"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 176 B. E. – Gate/Báb - Month 2 - Jalál/Glory
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 5 - Núr/Light & Jalál/Glory
THE glory of glories
and the most resplendent light
rest upon Thee, O my God.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 194)
GLORY be unto Him
Who knoweth all that is in the heavens
and in the earth.
Verily there is no God but Him,
the sovereign Ruler,
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 18)
Day 6 - Rahmat/Mercy & Jamál/Beauty
Far be it from the sublimity of Thy Being, O my God,
that anyone seek Thy loving-kindness or favour.
Far be it from Thy transcendent glory
that anyone entreat Thee
for the evidences of Thy bestowals
and tender mercy.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 187)
Number me, O my God,
with those who are privileged
to fix their gaze upon Thy Beauty
and who take such delight therein
that they would not exchange a single moment thereof
with the sovereignty of the kingdom of heavens and earth
or with the entire realm of creation.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 216)
Day 7 - Kalimát/Words & Kamál/Perfection
The paths of Thine inaccessible glory
have prompted me to voice these words
and the ways of Thine unattainable heights
have guided me to make these allusions.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 201)
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.
His names are superior to all other names.
His good-pleasure taketh precedence
over any other expression of good-pleasure.
His pre-eminent exaltation is far above the reach
of every other symbol of exaltation.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 157)
Day 8 - Kamál/Perfection & Fidál/Grace
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)
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 9 - `Asmá'/Names & `Idál/Justice
PRAISE and glory
beseem the Lord of Names
and the Creator of the heavens,
He, the waves of Whose ocean of Revelation
surge before the eyes of the peoples of the world.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 33)
The tenderness of Thy mercy, O my Lord,
surpasseth the fury of Thy wrath,
and Thy loving-kindness exceedeth Thy hot displeasure,
and Thy grace excelleth Thy justice.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 136)
Day 10 - `Izzat/Might & Istijlál/Majesty
All praise and glory be to God
Who, through the power of His might,
hath delivered His creation
from the nakedness of non-existence,
and clothed it with the mantle of life.
From among all created things
He hath singled out for His special favor
the pure, the gem-like reality of man,
and invested it with a unique capacity of knowing Him
and of reflecting the greatness of His glory.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 77)
Behold, how immeasurably exalted is the Lord your God
above all created things!
Witness the majesty of His sovereignty,
and supreme power.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 184)
Day 11 - Mashíyyat/Will & Istiqlál/Independence
Bless them, O my God,
and ascribe unto them such glory
as hath shone forth above the horizon of Thy will,
and hath shed its splendors
from the kingdom of Thine utterance.
Immerse them, O my Lord,
beneath the ocean of Thy mercy,
and illumine them
with the dawning light of Thy Revelation.
Forgive, then, O my God,
their fathers and their mothers,
by Thy favor,
and Thy bounty,
and Thy tender mercies.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 287)
Then wouldst thou find thyself raised up
to the summit of exaltation and glory,
and elevated to the pinnacle of majesty and independence.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 102)
"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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