"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 9 - `Asmá'/Names
The word of God
which the Supreme Pen hath recorded
on the eleventh leaf of the Most Exalted Paradise is this:
We enjoin upon them
that are the emblems of His names and attributes
to firmly adhere henceforth
unto that which hath been set forth
in this Most Great Revelation,
not to allow themselves to become the cause of strife,
and, until the end that knoweth no end,
to keep their eyes directed towards the dayspring of these resplendent words
which have been recorded in this Tablet.
Strife leads to bloodshed
and provokes commotion amongst people.
Hearken ye unto the Voice of this Wronged One
and deviate not therefrom.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 71)
Day 1 - Bahá/Splendour & Jalál/Glory
I AM the Mystic Fane
which the Hand of Omnipotence
I am the Lamp
which the Finger of God
hath lit within its niche
and caused to shine with deathless splendour.
I am the Flame
of that supernal Light
that glowed upon Sinai
in the gladsome Spot,
and lay concealed in the midst of the Burning Bush.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 74)
How vast the possessions
that were wrongfully seized in the Path of Thy love
in order to affirm the loftiness of Thy sanctity
and to extol Thy glorious Name!
How many the feet that have trodden upon the dust
in order to magnify Thy holy Word
and to extol Thy glory!
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 188)
Day 2 - Jalál/Glory & Jamál/Beauty
If ye seek God,
it behooveth you
to seek Him Whom God shall make manifest,
and if ye cherish the desire to dwell in the Ark of Names,
ye will be distinguished as the guides
to Him Whom God shall make manifest,
did ye but believe in Him.
Verily then make your hearts
the daysprings of His exalted Names
as recorded in the Book,
and ye shall,
even as mirrors placed before the sun,
be able to receive enlightenment.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 131)
Magnified be Thy Name,
Thou art the Best Beloved
Who hast enabled me to know Thee
and Thou art that All-Renowned One
Who hast graciously favoured me with Thy love.
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)
Day 3 -Jamál/Beauty & Kamál/Perfection
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)
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 4 - `Azamát/Grandeur & Fidál/Grace
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 Most Exalted.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 202)
Thou art verily the Lord of grace abounding.
Thou dost indeed suffice every created thing
and causest it to be independent of all things,
while nothing in the heavens
or on the earth
or that which lieth between them
can ever suffice Thee.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 7)
Day 5 - Núr/Light & Idál/Justice
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)
These are the appointed days
which ye have been yearningly awaiting in the past --
the days of the advent of divine justice.
Render ye thanks unto God,
O ye concourse of believers.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 161)
Day 6 - Rahmat/Mercy & Istijlál/Majesty
Be Thou sufficient unto us of all things,
forgive our sins
and have mercy upon us.
Thou art Our Lord
and the Lord of all created things.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 213)
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)
Day 7 - Kalimát/Words & Istiqlál/Independence
Know thou that every ear
which hearkeneth unto His Words
with true faith
shall be immune from the fire.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 98)
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)