"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 175 B. E. – D/Dál - Month 12 - `Ilm/Knowledge

Sow the seeds of My divine wisdom
in the pure soil of the heart,
and water them with the waters of certitude,
that the hyacinths of knowledge and wisdom
may spring up fresh and green
from the holy city of the heart.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Persian Hidden Words

 

 

Day 12 - `Ilm/Knowledge & Jalál/Glory 

In truth,
knowledge is a veritable treasure for man,
and a source of glory,
of bounty,
of joy,
of exaltation,
of cheer and gladness unto him.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 27)

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

 Behold how within all things
the portals of the Ridvan of God are opened,
that seekers may attain
the cities of understanding and wisdom,
and enter the gardens of knowledge and power.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-`Iqán, p. 140)
 

Behold how within all things
the portals of the Ridvan of God are opened,
that seekers may attain
the cities of understanding and wisdom,
and enter the gardens of knowledge and power.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-`Iqán, p. 140)

 

 

Day 14 - Qawl/Speech & Kamál/Perfection

Wert thou to incline thine ear unto My speech
and observe My counsel,
God would exalt thee
to so eminent a position
that the designs of no man on the whole earth
can ever touch or hurt thee.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 233)

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

"Can you clearly define
and differentiate the world of nature
and the world of Divinity?"  --  
you would receive
very little real knowledge and enlightenment
upon these questions.
This is due to the fact
that development of the ideal virtues
has been neglected.
People speak of Divinity,
but the ideas and beliefs they have of Divinity are,
in reality, superstition.
Divinity is the effulgence of the Sun of Reality,
the manifestation of spiritual virtues and ideal powers.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 326)

"O people of Bahá!
Ye have been and are the dawnings of affection
and the daysprings of divine grace:
defile not the tongue
with cursing or execration of anyone,
and guard the eye
from that which is not seemly.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, A Traveller's Narrative, p.  83)

 

 

Day 16 - Sharaf/Honour & `Idál/Justice

It is known that the knowledge of God
is beyond all knowledge,
and it is the greatest glory of the human world.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 300)
 

Universal benefits
derive from the grace of the Divine religions,
for they lead their true followers
to sincerity of intent,
to high purpose,
to purity and spotless honor,
to surpassing kindness and compassion,
to the keeping of their covenants
when they have covenanted,
to concern for the rights of others,
to liberality,
to justice in every aspect of life,
to humanity and philanthropy,
to valor
and to unflagging efforts
in the service of mankind.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 98)

 

 

Day 17 - Sultán/Sovereignty & Istijlál/Majesty

For even as the plant imagines life ends with itself
and has no knowledge of our existence,
so the materially-minded man
has no knowledge of other worlds of consciousness.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 123)

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.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 79)

 

 

Day 18 - Mulk/Dominion & Istiqlál/Independence

 Were the dominions of the whole, entire earth to be thine,
it would not equal this great dominion
which is no other than spreading the guidance of God.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of `Abdu'l-Bahá v2, p. 254)

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,
and meekness.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 203)

 

 

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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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