"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 178 B. E. – Abad/Eternity - Month 7 - Kalimát/Words
From all eternity I have indeed recognized Thee
and unto all eternity will ever do so through Thine Own Self
and not through any one else besides Thee.
Verily Thou art the Source of all knowledge,
From everlasting I have besought
and unto everlasting will beseech forgiveness
for my limited understanding of Thee,
aware as I am that there is no God but Thee,
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 3)
Day 6 - Rahmat/Mercy & Jalál/Glory
The signs which the sanctified essences reveal
and the words which the exalted realities express
and the allusions manifested by the ethereal entities
all proclaim that Thou art immeasurably exalted
above the reach of the embodiments of the realm of being,
and all solemnly affirm that Thou art immensely high
above the description of such as are wrapt in the veils of fancy.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 207)
Do Thou graciously forgive me
for the things that I have wrought in Thy holy presence,
and look not upon me with the glance of justice,
but rather deliver me through Thy grace,
treat me with Thy mercy
and deal with me according to Thy bountiful favours,
as is worthy of Thy glory.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 208)
Day 7 - Kalimát/Words & Jamál/Beauty
Know thou that every ear which hearkeneth unto His Words with true faith
shall be immune from the fire.
Thus the believer, through his recognition of Him
will appreciate the transcendent character of His heavenly Words,
will whole-heartedly choose Him over others,
and will refuse to incline his affections towards those who disbelieve in Him.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 98)
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 8 - Kamál/Perfection & Kamál/Perfection
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)
Even as it hath been recorded in the "Kafi,"
in the tradition of Jabir,
in the "Tablet of Fatimih,"
concerning the character of the Qá'im:
"He shall manifest the perfection of Moses,
the splendour of Jesus,
and the patience of Job.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-`Iqán, p. 245)
Hath thine ear, O world,
heard with what helplessness
these words were revealed from the dayspring
of the will of Him Who is the Dawning-Place of all names?
(Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 156)
All praise be to the sanctified Lord
Who hath illumined the world
through the splendours of the Daystar of His grace.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tabernacle of Unity)
Day 10 - `Izzat/Might & `Idál/Justice
By Him besides Whom there is none other God,
I have chosen to be brief,
for were I to recount all the words
that have been sent down unto the Prophets of God
from the realm of His supernal glory
and the kingdom of His sovereign might,
all the pages and tablets of the world
would not suffice to exhaust My theme.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 10)
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 11 - Mashíyyat/Will & Istijlál/Majesty
Well nigh a hundred volumes of luminous verses and perspicuous words
have already been sent down
from the heaven of the will of Him Who is the Revealer of signs,
and are available unto all.
It is for thee to direct thyself towards the Ultimate Goal,
and the Supreme End,
and the Most Sublime Pinnacle,
that thou mayest hear and behold
what hath been revealed by God,
the Lord of the worlds.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 115)
Day 12 - `Ilm/Knowledge & Istiqlál/Independence
Our hope is that, God willing,
the breeze of mercy may blow,
and the divine Springtime clothe the tree of being
with the robe of a new life;
so that we may discover the mysteries of divine Wisdom,
and, through His providence,
be made independent of the knowledge of all things.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-`Iqán, p. 129)
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)
"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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