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19 Months

This series is compiled of my contributions to 19 Months, a photography blog that features images inspired by the 19 Baha'i months and their namesake virtues. Each month I would research passages from the Baha'i Writings that pertained to the attribute of that month. When I came across a quote that gave me a vision of a photographic depiction, I would proceed to create that image.

Note: A few quotes have been abbreviated for formatting purposes.

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Bahá : Splendor

"There arose the houri, Who had dwelt in pre-eternity in the pavilions of holiness... She looked with [a] glance toward the earth, and it was illumined by the lights of Her beauty and the loveliness of Her splendor." ~ Baha'u'llah, Tablet of the Maiden.

Painting by Lauren Cabrera.

Bahá : Splendor

"There arose the houri, Who had dwelt in pre-eternity in the pavilions of holiness... She looked with [a] glance toward the earth, and it was illumined by the lights of Her beauty and the loveliness of Her splendor." ~ Baha'u'llah, Tablet of the Maiden.

Painting by Lauren Cabrera.

Jalál : Glory

"O SON OF MAN! Thou art My dominion and My dominion perisheth not; wherefore fearest thou thy perishing? Thou art My light and My light shall never be extinguished; why dost thou dread extinction? Thou art My glory and My glory fadeth not; thou art My robe and My robe shall never be outworn. Abide then in thy love for Me, that thou mayest find Me in the realm of glory."  ~Baha'u'llah, Arabic hidden word #14

Jalál : Glory

"O SON OF MAN! Thou art My dominion and My dominion perisheth not; wherefore fearest thou thy perishing? Thou art My light and My light shall never be extinguished; why dost thou dread extinction? Thou art My glory and My glory fadeth not; thou art My robe and My robe shall never be outworn. Abide then in thy love for Me, that thou mayest find Me in the realm of glory."  ~Baha'u'llah, Arabic hidden word #14

Jamál : Beauty

“I know not, O my God, what the Fire is which Thou didst kindle in Thy land…  I beseech Thee, O my God, by this Fire which blazeth and rageth in the world of creation, to rend asunder the veils that have hindered me from appearing before the throne of Thy majesty…” ~Baha’u’llah, from Compilation on Detachment

Jamál : Beauty

“I know not, O my God, what the Fire is which Thou didst kindle in Thy land…  I beseech Thee, O my God, by this Fire which blazeth and rageth in the world of creation, to rend asunder the veils that have hindered me from appearing before the throne of Thy majesty…” ~Baha’u’llah, from Compilation on Detachment

Nur : Light 

"And while washing his face let him say:  I have turned my face unto Thee, O my Lord! Illumine it with the light of Thy countenance. Protect it, then, from turning to anyone but Thee." ~Baha'u'llah, Excerpt from medium obligatory prayer.

Nur : Light 

"And while washing his face let him say:  I have turned my face unto Thee, O my Lord! Illumine it with the light of Thy countenance. Protect it, then, from turning to anyone but Thee." ~Baha'u'llah, Excerpt from medium obligatory prayer.

Kamál : Perfection

"We have seen that movement is essential to existence; nothing that has life is without motion. All creation, whether of the mineral, vegetable or animal kingdom, is compelled to obey the law of motion; it must either ascend or descend. But with the human soul, there is no decline. Its only movement is towards perfection; growth and progress alone constitute the motion of the soul. Divine perfection is infinite, therefore the progress of the soul is also infinite." ~Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, pg. 26.

Kamál : Perfection

"We have seen that movement is essential to existence; nothing that has life is without motion. All creation, whether of the mineral, vegetable or animal kingdom, is compelled to obey the law of motion; it must either ascend or descend. But with the human soul, there is no decline. Its only movement is towards perfection; growth and progress alone constitute the motion of the soul. Divine perfection is infinite, therefore the progress of the soul is also infinite." ~Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, pg. 26.

Sulṭán : Sovereignty

"We cannot limit God to a boundary. Man is limited, but the world of Divinity is unlimited. Prescribing limitation to God is human ignorance. God is the Ancient, the Almighty; His attributes are infinite. He is God because His light, His sovereignty, is infinite. If He can be limited to human ideas, He is not God.”  ~Abdu'l-Baha, Promulgation of Universal Peace, pgs 272 & 274


Sulṭán : Sovereignty

"We cannot limit God to a boundary. Man is limited, but the world of Divinity is unlimited. Prescribing limitation to God is human ignorance. God is the Ancient, the Almighty; His attributes are infinite. He is God because His light, His sovereignty, is infinite. If He can be limited to human ideas, He is not God.”  ~Abdu'l-Baha, Promulgation of Universal Peace, pgs 272 & 274


Masáʼil : Questions

"One must, then, read the book of his own self, rather than some treatise on rhetoric... The story is told of a mystic knower, who went on a journey with a learned grammarian... They came to the shore of the Sea of Grandeur. The knower flung himself into the waves, but the grammarian stood lost in his reasonings... The knower called out to him, "Why dost thou not follow?" He answered, “O Brother, I dare not advance. I must needs go back...” Then the knower cried, “Forget what thou didst read in thy books and cross the water.” ~Baha'u'llah, excerpts from The Seven Valleys, pgs 51-52

Masáʼil : Questions

"One must, then, read the book of his own self, rather than some treatise on rhetoric... The story is told of a mystic knower, who went on a journey with a learned grammarian... They came to the shore of the Sea of Grandeur. The knower flung himself into the waves, but the grammarian stood lost in his reasonings... The knower called out to him, "Why dost thou not follow?" He answered, “O Brother, I dare not advance. I must needs go back...” Then the knower cried, “Forget what thou didst read in thy books and cross the water.” ~Baha'u'llah, excerpts from The Seven Valleys, pgs 51-52

Asmá : Names

"Tear ye asunder the veils of names and cleave ye their kingdom. By My Beauty! He Who is the Monarch of all names is come, He at Whose bidding every single name hath, from the beginning that hath no beginning, been created, He Who shall continue to create them as He pleaseth. He, verily, is the All-Powerful, the All-Wise." ~Baha'u'llah (Gleanings, 255-259)

Asmá : Names

"Tear ye asunder the veils of names and cleave ye their kingdom. By My Beauty! He Who is the Monarch of all names is come, He at Whose bidding every single name hath, from the beginning that hath no beginning, been created, He Who shall continue to create them as He pleaseth. He, verily, is the All-Powerful, the All-Wise." ~Baha'u'llah (Gleanings, 255-259)

Qudrat : Power

“Lift up your hearts above the present and look with eyes of faith into the future! Today the seed is sown... but behold the day will come when it shall rise a glorious tree and the branches thereof shall be laden with fruit. Rejoice and be glad that this day has dawned, try to realize its power... God has crowned you with honour and in your hearts has He set a radiant star; verily the light thereof shall brighten the whole world!”  ~Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, pg. 68.

Qudrat : Power

“Lift up your hearts above the present and look with eyes of faith into the future! Today the seed is sown... but behold the day will come when it shall rise a glorious tree and the branches thereof shall be laden with fruit. Rejoice and be glad that this day has dawned, try to realize its power... God has crowned you with honour and in your hearts has He set a radiant star; verily the light thereof shall brighten the whole world!”  ~Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, pg. 68.

Aẓamat : Grandeur

"O thou who swimmest in the sea of meaning, at this time the ocean of
 grandeur hath billowed forth in My name, the All-Glorious, and casteth 
up for all contingent beings the pearls of the mention of thy Lord... Would that We could find a trustworthy soul into whose
 keeping We could give them, or a man of keen sight, to whom We could
show them..."   ~Baha'u'llah, [excerpt from the Surah of
 Sorrows]

Aẓamat : Grandeur

"O thou who swimmest in the sea of meaning, at this time the ocean of
 grandeur hath billowed forth in My name, the All-Glorious, and casteth 
up for all contingent beings the pearls of the mention of thy Lord... Would that We could find a trustworthy soul into whose
 keeping We could give them, or a man of keen sight, to whom We could
show them..."   ~Baha'u'llah, [excerpt from the Surah of
 Sorrows]

Kalimát : Words

"Reveal then Thyself, O Lord, by Thy merciful utterance and the mystery of Thy divine being, that the holy ecstasy of prayer may fill our souls - a prayer that shall rise above words and letters and transcend the murmur of syllables and sounds - that all things may be merged into nothingness before the revelation of Thy splendor." ~Abdu'l-Baha, Bahai Prayers.

Kalimát : Words

"Reveal then Thyself, O Lord, by Thy merciful utterance and the mystery of Thy divine being, that the holy ecstasy of prayer may fill our souls - a prayer that shall rise above words and letters and transcend the murmur of syllables and sounds - that all things may be merged into nothingness before the revelation of Thy splendor." ~Abdu'l-Baha, Bahai Prayers.

Ilm : Knowledge

"We have decreed, O people, that the highest and last end of all learning be the recognition of Him Who is the Object of all knowledge; and yet behold how ye have allowed your learning to shut you out, as by a veil, from Him Who is the Dayspring of this Light, through Whom every hidden thing hath been revealed."  ~Baha'u'llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, pg 129.

Ilm : Knowledge

"We have decreed, O people, that the highest and last end of all learning be the recognition of Him Who is the Object of all knowledge; and yet behold how ye have allowed your learning to shut you out, as by a veil, from Him Who is the Dayspring of this Light, through Whom every hidden thing hath been revealed."  ~Baha'u'llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, pg 129.

Raḥmat : Mercy

O SON OF MAN! A dewdrop out of the fathomless ocean of My mercy I have shed upon the peoples of the world, yet found none turn thereunto, inasmuch as everyone hath turned away from the celestial wine of unity unto the foul dregs of impurity, and, content with mortal cup, hath put away the chalice of immortal beauty. Vile is that wherewith he is contented. ~Baha'u'llah, Persian Hidden Word #61

Raḥmat : Mercy

O SON OF MAN! A dewdrop out of the fathomless ocean of My mercy I have shed upon the peoples of the world, yet found none turn thereunto, inasmuch as everyone hath turned away from the celestial wine of unity unto the foul dregs of impurity, and, content with mortal cup, hath put away the chalice of immortal beauty. Vile is that wherewith he is contented. ~Baha'u'llah, Persian Hidden Word #61

Izzat : Might

"...And when I behold the sea, I find that it speaketh to me of Thy majesty, and of the potency of Thy might, and of Thy sovereignty and Thy grandeur..."  ~Baha'u'llah, (Prayers and Meditations, pg 272)

Izzat : Might

"...And when I behold the sea, I find that it speaketh to me of Thy majesty, and of the potency of Thy might, and of Thy sovereignty and Thy grandeur..."  ~Baha'u'llah, (Prayers and Meditations, pg 272)

Jalál : Glory 

"O ye that circle the throne of glory! Hearken unto My Call which is raised from the midst of the Burning Bush, `Verily I am God and there is none other God but Me'." ~ Selections from the Writings of the Bab.

Jalál : Glory 

"O ye that circle the throne of glory! Hearken unto My Call which is raised from the midst of the Burning Bush, `Verily I am God and there is none other God but Me'." ~ Selections from the Writings of the Bab.

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