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…”


Year 179 B. E. – Jád/Generosity – Month 8 – Kamál/Perfection

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 6 – Rahmat/Mercy & Jalál/Glory 

It is better to guide one soul than to possess all that is on earth,
for as long as that guided soul is under the shadow of the Tree of Divine Unity,
he and the one who hath guided him will both be recipients of God’s tender mercy,
whereas possession of earthly things will cease at the time of death.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 75)

Let not thy tongue pay lip service in praise of God
while thy heart be not attuned to the exalted Summit of Glory,
and the Focal Point of communion.
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 94)

 Day 7 – Kalimát/Words & Jamál/Beauty

Hadst thou uttered ‘yea’ on hearing the Words of God,
thou wouldst have been seen to have been worshiping 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)

How can I extol the effulgent beauty of Thy Lordship,
conscious as I am of my nothingness
before the habitation of Thy glory?
(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 216)

Day 8 – Kamál/Perfection & Kamál/Perfection

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-Íqán, p. 245)

Likewise, reflect upon the perfection of man’s creation,
and that all these planes and states
are folded up and hidden away within him.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Seven Valleys, p. 34)

Day 9 – Asmá/Names & Fidál/Grace

Upon the inmost reality of each and every created thing
He hath shed the light of one of His names,
 and made it a recipient of the glory of one of His attributes.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 65)

God witnesseth that there is no God but Him,
the Gracious, the Best-Beloved.
All grace and bounty are His.
To whomsoever He will He giveth
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 73)

Day 10 – `Izzat/Might & `Idál/Justice

Thy might beareth me witness,
O Thou Who art the King of the realms of justice
and the Ruler of the cities of mercy!
(Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 135)

Should anyone wax angry with you,
respond to him with gentleness;
and should anyone upbraid you,
forbear to upbraid him in return,
but leave him to himself
and put your trust in God, the omnipotent
Avenger, the Lord of might and justice.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 75)

Day 11 – Mashíyyat/Will & Istijlál/Majesty

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-Íqán, p. 16)

Open Thou outwardly to their faces, O my Lord,
the gates of Thy grace,
that they may enter them by Thy leave
and in conformity with Thy will,
and may stand before the throne of Thy majesty,
and catch the accents of Thy voice,
 and be illumined with the splendors of the light of Thy face.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 72)

Day 12 – `Ilm/Knowledge & Istiqlál/Independence

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.”
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 291)

Then wouldst thou find thyself raised up
to the summit of exaltation and glory,
and elevated to the pinnacle of majesty and independence.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 101)

“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.”