"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 178 B. E. – Abad/Eternity - Month 16 - Sharaf/Honour

I beseech Thee,
O Thou Who art the Creator of earth and heaven
and the Source of all things,
to attract Thy servants
through the fragrances of the Robe of Thine Inspiration
and Thy Revelation,
and to help them attain the Tabernacle of Thy behest and power.
From eternity Thou wert by Thy transcendent might
supreme over all things,
and Thou wilt be exalted unto eternity in Thy Godhead
and surpassing sovereignty.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 74)

 

 

Day 10 - `Izzat/Might & Jalál/Glory  

It behoveth therefore every man of insight
to fix his gaze upon the goal of eternity,
that perchance by the grace of Him Who is the Ancient King
he may attain unto the immortal Kingdom
and abide beneath the shade of the Tree of His Revelation.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 170)

Shall he who reposeth upon the loftiest seat of honour,
who hath attained the pinnacle of might and glory,
abide forever?
Nay, by My Lord, the All-Merciful!
All on earth shall pass away,
and there remaineth alone the face of My Lord,
the All-Glorious, the Most-Bountiful.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 134)



Day 11 - Mashíyyat/Will & Jamál/Beauty

Whomsoever Thou willest
Thou causest to draw nigh unto the Most Great Ocean,
and on whomsoever Thou desirest
Thou conferrest the honor of recognizing Thy Most Ancient Name.
Of all who are in heaven and on earth,
none can withstand the operation of Thy sovereign Will.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 94)

Having testified, therefore, unto mine own impotence
and the impotence of Thy servants,
I beseech Thee,
by the brightness of the light of Thy beauty,
not to refuse Thy creatures
attainment to the shores of Thy most holy ocean.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 124)



Day 12 - `Ilm/Knowledge & Kamál/Perfection

 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,
and to it We bear witness.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 206)

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 13 - Qudrat/Power & Fidál/Grace

I recognize that there is none other God but Thee,
that Thou hast no peer nor partner,
none to equal or rival Thee.
In Thine unapproachable loftiness
Thou hast, from eternity,
been exalted above the praise of any one but Thee,
and shalt continue for ever,
in Thy transcendent singleness and glory,
to be sanctified from the glorification of any one
except Thine own Self.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 90)

All praise, O my God, be to Thee
Who art the Source of all glory and majesty,
of greatness and honor,
of sovereignty and dominion,
of loftiness and grace,
of awe and power.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 94)



Day 14 - Qawl/Speech & `Idál/Justice

Unstop, then, the ear of thine heart
that thou mayest hearken unto the speech of the Divine Lote-Tree
that hath been raised up in truth by God, the Almighty, the Beneficent.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 84)

Whatever betide us,
we beseech Thine ancient forgiveness,
and seek Thine all-pervasive grace.
Our hope is that Thou wilt deny no one Thy grace,
and wilt deprive no soul of the ornament of fairness and justice.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 246)



Day 15 - Masa'íl/Questions & Istijlál/Majesty

It is most certain
that if human souls exercise their respective reason
 and intelligence upon the divine questions,
the power of God will dispel every difficulty,
and the eternal realities will appear
as one light, one truth, one love, one God
and a peace that is universal.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 76)

The glory and majesty of man 
are dependent upon his servitude to his fellow creatures 
and not upon the exercise of hostility and hatred.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace)


Day 16 - Sharaf/Honour & Istiqlál/Independence

Christ was the Prophet of the Christians,
Moses of the Jews --
why should not the followers of each prophet
recognize and honour the other prophets also?
If men could only learn
the lesson of mutual tolerance, understanding, and brotherly love,
the unity of the world would soon be an established fact.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 50)

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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