"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 7 - Kalimát/Words
From all eternity I have indeed recognized Thee
and unto all eternity will ever do so through Thine Own Self
and not through any one else besides Thee.
Verily Thou art the Source of all knowledge,
From everlasting I have besought
and unto everlasting will beseech forgiveness
for my limited understanding of Thee,
aware as I am that there is no God but Thee,
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 3)
I have summoned the Maids of Heaven
to emerge from behind the veil of concealment,
and have clothed them with these words of Mine --
words of consummate power and wisdom.
I have, moreover, with the hand of divine power,
unsealed the choice wine of My Revelation,
and have wafted its holy, its hidden,
and musk-laden fragrance upon all created things.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 327)
There is no peace for thee
save by renouncing thyself
and turning unto Me;
for it behooveth thee to glory in My name,
not in thine own;
to put thy trust in Me
and not in thyself,
since I desire to be loved alone
and above all that is.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words)
Day 14 - Qawl/Speech & Jamál/Beauty
From them hath all creation proceeded
and unto them shall return all that hath been mentioned.
And since in their inmost Beings
they are the same Luminaries
and the self-same Mysteries,
thou shouldst view their outward conditions in the same light,
that thou mayest recognize them all as one Being,
nay, find them united in their words, speech, and utterance.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 34)
And when He purposed to manifest His beauty
in the kingdom of names
and to reveal His glory
in the realm of attributes,
He brought forth His Prophets
from the invisible plane to the visible,
that His name "the Manifest"
might be distinguished from "the Hidden"
and His name "the Last"
might be discerned from "the First",
and that there may be fulfilled the words:
"He is the First and the Last;
the Seen and the Hidden;
and He knoweth all things!"
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 34)
Day 15 - Masá'il/Questions & Kamál/Perfection
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-Bahá, Tablets of `Abdu'l-Bahá v3, p. 592)
Do ye know in what cycle ye are created
and in what age ye exist?
This is the age of the Blessed Perfection
and this is the time of the Greatest Name!
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of `Abdu'l-Bahá v3, p. 641)
Day 16 - Sharaf/Honour & Fidál/Grace
Christ was the Prophet of the Christians, Moses of the Jews --
why should not the followers of each prophet
recognize and honour the other prophets also?
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 50)
The one all-loving God
bestows His divine Grace and Favour
on all mankind;
one and all are servants of the Most High,
and His Goodness, Mercy and loving Kindness
are showered upon all His creatures.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks)
Day 17 - Sultán/Sovereignty & `Idál/Justice
Love is the eternal sovereignty.
Love is the divine power.
By it all the kings of earth
are overthrown and conquered.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 211)
The natural emotions are blameworthy
and are like rust
which deprives the heart of the bounties of God.
But sincerity, justice, humility, severance,
and love for the believers of God
will purify the mirror
and make it radiant with reflected rays
from the Sun of Truth.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 244)
Day 18 - Mulk/Dominion & Istijlál/Majesty
O God Omnipotent,
do Thou shield us and be our refuge
and, O Lord of Being,
show forth Thy might and Thy dominion.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 313)
Have pity on my weakness,
and strengthen me with Thy power.
Have pity on my impotence,
and assist me with Thy might and majesty.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 107)
Day 19 - `Alá'/Loftiness & Istiqlál/Independence
Therefore, order your lives
in accordance with the first principle of the divine teaching,
which is love.
Service to humanity is service to God.
Let the love and light of the Kingdom
radiate through you
until all who look upon you
shall be illumined by its reflection.
Be as stars,
brilliant and sparkling
in the loftiness of their heavenly station.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 8)
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)
"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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