"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 14 - Qudrat/Power

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 6 - Rahmat/Mercy & Jalál/Glory  

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)

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

Glorified art Thou, O my God!
I invoke Thee
by Thy Most Great Name
through which the hidden secrets of God,
the Most Exalted,
were divulged
and the kindreds of all nations
converged toward the focal centre of faith and certitude,
through which Thy luminous Words
streamed forth for the quickening of mankind
and the essence of all knowledge was revealed
from that Embodiment of bounty.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 199)

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

 Nay, all in their holy presence
fade into utter nothingness,
and are a thing forgotten.
Human tongue can never befittingly sing their praise,
and human speech can never unfold their mystery.
These Tabernacles of holiness,
these primal Mirrors
which reflect the light of unfading glory,
are but expressions of Him
Who is the Invisible of the Invisibles.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-`Iqán, p. 103)

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.
His chosen ones shall be abased in His day.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-`Iqán, p. 245)

 


Day 9 - `Asmá'/Names & Fidál/Grace

Thou knowest, O my Lord,
that I am but one of Thy servants.
I have tasted of the sweetness of Thy speech,
and acknowledged Thy unity and Thy singleness,
and set my face towards the Source of Thy most excellent names
and the Day-Spring of Thy transcendent attributes,
and wished to be enabled by Thee
to immerse myself beneath the ocean of Thy oneness
and to be submerged by the mighty waters of Thy unity.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 114)

Since Thou hast guided them, O my Lord,
unto the living waters of Thy grace,
grant, by Thy bounty,
that they may not be kept back from Thee;
and since Thou hast summoned them
to the habitation of Thy throne,
drive them not out from Thy presence,
through Thy loving-kindness.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 117)



Day 10 - `Izzat/Might & `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)

Should anyone wax angry with you,
respond to him with gentleness;
and should anyone upbraid you,
forbear to upbraid him in return,
but leave him to himself
and put your trust in God,
the omnipotent Avenger,
the Lord of might and justice.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 75)



Day 11 - Mashíyyat/Will & Istijlál/Majesty

O friends!
Prefer not your will to Mine,
never desire that which I have not desired for you,
and approach Me not with lifeless hearts,
defiled with worldly desires and cravings.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Persian Hidden Words)

All the atoms of the earth bear witness, O my Lord, 
to the greatness of Thy power and of Thy sovereignty; 
and all the signs of the universe 
attest the glory of Thy majesty and of Thy might.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 300)


Day 12 - `Ilm/Knowledge & Istiqlál/Independence

Fair speech and truthfulness,
by reason of their lofty rank and position,
are regarded as a sun shining above the horizon of knowledge.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 40)

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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