiness
The first Taraz
and the first effulgence
which hath dawned from the horizon of the Mother Book
is that man should know his own self
and recognize that which leadeth unto loftiness or lowliness,
glory or abasement,
wealth or poverty.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 34)
Day 15 - Masá'il/Questions & Jalál/Glory
It is the work of the clergy to educate the people,
to instruct them,
to give them good advice and teaching
so that they may progress spiritually.
With political questions they have nothing to do.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 134)
There is one God;
mankind is one;
the foundations of religion are one.
Let us worship Him,
and give praise
for all His great Prophets and Messengers
who have manifested His brightness and glory.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, `Abdu'l-Bahá in London, p. 20)
Day 16 - Sharaf/Honour & Jamál/Beauty
Christ was the Prophet of the Christians,
Moses of the Jews --
why should not the followers of each prophet
recognize and honour the other prophets also?
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 50)
"Christ is ever in the world of existence.
He has never disappeared out of it....
Rest assured that Christ is present.
The Spiritual beauty we see around us today
is from the breathings of Christ."
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, `Abdu'l-Bahá in London, p. 41)
Day 17 - Sultán/Sovereignty & Kamál/Perfection
The truth I verily say unto thee,
this divine grace cannot be exchanged
for the sovereignty of the earth,
the east or the west.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of `Abdu'l-Bahá v1, p. 176)
Divine perfection is infinite,
therefore the progress of the soul is also infinite.
From the very birth of a human being
the soul progresses,
the intellect grows
and knowledge increases.
When the body dies
the soul lives on.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 89)
Day 18 - Mulk/Dominion & Fidál/Grace
Man is base, treacherous and mean;
the Manifestations of God uplift him
into dignity, nobility and loftiness.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 466)
Thou seest me, O my God,
bowed down in lowliness,
humbling myself before Thy commandments,
submitting to Thy sovereignty,
trembling at the might of Thy dominion,
fleeing from Thy wrath,
entreating Thy grace,
relying upon Thy forgiveness,
shaking with awe at Thy fury.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 224)
Day 19 - `Alá'/Loftiness & Idál/Justice
Be as stars,
brilliant and sparkling
in the loftiness of their heavenly station.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 8)
In the Hidden Words Bahá'u'lláh says,
"Justice is to be loved above all."
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, `Abdu'l-Bahá in London, p. 20)
Year 176 B. E. – Gate/Báb - Month 1 - Bahá/Splendour
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 1 - Bahá/Splendour & Istijlál/Majesty
I am the Primal Point
from which have been generated all created things.
I am the Countenance of God
Whose splendour can never be obscured,
the Light of God
Whose radiance can never fade.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 12)
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 2 - Jalál/Glory & Istiqlál/Independence
Naught do I now witness
but the manifold evidences
of Thy grace and loving-kindness,
Thy bounty and gracious favours,
Thy generosity and loftiness,
Thy sovereignty and might,
Thy splendour and Thy glory,
and that which befitteth the holy court
of Thy transcendent dominion and majesty
and beseemeth the glorious precincts
of Thine eternity and exaltation.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 181)
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)