"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,
are unlocked..."

Bahá'u'lláh

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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)

 

 

Day 12 - `Ilm /Knowledge & Jalál/Glory 

This is He Whose Presence
is the ardent desire of the denizens of the Realm of eternity,
and of them that dwell within the Tabernacle of glory,
and yet from His Beauty
do ye turn aside.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 6)

The learned have, without exception, admitted their ignorance
when confronted with the radiance of the Luminary of Thy knowledge;
and the mighty have all confessed their impotence
in the face of the billowing Ocean of Thy power;
and the rich have one and all acknowledged their poverty
before the effusions of the Treasuries of Thy wealth;
and the worldly wise have each recognized their nothingness
beside the splendors of the Light of Thy beauty;
and the exalted have all witnessed unto their abasement
when face to face with the effulgence of the Day-Star of Thy glory;
and they who are in authority have borne witness to their own evanescence
and to the evanescence of others,
and discovered the eternity of Thy majesty,
and of Thy sovereignty,
and of Thy sublimity,
and of Thy power.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 281)

 

 

Day 13 - Qudrat/Power   & Jamál/Beauty

Blessed is He
Who hath sent down upon His Servant
such tribulations as have melted the hearts
of them that dwell within the Tabernacle of eternity
and the souls of those who have drawn nigh unto their Lord.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts)

By God!
This is the Best-Beloved of the worlds,
and yet ye comprehend not.
This is the Beauty of God amongst you,
and the power of His sovereignty within you,
could ye but understand.
This is the Mystery of God and His Treasure,
the Cause of God and His glory
unto all who are in the kingdoms of Revelation
and of creation,
if ye be of them that perceive.
This is He Whose Presence
is the ardent desire of the denizens of the Realm of eternity,
and of them that dwell within the Tabernacle of glory,
and yet from His Beauty do ye turn aside.
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 6)

 

 

Day 14 - Qawl/Speech & Kamál/Perfection

I render Thee thanks,
O Thou Who hast lighted Thy fire within my soul,
and cast the beams of Thy light into my heart,
that Thou hast taught Thy servants how to make mention of Thee,
and revealed unto them the ways whereby they can supplicate Thee,
through Thy most holy and exalted tongue,
and Thy most august and precious speech.
(Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, p. 282)

Likewise,
reflect upon the perfection of man's creation,
and that all these planes and states
are folded up and hidden away within him.
Dost thou reckon thyself only a puny form
When within thee the universe is folded?
(Bahá'u'lláh, The Seven Valleys, p. 34)

 

 

Day 15 - Masá'il/Questions  & Fidál/Grace 

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.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 56)

The grace of guidance
is like unto the candle
which is enkindled in the glass of knowledge and wisdom
and that glass of knowledge and wisdom
is the mirror of the heart of humanity.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 63)

 

 

Day 16 - Sharaf/Honoury & `Idál/Justice 

If any individual should speak ill of one who is absent,
it is incumbent on his hearers,
in a spiritual and friendly manner,
to stop him,
and say in effect:
would this detraction serve any useful purpose?
Would it please the Blessed Beauty,
contribute to the lasting honour of the friends,
promote the holy Faith,
support the Covenant,
or be of any possible benefit to any soul?
No, never!
On the contrary,
it would make the dust to settle so thickly on the heart
that the ears would hear no more,
and the eyes would no longer behold the light of truth.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 230)

The honour of this creation
and the worthiness of this garment
therefore require man to have love and affinity for his own kind,
nay rather,
to act towards all living creatures with justice and equity.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 287)

 

 

Day 17 - Sultán/Sovereignty  & Istijlál/Majesty

Excellent that thou art attracted to the Beauty of His Highness the Almighty!
Well done! Well done!
How happy thou art that thou hast attained to this Most Great Gift!
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of `Abdu'l-Baháv3, p. 530)

Service to the sons and the daughters of the Kingdom
is the diadem of everlasting glory
with which ye have crowned your heads,
the garment of eternal sovereignty
with which ye have adorned your bodies,
and the throne of majesty and grandeur of heaven
upon which ye sat.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Tablets of `Abdu'l-Bahá v3, p. 533)

 

 

Day 18 - Mulk/Dominion & Istiqlál/Independence

Rely upon God.
Trust in Him.
Praise Him,
and call Him continually to mind.
He verily turneth trouble into ease,
and sorrow into solace,
and toil into utter peace.
He verily hath dominion over all things.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 178)

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,
and meekness.
(`Abdu'l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá, p. 203)

 

 

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"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."

Bahá'u'lláh

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