"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 14 - Qawl/Speech
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)
Day 18 - Mulk/Dominion & Jalál/Glory
This day is the day of the Ancient Honor,
and Great Gift.
Appreciate thou its value
and do not neglect it,
so that thou mayest attain
to that which was longed for
by the holy ones
in bygone ages and centuries
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of `Abdu'l-Bahá v2, p. 294)
Today the friends of God
must appear in such fashion
amidst [God's] servants
that by their actions
they may lead all
unto the pleasure
of the Lord of Glory.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, A Traveller's Narrative, p. 64)
Day 19 - `Alá/Loftiness & Jamál/Beauty
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.
Do you appreciate the Day in which you live?
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 7)
In the estimation of God
there is no distinction of color;
all are one in the color and beauty
of servitude to Him.
Color is not important;
the heart is all-important.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity, p. 34)
Year 174 B. E. – Ab/The Father - Month 15 - Masá'il/Questions
His revelation of the Word
the teachings of all the Prophets,
expressed in principles and precepts
applicable to the needs and conditions
of the modern world,
amplified and adapted
to present-day questions
and critical human problems.
That is to say,
the words of Bahá'u'lláh
are the essences of the words
of the Prophets of the past.
They are the very spirit of the age
and the cause of the unity
and illumination of the East and the West.
The followers of His teachings
are in conformity
with the precepts and commands
of all the former heavenly Messengers.
Differences and dissensions,
which destroy the foundations of the world of humanity
and are contrary to the will and good pleasure of God,
disappear completely in the light
of the revelation of Bahá'u'lláh;
difficult problems are solved,
unity and love are established.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 314)
Day 1 - Bahá/Splendour & Kamál/Perfection
THROUGH Thy revelation, O my God,
Thou hast enabled me to know Thee,
and through the radiance of Thine effulgent splendour
Thou hast inspired me with Thy remembrance.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 211)
Every other perfection is as naught
in face of His consummate perfection,
and every other display of might is as nothing
before His absolute might.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 157)
Day 2 - Jalál/Glory & Fidál/Grace
Refresh my heart, O my God,
with the living waters of Thy love
and give me a draught, O my Master,
from the chalice of Thy tender mercy.
Let me abide, O my Lord,
within the habitation of Thy glory,
and suffer me, O my God,
to emerge from the darkness
in which Thy divine obscurity is shrouded.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 208)
Verily no God is there but God;
His is the kingdom of heaven and earth
and He is the Clement, the All-Knowing.
God testifieth that there is no God but Him,
and He Who speaketh at the bidding of His Lord
is but the First to worship Him.
He is the peerless Creator
Who hath created the heavens and the earth
and whatsoever lieth between them,
and all do His bidding.
He is the One Whose grace
hath encompassed all that are in the heavens,
on earth or elsewhere,
and everyone abideth by His behest.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 167)
Day 3 - Jamál/Beauty & `Idál/Justice
Verily I have desired naught else but Thy love
and the love of those who love Thee.
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. 216)
Strengthen my heart, O my God,
in Thine obedience and in Thy love
and grant that I may be clear
of the entire company of Thine adversaries.
Verily I swear by Thy glory
that I yearn for naught besides Thyself,
nor do I desire anything except Thy mercy,
nor am I apprehensive of aught save Thy justice.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 215)
Day 4 - `Azamat/Grandeur & Istijlál/Majesty
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.
Indeed Thou shalt,
by virtue of that which is inherent in Thine Essence,
ever remain inscrutable unto all except Thyself.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 216)
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 5 - Núr/Light & Istiqlál/Independence
Indeed every light is generated by God
through the power of His behest.
He of a truth is the Light
in the kingdom of heaven and earth
and whatever is between them.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 154)
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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