"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 12 - `Ilm/Knowledge

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
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Day 4 - `Azamát/Grandeur & Jalál/Glory

Trustworthiness is the greatest portal
leading unto the tranquillity and security of the people.
In truth the stability of every affair hath depended
and doth depend upon it.
All the domains of power,
of grandeur and of wealth
are illumined by its light.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 37)

Blessed the ear that hath heard
and the tongue that hath borne witness
and the eye that hath seen and recognized
the Lord Himself,
in His great glory and majesty,
invested with grandeur and dominion.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 16)

 

 

Day 5 - Núr/Light & Jamál/Beauty

With the hands of power I made thee
and with the fingers of strength I created thee;
and within thee have I placed the essence of My light.
Be thou content with it
and seek naught else,
for My work is perfect
and My command is binding.
Question it not,
nor have a doubt thereof.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words)

The Tongue of My power hath,
from the heaven of My omnipotent glory,
addressed to My creation these words:
'Observe My commandments,
for the love of My beauty.'
Happy is the lover
that hath inhaled the divine fragrance of his Best-Beloved
from these words,
laden with the perfume of a grace
which no tongue can describe.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Proclamation of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 120)

 

  

Day 6 - Rahmat/Mercy & Kamál/Perfection

Arise thou through the power of His testimony
to serve the Cause of God, thy Lord, the God of Mercy.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 103)

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 7 - Kalimát/Words & Fidál/Grace

It behoveth the people of Bahá to render the Lord victorious
through the power of their utterance
and to admonish the people by their goodly deeds and character,
inasmuch as deeds exert greater influence than words.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 57)

Know thou, moreover, that the Word of God
-- exalted be His glory --
is higher and far superior to that which the senses can perceive,
for it is sanctified from any property or substance.
It transcendeth the limitations of known elements
and is exalted above all the essential and recognized substances.
It became manifest without any syllable or sound
and is none but the Command of God
which pervadeth all created things.
It hath never been withheld from the world of being.
It is God's all-pervasive grace,
from which all grace doth emanate.
It is an entity far removed above all that hath been and shall be.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 140)

 

 

Day 8 - Kamál/Perfection & `Idál/Justice

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)

Glorified, immeasurably glorified art Thou!
Thou art adored in Thy truth,
and Thee do we all, verily, worship;
and Thou art manifest in Thy justice,
and to Thee do we all, verily, bear witness.
Thou art, in truth, beloved in Thy grace.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 262)

 

 

Day 9 - `Asmá'/Names & Istijlál/Majesty

No one on earth, O my Lord,
can withstand Thy power,
and none in all the kingdom of Thy names
is able to frustrate Thy purpose.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 16)

Thou art, verily, the All-Powerful,
He Whom nothing whatsoever can frustrate.
From everlasting
Thou hast been clothed with transcendent greatness and power,
with unspeakable majesty and glory.
There is no God beside Thee,
the Almighty,
the All-Glorious,
the Ever-Forgiving.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 17)

 

 

Day 10 - `Izzat/Might & Istiqlál/Independence

If thou desirest to be freed from affliction,
recite thou this prayer
which hath been revealed by the Pen of the All-Merciful:
"O God, my God!
I testify to Thy unity and to Thy oneness.
I beseech Thee,
O Thou Possessor of names
and Fashioner of the heavens,
by the pervasive influence of Thine exalted Word and
the potency of Thy supreme Pen,
to aid me with the ensigns of Thy power and might,
and to protect me from the mischief of Thine enemies
who have violated Thy Covenant and Thy Testament.
Thou art, verily, the Almighty, the Most Powerful."
This invocation is an impregnable stronghold
and an indomitable army.
It conferreth protection and ensureth deliverance.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tabernacle of Unity)

Even as He hath said:
"O men! Ye are but paupers in need of God;
but God is the Rich, the Self-Sufficing."
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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