"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 15 - Masá'il/Questions

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
)

 

 

Day 8 - Kamál/Perfection & Jalál/Glory

Wert thou to heed these words,
wert thou to ponder their outward and inner meaning in thy heart,
thou wouldst seize the significance of all the abstruse problems
which, in this day,
have become insuperable barriers between men
and the knowledge of the Day of Judgment.
Then wilt thou have no more questions to perplex thee.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-`Iqán, p. 123)

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 & Jamál/Beauty

As the wayward of every age have failed to fathom the deeper import
of these weighty and pregnant utterances,
and imagined the answer of the Prophets of God
to be irrelevant to the questions they asked them,
they therefore have attributed ignorance and folly
to those Essences of knowledge and understanding.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-`Iqán, p. 149)

I beseech Thee, O my God,
by Thy Name which Thou hast made the King of Names,
by which all who are in heaven
and all who are on earth have been enraptured,
to enable me to gaze on the Day-Star of Thy Beauty,
and to supply me with the wine of Thine utterance.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 289)

 

  

Day 10 - `Izzat/Might & Kamál/Perfection

Transgress not thy limits,
nor claim that which beseemeth thee not.
Prostrate thyself before the countenance of thy God,
the Lord of might and power.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words)

Its raiment is the fear of God,
and its perfection steadfastness in His Faith.
Thus God instructeth whosoever seeketh Him.
He, verily, loveth the one that turneth towards Him.
There is none other God but Him,
the Forgiving,
the Most Bountiful.
All praise be to God,
the Lord of all worlds.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 291)

 

 

 Day 11 - Mashíyyat/Will & Fidál/Grace

Man, the noblest and most perfect of all created things,
excelleth them all in the intensity of this revelation,
and is a fuller expression of its glory.
And of all men,
the most accomplished,
the most distinguished,
and the most excellent
are the Manifestations of the Sun of Truth.
Nay, all else besides these Manifestations,
live by the operation of Their Will,
and move
and have their being
through the outpourings of Their grace.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 179)

If any man were to meditate on that which the Scriptures,
sent down from the heaven of God's holy Will, have revealed,
he would readily recognize that their purpose
is that all men shall be regarded as one soul,
so that the seal bearing the words
"The Kingdom shall be God's"
may be stamped on every heart,
and the light of Divine bounty,
of grace, and mercy may envelop all mankind.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 260)

 

 

Day 12 - `Ilm/Knowledge & `Idál/Justice

The spirit that animateth the human heart is the knowledge of God,
and its truest adorning is the recognition of the truth that
"He doeth whatsoever He willeth,
and ordaineth that which He pleaseth."
Its raiment is the fear of God,
and its perfection steadfastness in His Faith.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 291)

The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice;
turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me,
and neglect it not that I may confide in thee.
By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes
and not through the eyes of others, a
nd shalt know of thine own knowledge
and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor.
Ponder this in thy heart;
how it behooveth thee to be.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words)

 

 

Day 13 - Qudrat/Power & Istijlál/Majesty

Know then that it behoveth thine eminence to ponder from the outset
these questions in thy heart:
What hath prompted the divers peoples and kindreds of the earth
to reject the Apostles whom God hath sent unto them
in His might and power,
whom He hath raised up to exalt His Cause
and ordained to be the Lamps of eternity
within the Niche of His oneness?
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 9)

Verily, God hath made it incumbent upon every soul
to deliver His Cause according to his ability.
Thus hath the command been recorded
by the finger of might and power
upon the Tablet of majesty and greatness.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablet of the Branch)

 

 

Day 14 - Qawl/Speech & Istiqlál/Independence

Be generous in prosperity,
and thankful in adversity.
Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor,
and look upon him with a bright and friendly face.
Be a treasure to the poor,
an admonisher to the rich,
an answerer to the cry of the needy,
a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge.
Be fair in thy judgment,
and guarded in thy speech.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 93)

By 'riches' therefore is meant independence of all else but God,
and by 'poverty' the lack of things that are of God.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-`Iqán, p. 132)

 

 

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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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