"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 6 - Rahmat/Mercy
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 6 - Rahmat/Mercy & Jalál/Glory
Ye have, one and all,
been called into being to seek His presence
and to attain that exalted and glorious station.
Indeed, He will send down from the heaven of His mercy
that which will benefit you,
and whatever is graciously vouchsafed by Him
shall enable you to dispense with all mankind.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 165)
Do Thou graciously forgive me
for the things that I have wrought in Thy holy presence,
and look not upon me with the glance of justice,
but rather deliver me through Thy grace,
treat me with Thy mercy
and deal with me according to Thy bountiful favours,
as is worthy of Thy glory.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 208)
Day 7 - Kalimát/Words & Jamál/Beauty
Verily We are the One
Who is of immense bounteousness.
But should the Primal Point cease to be with you,
then the judgement given in the Words of God
shall be final and unalterable
and every one will assuredly uphold it.
Wert thou to address a letter
to Him Whom God shall make manifest,
begging that it be delivered unto His presence,
perchance He would graciously forgive thee
and, at His behest,
turn thy negation into affirmation.
He is in truth the All-Bountiful,
the Most Generous,
He Whose grace is infinite.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 36)
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 8 - Kamál/Perfection & Kamál/Perfection
Consider the past.
How many, both high and low,
have, at all times,
yearningly awaited the advent of the Manifestations of God
in the sanctified persons of His chosen Ones.
How often have they expected His coming,
how frequently have they prayed
that the breeze of divine mercy might blow,
and the promised Beauty step forth
from behind the veil of concealment,
and be made manifest to all the world.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-`Iqán, p. 4)
With fixed and steady gaze,
born of the unerring eye of God,
scan for a while the horizon of divine knowledge,
and contemplate those words of perfection
which the Eternal hath revealed,
that haply the mysteries of divine wisdom,
hidden ere now beneath the veil of glory
and treasured within the tabernacle of His grace,
may be made manifest unto you.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-`Iqán, p. 16)
Day 9 - `Asmá'/Names & Fidál/Grace
Praised be Thou, O Lord my God!
This is Thy servant
whom Thou hast in the kingdom of Thy names
called by Thine own name,
and whom Thou hast reared
under the wings of Thy grace and favors.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 62)
It behoveth the people of Bahá
to invoke and entreat the Lord of Names
that perchance the people of the world
may not be deprived of the effusions of grace in His days.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 258)
Day 10 - `Izzat/Might & Idál/Justice
By My mercy and by My beauty!
All that I have revealed unto thee
with the tongue of power,
and have written for thee
with the pen of might,
hath been in accordance
with thy capacity and understanding,
not with My state
and the melody of My voice.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words)
Should anyone wax angry with you,
respond to him with gentleness;
and should anyone upbraid you,
forbear to upbraid him in return,
but leave him to himself
and put your trust in God,
the omnipotent Avenger,
the Lord of might and justice.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 75)
Day 11 - Mashiyyat/Will & Istijlál/Majesty
O Thou the dread
of Whom hath fallen upon all things,
before the splendors
of Whose face
the countenances of all men are downcast,
at the revelations of Whose sovereignty
all necks have humbly bowed,
to the ruling of Whose will
all hearts have been subdued,
the awfulness of Whose majesty
hath caused the foundations of all things to tremble,
and to the power of Whose authority
the winds have been subjected!
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 211)
Open Thou outwardly to their faces, O my Lord,
the gates of Thy grace,
that they may enter them by Thy leave
and in conformity with Thy will,
and may stand before the throne of Thy majesty,
and catch the accents of Thy voice,
and be illumined with the splendors of the light of Thy face.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 72)
Day 12 - `Ilm/Knowledge & Istiqlál/Independence
Perchance we may divest ourselves
of all that we have taken from each other
and strip ourselves of such borrowed garments
as we have stolen from our fellow men,
that He may attire us instead
with the robe of His mercy
and the raiment of His guidance,
and admit us into the city of knowledge
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 9)
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)