"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 2 - Jalál/Glory
GLORY be unto Thee, O Lord my God!
I beg Thee to forgive me
and those who support Thy Faith.
Verily Thou art the sovereign Lord,
the Most Generous.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 199)
Day 13 - Qudrat/Power & Jalál/Glory
The third word we have recorded
on the third leaf of Paradise is this:
"O son of man!
If thine eyes be turned towards mercy,
forsake the things that profit thee,
cleave unto that which will profit mankind.
And if thine eyes be turned towards justice,
choose thou for thy neighbor
that which thou choosest for thyself.
Humility exalteth man
to the heaven of glory and power,
whilst pride abaseth him
to the depths of wretchedness and degradation.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 29)
"Wert thou to incline thine inner ear
unto all created things,
thou wouldst hear:
'The Ancient of Days
is come in His great glory!'
Everything celebrateth the praise of its Lord.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 47)
Day 14 - Qawl/Speech & Jamál/Beauty
Be a treasure to the poor,
an admonisher to the rich,
an answerer to the cry of the needy,
a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge.
Be fair in thy judgment,
and guarded in thy speech.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 93)
Fear ye God
and suffer not your deeds
to be rendered vain
and be not of them
that are sunk in heedlessness.
Open your eyes
that ye may behold the Ancient Beauty
from this shining and luminous station.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 182)
Day 15 - Masá'il/Questions & Kamál/Perfection
His Holiness Bahá'u'lláh
has given instructions
regarding every one of the questions
He has given teachings and instructions
with regard to every one of the problems
with which man struggles.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity, p. 39)
The spiritual love of God
maketh man pure and holy
and clotheth him with the garment
of virtue and purity.
And when man attacheth his heart wholly to God
and becometh related to the Blessed Perfection,
the divine bounty will dawn.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of `Abdu'l-Bahá v1, p. 22)
Day 16 - Sharaf/Honour & Fidál/Grace
May the light of divine advancement shine upon you.
This is the glory and progress of man.
This is eternal life.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 112)
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. 147)
Day 17 - Sultán/Sovereignty & Idál/Justice
Every foundation will finally become collapsed;
every glory and splendor will at last vanish and disappear,
but the Kingdom of God is eternal
and the heavenly sovereignty and majesty
will stand firm, everlasting.
Hence in the estimation of a wise man
the mat in the Kingdom of God is preferable
to the throne of the government of the world.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 79)
And among the teachings of His Holiness Bahá'u'lláh
is justice and right.
Until these are realized on the plane of existence,
all things shall be in disorder and remain imperfect.
The world of mankind
is a world of oppression and cruelty,
and a realm of aggression and error.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablet to the Hague, p. 8)
Day 18 - Mulk/Dominion & Istijlál/Majesty
Vouchsafe, O Best Beloved of the World,
a ray from Thy Splendour.
O Well-Beloved of mankind,
shed upon us
the light of Thy Countenance.
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)
All creatures are dependent upon God,
however great may seem their knowledge,
power and independence.
Behold the mighty kings upon earth,
for they have the power in the world
that man can give them,
and yet when death calls
they must obey,
even as the peasants at their gates.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 23)