Lesson 6 this week is about Selflessness.
- What is Selflessness?
- How do we know we are practicing the virtue of Selflessness?
- Why should we practice the virtue of Selflessness?
- When do we practice the virtue of Selflessness?
As we learn about Selflessness, memorize the quote, and listen to the songs and stories, let us try to think about how we can practice the virtue of Selflessness.
For lessons 4 to 8, the Prayer to memorize is “O God, guide me, protect me, make of me a shining lamp and a brilliant star. Thou art the Mighty and the Powerful.” We will continue practicing the ones we already know
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Lesson 6 Quote
Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself.
Meaning Of Words
There is a well and a bucket, but no way to use the bucket to get water. Amelia, using her intelligence, finds a rope to tie to the bucket, lowers the bucket, and gets water. Amelia’s intelligence is a gift of God. God has blessed Amelia with intelligence.
Victor’s family says prayers every morning in the living room of their home. The home of Victor’s family is blessed.
John likes to eat chocolate and vanilla ice cream, but when he has to choose, he chooses vanilla. He prefers vanilla.
Anindo can go out and play, or go help her father in the garden. She decides to help her father in the garden. Anindo prefers to help her father.
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Selflessness: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the new coat
The story below illustrates how, through both His words and deeds, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá shows us the ways of selflessness.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá preferred inexpensive clothes for Himself. When He had extra clothes He always gave them away to others. One day He was going to entertain the Governor of ‘Akká. His wife felt that His coat was not good enough for the occasion. Well ahead of time she went to the tailor and ordered a fine coat for ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. She thought He surely would not notice that His old coat had been replaced; He desired, after all, only to be scrupulously clean. When the day of the Governor’s visit arrived, the new coat was laid out for ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, but He went searching for His old one. He asked for His old coat, saying that the one laid out could not be His. His wife attempted to explain that because of the occasion she had bought Him a new coat, but He would not accept it. He told her that for the price of this one coat they could buy five simple ones like He normally wore. He told her that there was no reason to spend so much money on a coat just for Him. If He needed a new one, they could send the expensive coat back to the tailor and order five ordinary coats for the same amount of money. “Then, you see, I shall not only have a new one, but I shall also have four to give to others!”
GAME SUGGESTIONS: The Snail
Ask the children to line up and hold hands, and then have the children at one end of the line stand in place, while the others begin to walk around them. Little by little, they wind themselves into a spiral to form a snail.
a. Tell the children to stand in line again and hold hands. Then ask those at one end to begin to turn in a circle, slowly winding the others up around them. Make sure they are careful not to step on one another’s feet when doing so.
b. Once the children have formed a snail, tell those in the middle to squat down and the one at the center to go under the legs of a child next to him or her, continuing through the legs of others until he or she has emerged out of the snail. The other children, while continuing to hold hands, follow him or her through one another’s legs until they all have emerged and formed a line once again. To do this some children will be going under one another’s legs, while others are stepping over them.
Based on the story of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Decorate the Coat. You can use the template to make it the expensive coat or the plain coat.