"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 177 B. E. – V/Váv/The Great Reversal in the Sign of the Sovereign - Month 12 - `Ilm/Knowledge
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)
Day 9 - `Asmá'/Names & Jalál/Glory
Every created thing in the whole universe
is but a door leading into His knowledge,
a sign of His sovereignty,
a revelation of His names,
a symbol of His majesty,
a token of His power,
a means of admittance into His straight Path....
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 160)
Regard thou the one true God as One Who is apart from,
and immeasurably exalted above,
all created things.
The whole universe reflecteth His glory,
while He is Himself independent of,
and transcendeth His creatures.
This is the true meaning of Divine unity.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 166)
Day 10 - `Izzat/Might & Jamál/Beauty
Sanctified be the Lord of all mankind,
at the mention of Whose name
all the atoms of the earth have been made to vibrate,
and the Tongue of Grandeur
hath been moved to disclose that which had been wrapt in His knowledge
and lay concealed within the treasury of His might.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 16)
It behoveth us,
therefore, to make the utmost endeavor,
that, by God's invisible assistance,
these dark veils,
these clouds of Heaven-sent trials,
may not hinder us from beholding the beauty of His shining Countenance,
and that we may recognize Him only by His own Self.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 27)
Day 11 - Mashíyyat/Will & Kamál/Perfection
Every utterance that seeketh to describe Thee,
and every knowledge that attempteth to comprehend Thee,
is but an expression of Thine own creating,
and is begotten by Thy will,
and fashioned in conformity with Thy purpose.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 222)
reflect upon the perfection of man's creation,
and that all these planes and states
are folded up and hidden away within him.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Seven Valleys, p. 34)
Day 12 - `Ilm/Knowledge & Fidál/Grace
From the exalted source,
and out of the essence of His favor and bounty
He hath entrusted every created thing
with a sign of His knowledge,
so that none of His creatures
may be deprived of its share in expressing,
each according to its capacity and rank,
Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 262)
Take thou thy portion of the ocean of His grace,
and deprive not thyself of the things that lie hidden in its depths.
Be thou of them that have partaken of its treasures.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 279)
Day 13 - Qudrat/Power & Idál/Justice
Behold how within all things the portals of the Ridvan of God are opened,
that seekers may attain the cities of understanding and wisdom,
and enter the gardens of knowledge and power.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-`Iqán, p. 140)
By "heaven" is meant the visible heaven,
inasmuch as when the hour draweth nigh
on which the Day-star of the heaven of justice
shall be made manifest,
and the Ark of divine guidance shall sail upon the sea of glory,
a star will appear in the heaven,
heralding unto its people the advent of that most great light.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-`Iqán, p. 62)
Day 14 - Qawl/Speech & Istijlál/Majesty
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)
This is the Day
whereon the true servants of God
partake of the life-giving waters of reunion,
the Day whereon those that are nigh unto Him
are able to drink of the soft-flowing river of immortality,
and they who believe in His unity,
the wine of His Presence,
through their recognition of Him Who is the Highest and Last End of all,
in Whom the Tongue of Majesty and Glory voiceth the call:
"The Kingdom is Mine.
I, Myself, am,
of Mine own right,
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 33)
Day 15 - Masá'il/Questions & Istiqlál/Independence
Material virtues have attained great development,
but ideal virtues have been left far behind.
If you should ask a thousand persons,
"What are the proofs of the reality of Divinity?"
perhaps not one would be able to answer.
If you should ask further,
"What proofs have you regarding the essence of God?"
"How do you explain inspiration and revelation?"
"What are the evidences of conscious intelligence beyond the material universe?"
"Can you suggest a plan and method for the betterment of human moralities?"
"Can you clearly define and differentiate the world of nature and the world of Divinity?" --
you would receive very little real knowledge and enlightenment upon these questions.
This is due to the fact that development of the ideal virtues has been neglected.
People speak of Divinity,
but the ideas and beliefs they have of Divinity are,
in reality, superstition.
Divinity is the effulgence of the Sun of Reality,
the manifestation of spiritual virtues and ideal powers.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 326)
Let God's beloved,
each and every one,
be the essence of purity,
the very life of holiness,
so that in every country
they may become famed for their sanctity,
independence of spirit,
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 203)