"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 15 - Masá'il/Questions
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 1 - Bahá/Splendour & Jalál/Glory
I entreat Thee by this great, this wondrous splendour
and by the glory of Thine exalted sovereignty,
O Thou Who art the Lord of indomitable power,
to transform us through Thy bounty
into that which Thou Thyself dost possess
and enable us to become fountains of Thy light,
and graciously vouchsafe unto us
that which beseemeth the majesty of Thy transcendent dominion.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 180)
Naught do I now witness
but the manifold evidences of Thy grace and loving-kindness,
Thy bounty and gracious favours,
Thy generosity and loftiness,
Thy sovereignty and might,
Thy splendour and Thy glory,
and that which befitteth the holy court of Thy transcendent dominion and majesty
and beseemeth the glorious precincts of Thine eternity and exaltation.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 181)
Day 2 - Jalál/Glory & Jamál/Beauty
Send forth, O God,
such hosts as would render Thy faithful servants victorious.
Thou dost fashion the created things
through the power of Thy decree as Thou pleasest.
Thou art in truth the Sovereign,
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 211)
Thou art the Ancient of Days
Whom none can ever describe through the evidences of Thy glory and majesty,
and Thou art the mighty One
Whom none can ever comprehend through the revelations of Thy greatness and beauty,
inasmuch as the expressions of majesty and grandeur
and the attributes of dominion and beauty are but the tokens of Thy divine Will
and the effulgent reflections of Thy sovereignty
which, by reason of their very essence and nature,
proclaim that the way is barred
and bear witness that the pathway is inaccessibly beyond the reach of men.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 212)
Day 3 - Jamál/Beauty & Kamál/Perfection
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)
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 4 - `Azamat/Grandeur & Fidál/Grace
I bear witness that there is no God but Thee,
inasmuch as Thou art invested with sovereignty,
grandeur, glory and power
which no one among Thy servants
can visualize or comprehend.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 216)
Thou art Our Lord
and the Lord of all created things.
No one else do we invoke but Thee
and naught do we beseech but Thy favours.
Thou art the Lord of bounty and grace,
invincible in Thy power
and the most skilful in Thy designs.
No God is there but Thee,
the Most Exalted.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 213)
Day 5 - Núr/Light & `Idál/Justice
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)
I beg Thee by Thyself, O my God,
my Lord and my Master,
to intercede in my behalf.
I have fled from Thy justice
unto Thy mercy.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 204)
Day 6 - Rahmat/Mercy & Istijlál/Majesty
Do Thou graciously forgive me
for the things that I have wrought in Thy holy presence,
and look not upon me with the glance of justice,
but rather deliver me through Thy grace,
treat me with Thy mercy
and deal with me according to Thy bountiful favours,
as is worthy of Thy glory.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 208)
I have extolled Thine overpowering majesty through Thine Own Self
before the dwellers of the heavens and the earth,
bearing witness that, verily,
Thou and Thou alone art the Lord of might,
the Eternal One,
the Ancient of Days.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 5)
Day 7 - Kalimát/Words & Istiqlál/Independence
Hadst thou uttered 'yea' on hearing the Words of God,
thou wouldst have been seen to have been worshipping God
from the beginning that hath no beginning until the present day,
never to have disobeyed Him,
not even for the twinkling of an eye.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 31)
No Lord but Thee do we invoke, O God our Lord,
nor do we implore blessings or grace from anyone but Thee,
O Thou Who art the God of mercy unto this world and the next.
We are but the embodiments of poverty, of nothingness, of helplessness
and of perdition, while Thy whole Being betokeneth wealth,
independence, glory, majesty and boundless grace.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 179)
"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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