"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 18 - Mulk/Dominion
HALLOWED be the Lord
in Whose hand is the source of dominion.
He createth whatsoever He willeth
by His Word of command 'Be',
and it is.
His hath been the power of authority heretofore
and it shall remain His hereafter.
He maketh victorious whomsoever He pleaseth,
through the potency of His behest.
He is in truth the Powerful, the Almighty.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 171)
Day 12 - `Ilm/Knowledge & Jalál/Glory
Exalted is His purpose;
glorified is His power;
magnified is His dominion!
Now let us beseech God
-- praised be His glory --
to graciously guide aright
the followers of the Shi'ih sect
and to purge them of unseemly conduct.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 91)
The first Tajalli
which hath dawned from the Day-Star of Truth
is the knowledge of God --
exalted be His glory.
And the knowledge of the King of everlasting days
can in no wise be attained
save by recognizing Him
Who is the Bearer of the Most Great Name.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 49)
Day 13 - Qudrat/Power & Jamál/Beauty
I swear by Thy glory and majesty
and by Thy dominion and power,
the darkness of my remoteness from Thee
hath destroyed me.
What hath become of the light of Thy nearness,
O Desire of every understanding heart?
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 113)
By Thy glory and majesty,
by Thy might and power,
I desire not my sight
save to behold Thy beauty,
nor my hearing
save to hearken to Thy call and Thy verses.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 111)
Day 14 - Qawl/Speech & Kamál/Perfection
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.
Glory not in the things that have been given thee.
Set before thine eyes
what hath been revealed
in the Book of God,
the Help in Peril,
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 227)
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
The fourth teaching of Bahá'u'lláh
is the agreement of religion and science.
God has endowed man with intelligence and reason
whereby he is required to determine the verity of questions and propositions.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 240)
Can we limit God and his power?
In the same manner we cannot limit his creations and attributes.
Just as the reality of divinity is limitless,
likewise his grace and bounties are limitless.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 169)
Day 16 - Sharaf/Honour & `Idál/Justice
The human spirit laid that secret bare,
and drew it forth from the unseen into the visible world.
There is, for example,
the power of steam,
and photography and the phonograph,
and wireless telegraphy,
and advances in mathematics:
each and every one of these was once a mystery,
a closely guarded secret,
yet the human spirit unravelled these secrets
and brought them out of the invisible into the light of day.
Thus is it clear that
the human spirit
is an all-encompassing power
that exerteth its dominion
over the inner essences of all created things,
uncovering the well kept mysteries of the phenomenal world.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 169)
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. 286)
Day 17 - Sultan/Sovereignty & IstijlCl/Majesty
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)
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
O God Omnipotent,
do Thou shield us and be our refuge and,
O Lord of Being,
show forth Thy might and Thy dominion.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 313)
Let God's beloved,
each and every one,
be the essence of purity,
the very life of holiness,
so that in every country
they may become famed for their sanctity,
independence of spirit,
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 203)
"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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