"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 11 - Mashíyyat/Will
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)
Day 7 - Kalimát/Words & Jalál/Glory
Know thou that every ear
which hearkeneth unto His Words with true faith
shall be immune from the fire.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 98)
Beg ye of Him the wondrous tokens of His favour
that He may graciously reveal for you
whatever He willeth and desireth,
inasmuch as on that Day
all the revelations of divine bounty
shall circle around the Seat of His glory
and emanate from His presence,
could ye but understand it.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 164)
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)
Moreover, consider the hardships and the bitterness
of the lives of those Revealers of the divine Beauty.
Reflect, how single-handed and alone
they faced the world and all its peoples,
and promulgated the Law of God!
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-`Iqán, p. 45)
Day 9 - Asmá'/Names & Kamál/Perfection
Glorified, immeasurably glorified be Thy name, O my God!
How can I ever befittingly mention Thee
or sufficiently praise Thee,
that Thou hast manifested Him by the power of Thy might,
and caused Him to shine above the horizon of Thy will,
and made Him the Day-Spring of Thy signs,
and the Dawning-Place
of the revelation of Thy names and Thine attributes?
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 51)
The spirit that animateth the human heart
is the knowledge of God,
and its truest adorning is the recognition of the truth that
"He doeth whatsoever He willeth,
and ordaineth that which He pleaseth."
Its raiment is the fear of God,
and its perfection steadfastness in His Faith.
Thus God instructeth whosoever seeketh Him.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 290)
Day 10 - `Izzat/Might & Fidál/Grace
I have no will but Thy will, O my Lord,
and cherish no desire except Thy desire.
From all eternity Thou didst rule the entire creation,
and Thou wilt continue for evermore
to exercise Thy dominion over all created things.
There is none other God but Thee,
the Most Exalted,
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 94)
Naked am I, O my God!
Clothe me with the robe of Thy tender mercies.
I am sore athirst;
give me to drink of the oceans of Thy bountiful favor.
I am a stranger;
draw me nearer unto the source of Thy gifts.
I am sick;
sprinkle upon me the healing waters of Thy grace.
I am a captive;
rid me of my bondage,
by the power of Thy might
and through the force of Thy will,
that I may soar on the wings of detachment
towards the loftiest summits of Thy creation.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 103)
Day 11 - Mashíyyat/Will & `Idál/Justice
He is and hath ever been veiled in the ancient eternity
of His own exalted and indivisible Essence,
and will everlastingly continue to remain concealed
in His inaccessible majesty and glory.
All that is in heaven
and all that is in the earth
have come to exist at His bidding,
and by His Will
all have stepped out of utter nothingness
into the realm of being.
How can, therefore, the creature
which the Word of God hath fashioned
comprehend the nature of Him Who is the Ancient of Days?
(Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 318)
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
Glorified, glorified be Thou, O my God!
How can I ever hope to ascend into the heaven of Thy most holy will,
or gain admittance into the tabernacle of Thy Divine knowledge,
knowing as I do that the minds of the wise and learned
are impotent to fathom the secrets of Thy handiwork --
a handiwork which is itself but a creation of Thy will?
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 92)
Verily, God hath made it incumbent upon every soul
to deliver His Cause according to his ability.
Thus hath the command been recorded
by the finger of might and power
upon the Tablet of majesty and greatness.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Tablet of the Branch - from BWF)
Day 13 - Qudrat/Power & Istiqlál/Independence
Take heed lest ye be prevented
by aught that hath been recorded in the Book
from hearkening unto this,
the Living Book,
Who proclaimeth the truth:
"Verily, there is no God but Me,
the Most Excellent,
Look ye with the eye of equity upon Him
Who hath descended
from the heaven of Divine will and power,
and be not of those who act unjustly.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 67)
Even as He hath said:
Ye are but paupers in need of God;
but God is the Rich, the Self-Sufficing."
By 'riches' therefore is meant independence of all else but God,
and by 'poverty' the lack of things that are of God.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-`Iqán, p. 132)
"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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