"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 12 - `Ilm/Knowledge

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 2 - Jalál/Glory & Jalál/Glory  

THOU hast asked concerning the fundamentals of religion and its ordinances:
Know thou that first and foremost in religion is the knowledge of God.
This attaineth its consummation in the recognition of His divine unity,
which in turn reacheth its fulfilment
in acclaiming that His hallowed and exalted Sanctuary,
the Seat of His transcendent majesty,
is sanctified from all attributes.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 115)

THE glory of Him Whom God shall make manifest
is immeasurably above every other glory,
and His majesty is far above every other majesty.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 156)



Day 3 - Jamál/Beauty & Jamál/Beauty

Whenever ye learn that a new Cause hath appeared,
ye must seek the presence of its author
and must delve into his writings
that haply ye may not be debarred
from attaining unto Him Whom God shall make manifest
at the hour of His manifestation.
Wert thou to walk in the way of truth
as handed down by them
that are endowed with the knowledge of the inmost reality,
God, thy Lord,
will surely redeem thee on the Day of Resurrection.
Verily He is potent over all things.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 144)

His beauty excelleth every other embodiment of beauty,
and His grandeur immensely exceedeth every other manifestation of grandeur.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 156)



Day 4 - `Azamat/Grandeur & Kamál/Perfection

 I IMPLORE Thee by the splendour of the light of Thy glorious face,
the majesty of Thine ancient grandeur
and the power of Thy transcendent sovereignty
to ordain for us at this moment
every measure of that which is good and seemly
and to destine for us
every portion of the outpourings of Thy grace.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 186)

NO created thing shall ever attain its paradise
unless it appeareth in its highest prescribed degree of perfection.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 88)

 

Day 5 - Núr/Light & Fidál/Grace

GLORY be unto Thee, O Lord my God!
Nothing whatsoever escapeth Thy knowledge,
nor is there anything that could slip from Thy grasp,
or anything that could thwart Thy Purpose,
whether in the heavens or on the earth,
of the past or of the future.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 178)

I IMPLORE Thee
by the splendour of the light of Thy glorious face,
the majesty of Thine ancient grandeur
and the power of Thy transcendent sovereignty
to ordain for us at this moment
every measure of that which is good and seemly
and to destine for us
every portion of the outpourings of Thy grace.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 186)



Day 6 - Rahmat/Mercy & `Idál/Justice

PRAISED and glorified art Thou, O God!
Grant that the day of attaining Thy holy presence
may be fast approaching.
Cheer our hearts
through the potency of Thy love and good-pleasure
and bestow upon us steadfastness
that we may willingly submit to Thy Will and Thy Decree.
Verily Thy knowledge embraceth
all the things Thou hast created or wilt create
and Thy celestial might transcendeth
whatsoever Thou hast called or wilt call into being.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 214)

Strengthen my heart, O my God,
in Thine obedience and in Thy love
and grant that I may be clear of the entire company of Thine adversaries.
Verily I swear by Thy glory
that I yearn for naught besides Thyself,
nor do I desire anything except Thy mercy,
nor am I apprehensive of aught save Thy justice.
I beg Thee to forgive me as well as those whom Thou lovest,
howsoever Thou pleasest.
Verily Thou art the Almighty, the Bountiful.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 215)



Day 7 - Kalimát/Words & Istijlál/Majesty

Hadst thou uttered 'yea' on hearing the Words of God,
thou wouldst have been seen to have been worshipping God
from the beginning that hath no beginning
until the present day,
never to have disobeyed Him,
not even for the twinkling of an eye.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 31)

Every revelation of His divine Essence 
betokens the sublimity of His glory, 
the loftiness of His sanctity, 
the inaccessible height of His oneness 
and the exaltation of His majesty and power. 
His beginning hath had no beginning 
other than His Own firstness 
and His end knoweth no end 
save His Own lastness.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 112)


Day 8 - Kamál/Perfection & Istiqlál/Independence

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.
Thus God instructeth whosoever seeketh Him.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 291)

From this most august and exalted station,
and from this most sublime and glorious plane,
the seeker entereth the City of Immortality,
therein to abide forever.
In this station he beholdeth himself
established upon the throne of independence
and the seat of exaltation.
Then will he comprehend
the meaning of that which hath been revealed of old
concerning the day
"whereon God shall enrich all through His abundance".
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 71)



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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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