Daily Selection

“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


Year 179 B. E. – Jád/Generosity – Month 16 – Sharaf/Honour

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 15 – Masá‘il/Questions & Jalál/Glory

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

This phenomenal world will not remain in an unchanging condition
even for a short while.

Second after second it undergoes change and transformation.
Every foundation will finally become collapsed;
every glory and splendor will at last vanish and disappear,
but the Kingdom of God is eternal
and the heavenly sovereignty and majesty
will stand firm, everlasting.
(`Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 79)


Day 16 – Sharaf/Honour & Jamál/Beauty

“Unless one accepts dire vicissitudes,
he will not attain.
To me prison is freedom,
troubles rest me,
death is life,
and to be despised `is honour.
(`Abdu’l-Bahá, `Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 120)

O Lord,
enlighten my sight by beholding Thy lights in this dark night,
and make me happy by the wine of Thy love in this wonderful age!
O Lord,
make me hear Thy call,
and open before my face the doors of Thy heaven,
so that I may see the light of Thy glory (Bahá)
and become attracted to Thy beauty!
(`Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of `Abdu’l-Bahá v3, p. 676)


Day 17 – Sultán/Sovereignty & Kamál/Perfection

Serve the friends of God under all circumstances and conditions.
This is the station of the spiritual ones;
this is the honor of the Bahá’ís;
this is the glory of the sincere ones
and this is the sovereignty of the unitarians.
(`Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of `Abdu’l-Bahá, v1, p. 174)

For instance, a clear body is near unto the sun,
and a black stone is far from the sun.
This nearness dependeth upon clearness, purity and perfection
and that remoteness is due to density,
dullness (or obscurity) and imperfection.
(`Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of `Abdu’l-Bahá v1, p. 204)


Day 18 – Mulk/Dominion & Fidál/Grace

In this age of spiritual awakening,
the world has entered upon the path of progress
into the arena of development,
where the power of the spirit surpasses that of the body.
Soon the spirit will have dominion over the world of humanity.”
(`Abdu’l-Bahá, `Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 81)

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. 147)


Day 19 – `Alá‘/Loftiness & `Idál/Justice

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, `Abdu’l-Bahá in London v1, p. 77)

Should any one of you
enter into the service (or employment) of the government,
he must live and act with the utmost truthfulness,
righteousness, chastity, uprightness, purity, sanctity, justice and equity.
(`Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of `Abdu’l-Bahá v2, p. 403)

Year 179 B. E. – Jád/Generosity – Month 17 – Sultán/Sovereignty

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 1 – Bahá/Splendour & `Istijlál/Majesty

Among those to whom it will never occur
that they might merit the displeasure of God,
and whose pious deeds will be exemplary unto everyone,
there will be many
who will become the personification of the nethermost fire itself,
when they fail to embrace His Cause;
while among the lowly servants
whom no one would imagine to be of any merit,
how great the number who will be honoured with true faith
and on whom the Fountainhead of generosity
will bestow the robe of authority.
For whatever is created in the Faith of God
is created through the potency of His Word.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 83)

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)


Day 2 – Jalál/Glory & `Istiqlál/Independence

Thine is sovereignty;
in Thy hand are the Kingdoms of Creation and Revelation;
in Thy right hand Thou holdest all created things
and within Thy grasp are the assigned measures of forgiveness.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 178)

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.”

Bahá’u’lláh