"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 1 - Bahá/Splendour & Jalál/Glory
Say, the power of God
is in the hearts
of those who believe in the unity of God
and bear witness that no God is there but Him,
while the hearts of them that associate partners with God
devoid of life on this earth,
for assuredly they are dead.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 153)
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)
Day 2 - Jalál/Glory & Jamál/Beauty
is that which beseemeth Thee.
Verily no one hath ever adequately grasped
the loftiness of Thy station,
nor hath any one except Thee
as beseemeth Thee.
Thou art manifest
through the outpourings of Thy bounty,
while no one besides Thee
can fathom the sublimity of Thy Revelation.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 195)
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
Number me, O my God,
with those who are privileged to fix their gaze
upon Thy Beauty
and who take such delight therein
that they would not exchange a single moment thereof
with the sovereignty of the kingdom of heavens and earth
or with the entire realm of creation.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 216)
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. 156)
Day 4 - `Azamat/Grandeur & Fidál/Grace
Every revelation of His divine Essence
betokens the sublimity of His glory,
the loftiness of His sanctity,
the inaccessible height of His oneness
and the exaltation of His majesty and power.
(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 112)
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.
For granting of gifts doth not cause Thee loss,
nor doth the bestowing of favours diminish Thy wealth.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 186)
Day 5 - Núr/Light & `Idál/Justice
THE One true God
may be compared unto the sun
and the believer unto a mirror.
No sooner is the mirror placed before the sun
than it reflects its light.
The unbeliever may be likened unto a stone.
No matter how long it is exposed to the sunshine,
it cannot reflect the sun.
Thus the former layeth down his life as a sacrifice,
while the latter doeth against God what he committeth.
Indeed, if God willeth,
He is potent to turn the stone into a mirror,
but the person himself remaineth reconciled to his state.
Had he wished to become a crystal,
God would have made him to assume crystal form.
For on that Day
whatever cause prompteth the believer to believe in Him,
the same will also be available to the unbeliever.
But when the latter suffereth himself to be wrapt in veils,
the same cause shutteth him out as by a veil.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 103)
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
The path to guidance is one of love and compassion,
not of force and coercion.
This hath been God's method in the past,
and shall continue to be in the future!
He causeth him whom He pleaseth
to enter the shadow of His Mercy.
Verily, He is the Supreme Protector,
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 77)
Yield ye praise then unto Him
and glorify Him
and bear ye witness
to the sanctity and oneness of His Being
and magnify His might and majesty
with wondrous glorification.
This will enable you to gain admittance
into the all-highest Paradise.
Would that ye had firm faith
in the revelation of the signs of God.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 154)
Day 7 - Kalimát/Words & Istiqlál/Independence
Hadst thou uttered 'yea' on hearing the Words of God,
thou wouldst have been seen to have been worshipping God
from the beginning that hath no beginning until the present day,
never to have disobeyed Him,
not even for the twinkling of an eye.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 31))
No Lord but Thee do we invoke, O God our Lord,
nor do we implore blessings or grace from anyone but Thee,
O Thou Who art the God of mercy
unto this world and the next.
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)
"The understanding of His words
and the comprehension of the utterances of the Birds of Heaven
are in no wise dependent upon human learning.
They depend solely upon purity of heart,
chastity of soul,
freedom of spirit."
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