"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 11 - Mashíyyat/Will
thou art sailing upon the sea of creation,
know thou that the First Remembrance,
which is the Primal Will of God,
may be likened unto the sun...
It is this Primal Will
which appeareth resplendent in every Prophet
and speaketh forth in every revealed Book.
God hath created Him
through the potency of His might,
and He hath,
from the beginning that hath no beginning,
caused Him to be manifested in every Dispensation
through the compelling power of His behest,
and God will,
to the end that knoweth no end,
continue to manifest Him
according to the good-pleasure of His invincible Purpose.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 125-126)
Day 10 - `Izzat/Might & Jalál/Glory
None can withstand the operation of My will
or the exercise of My might.
I am He Who hath raised up all creatures
through a word of My mouth,
and My power is, in truth,
equal to My purpose.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 39)
For far be it from His greatness and His glory
that He should turn away a seeker at His door,
cast aside from His Threshold
one who hath set his hopes on Him,
reject one who hath sought the shelter of His shade,
deprive one who hath held fast to the hem of His mercy,
or condemn to remoteness
the poor one who hath found the river of His riches.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 32)
Day 11 - Mashíyyat/Will & Jamál/Beauty
My eternity is My creation,
I have created it for thee.
Make it the garment of thy temple.
My unity is My handiwork;
I have wrought it for thee;
clothe thyself therewith,
that thou mayest be to all eternity
the revelation of My everlasting being.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words)
Wouldst thou have Me,
seek none other than Me;
and wouldst thou gaze upon My beauty,
close thine eyes to the world
and all that is therein;
for My will
and the will of another than Me,
even as fire and water,
cannot dwell together in one heart.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Persian Hidden Words)
Day 12 - `Ilm/Knowledge & Kamál/Perfection
Glorified, glorified be Thou, O my God!
How can I ever hope to ascend
into the heaven of Thy most holy will,
or gain admittance
into the tabernacle of Thy Divine knowledge,
knowing as I do
that the minds of the wise and learned
are impotent to fathom the secrets of Thy handiwork --
a handiwork which is itself but a creation of Thy will?
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 92)
reflect upon the perfection of man's creation,
and that all these planes and states
are folded up and hidden away within him.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Seven Valleys, p. 34)
Day 13 - Qudrat/Power & Fidál/Grace
Naught can resist Thy will,
nor frustrate what Thou hast purposed by Thy power.
No God is there but Thee,
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 48)
We beseech God
therefore to immerse us in these surging seas,
to grace us with the presence of these life-bearing breezes,
and to cause us to abide in these divine and lofty precincts.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries)
Day 14 - Qawl/Speech & `Idál/Justice
We ask thee to reflect upon that which hath been revealed,
and to be fair and just in thy speech,
that perchance the splendors of the daystar of truthfulness and sincerity
may shine forth,
and may deliver thee from the darkness of ignorance,
and illumine the world with the light of knowledge.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 10)
Say: O well-beloved ones!
The tabernacle of unity hath been raised;
regard ye not one another as strangers.
Ye are the fruits of one tree,
and the leaves of one branch.
Verily I say,
whatsoever leadeth to the decline of ignorance
and the increase of knowledge hath been,
and will ever remain,
approved in the sight of the Lord of creation.
Say: O people!
Walk ye neath the shadow of justice and truthfulness
and seek ye shelter within the tabernacle of unity.
(Baha'u'llah, Tabernacle of Unity)
Day 15 - Masá'il/Questions & Istijlál/Majesty
The ninth principle of Bahá'u'lláh is:
That Religion should not concern itself with Political Questions.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks)
Have pity on my impotency
and assist me with Thy might and majesty!
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Baha'í World Faith, p. 423)
Day 16 - Sharaf/Honour & Istiqlál/Independence
Each man has been placed in a post of honour,
which he must not desert.
A humble workman who commits an injustice
is as much to blame as a renowned tyrant.
Thus we all have our choice between justice and injustice.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 160)
All creatures are dependent upon God,
however great may seem their knowledge, power and independence.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 22)
"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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