"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 177 B. E. – V/Váv/The Great Reversal in the Sign of the Sovereign  - Month 16 - Sharaf/Honour

Behold,
the "mystery of the Great Reversal in the Sign of the Sovereign"
hath now been made manifest.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 75)

The name for the letter "Váv" consists of three letters:
Váv, Alif, Váv.
According to the abjad reckoning,
the numerical value of each of these letters is 6, 1 and 6 respectively.
Shoghi Effendi in a letter written on his behalf
to one of the believers in the East
provides an interpretation of this verse of the Aqdas.
He states that the "Upright Alif" refers to the advent of the Báb.
The first letter with its value of six,
which comes before the Alif,
is a symbol of earlier Dispensations and Manifestations
which predate the Báb,
while the third letter,
which also has a numerical value of six,
stands for Bahá'u'lláh's supreme Revelation
which was made manifest after the Alif.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 240
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Day 12 - `Ilm/Knowledge & Jalál/Glory

Allow not the abject to rule over and dominate them
who are noble and worthy of honour,
and suffer not the high-minded
to be at the mercy of the contemptible and worthless,
for this is what We observed upon Our arrival in the City (Constantinople),
and to it We bear witness.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Proclamation of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 50)

Brighten our hearts, O my Lord,
with the splendor of Thy knowledge,
and illumine our sight with the light of such eyes
as are fixed upon the horizon of Thy grace
and the Day-Spring of Thy glory.
Preserve us, then, by Thy Most Great Name,
Which Thou didst cause to overshadow such nations
as lay claim to what Thou hast forbidden in Thy Book.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 37)

 

 

Day 13 - Qudrat/Power & Jamál/Beauty

Thou art God's shadow on earth.
Strive, therefore, to act in such a manner
as befitteth so eminent, so august a station.
If thou dost depart from following the things
We have caused to descend upon thee and taught thee,
thou wilt, assuredly, be derogating from that great and priceless honour.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Proclamation of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 52)

The Tongue of My power hath,
from the heaven of My omnipotent glory,
addressed to My creation these words:
'Observe My commandments,
for the love of My beauty.'
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Proclamation of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 120)

 

  

Day 14 - Qawl/Speech & Kamál/Perfection

Thou knowest, O my Lord,
that I am but one of Thy servants.
I have tasted of the sweetness of Thy speech,
and acknowledged Thy unity and Thy singleness,
and set my face towards the Source of Thy most excellent names
and the Day-Spring of Thy transcendent attributes,
and wished to be enabled by Thee
to immerse myself beneath the ocean of Thy oneness
and to be submerged by the mighty waters of Thy unity.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 114)

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 - Masa'il/Questions & Fidál/Grace

With political questions the clergy, however, have nothing to do!
Religious matters should not be confused with politics
in the present state of the world
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 159)

The one all-loving God
bestows His divine Grace and Favour on all mankind;
one and all are servants of the Most High,
and His Goodness, Mercy and loving Kindness
are showered upon all His creatures.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 130)

 

 

Day 16 - Sharaf/Honour & `Idál/Justice

Religion, moreover, is not a series of beliefs,
a set of customs;
religion is the teachings of the Lord God,
teachings which constitute the very life of humankind,
which urge high thoughts upon the mind,
refine the character,
and lay the groundwork for man's everlasting honour.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 52)

The honour of this creation
and the worthiness of this garment
therefore require man to have love and affinity for his own kind,
nay rather, 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 & Istijlál/Majesty

Forsake thou every other concern,
let oblivion overtake the memory of all else.
Confine thy thoughts
to whatever will lift up the human soul
to the Paradise of heavenly grace,
and make every bird of the Kingdom
wing its way unto the Supreme Horizon,
the central point of everlasting honour in this contingent world.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 178)

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

Rely upon God.
Trust in Him.
Praise Him,
and call Him continually to mind.
He verily turneth trouble into ease,
and sorrow into solace,
and toil into utter peace.
He verily hath dominion over all things.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 178)

All creatures are dependent upon God,
however great may seem their knowledge, power and independence.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 23)

 

 

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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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