"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 14 - Qawl/Speech
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 13 - Qudrat/Power & Jalál/Glory
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)
The tongue of my tongue
and the heart of my heart
and the spirit of my spirit
and my outward and inmost beings
bear witness to Thy unity and Thy oneness,
Thy power and Thine omnipotence,
Thy grandeur and Thy sovereignty,
and attest Thy glory, loftiness and authority.
I testify that Thou art God
and that there is none other God besides Thee.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 114)
Day 14 - Qawl/Speech & Jamál/Beauty
The tongue faileth in describing these three Valleys,
and speech falleth short.
The pen steppeth not into this region,
the ink leaveth only a blot.
In these planes,
the nightingale of the heart hath other songs and secrets,
which make the heart to stir
and the soul to clamor,
but this mystery of inner meaning may be whispered
only from heart to heart,
confided only from breast to breast.
Only heart to heart
can speak the bliss of mystic knowers;
No messenger can tell it
and no missive bear it
I am silent from weakness
on many a matter,
For my words could not reckon them
and my speech would fall short.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Seven Valleys, p. 30)
Now is he struck dumb with the beauty of the All-Glorious;
again is he wearied out with his own life.
How many a mystic tree
hath this whirlwind of wonderment snatched by the roots,
how many a soul hath it exhausted.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Seven Valleys, p. 31)
Day 15 - Masá'il/Questions & Kamál/Perfection
In brief, O ye believers of God!
The text of the divine Book is this:
If two souls quarrel and contend
about 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)
O ye Cohorts of God!
Praise be to God! --
that the Blessed Perfection hath freed the necks
from the bonds and fetters
and released all from the racial attachments by proclaiming,
"Ye are all the fruits of one tree and the leaves of one branch."
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of `Abdu'l-Bahá v1, p. 42)
Day 16 - Sharaf/Honour & Fidál/Grace
Under an autocratic government
the opinions of men are not free,
and development is stifled,
whereas in democracy,
because thought and speech are not restricted,
the greatest progress is witnessed.
It is likewise true in the world of religion.
When freedom of conscience,
liberty of thought and right of speech prevail --
that is to say,
when every man according to his own idealization
may give expression to his beliefs --
development and growth are inevitable.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 197)
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 17 - Sultán/Sovereignty & Idál/Justice
Every woman who becometh the maidservant of God
outshineth in glory the empresses of the world,
for she is related to God,
and her sovereignty is everlasting,
whereas a handful of dust will obliterate
the name and fame of those empresses.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 122)
It is evident that we have two modes for the expression of life,
- individuality and personality, -
the former becomes as the son of God
and the latter the son of man.
As we have shown,
the personality of some is illumined,
that of others is dark;
the personality of some is seen in the manifestation of divine justice,
while that of others is the embodiment of tyranny.
The personality of some is divine guidance made visible,
while that of others is choked in the veils of self and desire.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 132)
Day 18 - Mulk/Dominion & Istijlál/Majesty
Follow thou the way of thy Lord,
and say not that which the ears cannot bear to hear,
for such speech is like luscious food given to small children.
However palatable, rare and rich the food may be,
it cannot be assimilated by the digestive organs of a suckling child.
Therefore unto every one who hath a right,
let his settled measure be given.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 268)
Erelong, however, shall the power of heaven,
the dominion of the Holy Spirit,
hoist on the high summits the banners of love and peace,
and there above the castles of majesty and might
shall those banners wave in the rushing winds
that blow out of the tender mercy of God.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 174)
Day 19 - `Alá'/Loftiness & Istiqlál/Independence
Abandon the concerns of mankind
and be naturalized with the attributes of the angels of the Supreme Concourse,
because these angels humble themselves to the lowest thing of the things
despite their honor, glory,
the loftiness of station
and the greatness of their might.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of `Abdu'l-Bahá v1, p. 77)
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)