"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,
are unlocked..."

Bahá'u'lláh

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Year 176 B. E. – Gate/Báb - Month 3 - Jamál/Beauty

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 7 - Kalimat/Words & Jalál/Glory 

And when He intoneth
the anthems of the greatness of God
all Paradise waileth in its longing
to gaze on His Beauty,
and when He chanteth
words of praise and glorification of God
all Paradise becomes motionless
like unto ice locked in the heart of a frost-bound mountain.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 54)

I bear witness that there is no God but Thee,
inasmuch as Thou art invested with sovereignty, grandeur, glory and power
which no one among Thy servants can visualize or comprehend.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 217)

 

 

 

Day 8 - Kamál/Perfection & Jamál/Beauty

 Were the tree to be cut into pieces,
no sign nor any part of the fruit,
however small, could be detected.
When it appeareth, however, it manifesteth itself,
as thou hast observed,
in its wondrous beauty and glorious perfection.
Certain fruits, indeed, attain their fullest development
only after being severed from the tree.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 155)

 

It behoveth us, therefore,
to make the utmost endeavor,
that, by God's invisible assistance,
these dark veils,
these clouds of Heaven-sent trials,
may not hinder us
from beholding the beauty of His shining Countenance,
and that we may recognize Him only by His own Self.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 27)

 

 

Day 9 - `Asmá'/Names & Kamál/Perfection

Did We not forbid you to cleave to the things
that would shut you out
from the Manifestation of our Beauty,
in its subsequent Revelation,
be they the embodiments of the names of God
and all their glory,
or the revealers of His attributes and their dominion?
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 292)


The spirit that animateth the human heart
is the knowledge of God,
and its truest adorning
is the recognition of the truth that
"He doeth whatsoever He willeth,
and ordaineth that which He pleaseth."
Its raiment is the fear of God,
and its perfection steadfastness in His Faith.
Thus God instructeth whosoever seeketh Him.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 291)

 

 

Day 10 - `Izzat/Might & Fidál/Grace

PRAISE be unto God,
incomparable in majesty, power and beauty,
peerless in glory, might and grandeur;
too high is He for human imaginations
to comprehend Him
or for any peer or equal
to be ascribed unto Him.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 101)

All praise be to the sanctified Lord
Who hath illumined the world
through the splendours of the Daystar of His grace.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tabernacle of Unity)

 

 

Day 11 - Mashíyyat/Will & `Idál/Justice

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)

 

Ponder this in thy heart;
how it behooveth thee to be.
Verily justice is My gift to thee
and the sign of My loving-kindness.
Set it then before thine eyes.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words)

 

 

Day 12 - `Ilm/Knowledge & Istijlál/Majesty

Blind thine eyes,
that is, to all save My beauty;
stop thine ears to all save My word;
empty thyself of all learning
save the knowledge of Me;
that with a clear vision,
a pure heart and an attentive ear
thou mayest enter the court of My holiness.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Persian Hidden Words)

My majesty
is My gift to thee,
and My grandeur
the token of My mercy unto thee.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words)

 

 

Day 13 - Qudrat/Power & Istiqlál/Independence

By God!
This is the Best-Beloved of the worlds,
and yet ye comprehend not.
This is the Beauty of God amongst you,
and the power of His sovereignty within you,
could ye but understand.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 6)

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)

 

 

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"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."

Bahá'u'lláh

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