"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 11 - Mashíyyat/Will
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 7 - Kalimát/Words & Jalál/Glory
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)
Immensely exalted art Thou,
O Lord of the heavens and earth,
above the praise of all men,
and may peace be upon Thy faithful servants
and glory be unto God,
the Lord of all the worlds.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 215)
Day 8 - Kamál/Perfection & Jamál/Beauty
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))
Consider these days in which He Who is the Ancient Beauty
hath come in the Most Great Name,
that He may quicken the world
and unite its peoples.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 63)
Day 9 - `Asmá'/Names & Kamál/Perfection
The light that is shed from the heaven of bounty,
and the benediction that shineth from the dawning-place of the will of God,
the Lord of the Kingdom of Names,
rest upon Him Who is the Supreme Mediator,
the Most Exalted Pen,
Him Whom God hath made the Dawning-Place of His most excellent names
and the Dayspring of His most exalted attributes.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 1)
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)
Day 10 - `Izzat/Might & Fidál/Grace
I entreat Thee
by the fragrances of the Raiment of Thy grace
which at Thy bidding
and in conformity with Thy desire
were diffused throughout the entire creation,
and by the Day-Star of Thy will that hath shone brightly,
through the power of Thy might
and of Thy sovereignty,
above the horizon of Thy mercy,
to blot out from my heart
all idle fancies and vain imaginings,
that with all my affections
I may turn unto Thee,
O Thou Lord of all mankind!
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 75)
Perchance thine eyes may be opened
upon attaining the presence of thy Lord
and thy heart partake of the blessings
concealed within these hidden treasuries.
Render thanks then unto God,
Who hath singled thee out for this grace
and Who hath numbered thee
with them that are assured of meeting their Lord.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 7)
Day 11 - Mashíyyat/Will & Idál/Justice
Wouldst thou have Me,
seek none other than Me;
and wouldst thou gaze upon My beauty,
close thine eyes to the world
and all that is therein;
for My will
and the will of another than Me,
even as fire and water,
cannot dwell together in one heart.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Persian Hidden Words)
The Great Being saith:
The heaven of statesmanship is made luminous and resplendent
by the brightness of the light of these blessed words
which hath dawned from the dayspring of the Will of God:
It behoveth every ruler to weigh his own being every day
in the balance of equity and justice
and then to judge between men and counsel them
to do that which would direct their steps
unto the path of wisdom and understanding.
This is the cornerstone of statesmanship
and the essence thereof.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 166)
Day 12 - `Ilm/Knowledge & Istijlál/Majesty
Enter, O people,
beneath the shelter of the Word!
Then drink therefrom the choice wine of inner significances and utterances;
for therein is hidden the kawther of the glorious One -- -
and it hath appeared from the horizon of the Will of your Lord,
with wonderful lights.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablet of the Branch)
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)
Day 13 - Qudrat/Power & Istiqlál/Independence
Were the eye of the heart to open,
it would surely perceive
that the words revealed from the heaven of the will of God
are at one with,
and the same as,
the deeds that have emanated from the Kingdom of divine power.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-`Iqán, p. 57)
Then wouldst thou find thyself raised up to the summit of exaltation and glory,
and elevated to the pinnacle of majesty and independence.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 102)