"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 178 B. E. – Abad/Eternity - Month 16 - Sharaf/Honour
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)
O thou maid-servant of God!
Whenever thou art desiring to talk and answer questions,
turn thy face toward the Kingdom of ABHA
and beseech for assistance;
then loosen thy tongue.
Thou wilt behold at that time
how thou art able to answer all the questions!
(Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu'l-Baha v3, p. 592)
Every foundation will finally become collapsed;
every glory and splendor will at last vanish and disappear,
but the Kingdom of God is eternal
and the heavenly sovereignty and majesty
will stand firm, everlasting.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 79)
Day 18 - Mulk/Dominion & Jamál/Beauty
It is most certain
that if human souls exercise their respective reason and intelligence
upon the divine questions,
the power of God will dispel every difficulty,
and the eternal realities will appear as one light,
one truth, one love, one God
and a peace that is universal.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace)
The greatest attainment in the world of humanity is nearness to God.
Every lasting glory, honor, grace and beauty
which comes to man comes through nearness to God.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 146)
Day 19 - `Alá'/Loftiness & Kamál/Perfection
We say God is the provider.
This name presupposes
and proves the existence of the provided.
God is love.
This name proves the existence of the beloved.
In the same way God is mercy,
God is justice,
God is life, etc., etc.
Therefore as God is creator,
eternal and ancient,
there were always creatures and subjects
existing and provided for.
There is no doubt that divine sovereignty is eternal.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity, p. 102)
Although the stars are scintillating and brilliant,
the sun is superior to them in luminous effulgence.
Similarly these holy divine Manifestations are
and must always be distinguished
above all other beings
in every attribute of glory and perfection,
in order that it may be proven
that the Manifestation is the true teacher and real trainer;
that he is the Sun of Truth
endowed with a supreme splendor
and reflecting the beauty of God.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity, p. 112)
Year 178 B. E. – Abad/Eternity - Month 17 - Sultán/SovereigntyI beseech Thee,
In brief, O ye believers of God!
The text of the divine Book is this:
If two souls quarrel and contend a
bout a question of the divine questions,
differing and disputing,
both are wrong.
The wisdom of this incontrovertible law of God is this:
That between two souls from amongst the believers of God,
no contention and dispute may arise;
that they may speak with each other with infinite amity and love.
Should there appear the least trace of controversy,
they must remain silent,
and both parties must continue their discussions no longer,
but ask the reality of the question from the Interpreter.
This is the irrefutable command!
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 56)
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 2 - Jalál/Glory & `Idál/Justice
Man is base, treacherous and mean;
the Manifestations of God uplift him
into dignity, nobility and loftiness.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 466)
all souls should consider it incumbent upon them
to investigate reality.
Reality is one;
and when found,
it will unify all mankind.
Reality is the love of God.
Reality is the knowledge of God.
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)
Day 3 - Jamál/Beauty & `Istijlál/Majesty
All praise be unto Thee,
O Thou besides Whom there is none other God.
Graciously enable me to ascend unto Thee,
to be granted the honour of dwelling in Thy nearness
and to have communion with Thee alone.
No God is there but Thee.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 192)
I IMPLORE Thee
by the splendour of the light of Thy glorious face,
the majesty of Thine ancient grandeur
and the power of Thy transcendent sovereignty
to ordain for us at this moment
every measure of that which is good and seemly
and to destine for us
every portion of the outpourings of Thy grace.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 186)
Day 4 - `Azamat/Grandeur & `Istiqlál/Independence
All that I beg of Thee, O my God,
is to enable me,
ere my soul departeth from my body,
to attain Thy good-pleasure,
even were it granted to me
for a moment tinier than the infinitesimal fraction of a mustard seed.
For if it departeth while Thou art pleased with me,
then I shall be free from every concern or anxiety;
but if it abandoneth me while Thou art displeased with me, then,
even had I wrought every good deed,
none would be of any avail,
and had I earned every honour and glory,
none would serve to exalt me.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 187)
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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