"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 1 - Bahá/Splendour

Although the divine worlds be never ending,
yet some refer to them as four:
The world of time (zaman),
which is the one that hath both a beginning and an end;
the world of duration (dahr),
which hath a beginning,
but whose end is not revealed;
the world of perpetuity (sarmad),
whose beginning is not to be seen
but which is known to have an end;
and the world of eternity (azal),
neither a beginning nor an end of which is visible.
Although there are many differing statements as to these points,
to recount them in detail would result in weariness.
Thus, some have said that the world of perpetuity
hath neither beginning nor end,
and have named the world of eternity
as the invisible, impregnable Empyrean.
Others have called these
the worlds of the Heavenly Court (Lahut),
of the Empyrean Heaven (Jabarut),
of the Kingdom of the Angels (Malakut),
and of the mortal world (Nasut).
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Seven Valleys, p. 25)

 

 

Day 15 - Masá'il/Questions & Jalál/Glory

How can those who depend on mortals be divine messengers?
How can a lamp which has to be lighted be eternal?
The divine teacher does not come to acquire knowledge,
for this tree of life is a fruit tree by birth and not through grafting.
Behold the sacred tree which spreads its shade over the whole world!
This is the mission of Bahá'u'lláh -
for under this tree all questions are solved!
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 54)

But now Bahá'u'lláh has come with incomparable glory
like the glow of the sun at midday,
the moment of its greatest heat and light.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 61)

 

 

Day 16 - Sharaf/Honour & Jamál/Beauty

Be ye a refuge to the fearful;
 bring ye rest and peace to the disturbed;
make ye a provision for the destitute;
be a treasury of riches for the poor;
be a healing medicine for those who suffer pain;
be ye doctor and nurse to the ailing;
promote ye friendship, and honour, and conciliation,
and devotion to God,
in this world of non-existence.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 72)

It is my hope that such a day will come,
that such a splendour will shine forth,
that such a vision will be unveiled in its full beauty.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 84)

 

  

Day 17 - Sultán/Sovereignty & Kamál/Perfection

Should we become intoxicated with this cup,
the sovereignty of this globe of earth
will become lower in our estimation than children's play.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 50)

To know that it is possible
to reach a state of perfection, is good;
to march forward on the path is better.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, `Abdu'l-Bahá in London, p. 60)

 

 

 Day 18 - Mulk/Dominion & Fidál/Grace

To man, the Essence of God is incomprehensible,
so also are the worlds beyond this, and their condition.
It is given to man to obtain knowledge,
to attain to great spiritual perfection,
to discover hidden truths
and to manifest even the attributes of God;
but still man cannot comprehend the Essence of God.
Where the ever-widening circle of man's knowledge
meets the spiritual world
a Manifestation of God
is sent to mirror forth His splendour.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, `Abdu'l-Bahá  in London, p. 66)

Thou seest me, O my God,
bowed down in lowliness,
humbling myself before Thy commandments,
submitting to Thy sovereignty,
trembling at the might of Thy dominion,
fleeing from Thy wrath,
entreating Thy grace,
relying upon Thy forgiveness,
shaking with awe at Thy fury.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá , p. 224)

 

 

Day 19 - `Alá'/Loftiness & `Idál/Justice

Man is base, treacherous and mean;
the Manifestations of God
uplift him into dignity, nobility and loftiness.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity, p. 111)

Reality is justice.
Reality is the oneness or solidarity of mankind.
Reality is international peace.
Reality is the knowledge of verities.
Reality unifies humanity.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 372)

 

 

Year 178 B. E. – Abad/Eternity  - Month 2 - Jalál/Glory

High, immeasurably high art Thou
above the endeavors of the evanescent creature
to soar unto the throne of Thine eternity,
or of the poor and wretched
to attain the summit of Thine all-sufficing glory!
From eternity Thou didst Thyself
describe Thine own Self unto Thy Self,
and extol, in Thine own Essence,
Thine Essence unto Thine Essence.
I swear by Thy glory, O my Best-Beloved!
Who is there besides Thee
that can claim to know Thee,
and who save Thyself
can make fitting mention of Thee?
Thou art He Who,
from eternity,
abode in His realm,
in the glory of His transcendent unity,
and the splendors of His holy grandeur.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 328)

 

 

Day 1 - Bahá/Splendour & Istijlál/Majesty

THROUGHOUT eternity Thou hast been, O my Lord,
and wilt ever remain the One true God,
while all else save Thee are needy and poor.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 193)

Naught do I now witness
but the manifold evidences of
Thy grace and loving-kindness,
Thy bounty and gracious favours,
Thy generosity and loftiness,
Thy sovereignty and might,
Thy splendour and Thy glory,
and that which befitteth the holy court
of Thy transcendent dominion and majesty
and beseemeth the glorious precincts
of Thine eternity and exaltation.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 181)

 

 

Day 2 - Jalál/Glory & Istiqlál/Independence

IN the Name of God,
the Most Exalted, the Most Holy.
All praise and glory
befitteth the sacred and glorious court of the sovereign Lord,
Who from everlasting hath dwelt,
and unto everlasting will continue to dwell
within the mystery of His Own divine Essence,
Who from time immemorial hath abided
and will forever continue to abide
within His transcendent eternity,
exalted above the reach and ken of all created beings.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 111)

No Lord but Thee do we invoke, O God our Lord,
nor do we implore blessings or grace
from anyone but Thee,
O Thou Who art the God of mercy
unto this world and the next.
We are but the embodiments of poverty,
of nothingness, of helplessness and of perdition,
while Thy whole Being betokeneth wealth,
independence, glory, majesty and boundless grace.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 179)

 

 

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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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