"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 174 B. E. – Ab/The Father - Month 11 - Mashíyyat/Will
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 & Jalál/Glory
Thy Lord, verily, doeth what He willeth.
What He pleaseth will God abrogate or confirm,
and with Him is the knowledge of all things
in a Guarded Tablet.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 83)
Thou art My glory
and My glory fadeth not;
thou art My robe
and My robe shall never be outworn.
Abide then in thy love for Me,
that thou mayest find Me
in the realm of glory.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words)
Day 13 - Qudrat/Power & Jamál/Beauty
Deny me not, O my Lord,
the fragrances of Thy raiment in Thy days,
and deprive me not of the breathings of Thy Revelation
at the appearance of the splendors of the light of Thy face.
Powerful art Thou to do what pleaseth Thee.
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)
Rejoice in the gladness of thine heart,
that thou mayest be worthy to meet Me
and to mirror forth My beauty.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words)
Day 14 - Qawl/Speech & Kamál/Perfection
Thou shalt, after thy departure,
discover what We have revealed unto thee,
and shalt find all thy doings recorded in the Book
wherein the works of all them that dwell on earth,
be they greater or less than the weight of an atom,
are noted down.
Heed, therefore, My counsel,
and hearken thou,
with the hearing of thine heart,
unto My speech,
and be not careless of My words,
nor be of them that reject My truth.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 226)
With fixed and steady gaze,
born of the unerring eye of God,
scan for a while the horizon of divine knowledge,
and contemplate those words of perfection
which the Eternal hath revealed,
that haply the mysteries of divine wisdom,
hidden ere now beneath the veil of glory
and treasured within the tabernacle of His grace,
may be made manifest unto you.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-`Iqán, p. 16)
Day 15 - Masá'il/Questions & Fidál/Grace
Until now it has been said
that all religions were composed of
that had to be accepted,
even if they seems contrary to science.
Thanks be to God,
that in this new cycle
the admonition of BAHA'O'LLAH
is that in the search for truth
man must weigh religious questions
in the balance of science and reason.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 102)
It is hoped that ye will be nurtured
in the shade of the lote-tree of Divine Grace,
and practice that which God desireth.
Ye are all leaves of one tree
and drops of one sea.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, A Traveller's Narrative, p. 83)
Day 16 - Sharaf/Honour & `Idál/Justice
Man hath the powers of will and understanding,
but nature hath them not.
Nature is constrained,
man is free.
Nature is bereft of understanding,
Nature is unaware of past events,
but man is aware of them.
Nature forecasteth not the future;
man by his discerning power
seeth that which is to come.
Nature hath no consciousness of itself,
man knoweth about all things.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablet to August Forel, p. 12)
hath not created in man
the claws and teeth of ferocious animals,
nay rather hath the human form
been fashioned and set
with the most comely attributes
and adorned with the most perfect virtues.
The honour of this creation
and the worthiness of this garment
therefore require man
to have love and affinity for his own kind,
to act towards all living creatures
with justice and equity.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 287)
Day 17 - Sultán/Sovereignty & Istijltál/Majesty
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,
equal to My purpose.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 39)
This phenomenal world
will not remain in an unchanging condition
even for a short while.
Second after second
it undergoes change and transformation.
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)
Day 18 -Mulk/Dominion & Istiqlál/Independence
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)
All creatures are dependent upon God,
however great may seem their knowledge,
power and independence.
Behold the mighty kings upon earth,
for they have all 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. 19)
"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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