“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 179 B. E. – Jád/Generosity – Month 7 – Kalimát/Words
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 11 – Mashíyyat/Will & Jalál/Glory
Were the eye of the heart to open,
it would surely perceive
that the words revealed from the heaven of the will of God
are at one with, and the same as,
the deeds that have emanated from the Kingdom of divine power.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-`Iqán, p. 57)
By “heaven” is meant the visible heaven,
inasmuch as when the hour draweth nigh
on which the Day-star of the heaven of justice shall be made manifest,
and the Ark of divine guidance shall sail upon the sea of glory,
a star will appear in the heaven,
heralding unto its people the advent of that most great light.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-`Iqán, p. 62)
Day 12 – `Ilm/Knowledge & Jamál/Beauty
In presenting their personal ideas,
individuals are cautioned not to discard the authority of the revealed words,
not to deny or contend with the authoritative interpretation,
and not to engage in controversy;
rather they should offer their thoughts as a contribution to knowledge,
making it clear that their views are merely their own.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-`Iqán, p. 221)
And now consider how this Sadrih of the Ridván of God hath,
in the prime of youth,
risen to proclaim the Cause of God.
Behold what steadfastness that Beauty of God hath revealed.
The whole world rose to hinder Him,
yet it utterly failed.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-`Iqán, p. 233)
Day 13 – Qudrat/Power & Kamál/Perfection
In like manner,
those words that have streamed forth from the source of power
and descended from the heaven of glory are innumerable
and beyond the ordinary comprehension of man.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-`Iqán, p. 5)
Even as it hath been recorded in the “Kafi,”
in the tradition of Jabir,
in the “Tablet of Fatimih,”
concerning the character of the Qá’im:
“He shall manifest the perfection of Moses,
the splendour of Jesus,
and the patience of Job.
((Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-`Iqán, p. 245)
Day 14 – Qawl/Speech & Fidál/Grace
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. 33)
We render thanks unto God
for that which He hath bestowed upon us of His grace.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries)
Day 15 – Masá’il/Questions & `Idál/Justice
Concerning this important matter
the following words of `Abdu’l-Bahá will be of interest to all:
“Verily know, that the Tablets (Book) of `Abdu’l-Bahá and his address
is a hidden mystery and concealed fact;
no one is informed of its greatness and importance at these times.
But in the course of times and future centuries,
the signs thereof will be manifested,
the lights thereof will dawn,
the fragrance thereof will be diffused,
and the greatness, the importance thereof will be known.
The truth I say unto thee,
that each leaflet from Abdul-Baha
will be a wide-spread Book;
nay, rather, a glistening Gem on the Glorious Crown.
Know thou Its value and hold great Its station!”
(`Abdu’l-Bahá , Tablets of `Abdu’l-Bahá v1, p. ii)
Questions not treated of are left to the civil law of each country,
and to the decisions of the Bait-ul-Adl, or House of Justice,
instituted by Bahá’u’lláh.
(`Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of `Abdu’l-Bahá v1, p. viii)
Day 16 – Sharaf/Honour & Istijlál/Majesty
Judas Iscariot was the greatest of the disciples,
and he summoned the people to Christ.
Then it seemed to him
that Jesus was showing increasing regard to the Apostle Peter,
and when Jesus said,
‘Thou art Peter,
and upon this rock I will build My church,’
these words addressed to Peter,
and this singling out of Peter for special honour,
had a marked effect on the Apostle,
and kindled envy within the heart of Judas.
For this reason he who had once drawn nigh did turn aside,
and he who had believed in the Faith denied it,
and his love changed to hate,
until he became a cause of the crucifixion of that glorious Lord,
that manifest Splendour. Such is the outcome of envy,
the chief reason why men turn aside from the Straight Path.
So hath it occurred,
and will occur, in this great Cause.
But it doth not matter,
for it engendereth loyalty in the rest,
and maketh souls to arise who waver not,
who are fixed and unshakeable as the mountains
in their love for the Manifest Light.
(`Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 163)
Beg and implore thy Lord
to lift thee up into that heaven,
and give thee to eat of its food,
in this age of majesty and might.
(`Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of `Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 168)
Day 17 – Sultán/Sovereignty & Istiqlál/Independence
The outer expression used for the Kingdom is heaven;
but this is a comparison and similitude,
not a reality or fact,
for the Kingdom is not a material place;
it is sanctified from time and place.
It is a spiritual world,
a divine world,
and the center of the Sovereignty of God;
it is freed from body and that which is corporeal,
and it is purified and sanctified from the imaginations of the human world.
(`Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 241)
All creatures are dependent upon God,
however great may seem their knowledge, power and independence.
(`Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 19)
“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.”