"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 14 - Qawl/Speech
The sixth Ishraq is union and concord
amongst the children of men.
From the beginning of time
the light of unity
hath shed its divine radiance
upon the world,
and the greatest means
for the promotion of that unity
is for the peoples of the world to understand
one another's writing and speech.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 127)
Day 16 - Sharaf/Honour & Jalál/Glory
If we are true Bahá'ís speech is not needed.
Our actions will help on the world,
will spread civilization,
will help the progress of science,
and cause the arts to develop.
nothing in the material world
can be accomplished,
neither can words unaided
advance a man in the spiritual Kingdom.
It is not through lip-service only
that the elect of God
have attained to holiness,
but by patient lives of active service
they have brought light into the world.
Therefore strive that your actions
day by day
may be beautiful prayers.
Turn towards God,
and seek always
to do that which is right and noble.
Enrich the poor,
raise the fallen,
comfort the sorrowful,
bring healing to the sick,
reassure the fearful,
rescue the oppressed,
bring hope to the hopeless,
shelter the destitute!
This is the work of a true Bahá'í,
and this is what is expected of him.
If we strive to do all this,
then are we true Bahá'ís,
but if we neglect it,
we are not followers of the Light,
and we have no right to the name.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá,, Paris Talks, p. 80)
Nay, for God,
knowledge is the most glorious gift of man
and the most noble of human perfections.
To oppose knowledge is ignorant,
and he who detests knowledge and science is not a man,
but rather an animal without intelligence.
For knowledge is light, life, felicity, perfection, beauty
and the means of approaching the Threshold of Unity.
It is the honor and glory of the world of humanity,
and the greatest bounty of God.
Knowledge is identical with guidance,
and ignorance is real error.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 137)
Day 17 - Sultán/Sovereignty & Jamál/Beauty
The souls who have been enlightened
with the light of the Kingdom, however,
have founded eternal sovereignty.
like unto the stars,
upon the horizon of everlasting glory.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Bahá'í World Faith, p. 385)
In reality all are members of one human family --
children of one Heavenly Father.
Humanity may be likened
unto the vari-colored flowers of one garden.
There is unity in diversity.
Each sets off and enhances
the other's beauty.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 25)
Day 18 - Mulk/Dominion & Kamál/Perfection
In this age of spiritual awakening,
the world has entered upon the path of progress
into the arena of development,
where the power of the spirit
surpasses that of the body.
Soon the spirit will have dominion
over the world of humanity.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, `Abdu'l-Bahá in London, p. 81)
To know that it is possible
to reach a state of perfection,
to march forward on the path is better.
We know that to help the poor
and to be merciful is good
and pleases God,
but knowledge alone
does not feed the starving man,
nor can the poor be warmed
by knowledge or words
in the bitter winter;
we must give the practical help
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, `Abdu'l-Bahá in London, p. 60)
Day 19 - `Alá'/Loftiness & Fidál/Grace
Therefore, order your lives
in accordance with the first principle of the divine teaching,
which is love.
Service to humanity is service to God.
Let the love and light of the Kingdom
radiate through you
until all who look upon you
shall be illumined by its reflection.
Be as stars,
brilliant and sparkling
in the loftiness of their heavenly station.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 8)
The one all-loving God
bestows His divine Grace and Favour
on all mankind;
one and all are servants of the Most High,
and His Goodness, Mercy and loving Kindness
are showered upon all His creatures.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 128)
Year 175 B. E. – D/Dál - Month 15 - Masá'il/Questions
Whoso hath quaffed of the wine of divine knowledge
will indeed be able to answer such questions
with clear and perspicuous proofs
from the world without
and with manifest and luminous evidences
from the world within.
(Baha'u'llah, Tabernacle of Unity)
Day 1 - Bahá/Splendour & `Idál/Justice
Magnified be Thy name.
Hath aught else save Thee
any independent existence
so as to be capable of hinting at Thy nature,
and doth anyone but Thee
possess any trace of identity
wherewith I could recognize Thee?
All that is known
owes its renown
to the splendour of Thy Name,
the Most Manifest,
and every object is deeply stirred
by the vibrating influence
emanating from Thine invincible Will.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 195)
These are the days
which the people in bygone times
What hath then befallen you
that ye are fast asleep?
These are the days
wherein God hath caused the Day-Star of Truth
to shine resplendent.
What hath then caused you
to keep your silence?
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 2 - Jalál/Glory & Istijlál/Majesty
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)
O my Lord!
I beg Thee to forgive me
for shutting myself out from Thee.
By Thy glory and majesty,
I have failed to befittingly recognize Thee
and to worship Thee,
while Thou dost make Thyself known unto me
and callest me to remembrance as beseemeth Thy station.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 204))
Day 3 - Jamál/Beauty & Istiqlál/Independence
How can I extol the effulgent beauty of Thy Lordship,
conscious as I am of my nothingness
before the habitation of Thy glory?
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 217)
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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