Bahá’ís throughout the world gather this evening after sunset or tomorrow before sunset to commemorate the First Day of the Bahá’í Month of Mulk [Dominion]
“Sonnet in Honour of the Feast of Mulk or ‘Dominion’”
Dominion flows from all that is to all
That cannot be conceived, a bellow’s breath beneath the floor
Of wisdom’s altar fires within the shrine above the inner sight, ignored
For want of knowledge, askew by dint of instruments. The call
Is clarion from below and far above whose covenants defy perceptions:
For each, assured domain; for all, a blessèd bailiwick.
Prescriptions transcend their symbols, transfixed in measure; the quick
And dead retain an atavistic relation where immaculate conceptions
Cannot be confounded by their Goliaths nor by their Davids proscribed.
The seeds of all encompassing Creation, the Primal Cause
Express to each a quality, to all an attribute, a clause
In mortal contracts, revelations, stations sealed, inscribed
With what perturbs all living spirits, inuring all casual inquirers
As the Object sought transcends, Itself, and is, Itself, the Source of all desire.
Make this known unto them, that nothing whatsoever may shut them out from Thy Beauty, in these days whereon the Christ exclaimeth: “All dominion is Thine, O Thou the Begetter of the Spirit (Jesus)”; and Thy Friend (Muḥammad) crieth out: “Glory be to Thee, O Thou the Best-Beloved, for that Thou hast uncovered Thy Beauty, and written down for Thy chosen ones what will cause them to attain unto the seat of the revelation of Thy Most Great Name, through which all the peoples have lamented except such as have detached themselves from all else except Thee, and set themselves towards Him Who is the Revealer of Thyself and the Manifestation of Thine attributes.”
―His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh
“The Prayer for Naw-Rúz”
Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 68