"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 3 - Jamál/Beauty
Arise thou to serve the Cause and say:
I swear by the righteousness of God!
Verily this is the Primal Point,
arrayed in His new attire
and manifested in His glorious Name.
He at present beholdeth everything from this Horizon.
Indeed He is supreme over all things.
Amongst the Concourse on High
He is known as the Most Great Announcement
and in the Realms of Eternity as the Ancient Beauty,
and before the Throne by this Name
which hath caused the footsteps of them that are endued with understanding to slip.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 182)
VOUCHSAFE unto me, O my God,
the full measure of Thy love and Thy good-pleasure,
and through the attractions of Thy resplendent light enrapture our hearts,
O Thou Who art the Supreme Evidence and the All-Glorified.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 191)
GLORY be unto Him Who is the Lord of all
that are in the heavens and on the earth;
He is the All-Wise, the All-Informed.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 166)
Day 6 - Rahmat/Mercy & Jamál/Beauty
IT is better to guide one soul
than to possess all that is on earth,
for as long as that guided soul
is under the shadow of the Tree of Divine Unity,
he and the one who hath guided him
will both be recipients of God's tender mercy,
whereas possession of earthly things will cease at the time of death.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 75)
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 7 - Kalimát /Words & Kamál/Perfection
At one time
I hear His Voice as He acclaimeth Him Who is the Ever-Living, the Ancient of Days,
and at another time
as He speaketh of the mystery of His most august Name.
And when He intoneth the anthems of the greatness of God
all Paradise waileth in its longing to gaze on His Beauty,
and when He chanteth words of praise and glorification of God
all Paradise becomes motionless
like unto ice locked in the heart of a frost-bound mountain.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 54)
NO created thing shall ever attain its paradise
unless it appeareth in its highest prescribed degree of perfection.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 88)
Day 8 - Kamál/Perfection & Fidál/Grace
Consider, moreover, how the fruit, ere it is formed,
lieth potentially within the tree.
Were the tree to be cut into pieces,
no sign nor any part of the fruit,
however small, could be detected.
When it appeareth,
however, it manifesteth itself,
as thou hast observed,
in its wondrous beauty and glorious perfection.
Certain fruits, indeed, attain their fullest development
only after being severed from the tree.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 155)
O My servants!
It behoveth you to refresh and revive your souls
through the gracious favors
which, in this Divine, this soul-stirring Springtime,
are being showered upon you.
The Day Star of His great glory hath shed its radiance upon you,
and the clouds of His limitless grace have overshadowed you.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 167)
Day 9 - `Asmá'/Names & `Idál/Justice
By Thy beauty,
O Thou Who art the Lord of all names
and the Creator of the heavens!
I can smell the fragrance of the words which,
in His love for Thee,
His lips have uttered,
and can feel the glow of the fire
that had inflamed His soul
in its longing to behold Thy face
and in its yearning
after the Day-Spring of the light of Thy oneness,
and the Dawning-Place of Thy transcendent unity.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 192)
Whatever betide us,
we beseech Thine ancient forgiveness,
and seek Thine all-pervasive grace.
Our hope is that Thou wilt deny no one Thy grace,
and wilt deprive no soul of the ornament of fairness and justice.
Thou art the King of all bounty,
and the Lord of all favors,
and supreme over all who are in heaven
and on earth.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 246)
Day 10 - `Izzat/Might & Istijlál/Majesty
PRAISE be unto God,
incomparable in majesty, power and beauty,
peerless in glory, might and grandeur;
too high is He
for human imaginations to comprehend Him
or for any peer or equal to be ascribed unto Him.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 101)
I entreat Thee,
O Thou Who art the Ruler of the kingdoms of creation
and the Author of all names,
to write down my name
with the names of them who, from eternity,
have circled round the Tabernacle of Thy majesty,
and clung to the hem of Thy loving-kindness,
and held fast the cord of Thy tender mercy.
Thou art, in truth,
the Help in Peril,
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 21)
Day 11 - Mashíyyat/Will & Istiqlál/Independence
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)
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)
"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."
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