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BAHÁ’U’LLÁH WAS AT ALL TIMES AND UNDER ALL CONDITIONS VICTORIOUS, ACHIEVING GODS HOLY PURPOSE GRADE 4 LESSON 11 RUHI BOOK 3

Introducing The Principal Theme

It is hoped that, in this lesson, you will get a further glimpse of Bahá’u’lláh’s grandeur and majesty and gain an understanding that He was at all times and under all conditions victorious, achieving God’s Holy Purpose.

Let us review the following ideas:

We have already learned that Bahá’u’lláh’s life on this earth was filled with suffering. What were some of the afflictions and ordeals that He endured?

  1. In His homeland, Persia, He was imprisoned, put in chains, and stripped of His worldly possessions.
  2. He was then exiled four times. To where was He banished the last time, and what were the conditions like there?

Yet we also saw that, despite the efforts exerted by His enemies to still His Voice and destroy His Faith, Bahá’u’lláh continued to proclaim His Cause, to high and low alike, and He called upon the kings and rulers of the earth to uphold the principle of justice and to work for the welfare of the people of the world.

How did the kings and rulers respond to His summons?”

You will remember that, when imprisoned and in chains in the Síyáh-Chál, Bahá’u’lláh heard these words on every side:

‘Verily, We shall render Thee victorious by Thyself and by Thy Pen.’

Years later He arrived in ‘Akká, outwardly a prisoner and an exile. But you know that what He saw in the spiritual world was different. He said that He was welcomed with banners of light and that the Voice of the Spirit cried out, saying: ‘Soon will all that dwell on earth be enlisted under these banners.’

God promised  Bahá’u’lláh that He would be made victorious.

Today you are going to see that soon in ‘Akká, as in other places, the hearts of the people were transformed by the loving words of Bahá’u’lláh, and the wish of His beloved son, Mírzá Mihdí, was fulfilled. His followers were able to attain His presence, and His Cause became stronger and spread wider each day. Though outwardly Bahá’u’lláh remained a prisoner, He continued to gain more and more ascendance over the powers of the earth. Every time His enemies had devised a new way to silence Him, His fame and following grew. The rulers of Persia and the Ottoman Empire were too blinded by ambition and greed to understand that they were powerless to inflict harm on His Cause.

In the passage you will memorize in this lesson, Bahá’u’lláh assures us that the Cause of God has the power to withstand all opposition. Think of all the forces that rose up against Bahá’u’lláh, and yet He was unshaken. Little did the rulers of the time realize that history would prove the Prisoner of ‘Akká to be the King of Glory.

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Though the forces of the nations be arrayed against Him, though the kings of the earth be leagued to undermine His Cause, the power of His might shall  stand unshaken.

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Historical episodes

This lesson is about the period of Bahá’u’lláh’s life spent in ‘Akká and its vicinity after being released from imprisonment in the barracks. 

You know that Bahá’u’lláh’s suffering in the fortress-town of ‘Akká was so immense that He designated it the “Most Great Prison”.

Confined to the army barracks by order of the Sulṭán, He and the small band of exiles that accompanied Him were subjected to the severest hardship. The loss of His beloved son Mírzá Mihdí, the Purest Branch, was a source of unspeakable sorrow. But four months later, He and His companions were asked to leave the army barracks to make way for troops. They were moved from house to house, staying only a few months in each and kept watch over by guards.

Bahá’u’lláh and His family finally settled in what is now known as the House of ‘Abbúd.

They remained there for several years, and it was in that house that He revealed His Most Holy Book, the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, which you will learn more about in a later class period.

Gradually the restrictions on them were relaxed, as the inhabitants of the city began to recognize their innocence and to admire and revere Bahá’u’lláh. An increasing number of pilgrims from Persia were able to attain His presence during this period, and thus the wish of the Purest Branch that the gates of the city would be opened wide to his Father’s followers was fulfilled.

Although Bahá’u’lláh and the believers enjoyed much freedom in ‘Akká, He remained confined within the city walls, for the order of the Sulṭán was still in force. But this situation was not to last. People of influence and authority eventually grew friendly towards the Faith and came to respect Bahá’u’lláh.

There was even a governor of ‘Akká who seemed to have caught a glimpse of His station. He was so deeply moved by Bahá’u’lláh’s majesty that he begged Him to be given the privilege of serving Him in some way. Bahá’u’lláh refused, not wanting anything for Himself, but instead suggested that he restore a disused water canal for the city.

The water in ‘Akká was terribly foul, and the canal, once fixed, allowed the people of the city to have fresh water.

One day, Bahá’u’lláh mentioned that He had not seen greenery for nine years. The country, He commented, was the world of the soul and the city the world of the body. When ‘Abdu’l- Bahá heard these words, He realized that the time had come for His Father to go to the countryside and enjoy the beauty of nature.

There lived a prominent man in ‘Akká in those days who owned a lovely place in the country called Mazra‘ih. Unfortunately the man was not friendly to the Faith. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá went to his home and asked to rent Mazra‘ih from him. Surprisingly, the owner agreed. ‘Abdu’l- Bahá acquired the place at a low rent, repaired it, and beautified the garden.

He then went to the presence of Bahá’u’lláh and informed Him that Mazra‘ih was ready for Him and that there was a carriage waiting for Him outside. But Bahá’u’lláh refused to go, saying that He was still a prisoner. There was a highly respected religious leader in ‘Akká who loved Bahá’u’lláh and was greatly favored by Him. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá explained the situation to the man and asked him to go to the presence of Bahá’u’lláh, fall on his knees, take hold of Bahá’u’lláh’s hands and not let go until He promised to leave the city.

The man did exactly as ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had asked him to do. But Bahá’u’lláh refused again, repeating that He was a prisoner. “God forbid! Who has the power to make You a prisoner?” insisted the man.

“You have kept Yourself in prison. It was Your Own Will to be imprisoned . . .”

He begged Bahá’u’lláh to leave the walls of the prison-city and go to Mazra‘ih. “It is beautiful and verdant,” he told Him. “The trees are lovely, and the oranges like balls of fire!” For a whole hour the man pleaded until finally his patience and persistence were rewarded, and Bahá’u’lláh agreed to move to Mazra‘ih.

The next day, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá brought the carriage and drove Bahá’u’lláh to His new residence. While everyone knew that Bahá’u’lláh was still a prisoner by the order of the Sulṭán, no one dared raise any objections. He was, in reality, as loved and respected as a king.

Two years after Bahá’u’lláh went to live in Mazra‘ih, a beautiful mansion not too far distant fell vacant. It had been built as a country home for a wealthy man and his family. The mansion was on a property called Bahjí, which means “delight”.

When an epidemic broke out in the area, killing many, people panicked and abandoned their homes. ‘Abdu’l- Bahá was thus able to rent Bahjí for His Father, and in the tranquility of its surroundings, Bahá’u’lláh would pass the remaining thirteen years of His life on this earth.

He was now held in esteem and veneration by people of all backgrounds, and the prestige of the community of His followers was well established. Leaders and local officials would often request the honor of attaining His presence.

And although His Faith had not yet spread to the Western world, there were some who were aware of the Prisoner of ‘Akká and the great influence He had on all those with whom He came into contact. One of these was Edward Granville Browne, a well-known British scholar, whom you will learn about in another class.

During this period of His life, Bahá’u’lláh visited the nearby town of Haifa three times. The third visit was the longest. He remained there for three months. It was while in Haifa, over the course of the visit, that news reached Bahá’u’lláh of the martyrdom of seven believers in the city of Yazd in Persia. All seven had been put to death in a single day, one after another, in the most cruel and barbarous ways, in front of the jeering and enthusiastic crowds.

Then the governor of the city called a holiday; shops were closed and the city lit into the night for the festivities. You see, Náṣiri’d-Dín Sháh, the king of Persia, never gave up his efforts to destroy the Faith in the land of its birth. Whenever it suited his own despotic purpose, his government and the religious leaders would tell lies and falsehoods about the Faith, so that people would feel hatred towards the followers of Bahá’u’lláh and would attack and harm them.

Many were called to the field of martyrdom. So deep was Bahá’u’lláh’s sorrow at learning the circumstances of the deaths of the seven believers in Yazd that, for nine days, no divine verses flowed from His pen, and no one was admitted into His presence. On the ninth day, He summoned the believers and foretold of the king’s doom.

Before long, Bahá’u’lláh said, Persia would be released from the king’s tyrannical reign. And, indeed, some years later, the night before the celebration of the anniversary of his rise to the throne, he was shot and killed by one of his own people, and his sons soon lost the throne and their family name faded into history.

What you should also know is that it was during that same visit to Haifa, while standing on the slopes of Mount Carmel, that Bahá’u’lláh pointed out to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá the spot where the Shrine of the Báb was to be built. Later, of course, in the vicinity of the Holy Shrine of the Báb, the Seat of the Universal House of Justice was established. Today the twin cities of Haifa and ‘Akká have become the administrative and spiritual world center of the Bahá’í Faith, which has spread to countries throughout the globe.

Bahá’u’lláh raised the banner of universal peace and revealed the Word of God to humanity. Although the powers of the earth combined their forces against Him, He was victorious over them as God had promised Him when under chains in the Síyáh-Chál. During His own lifetime, His Message revived the hearts of thousands of people, and today His Cause continues its onward march.

The forces of the entire world are not capable of preventing it from achieving its ultimate goal, which is to unify humankind in one universal Cause and in one common Faith.

From the lessons in earlier grades, we already have a profound connection to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, and this historical episode gives us an indication of how devoted He was to His beloved Father. You may wish to reflect for a moment on the station of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as the perfect Exemplar of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings. What insights does it reveal into the greatness of the Cause? What other spiritual insights do the historical episode offer, and how will you ensure the children glean such insights as you narrate the events to them?

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  • Bahá’u’lláh spent twenty-four years in ‘Akká and its vicinity, from 1868 to 1892.
  • After nine years of confinement in ‘Akká, Bahá’u’lláh consented to leave its gates.
  • Bahá’u’lláh spent the last thirteen years of His life on this earth in Bahjí.
  • In one of His visits to Haifa, Bahá’u’lláh pointed out to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá the spot on which the Shrine of the Báb was to be built.
  • The twin cities of Haifa and ‘Akká are the administrative and spiritual world center of the Bahá’í Faith.
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You are a fellow prisoner in  Most Great Prison and you have come to love and respect Baha’ullah. You just heard that the new water canal will be fixed and water will start to flow again into the city.

Act out this scene, how you are feeling before the news, and after the news.

You and a group of your friends want to do something to help improve the living conditions of everyone in this prison.

In your groups discuss what you may be able to do. Share your idea(s) with your class.

Can you think of how you can make your neighborhoods a better place to live?

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BAHÁ’U’LLÁH CALLED UPON THE RULERS OF THE WORLD TO UPHOLD JUSTICE GRADE 4 LESSON 10

BAHÁ'U'LLÁH CALLED UPON THE RULERS OF THE WORLD TO UPHOLD JUSTICE GRADE 4 LESSON 10 SET 3

WELCOME TO LESSON 10

Introducing The Principal Theme

This lesson will provide us with an opportunity to reflect on the principle of justice, which Bahá’u’lláh called upon the rulers of the world to uphold. It will further our understanding that we must work to spread His teachings in order for justice to be established on earth.

Last time we saw that Bahá’u’lláh was finally exiled to the prison city of ‘Akká, where His sufferings increased greatly.

  • Do you remember what the conditions were like?
  • What sad event occurred in the army barracks where they were imprisoned?
  • Why did Bahá’u’lláh patiently accept His sufferings?

It was out of His love for humanity, was it not? He loved humanity and knew that the knowledge He brought from God would finally conquer ignorance. Not for an instant did He stop shedding the light of Divine guidance upon the world.

Today you will memorize a passage in which Bahá’u’lláh speaks to us about justice. He tells us that justice is a quality most loved by God. Without justice, we become blind to the truth and walk in the ways of error. Without justice, we become cruel. When the world is not ruled by justice, humanity lives a life of misery and immense suffering.

Bahá’u’lláh appeared at a time when the light of justice was fading from the world. Rulers kept their subjects in ignorance and used their positions to gather wealth and power for themselves. Bahá’u’lláh called on these rulers to dedicate themselves to the well-being of their people. Later I will share a very moving episode from the history of the Faith—how Bahá’u’lláh’s Tablet addressed to one of these rulers, the king of Persia, came to be delivered to him. This episode revolves around the valiant figure of Badí‘, a seventeen-year-old youth. Alas, the rulers at the time did not respond to Bahá’u’lláh’s call and more than a century later, our world continues to be filled with injustices, and the suffering of humankind increases daily. But all of these afflictions will pass away as more and more people live according to Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings and as nations learn to live with one another in peace. The light of justice will shine brighter and brighter.”

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O Son of Spirit! The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it not that I may confide in thee.

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The historical episode in this lesson revolves around the valiant figure of Badí‘, the seventeen-year-old youth who was the bearer of Bahá’u’lláh’s Tablet to the king of Persia.  First, we will look at the circumstances leading up to Badí‘’s arrival in ‘Akká and then share the remainder of his soul-stirring story.

From our earlier classes you know that, even though Bahá’u’lláh was exiled and imprisoned and subjected to terrible trials and ordeals, He never stopped proclaiming His Cause and guiding humankind. Remember that His station as a Manifestation of God was revealed to Him in the Síyáh-Chál in Ṭihrán. Although He did not inform anyone of what had occurred, the birth of His Revelation, like the dawn, stirred receptive souls, who were gradually awakened to His light. Then in the Garden of Riḍván, He declared His Mission to a small number of those who had gathered to bid Him farewell, and soon they began to share His Message with others who were ready to hear it.

Finally, the time came for the universal proclamation of His Mission. Beginning in Constantinople, but especially in Adrianople and later in ‘Akká, Bahá’u’lláh addressed Tablets to the kings and rulers of the world and proclaimed His Message far and wide. In these Tablets He called upon the rulers of both the East and the West to uphold justice and work towards the establishment of the unity of humankind.

One of these Tablets was addressed to the king of Persia, Náṣiri’d-Dín Sháh, a most unjust man and a tyrannical enemy of the Cause. Delivering the Tablet to that cruel ruler was a very dangerous task. The journey was long, and much wisdom was needed to protect the Tablet from the enemies of the Faith who, if they had ever come to know of it, would have prevented it from reaching its destination. And the one who carried it had to be endowed with supreme faith and courage to face the wrath of the tyrant who received it.

There was a youth growing up in Persia by the name of Áqá Buzurg, who would later be given the title Badí‘ by Bahá’u’lláh. The father of Badí‘ was an outstanding believer. Yet, Badí‘ was unruly and took little interest in the Faith. All this changed when Nabíl, the great historian and teacher of the Faith, reached the gates of his city during his travels. While visiting Badí‘’s father, Nabíl learned of his deep sadness at witnessing his son’s behavior and decided to see if he could help by guiding Badí‘ to recognize Bahá’u’lláh. To his delight, he found the youth to possess a pure heart and a receptive soul. He set out, one evening, to explain to Badí‘ certain spiritual truths and share with him Divine verses. As he heard the holy verses, Badí‘ wept, and that night he was transformed.

Now, Badí‘’s love for Bahá’u’lláh grew so much that he soon set out alone on foot to meet Him. He went first to Baghdád, where he stayed for a while, preparing himself for the next stage of his journey. During that time, he served a group of devoted believers, delivering drinking water to their homes. His heart, of course, was being drawn to the prison-city of ‘Akká, and he resumed his travels.

After a long and difficult journey over deserts and mountains, Badí‘ finally arrived at the gates of ‘Akká. He was still dressed as a simple water carrier, so he had no trouble slipping by the guards. But, once inside the prison-fortress, he did not know how to contact his fellow believers. If he had asked some stranger where to find the Bahá’ís, he could have been betrayed and thrown out of the city. So he decided to go to a mosque in order to pray. Towards the evening, a group of Persians entered the mosque for prayer, and Badí‘ was delighted to recognize ‘Abdu’l-Bahá among them. He quickly wrote a note and slipped it to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. That same evening, arrangements were made for him to enter into the presence of Bahá’u’lláh. Badí‘ had the bounty of having two such meetings, during which, Bahá’u’lláh Himself has said, he was created anew with the Hands of power and sent out as a ball of fire.

Bahá’u’lláh had actually revealed the Tablet to the king of Persia some years before. He had waited, however, for the one who was destined to be its bearer. There were many Bahá’ís who longed to be that messenger, but to none had the honor been granted. When Badí‘ heard from Bahá’u’lláh that such a Tablet existed, he asked to be allowed to present it to the king. His offer was accepted by Bahá’u’lláh, and Badí‘ was directed to leave ‘Akká and go to Haifa, where he should wait for instructions. In Haifa, he received a letter from Bahá’u’lláh in which he was told to “go with speed to the abode of the King” and deliver the Tablet to him. He was to detach himself from all things and to “adorn his heart with the decoration of strength and composure”. Such should be his spirit of renunciation that if the king decreed his death, he would not be troubled and would praise God for having offered him the cup of martyrdom. But if the king let him go, he should also praise God and be content with His good pleasure, even though he had desired to give his life in His path.

And so Badí‘ began the arduous journey back to Persia. It took him a few months to reach its borders. One of the believers who was in Badí‘’s company for part of the journey has left the following description of that radiant youth: “He was full of joy, laughter, gratitude, and forbearance. And I only knew that he had been in the presence of Bahá’u’lláh and was now returning to his home in Khurásán. Time and again I observed that having walked a little more or less than one hundred paces, he would leave the road and, turning to face ‘Akká, would prostrate himself and could be heard to say: ‘O God, that which you have bestowed upon me through Your bounty, do not take back through Your justice; rather grant me strength to safeguard it.’

When he reached the capital, Ṭihrán, Badí‘ did not seek out his fellow believers. He spent three days and nights in a state of prayer and fasting. On the fourth day, after waiting patiently on a small hill near the royal summer camp, he was at last spotted by the king and brought before him. Badí‘ approached him calmly and addressed him respectfully: “O King! I have come to thee from Sheba with a weighty message.” Thus the Tablet of Bahá’u’lláh was delivered to the king of Persia.

What followed next is too cruel to recount. So savage were the indignities heaped upon Badí‘ at the king’s order that it would bring tears to your eyes if you were to hear them. What is important for you to know is that Badí‘ stood firm as he faced the wrath of the tyrannical king, the embodiment of injustice. He never lost his calm and composure. He gladly sacrificed his life in the path of his Beloved and was called the “Pride of Martyrs” by Bahá’u’lláh.

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  1. Bahá’u’lláh began the universal proclamation of His Mission in Constantinople.
  2. During His exiles to Constantinople and Adrianople and later in ‘Akká, Bahá’u’lláh addressed Tablets to the kings and rulers of the world.
  3. Bahá’u’lláh called on the kings and rulers of the world to uphold justice.
  4. The title Badí‘ means “wonderful”
  5. Badí‘ delivered Bahá’u’lláh’s Tablet to the king of Persia in the summer of 1869.
  6. Badí‘ was seventeen years old when he delivered Bahá’u’lláh’s Tablet to the king of Persia.
  7. Badí‘ was called the “Pride of Martyrs” by Bahá’u’lláh.

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Let us look at a section of one of the stories from todays lesson: 

…And so Badí‘ began the arduous journey back to Persia. It took him a few months to reach its borders. One of the believers who was in Badí‘’s company for part of the journey has left the following description of that radiant youth:

“He was full of joy, laughter, gratitude and forbearance. And I only knew that he had been in the presence of Bahá’u’lláh and was now returning to his home in Khurásán. Time and again I observed that, having walked a little more or less than one hundred paces, he would leave the road and, turning to face ‘Akká, would prostrate himself and could be heard to say: ‘O God, that which you have bestowed upon me through Your bounty, do not take back through Your justice; rather grant me strength to safeguard it.’

Thinking about the attitude that Bádi had come up with a situation where you have to face a bully like the Shah and how you would act. You can do this alone, in pairs or as a group.

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1. Choose one of the letters that BÁHA’U’LLÁH wrote to a ruler. Write or draw what comes to mind.

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2. Is there something in your neighborhood, town, or city that you would like to change? Write or draw it.

Badi

Read a bit more about Badi and then write or draw what comes to mind.

One possibility would be to draw a picture of Badí‘ sitting on the hilltop with Bahá’u’lláh’s Tablet in hand, waiting to be spotted by the king. Or go further, and draw of the sequence of events that took Badí‘ from Persia to Baghdád, to ‘Akká, and back to Persia. You could draw a rudimentary map of his route and a small image at each point to remind us of what occurred, for example, a teardrop for Persia, a water bucket for Baghdád, a gate for ‘Akká, and a Tablet for Persia for his return there.

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  1. HEART OF JUSTICE
  2. LETTERS OF LIGHT
  3. LETTERS TO WORLD LEADERS
  4. QUIZ: RACE TO JUSTICE
  5. HEROES OF THE HEART
  6. ABDU’L-BAHA GREAT VOYAGE
  7. STAND FOR JUSTICE
  8. LEMONADE STAND FOR JUSTICE
  9. SHINING LAMP BADI
  10. CHAMPION OF JUSTICE
  11. SHINING LAMP MARTHA ROOT
  12. SEEING WITH YOUR OWN EYES
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BAHÁ’U’LLÁH ENDURED ORDEALS AND HARDSHIPS FOR THE SAKE OF HUMANITY G4 L9 SET 3

LESSON 9 HE ENDURED ORDEALS AND HARDSHIP FOR THE SAKE OF HUMANITY GRADE 4 SET3

Welcome: Introducing The Principal Theme

This lesson revolves around Bahá’u’lláh’s fourth and final exile to the prison-city of ‘Akká, We will get a sense of the ordeals and hardships He endured there for the sake of humanity. Yet the purpose of the lesson is to help us understand that Bahá’u’lláh’s banishment to ‘Akká would become the means, as ordained by God, for the further promotion of His Cause. To prepare for the discussion, let us review what they learned in previous lessons, particularly in the last lesson.

Here are a few questions:

  1. Do you remember where Bahá’u’lláh was first exiled and what the Bábí community was like when He reached there?
  2. How did the community change during Bahá’u’lláh’s ten-year stay in Baghdád?
  3. What wonderful event occurred at the end of His stay?
  4. We know, of course, that Bahá’u’lláh was then exiled to Constantinople and eventually to Adrianople. Why did His enemies exile Him farther and farther away from His homeland?
  5. Did they succeed in achieving their purpose?”

Today you are going to learn about Bahá’u’lláh’s fourth and final banishment. It was to the prison-city of ‘Akká. Bahá’u’lláh referred to ‘Akká as the ‘most desolate of cities’ and the ‘Most Great Prison’, so immense were His sufferings there.

What does the word ‘desolate’ mean?

You know that all the Manifestations of God have suffered at the hands of leaders concerned only with their own wealth and power. They used their influence over the people who blindly followed them to convince them to rise up against God’s Manifestations. We have seen that Bahá’u’lláh, too, lived a life of suffering and affliction. In ‘Akká His sufferings grew even greater. But He accepted every affliction patiently because He was chosen by God and did only that which God commanded. He loved humanity and knew that the knowledge He brought from God would finally conquer ignorance.

When Bahá’u’lláh arrived in ‘Akká, He was outwardly a prisoner, forcibly sent there by two powerful kings. The people of the city had been told lies about Him, and they called out to Him with insults. But Bahá’u’lláh knew that soon the hearts of the people would change and that, from ‘Akká, His Cause would spread throughout the East and the West, to all parts of the world. Of course, He had foreseen His exile to ‘Akká years before His enemies had even decided to banish Him there. In a Tablet revealed much earlier, He refers to His arrival in that desolate spot, saying that He was welcomed with banners of light and received God’s assurance that soon all the peoples of the world would follow these banners.

You will memorize His words yourselves later in our class today. Imagine how beautiful the world will become when more and more people are enlisted under the banner of the Cause and following the light of God’s teachings.

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Upon our arrival, We were welcomed with banners of light, whereupon the Voice of the Spirit cried out saying: ‘Soon will all that dwell on earth be enlisted under these banners

Baha’u’llah

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Historical Episodes

This historical episode describes events surrounding Bahá’u’lláh’s fourth and final exile, to the fortress town of ‘Akká. We will divide the episodes as follows: first, the journey to ‘Akká and the conditions of Bahá’u’lláh’s imprisonment there, and second, the tragic passing of His beloved son, Mírzá Mihdí.

We previously learned about Bahá’u’lláh’s exiles to Constantinople and Adrianople. With each exile, the corrupt leaders of Persia and the Ottoman Empire foolishly thought that they would succeed in putting an end to Bahá’u’lláh’s growing influence among the people. But you know, of course, that through the heroic efforts of dedicated believers like Aḥmad, the number of Bahá’u’lláh’s followers was steadily increasing. And so the authorities decided to exile Him once again, this time to the fortress of ‘Akká, a desolate prison city in which, they were sure, the new Faith would soon die.

Suddenly one morning, the house of Bahá’u’lláh in Adrianople was surrounded by soldiers, and everyone was told to prepare for immediate departure. For some time, no one knew what their destiny would be. The greatest fear of most was to be separated from their Beloved, for there were rumors that Bahá’u’lláh and His family would be exiled to one place and that the others would be forced to disperse.

On 12 August 1868, Bahá’u’lláh and the small group of exiles set out by land, under guard, for the port city of Gallipoli. For three nights, they remained in that city near the sea, still uncertain of what was to come. Then finally it became clear that Bahá’u’lláh was to be banished to ‘Akká, together with some seventy of His companions, including His beloved family.

Early in the morning, they were taken hurriedly to a steamer waiting in the harbor. They only had a few loaves of bread and a little cheese for the voyage ahead. The conditions were unspeakable, and they were all crowded together, with ten soldiers and two officers guarding them. Bahá’u’lláh had warned His companions of the dangers and trials that awaited them. “This journey will be unlike any of the previous journeys,” He told them. Sadly, one of their companions never reached their destination but died along the way. Then, after ten difficult and miserable days, in the sweltering summer heat, they finally approached the shores of the prison city of ‘Akká. Built as a fortress many years earlier, it was now used to confine the most unwanted prisoners. It was an unhealthy place to live; there was a saying at the time that, if a bird flew over ‘Akká, it would die, so polluted was the air.

Many of the townspeople had assembled to see the new arrivals disembark from their boat. They were yelling curses and abuse. You see, the inhabitants of ‘Akká were told that Bahá’u’lláh and His companions were enemies of God’s religion. The Sulṭán’s orders had been read out loud in a public place, and everyone understood that these Persians were condemned to life imprisonment and that it was strictly forbidden to associate with them.

Upon landing, the exiles were taken immediately to the army barracks. A section of the barracks was to be their prison. The first night, they were deprived of food and drink, and afterward they were each assigned three loaves of low-quality bread a day. Soon everyone, except for two, fell sick, and, shortly after, three of them died. The guards refused to bury the dead without receiving the money to cover the necessary expenses. A small carpet was sold, and the sum was given to the guards. Later it was learned that they had not kept their word and had buried the dead unwashed, unshrouded, and without coffins. They had in fact been given twice the amount required for the burial.

For the next two years, the conditions of imprisonment only slightly improved. Four of the prisoners were allowed to go out daily to buy food, but even they were heavily guarded. However, in spite of the order of the Sulṭán that no one should associate with Bahá’u’lláh and His family, a number of believers in Persia made the long journey to ‘Akká, often on foot, with the hope that they might be admitted into His presence. Upon arrival, these devoted souls, unable to approach Him, would stand at a distance facing His prison, content to catch even a glimpse of His figure through the bars of His window. A wave of His blessed Hand was sufficient reward for months of travel, and most would then turn homeward, thankful for the bounty they had received.

The most tragic event of this period was the sudden death of Bahá’u’lláh’s son Mírzá Mihdí, known as the Purest Branch, at the tender age of twenty-two. Mírzá Mihdí was ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s younger brother. When his Father was first exiled from Persia, he was too small a child to make the difficult journey and had to be left behind with relatives. Eventually, he was reunited with his parents in Baghdád some years later and accompanied Bahá’u’lláh on the rest of His exiles. He had a beautiful character, and all his friends were attracted to his noble spirit. By the time he and his family reached ‘Akká, he served his Father as a scribe, writing and copying the Tablets He ceaselessly revealed.

Often, after transcribing Bahá’u’lláh’s words in the evening, Mírzá Mihdí would go to the roof of the prison to walk and pray. One evening, about two years after he and his family arrived in that forsaken place, he was pacing up and down the rooftop, deep in prayer, when he failed to notice the open skylight in front of him. He fell through it and landed on a wooden crate on the floor below that pierced his chest. Hearing the sound of his fall and the cries of the friends, Bahá’u’lláh rushed to His son’s side. Mírzá Mihdí explained to his Father that he had always counted his steps to the unguarded skylight so that he knew when to stop, but had become so engrossed in prayer that he had forgotten to do so. Bahá’u’lláh asked the Purest Branch what he wished. He replied, “I wish the people of Bahá to be able to attain Your presence.” “And so it shall be,” Bahá’u’lláh said; “God will grant your wish.”

Within twenty-two hours of the fall, Mírzá Mihdí’s soul had winged its flight to the next world. Now the loss of a son He loved so much was added to Bahá’u’lláh’s many other sufferings. But of course, Bahá’u’lláh could see past all these sufferings and knew that His Cause would spread throughout the world and hundreds of thousands would begin to follow His teachings. Remember that, long before the Sulṭán gave the order to banish Bahá’u’lláh to ‘Akká, He described His arrival in the prison-city in this way:

“Upon Our arrival, We were welcomed with banners of light, whereupon the Voice of the Spirit cried out saying: ‘Soon will all that dwell on earth be enlisted under these banners.’”

Remembering the ordeals and hardships suffered by Bahá’u’lláh makes us firm in His love, and this is one of the insights we should glean from the above episode. What are some others?

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  • Bahá’u’lláh and His family were exiled from Adrianople to ‘Akká in 1868.
  • In ‘Akká, Bahá’u’lláh and His companions were imprisoned in an army barracks.
  • The phrase the “Most Great Prison” refers to ‘Akká.
  • Mírzá Mihdí was ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s younger brother.
  • Mírzá Mihdí was known as the Purest Branch.
  • The Purest Branch was twenty-two years old when he died.

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Act out the scene below as one of the pilgrims who have left Persia on the way to ‘Akka, or tell someone about this trip. Remember we do not portray the figure of Baha’u’llah.

However, in spite of the order of the Sulṭán that no one should associate with Bahá’u’lláh and His family, a number of believers in Persia made the long journey to ‘Akká, often on foot, with the hope that they might be admitted into His presence. Upon arrival, these devoted souls, unable to approach Him, would stand at a distance facing His prison, content to catch even a glimpse of His figure through the bars of His window. A wave of His blessed Hand was sufficient reward for months of travel, and most would then turn homeward, thankful for the bounty they had received.

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Paper Circut That Lights Up

“…He was welcomed with banners of light and received God’s assurance that soon all the peoples of the world would follow these banners.”

Baha’u’llah has now reached the last location of his exiles. In this activity, we will “map” the various dates and places in a fun way. (It’s easier than it sounds!)

You will need:

  1. Copper conductive tape. I got mine from Amazon (graphite pencils, and tin foil can be used but are not reliable)
  2. light bulbs (diodes) again from Amazon or Christmas bulb replacements with the wires accessible. There are more expensive options and the one that is very reliable is CHIBITRONICS
  3. My template modified from CHIBITRONICS website for more lights on the switch
  4. 3-volt battery
  5. Tape

Once you have the copper tape on all the lines of the template

Use clear scotch tape to keep the battery in place.

Line up the light with the dot on the template and check that it lights up.

Adhere the light in place with tape. 

The grey circles on the opposite side need to be cut so that the light bulbs stick out. Add the labels.

Now when you slide your finger the light will come on and go off in progression from Tehran to Akka.

You can also just have a light at Akka and the quote regarding banners of light.

TIPS:

the tape can tear and then no electricity will pass through. You can “mend” with pieces of tape.

Lights can be a bit finicky and may need a helping hand to hold in place until secured by tape.

Place tape only on the “legs” of the light and the tape strip it sits on. try not to tape all the way over to the next strip as we found it did interfere with the flow.

don’t let the “legs” of the lights touch

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Here is an example of what a slider switch looks like in action

Draw

1. Pictures of the barracks in ‘Akká where Bahá’u’lláh and His companions were imprisoned upon their arrival.

Do a drawing, and remember some of the events that occurred there.

2. Draw the scene of pilgrims crossing the desert to go to ‘Akká. Many times they carried tulip bulbs with them as they knew Baha’ullah missed seeing greenery.

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THE QUALITIES OF CONSULTATION G2 L21

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LESSON 21: THE QUALITIES OF CONSULTATION

When people come together to consult, they share their ideas with the purity of heart and radiant spirits. They all know that, in order to discover the right way forward, they must each contribute their thoughts and understanding. They speak courteously to one another and use kind and gentle words. More importantly, they know that they must listen carefully to one another and think about what each person is saying.It is in listening and thinking, not just speaking, that ideas come together; new and wonderful ideas are born. 

EACH SET HAS PRAYERS TO MEMORIZE

For lessons 8 and 9 we will continue to memorize the prayer below

O my God! O my God! Thou seest these children who are the twigs of the tree of life, the birds of the meads of salvation, the pearls of the ocean of Thy grace, the roses of the garden of Thy guidance.

O God, our Lord! We sing Thy praise, bear witness to Thy sanctity and implore fervently the heaven of Thy mercy to make us lights of guidance, stars shining above the horizons of eternal glory amongst mankind, and to teach us a knowledge which proceedeth from Thee. 

Yá Bahá’u’l-Abhá!

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You may wish to draw on the following ideas in presenting the quotation the children are expected to learn today:


When people come together to consult, they share their ideas with purity of heart and radiant spirits. They all know that, in order to discover the right way forward, they must each contribute their thoughts and understanding. They speak courteously to one another and use kind and gentle words. More important, they know that they must listen carefully to one another and think about what each person is saying. It is in listening and thinking, not just speaking, that ideas come together; new and wonderful ideas are born. Think of making a soup. Many different ingredients are put together in a pot, like carrots and beans, salt and water, and as they cook over the fire, all the separate things melt together into one whole and become a delicious meal for everyone to enjoy. In consultation, as all the participants share their thoughts lovingly, listen patiently and think carefully, with their hearts turned to God and confident in His blessings, the most beautiful ideas emerge. Of course, in the way ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spoke to others, we see the perfect Example of how people should consult together. He was detached, patient and humble. He always
encouraged others to talk and listened with calm attentiveness. He never argued or insisted on an idea. One friend who lived at the time of the Master wrote that He spoke “as if offering a gift to a king”. Imagine you were giving a gift to a king. With kindness and gentleness, you would present your gift. When we share our ideas with one another, we do the same, wherever we are, whatever we are doing—in our classes here together, with our family and friends, at home and school. To help us remember some of the beautiful qualities we try to show when we speak with another one, let us memorize the
following quotation:

They must then proceed with the utmost devotion, courtesy, dignity, care and moderation to express their views

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
MEANING OF WORDS
Proceed


1. Paulo saw that there was a large tree blocking the road ahead. He could not move forward because of the tree. He could not proceed.
2. After children finish their classes for Grade 1, they move on to those for Grade 2. After Grade 1, children proceed to Grade 2.

Devotion


1. When Soraya prays, she shows her love for God and her wish to follow His teachings. When she prays, Soraya shows her devotion to God.
2. Mark gets up early every morning and works hard all day. Mark shows great devotion to his work.


Dignity


1. When Lillian recites prayers, she sits up straight and uses a calm, clear voice, knowing
that the Word of God is precious. When Lillian says prayers, she shows dignity.
2. Amos was playing a game with other children, and one of them knocked him over by
mistake. Amos did not get upset and told his friend not to worry. Amos responded with dignity.


Moderation


1. The human body must have the right amount of nourishment. If we eat too much or too
little, our bodies will not be healthy. We must eat with moderation.
2. Bhojraj likes to ride his bike very fast down the hill. His mother told him to slow down or
he might fall and hurt himself. Bhojraj’s mother wants him to use moderation when
riding his bike.

MEMORIZATION AID FOR QUOTE

PICTURES TO REMEMBER THE QUOTE HERE

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STORY RELATED TO LESSON
Now explain to the children that you are going to tell them a story that will help them understand the importance of exercising moderation in one’s speech.


During His visit to the West, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and a group of friends met with a man who was writing an article about the Bahá’í Faith. The man had many long and complicated questions, mainly about the history of the Faith. Throughout the interview, the Master sat quietly, listening with patient attention to the man’s inquiries. Now, his questions were
quite lengthy indeed, and the man seemed to talk on and on. He did not seem to realize the importance of moderation. Only every so often did he pause long enough for others to say a few words, sometimes no more than a yes or no.

Most of the friends in the room grew impatient—but not ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. He sat perfectly relaxed, His eyes full of love and understanding. If the man hesitated for a moment, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spoke briefly in reply to his question and then waited courteously for him to continue.
At last the man finished speaking, and there was a long silence. Then ‘Abdu’l-Bahá addressed the man with great dignity and care. His melodious voice filled the air. In only a few short minutes, the man was transformed. His heart had been touched by the Master’s gentle and loving words. Now he could see the spirit of the Faith. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá rose, warmly embraced the man, and walked with him to the door. At the doorway He paused. A large bunch of roses brought by one of the friends had caught His eye. So large was the bunch and so long the stems that they had to be placed in a stand for umbrellas. No vase was big enough to hold them. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá gathered the flowers in His arms and presented them to His guest. The man’s head could barely be seen peeking out above the mountain of flowers, but the joy radiating from his face could not be missed. Sometimes a few words said with thoughtful care are all that is needed.

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After carrying out some warm-up exercises, similar to those in previous lessons, the children can undertake the following activity, which is intended to help them think about the qualities mentioned in the quotation they memorized earlier.
First ask the children to imagine they are offering a gift to a king or queen. How do they hold the gift? How do they approach the king or queen? What tone of voice do they take? What words do they choose? Then divide the children into pairs, and have one child in each pair pretend to be the king or queen and the other the gift-bearer. They can then switch roles. Afterwards, gather the children together and ask them some questions:

How did they show courtesy?

How did they demonstrate care?

What did it mean for them to conduct themselves with dignity?

Help them think through how their words and actions became a reflection of these qualities.
Next ask the pairs to improvise a few short scenarios, in which they will demonstrate the
same qualities discussed above. You should think of some situations suited to the capacity of the students in your class. For instance, one child could pretend to be an older brother or sister helping a younger sibling in his or her efforts to learn a short quotation by heart.

In another scenario, two children could be trying to decide what game to play—one wanting to play a particular game and the other wanting to play something else. With your help, the pairs can embellish the scenarios with the relevant details before acting them out.

Remind them, as they do so, how they spoke and acted when offering the gift to the king or queen.

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LISTENING: HAVE YOU EVER MADE A “TELEPHONE” OUT OF TIN CANS AND A PIECE OF TWINE?

Well, you really need to know how to listen and take turns talking for the telephone to work. 

Materials:

  1. Two empty  cans (like one’s canned pears or beans come in) 
  2. Twine, about 3 to 4 meters. Longer is even more fun

Instructions

Make a hole in the bottom of each can 

Pass the twine from the bottom to the inside of the can and tie in a knot. ( the knot is inside the can) do the same for the other can. 

now stretch the twine out by holding on to and moving the cans apart. Hold the can to your ear to listen, or to your mouth to speak.

Here is a website where they made the telephones with fruit cups

Make some talking lips and start consulting!
Based on the story, make a rose, then combine everyone’s roses and give as a gift to someone.
Make a prayer book with all 7 prayers from grade 2

Today was a celebration of all the things we learned over the last 21 lessons of Grade 2 – wow! Over this past year, we have worked our way through 7 different themes: PRAYER, OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S LAWS, SEEKING KNOWLEDGE, LIVING IN HARMONY, BEING A GOOD FRIEND, SERVICE AND CONSULTATION.

All of them represent patterns of conduct, that show the inner qualities of the virtues we studied in Grade 1. It’s been quite a journey.

To remember the 7 prayers the children have memorized as part of these lessons, You can compile them, if you have not already done so, into a special prayer book.

It is suggested that you review with the children the quotation they memorized earlier today, before asking them to recite the two below they learned in Grade 1 related to sincerity and detachment:


We should at all times manifest our truthfulness and sincerity . . .

‘Abdu’l-Bahá,

Know that thy true adornment consisteth in the love of God and in thy detachment from all save Him . . .

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THE BENEFITS OF CONSULTATION G2 L20

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LESSON 20: THE BENEFITS OF CONSULTATION

True consultation leads to greater understanding and is a source of good and well-being.

iI is important to have frank and loving consultation on all matters, in the context of fostering unity in the Bahá’í community. Bahá’í consultation can be understood as the collective search for truth. Participants in consultation see reality from different viewpoints and, as these are expressed and discussed with the purity of motive and radiant spirits, clarity emerges. In this way, we are able to gain insight and understanding and find solutions to problems that we might not otherwise discover. Consultation provides the opportunity for us to approach situations and challenges in new ways and opens up
new possibilities for fruitful action. In this respect, whether concerned with reaching a specific decision, solving a problem, or simply analyzing an issue, consultation is one of the most powerful instruments for building unity, both of thought and of action.

EACH SET HAS PRAYERS TO MEMORIZE

For lessons 8 and 9 we will continue to memorize the prayer below

O my God! O my God! Thou seest these children who are the twigs of the tree of life, the birds of the meads of salvation, the pearls of the ocean of Thy grace, the roses of the garden of Thy guidance.

O God, our Lord! We sing Thy praise, bear witness to Thy sanctity and implore fervently the heaven of Thy mercy to make us lights of guidance, stars shining above the horizons of eternal glory amongst mankind, and to teach us a knowledge which proceedeth from Thee. 

Yá Bahá’u’l-Abhá!

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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The ideas below will assist you in explaining to the children the quotation they are expected to learn today:

We know that all of creation- the entire universe and all that is in it-is held together by the force of love. Everything is connected into a beautiful whole, and humanity is like one family. Unity and harmony are part of creation. And when we come together to consult and share ideas, we are able to understand the world around us better and better. We see its unity and harmony, and we become more and more united in our thoughts and understanding. Sometimes we may need to talk for a long while to see a united way forward; other times we see the path more quickly. And with our thoughts and views united, we are able to make better and better plans and to carry them out more and more effectively. We all understand what we need to do. That is how consultation enables great things to be achieved.

In the same way that the strength of several people, ‘Abdu’l-Baha tells us, is greater than the strength of one person, it is better to have the views and ideas of many people than just one. Through the coming together of views, solutions are revealed; truth can be seen. For example, ‘Abdu’l-Baha explains, if the people of a village consult about their affairs, the right solutions will surely be made clear to them. To help us remember that true consultation is the source of good and well-being, let us memorize the following quotation:

Say: no man can attain his true station except through his justice. No power can exist except through unity. No welfare and no well-being can be attained except through consultation

Bahá’u’lláh
MEANING OF WORDS
Station

In some places, the king is considered the foremost person in the land. The king holds the highest station in the land.

To tell lies or speak badly of others is not noble conduct. It is beneath the high station that God has given us.

Power

Lucien’s flashlight cannot give light without a battery.  The flashlight draws its power from the battery.

The cart that Delara’s family uses to take grain to the market is very heavy and is pulled by two large horses. One horse alone does not have enough power to pull the cart.

Welfare

A mother lion cares for her cubs. She shelters them, protects them, and teaches them to find food. She sees to their welfare until they are grown.

During the storm, the first thing Miad did was to make sure that all of the children were in a safe place. The welfare of the children was Miad’s first concern.

MEMORIZATION AID FOR QUOTE

PICTURES TO REMEMBER THE QUOTE HERE

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STORY RELATED TO LESSON
A story about the benefits of consulting

Not long ago, in a country where many people farmed the land, heavy rains caused flooding across an entire region. The rivers overflowed their banks and the flood waters destroyed houses, bridges, schools, roads, and fields, sweeping away the crops that had been planted. When the floods were over, most people were left with nothing. They had no homes, and there was little food.
Now, the Bahá’ís who lived in other parts of the country, knowing that the people of the region were suffering, came together to consult to find a way to assist. They realized, of course, that the people needed food. But, as the Bahá’í friends discussed the matter, it became clear that it would not be enough to simply send food. It would be important for the people to be able to grow crops again. How could they help this to happen?
If they could only get seeds, the people of the region could farm and grow food for themselves as they had done before the flood. Everyone could see that this would be a good way for them to help. So what did they do? They decided to use money contributed by their community to buy many tons of corn seeds. Trucks were piled high with sacks of seeds and transported to the areas that had been worst affected by the floods. The people expressed joy and gratitude, singing and playing drums. With these seeds, they could start farming again, and in spite of the suffering caused by the floods, everyone felt hopeful, strong, and happy.

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Begin this period by having the children do select warm-up exercises in their imaginary squares. You can then help them carry out a large-group improvisation, which will serve to strengthen their understanding of the nature of true consultation. First, ask each of the children to create a character by thinking of someone who might live in a village.

You can help them by asking each one, “Who are you? How old are you? What are you wearing? What are you doing?” Once they have all decided on a character, the story begins. It takes place in a village, and this is what happens:

SCENE 1

The story opens with a scene from an ordinary day in the life of the village. The children pretend to carry out activities related to their characters. Everyone in the village is well fed and happy. They work hard and enjoy life.

Allow the children a few minutes to improvise the scene and then call out “Freeze”. You can then introduce scene two.

SCENE 2

A fierce hurricane hits the village. Everyone runs for shelter. The children can pretend they are trying to save their possessions and help one another.

Again, allow the children enough time to elaborate on the scene, then call out “Freeze” and introduce scene three.

SCENE 3

The hurricane has passed and the villagers emerge from their shelters. No one has been hurt but most of the village has been destroyed. The villagers try to salvage what is left of their belongings. Their efforts are in vain; almost everything has been lost. They are upset but do not bemoan their situation. They come together to consult about what to do next.

Encourage the children to remember their characters and to make suggestions about how to rebuild the village. Give them time to come up with different ideas. At the end of the consultation, they set about working to make the village even better than before.

After the children have improvised the scene, call out “Freeze” and present the final scene.

SCENE 4

The village has been rebuilt, thanks to the hard work of all the inhabitants. And, to everyone’s delight, it is even better than they could have imagined. The villagers gather together and celebrate.

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CRAFT IDEAS
BASED ON THE STORY:

We can also send seeds to people: try making some seed paper.

This website has good instructions

here is a video showing how to make seed paper

Based on the quote where we know that the strength of many is better than the strength of one:
  1. Get popsicle sticks (large ones are great).
  2. Write the name of family members, or community members or friends or any combination of these
  3. Decorate the sticks as you like
  4. Tie with a ribbon to symbolize we are held together with love
Based on Story: express your joy

In the story, the community expressed their joy by playing the drums. If you also like to express yourself with music, why not make your own instruments or even just drums?

See this website for easy-to-make instruments

comic book template

Review the quotation from today’s lesson, and then remind the children of the qualities of trustworthiness and radiance and the quotations they memorized in Grade 1:

O Friend! In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love . . .

 Baha’u’llah

Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself

Bahá’u’lláh
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BRILLIANT STAR MAGAZINE

Nur’s Nook: Powerful Puppets Express yourself with puppets

Maya’s Mysteries: Gift of Listening Quiz yourself on listening skills

Picture of Unity — Consultation tips with missing words

Zeke & Rhombus: Talking Peace — Consultation tips in Zilizag code

Family Consultation — Practice consulting with your family.

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WORKING HARD FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL GRADE 2 LESSON 17

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LESSON 17: WORKING HARD FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL

The last lesson was about service – and how we need to work hard and make an effort every day for the benefit of humanity. Taking ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as the perfect Example, we see how there is no time to be idle (or bored!) One way to work for the benefit of all was through service. In this lesson, we will continue to learn by memorizing the quote and listening to the stories.

EACH SET HAS PRAYERS TO MEMORIZE

We will continue to memorize the prayer below

O Thou kind Lord! These lovely children are the handiwork of the fingers of Thy might and the wondrous signs of Thy greatness. O, God! Protect these children, graciously assist them to be educated and enable them to render service to the world of humanity. O God! These children are pearls, cause them to be nurtured within the shell of Thy loving-kindness. Thou art the Bountiful, the All-Loving

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Quote for class to memorize
The ideas below will assist you in explaining to the children the quotation they will learn today:

If we are to serve God and humanity, effort is required. We must be diligent and hard working. Like trees that give forth goodly and wondrous fruits for the benefit and enjoyment of all, we make effort and work for the good of those around us. And we know that God promises to assist our efforts. So we rise every day, turn our hearts to Him in prayer, and then set out, confident that His love surrounds us and eager to do what little we each can to make this world an earthly paradise. And at the end of each day, we think about what we have done and thank God for His aid and assistance, knowing that we will try even harder the next day. How sad if we waste the time we have been given in this world, and all the talents and capacities with which we each have been blessed, and do not use them in service to God’s loved ones.

Throughout His life, ‘Abdu’l-Baha was constantly active, working for the good of all. Early each morning He would make His round of visits to the inhabitants of ‘Akka. He would visit the elderly, the sick, and the suffering, seeing to their needs and offering them comfort and assistance. During the rest of the day, He would tend to the affairs of the Baha’i community. He would direct various projects, dictate letters, write, and receive visitors. People from all walks of life would bring their problems and concerns to Him, seeking His guidance and counsel. He would give them encouragement and advice and would help to ease their difficulties. Those who worked for the Master had difficulty keeping up with the fast pace of His busy life, but they were assisted and strengthened by His great spirit and words of encouragement. And we strive to follow ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s example and spend our time in active service to others.:,

To help us remember to always be working hard for the benefit of all, let us memorize the following quotation:

Waste not your time in idleness and sloth.  Occupy yourselves with that which profiteth yourselves and others

Baha’u’llah
MEANING OF WORDS
Idleness

When Furio came home from school, he did his homework, then helped his mother and assisted his younger brothers and sisters with their studies. Furio did not rest for a single moment. He was never idle.

An old steam train ran through the town for many years but now it is no longer in use and sits idle by the side of the tracks.

Profit

Fei Li was very gifted at making crafts, which she had learned from her grandmother. Fei Liwanted to teach crafts to others so they could also develop the ability to make beautiful things. Fei Liwanted her talents to profit others.

The doctor looked at the old woman. He could see she was not well and told her that her health would improve if she spent more time in the sunshine. She would profit, he said, from taking a long walk outdoors every day.

MEMORIZATION AID FOR QUOTE

PICTURES TO REMEMBER THE QUOTE HERE

ruhi book 3 grade 3 song
STORY RELATED TO LESSON
Service To Humanity

His heart filled with the love of God, ‘Abdu’l-Baha spent every moment in service to humanity.  He is the perfect Example of how we should serve.  I would like to tell you a story about Abdu’l-Baha.

There once was a very proud man who did not understand the Station of ‘Abdu ‘l-Baha. One day, he approached Abdul-Baha in the street and said, “So, You are called the Servant of God.”  ‘Abdu ‘l-Baha replied that, indeed, that was His name. The name ‘Abdu ‘l-Baha actually means ” Servant of Baha” or Servant of God.

“Well,” said the man proudly, “I am Moses.” Now, the man was referring to the Prophet of God, Moses, and it was not really his name at all. We will learn more about Moses next year when we study the lives of many of the Messengers of God, like Moses, Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Muhammad, the Bab and Bahau’llah, but for today you need to know that Moses was one of the Messengers of God that came long before Baha’u’llah.

Why do you think he was calling himself Moses?

The man was trying to annoy ‘Abdu ‘l-Baha, but Abdul-Baha did not respond to his jest. Instead, He told the man to meet Him the next morning at the same spot on the street, and they would go together and serve the people like the great Moses had done.

The man agreed, and the next day from morning to evening he accompanied Abdul-Baha as He visited the sick and the suffering, served the needy and met with the people who were thirsty to receive His love and His wise counsel.

By evening, how do you think the man who called himself Moses was feeling? He was extremely tired. Yet, he would not let go of his pride, and when ‘Abdu’l-Baha asked him to accompany Him the next day, he accepted.

Again by the evening of the second day, the man was exhausted,  but he accepted to accompany  ‘Abdu ‘l-Baha for yet another day.

On the third day when they returned from their arduous work, do you think he wanted to go again? No! The man could not bear the thought of working so hard, not even for another minute.

He had learned his lesson and had caught a glimpse of  ‘Abdu ‘l-Baha’s greatness.  So as they went to part ways, and before  ‘Abdu ‘l-Baha could  invite him for another  day  of  work,  the  man  said  with  great humility:  

” ‘Abdu ‘l-Baha,  tomorrow morning I will no longer be Moses. “

  • What can we learn from this story?
  • What are some examples of ways we can serve others in our daily lives? (ex. sharing with others the Word of God)
Download the story as a PDF HERE
Draw any part of the story
GAMES FOR GRADE 2 TO PLAY
DRAMA / GAMES

After the usual warm-up exercise, carry out one or two activities with the children that will strengthen their skills and abilities related to creative drama. They can then improvise in pairs a short scene that will help them gain further understanding of the theme of this lesson, working hard for the benefit of others. While all the children are seated, take them through the following scene, encouraging them to embellish it with their imaginations by asking them questions such as, “What do the characters look like?”, “What actions are they carrying out?”, and “What expressions are on their faces?”. In this way, you will assist them in working out the details of the scene before they begin their improvisations.

A king is traveling through the countryside and sees a very old man working in a field. The king is surprised to see such an old man so hard at work and asks the man what he is doing. The old man explains that he is planting fruit trees. The king inquires how long it will take for the trees to bear fruit. The old man tells him it will take a very long time, indeed, and that he will not live to taste the fruit from the trees he is planting. The king is confused. He wants to know why the old man is using his energy to grow fruit that he will never be able to eat. The old man smiles and explains that, in his life, he has eaten fruit from many trees that were planted by others and that he wanted to plant trees for the benefit of those who will come after him. The king is pleased with this answer and gives the old man a gold coin. The old man smiles and tells the king that the trees did not take so long to bear fruit after all. He has hardly finished planting them and already they have brought him a reward from the king.

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CRAFT IDEAS
BIRD FEEDERS

As a craft we made some lovely little bird feeders – reminding ourselves, that we can extend our service to include the animal kingdom too  Cut out from egg cartons, decorated and attached with some string, they hand in the trees, full of breadcrumbs for the birds to feed on

SERVICE PROJECT IDEAS

Make a cupcake out of socks and send to a retirement home. We did this and it was so well received. My photo is lost but here is the original video we based it on. The second time we did this project, we purchased cupcake liners as time was short, and did not make our own. You will need stiff cardstock liners if you go looking, not the regular paper ones.

Wash rag in a small flowerpot: this one was so easy we did not use felt but used green tissue paper to surround the flower like a gift

AN ENDLESS CARD

Service to humanity is a daily endeavor. we don’t stop. with this in mind, let us make an endless card. they are cool and moderately easy. I will try to upload one related to less soon. In the meantime take a look and maybe you can send me YOUR template and photo to add to this craft!

SOME MORE IDEAS

Make Things For Your Community:

Knit scarves or hats for families in shelters.

Bake cookies and snacks for food pantries.

It is suggested that you review with the children the quotation they memorized from
today’s lesson, after which you can help them recite the following quotations that they learned in
Grade 1 about faithfulness and truthfulness:

Happy is the faithful one who is attired with the vesture of high endeavor and hath arisen to serve this Cause

Bahá’u’lláh

Truthfulness is the foundation of all human virtues

‘Abd’u’l-Bahá
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MUSIC: BOTTLE OF SUNSHINE

AGENT OF SERVICE

CHANGING THE WORLD

BE GRAPE-FUL

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LIVING A VIRTUOUS LIFE RUHI BOOK 3 G2 L16

WELCOME

LESSON 16: LIVING A VIRTUOUS LIFE

The next 3 lessons are about devoting our lives to service.

What does that mean: to devote our lives to service? How do we even start to do this with so much going on in our lives every day? 

The first step in this process is to live a virtuous life.

What exactly does living a virtuous life mean?

By reading the story, and learning the prayer and quote in the next three lessons, we will begin to understand how we can devote our lives to service. We can then also understand what service is and how we can serve every day of our lives.

EACH SET HAS PRAYERS TO MEMORIZE

For lessons 8 and 9 we will continue to memorize the prayer below

O Thou kind Lord! These lovely children are the handiwork of the fingers of Thy might and the wondrous signs of Thy greatness. O God! Protect these children, graciously assist them to be educated and enable them to render service to the world of humanity. O God! These children are pearls, cause them to be nurtured within the shell of Thy loving-kindness. Thou art the Bountiful, the All-Loving.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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Quote for class to memorize
The following ideas will assist you in explaining to the children the quotation they are expected to learn today

God loves us and always wants us to be near Him. One way that we are able to draw nearer to God is through service. We serve God when we serve His loved ones. There are many ways in which we can serve our fellow human beings. We can, for example, visit the sick, help those in need, and share what we learn with others. We should strive to serve all people, whether rich or poor, friends or strangers.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá was our perfect Exemplar. He showed us what it means to walk a path of service to humanity.  His entire life was dedicated to helping other people. In fact, His very name means “Servant of God”. He was never concerned for His own needs or comfort. He did not seek after wealth or power. He never wanted any titles or recognition. His only desire was to serve God and humanity. “My station is the station of servitude,” He often told the friends. This is the highest station-to place oneself in the service of others. This is the station that we are all trying to achieve. What greater joy than to bring joy to another soul. What greater honor than to be seen as a true servant of God and humanity. That we may all follow in the ways of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, let us memorize the following quotation:

That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race

‘Baha’u’llah
MEANING OF WORDS
Dedicate

Dervi always pays close attention during art class and spends many hours preparing herself for each class. Dervi dedicates much of her time to the arts.

Hung Wei’s father has a vegetable garden. Everyday Hung Wei helps his father weed and water the garden. Hung Wei is dedicated to helping his father.

Service

Mumbi, Apiyo and Tocho cleaned the schoolyard after the storm had left it full of broken branches and leaves from the trees. They were happy to render this service to the school.

Sachiko walks four kilometers to give a children’s class. She is happy to walk this far each week because she wants nothing more than to be of service to the community.

Human race

At school we saw pictures of people from many different countries. All of these people belong to the human race.

The museum has musical instruments from all over the world. Looking at their many shapes and sizes, the children were reminded of both the diversity of the human race and of the love of people everywhere for music.

MEMORIZATION AID FOR QUOTE

PICTURES TO REMEMBER THE QUOTE HERE

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STORY RELATED TO LESSON
A Story On How To Serve

You can remind the children of the story of Lua Getsinger they heard in Lesson 2 regarding prayer and then tell them the following story about her, which will help illustrate for them what it means to be a servant of God.

You remember from our lesson on prayer that Lua Getsinger was one of the early Bahai’s in the West who visited ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the prison-city of ‘Akka. One day during her visit, the Master took her aside and explained to her that He had many pressing matters to attend to and would not be able to call upon a friend who was very sick. He wished Lua to go in His place. He told her to take some food to the sick man and care for him as He had been doing.

Lua learned the address of the man and immediately set off to do as ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had asked. She felt proud that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had entrusted her with a task that He would usually have carried out Himself. But, only a short while later, she returned to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in a state of excitement. “Master, “she exclaimed, “surely you cannot realize to what a terrible place you sent me. I almost fainted from the awful stench, the filthy rooms, the degrading condition of that man and his house. I fled lest I contract some terrible disease.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá gazed at her sadly and sternly. If she wanted to serve God, He explained, she must serve her fellow man, because in every person she should see the image and likeness of God. Then He told her to go back to the sick man’s house. If the house was dirty, she should clean it. If he was hungry, she should feed him. He asked her not to come back until all of this was done.  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had done these things for His friend many times, and she should be able to do them this once, He told her with firmness. That is how Lua learned an important lesson about what it means to serve her fellow human beings.

Draw any part of the story
GAMES FOR GRADE 2 TO PLAY
DRAMA / GAMES

This period of the class can begin with the usual stretching exercise. You may then lead the class in the next set of activities related to the theme of this lesson, that is, the spirit of service. Explain to the children that today they will improvise a situation that will help them gain further understanding of what it means to serve humanity. Divide the youngsters into groups of three and then describe the following scenario for them:

Ask the children to imagine that they arrive home one day and their mother tells them that their aunt is sick. Their mother has prepared some soup for her, and the children ask whether they can take it to their aunt and look after her for a while. Their kind offer brings joy to their mother’s heart, and the three children set off with the pot of soup. Have the children show you how they would carry the soup carefully to the aunt’s house, making sure not to spill it. When they arrive at the house, they greet their aunt and inquire after her health. First, they take care of her needs. Ask the children to tell you what specific things they would do for her. Perhaps she is cold and needs more blankets, or requires water or a book, and they bring these things to her. They can demonstrate for you how they would carry out these tasks. Next, they look around the aunt’s house to see what chores need to be done, for example, washing the dishes, sweeping the floor, or doing the laundry, and they practice performing these tasks. Once they are familiar with all the elements of the scenario, each of the groups can act it out in its entirety.

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CRAFT IDEAS
We read earlier: What greater joy than to bring joy to another soul…

There are many ways to bring joy. here are some suggestions:

  1. Bake a cake or make cookies for someone who is ill or sad.
  2. Send a card, or make one and send it.
  3. Help someone with a task they are struggling with
  4. Pick flowers or buy flowers and take them to someone who needs cheering up
  5. Can you sing or play an instrument? then why not do so to bring joy to the heart of a friend?
Make Yummy Cookies

This is also posted on my old blog Here

The first cookie is known as Christmas Crack: don’t let the name scare you away. This cookie takes 5 minutes and is one of my cheating recipes, i.e. you do not make it all from scratch but use a prepared ingredient, in this case, saltine crackers.

The first time I heard of using salt crackers in a cookie I was not interested but think “salted caramel” and it is close to what magic happens in this recipe.

This cookie has semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips melted on top of salt crackers that have been covered in caramel.

The second recipe I found in a children’s cookbook years ago and again the name scares you away: Fat Albert! The base for this cookie is graham crackers again a caramel covering and lots of sliced almonds.

Use: To give to someone the gladden their hearts.

We are thinking of using cookies in little cellophane bags for table decorations. I also make these for Naw-Rúz to have on hand when we have visitors.

Age: Some of this can be “done” by children age 3 and up. All ages can help eat!

Time 10 minutes

Christmas Crack and Fat Alberts are the same measurements for the ingredients except for the fact that one uses almonds and the other chocolate. The cook time and temperature are also the same so the directions below are for both.

Christmas Crack Ingredients

28-30 Saltine Crackers

250 mL (1 cup) Butter

250 ml (1 cup) brown sugar

500 mL ( 2 cups) chocolate chip

Fat Albert Ingredients

28-30 Graham Crackers

250 mL (1 cup) Butter

250 ml (1 cup) brown sugar

500 mL ( 2 cups) chocolate chip

Directions for both:

  1. Heat the oven to 400F (200 C)
  2. Cover the cookie sheet with graham crackers for Fat Alberts or saltine crackers for Christmas Crack crackers should be touching.
  3. Melt the butter over low heat in a saucepan.
  4. Stir in the sugar and bring mixture to a boil. Be careful not to let the mixture boil over.
  5. Pour the sugar mixture over all the crackers (graham or saltine)
  6. For Fat Alberts: sprinkle the almonds now.
  7. bake for 5 to 8 minutes until bubbly.
  8. Remove from the oven
  9. For Christmas Crack immediately sprinkle the chocolate chips and as they start to melt use a spatula to spread over the surface. try to cover all the surface and you can also let it seep in between the crackers.
  10. Let cool and then break into squares.

TIP: I cut both sugar and butter to 3/4 cup without the taste or look of the cookie being affected.

Download the pdf here

Make a musical instrument

Making musical instruments from items around the house is easy. Zing instruments blog has some easy ideas. It is sure to cheer the heart of someone. Have fun!

Flowers

We have made so many flowers in the past I am sure you are all experts. Here are a few easy flowers to make if you need them:

BRILLIANT STAR MAGAZINE HAS A CRAFT SAVING FOR SERVICE

The link is here

Here are some other ideas for making a bank to save up for service:
Coin Bank Made from any type of can with a plastic lid

here

DRAW SCENES FROM THE STORY

comic book template

You can review with the children the quotation from today’s lesson, before helping them to recite the following passages they memorized in Grade 1 regarding the purity of heart and sincerity:

O Son of Spirit! My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart

 Baha’u’llah

We should at all times manifest our truthfulness and sincerity

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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BRILLIANT STAR MAGAZINE

SAVING FOR SERVICE

WE CAN MOVE THE WORLD (MUSIC)

LUA GETSINGER (STORY)

WHAT IS YOUR SERVICE STYLE

COOKING UP ACTION

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Devoting One’s Life To Service Ruhi book 3 Grade 2 Set 6

RUHI BOOK 3 GRADE 2 SET 6

THE THREE LESSONS IN THIS SET ARE AS FOLLOWS:

  1. LESSON 16: Living a Virtuous Life
  2. LESSON 17: Working Hard for the Benefit of All
  3. LESSON 18: Working in a Spirit of Service

THE PRAYER WE WILL BE MEMORIZING IS:

O Thou kind Lord! These lovely children are the handiwork of the fingers of Thy might  and the wondrous signs of Thy greatness. O God! Protect these children, graciously  assist them to be educated and enable them to render service to the world of humanity. O God! These children are pearls, cause them to be nurtured within the shell of Thy loving-kindness. Thou art the Bountiful, the All-Loving.

EACH LESSON WILL HAVE A DIFFERENT QUOTE TO MEMORIZE

LESSON 16

That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race

Baha’u’llah

LESSON 17

Waste not your time in idleness and sloth.  Occupy yourselves with that which profiteth yourselves and others.

Baha’u’llah

LESSON 18

It is incumbent upon each one of you to engage in some occupation – such as a craft, a trade or the like. We have exalted your engagement in such work to the rank of worship of the one true God

Baha’u’llah
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BEING A FRIEND TO THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE G2 L15

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LESSON 15:BEING A FRIEND TO THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE

True friends care for each other. They enjoy spending time together, and each wants what is best for the other. If we see our friends are sad, we do what we can to bring joy to their hearts. If a friend is sick, we want to make sure he or she is well cared for. Because we want what is best for our friends, we listen to them and always try to pay attention to their wishes. It is a joy to give something up when we know it will make our friend happy or help him or her to progress. In friendship, we give of our time and our possessions and share our happiness and our learning. What a blessing to have many true friends.

Of course, sometimes friends (and we) make mistakes. and we may feel sadness in our hearts – but we can be forgiving. When our hearts are filled with generosity and we remember our love for our friend, we can forgive and the sadness goes away.

EACH SET HAS PRAYERS TO MEMORIZE

For lessons 8 and 9 we will continue to memorize the prayer below

O Lord! Unto Thee I repair for refuge, and toward all Thy signs I set my heart. O Lord! Whether traveling or at home, and in my occupation or in my work, I place my whole trust in Thee. Grant me then Thy sufficing help so as to make me independent of all things, O Thou Who art unsurpassed in Thy mercy! Bestow upon me my portion, O Lord, as Thou pleasest, and cause me to be satisfied with whatsoever thou hast ordained for me. Thine is the absolute authority to command.

The Báb
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Quote for class to memorize
The following ideas will assist you in presenting the quotation that the children are expected to memorize today:


True friends care for each other. They enjoy spending time together, and each wants what is best for the other. If we see our friends are sad, we do what we can to bring joy to their hearts. If a friend is sick, we want to make sure he or she is well cared for. Because we want what is best for our friends, we listen to them and always try to pay attention to their
wishes. It is a joy to give something up when we know it will make our friend happy or help him or her to progress. In friendship we give of our time and our possessions and share our happiness and our learning.

What a blessing to have many true friends. Of course, sometimes a friend makes a mistake, and we may feel sadness in our heart, but
we remember that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was always forgiving, and so we are forgiving too. And when our hearts are filled with generosity and we remember our love for our friend, the sadness goes away. You know there are times when you make mistakes, and your friend is forgiving to you. What is important is that you both know neither would ever want to bring sadness to the heart of the other. It was the wish of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá that no soul should ever be hurt or grieved. There is no greater gift, He told us, than bringing joy to another heart. “I beg of God,” He prayed, “that ye will be bringers of joy, even as are the angels in Heaven.” That we may form such loving bonds of friendship with many souls,let us memorize the following quotation:

….strive ye with all your might to create, through the power of the Word of God, genuine love, spiritual communion and durable bonds among individuals

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
MEANING OF WORDS
Genuine

The bag looked like it was made of leather, but it was really made of a plastic material. The bag was not made of genuine leather.

Some rings only look like they are gold, but the king’s ring is genuine. It is gold with a beautiful red stone.

Durable

When choosing a fabric to make her children’s clothes, Mrs. Singh looked for one that would not tear easily. She chose a durable fabric that would last a long time.

The wheels on a tractor are big and thick so that they can go over rocks and dirt easily and still work fine. The wheels on a tractor are durable.

Bond

A dog often feels an attachment to its master. There is a special bond between a dog and its master.

There is a strong bond between a mother whale and her young calf, and they stay close together for long distances in the ocean, with the mother feeding the calf and protecting it from enemies.

MEMORIZATION AID FOR QUOTE

PICTURES TO REMEMBER THE QUOTE HERE

ruhi book 3 grade 3 song
STORY RELATED TO LESSON
A STORY ABOUT THE NATURE OF FRIENDSHIP
Here is a folktale about a mountain and a meadow that will help the children to think about the nature of friendship.

Once there was a mountain whose peak was so high that it might have been the tallest mountain in the world. It was so tall that the clouds were its only company. But the mountain enjoyed playing with its big billowing friends! And the clouds, too, were happy to gather around the mountain’s snowy peak. Sometimes they would laugh so heartily that they would cry, raining tears on the earth below.

Then one hot summer the mountain found itself alone for many days. Not a single cloud could be seen in the sky, and the mountain felt very sad, missing its blustering friends. “Why don’t the clouds run and play in your big bright blueness anymore?” it asked the wide sky.

“They have all gone to the kingdom of winter, very far from here,”

the sky replied.

“They will not return until the end of summer. “

“But I miss them so much!” cried the mountain with a sigh. “Maybe I should go to the winter kingdom as well and visit my friends. “

“You are a mountain,” the sky said firmly. “Mountains are heavy and cannot fly as the clouds can. You must remain in the same place. “

Now the mountain became very sad indeed and started to cry. Huge tears ran down its face, and soon streams and rivers were flowing from its snowy peak. Then something wonderful happened. The dried, cracked soil in the plain far below began to drink up the mountain’s tears. Before long, the plain was covered in fresh green growth.

The grateful plain called up to the mountain. “Kind mountain!” it said, “Thank you for saving me from a terrible fate! Your pure water has healed all my wounds. Look at how it has helped me!”

The mountain was so surprised that it stopped crying. Until then nobody had ever spoken to the mountain from below. It looked down and gasped when it saw the flourishing green meadow, shining and fresh.  To see its beauty made the mountain content. How happy it was to have found a new friend in the meadow.

Draw any part of the story
GAMES FOR GRADE 2 TO PLAY
DRAMA / GAMES
To help the children continue developing the skills and abilities of creative drama, you may have them carry out the following activities:

Begin by having the students stretch as usual in their imaginary squares. Ask them to remain in their squares and pretend to do the following, first with a sad look on their faces: sweeping the floor, building a table, helping someone to find something he or she has lost on the floor, climbing a ladder to pick some fruit from a tree, washing dishes, making soup. Next, ask them to go through the same movements, but this time with happy expressions.

Ask the children to act out the following to show how they would be a good friend:

A young boy learns that one of his friends is not feeling well

A little girl notices her friend is sad

One child in the class sees that another is afraid of the dark

A young girl learns that her friend has done something wrong

The next set of activities is again related to the theme of today’s lesson, that true friends care for each other. Divide the students into groups of three and explain to them that they are going to improvise a story based on the following situation:

Naw-Ruz, the Bahai new year, is a few weeks away, and the community is planning to have a special celebration. Sarah, Marion and Marco have been working especially hard to prepare a children’s program. One day Marion and Marco wait for Sarah so that they can continue their work, but she does not arrive. Later they inquire after her and find out that she has fallen down and hurt her ankle, and the doctor has told her to stay off of it for a while. At first Marion and Marco are worried about the children’s program. How will they finalize everything without Sarah’s help? But then they think of Sarah and realize how sad she will be if her ankle does not heal fast enough for her to participate in the program. They remember the words of ‘Abdu’l-Baha that the best way to help those who are not well is to bring joy to their hearts. So Marion and Marco decide to visit Sarah every day to cheer her up. By the time Naw-Ruz arrives, Sarah’s ankle is fine and the three friends together carry out the program for which they have worked so hard.

To help the children begin their improvisations, ask them what they think Marion and Marco did when they visited Sarah. How did they bring joy to her heart? Did they continue, for example, to plan the program with her during their visits?

ALTERNATIVE

Sit in a big circle and pass around various every-day items (a ball, remote control, pen, piece of fabric, etc) – each child, in turn, has to pretend this object to be of a certain use (fabric – this is my hanky, my blanket, my apron, my turban, etc). 

CONTENT TO BE ADDED

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CRAFT IDEAS

CRAFT: SEND A POST CARD

This site allows you to sign up and send a postcard to a refugee.

Friendship bracelet:

I am sure most of you have made lots of friendship bracelets. maybe, you can help others in your class make one?

If you have not made friendship bracelets in the past. here is one link you can visit. This one is another

Friendship House
Foam Heart

Make a foam heart necklace here

Easy craft ideas

This website has so many ideas: rock painting, bracelets and more

DRAW SCENES FROM THE STORY

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Brilliant Star Magazine

PAPER AIRPLANE

WILD FOR BIO DIVERSITY

MAP YOUR FUTURE

Review the quotation from today’s lesson, and then remind the children of the qualities of trustworthiness and radiance and the quotations they memorized in Grade 1:

To give and to be generous are attributes of Mine; well is it with him that adorneth himself with My virtues

 Baha’u’llah

Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love

Baha’u’llah
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BRILLIANT STAR MAGAZINE

HOW WARM IS YOUR WELCOME?

BACK FROM THE BRINK

RILEYS RAINFOREST

MUSIC: TREBLE CHEF

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BEING TRUSTWORTHY G2 L14

WELCOME

LESSON 14: BEING TRUSTWORTHY

What does trusting another person looks like? Here are some ideas of what a trustworthy person looks like to start with. A person you can trust:

  • Tells the truth
  • Honors his/ her promises to another
  • Obeys the rules and laws even when no one is looking
  • Is honest (would never steal, cheat, or lie)
  • Is wise (He/she listens carefully to others and gives advice that is helpful to others.)

What does trusting in God look like?

EACH SET HAS PRAYERS TO MEMORIZE

For lessons 14 and 15 we will continue to memorize the prayer below

O Lord! Unto Thee I repair for refuge, and toward all Thy signs I set my heart.  O Lord! Whether traveling or at home, and in my occupation or in my work, I place my whole trust in Thee. Grant me then Thy sufficing help so as to make me independent of all things, O Thou Who art unsurpassed in Thy mercy! Bestow upon me my portion, O Lord, as Thou pleasest, and cause me to be satisfied with whatsoever thou hast ordained for me. Thine is the absolute authority to command

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Quote for class to memorize
You can use the following explanation to help you present today’s quotation to the children:


True friends trust each other. A trustworthy person is honest and truthful and can be
counted on to keep his or her word. True friends know that they can rely on each other to do what is right, that one would never lie to the other or deceive him or her in any way. They see what is good in each other and do not focus on their shortcomings and faults. Of course, they know that their friend may sometimes make a mistake, but they show forgiveness and kindness to their friend. Each wants to help the other to do what is pleasing in the sight of God; a true friend is careful not to ask us to do that which is
unacceptable before God. The trust that is shared between two friends becomes stronger and stronger the more they know each other. We are, of course, kind and courteous to all people and look for the good in everyone, but the bonds of trust that exist between friends are strengthened over time, as each shows that he or she is worthy of the trust of the other and wants what is best for him or her.
We should all be trustworthy and learn to choose friends who are trustworthy, those who wish to please God, who are striving to follow His path, and who will help us to stay on the straight path. We should not allow ourselves to be cheated or deceived by those who are not trustworthy. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was the essence of kindness and courtesy, but He never allowed those who were dishonest or deceitful to take advantage of His kindness. Once a driver who brought ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to a meeting in his carriage demanded an unfair price for the ride. The Master paid what He rightly owed to the driver and told him that, had he been honest, he would have received a handsome tip as well. Trust is a special bond between friends, and we should take care not to do anything to break it. So that we each remember the importance of being a true and trustworthy friend, let us memorize the following quotation:

O ye beloved of the Lord! Commit not that which defileth the limpid stream of love or destroyeth the sweet fragrance of friendship

‘BAHA’U’LLAH
MEANING OF WORDS
Commit

When one is learning how to write, one will surely make a few errors. It is not unusual to commit errors when one is learning how to write.

Portia does her best to obey the laws of God.  She does not want to commit any act that would displease Him.

Defile

The garden had once been beautiful, but some of the people who visited it left garbage and litter when they departed. The visitors defiled the garden with garbage they left.

The stream always ran clear and clean from the mountain. But a lot of chemicals and waste have been dumped into it recently. The stream has been defiled by waste being dumped into it.

Limpid

The water in the pond was perfectly clear, and it was possible for Timothy to see many fish swimming along its bottom. Timothy could see to the very bottom of the limpid pond.

The water from the well is very clean and pure. Everyone felt refreshed to drink from the limpid waters of the well.

Destroy

The young boy built a huge castle out of sand on the seashore, but when a wave came in and covered it, the castle was completely destroyed.

The farmers built a dam to stop the river from flooding onto their crops during the rainy season. Without the dam, their crops would be destroyed by the floods.

MEMORIZATION AID FOR QUOTE

PICTURES TO REMEMBER THE QUOTE HERE

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STORY RELATED TO LESSON
Damon and Pythias

There is a well-known legend of two friends, Damon and Pythias, that has come to symbolize trust and loyalty in friendship. It is suggested that you tell the story to the children today, explaining that it is a very old tale from the early history of humanity. WRITTEN AS A SCRIPT BELOW

CAST

  • Narrator
  • King Dionysius:
  • Pythias:
  • Damon

There is a well-known legend of two friends, Damon and Pythias, that has come to symbolize trust and loyalty in friendship. It is suggested that you tell the story to the children today, explaining that it is a very old tale from the early history of humanity.

Narrator: Ever since they were children, Damon and Pythias had been friends. They played together and studied  together and shared many of their thoughts with each other. They were so close that they trusted each other completely. Theirs was a true friendship; they would do anything to help each other.

Now, Damon and Pythias traveled to a city called Syracuse, which had a powerful king named Dionysius. There Pythias began giving public speeches that called into question the king’s unlimited power. Any king who took power without the permission of the people was an unjust tyrant, he told the crowds that stopped to listen. When he learned of Pythias’ growing  influence among his people, Dionysius became convinced that he was trying to overthrow him. Angry and fearful, the king had Pythias and his friend Damon brought before him.

Dionysius: questioning Pythias says: “Why are you causing unrest among the people?”

Pythias: “There is nothing wrong in what I do, “I speak only the truth. “

Dionysius: “I do not believe you. You are trying to overthrow me. Tell the people you were not speaking the truth.”

Pythias: “Iwill not.

Dionysius: “Then you must die. What is your last request?”

Pythias: I would like to be allowed to return to my family to say good-bye and put my things in order.

Dionysius scoffed at him: “I would be a fool to let you leave Syracuse and expect you to return.

Pythias: I give you my word that I will return.

Narrator:But the king would not hear of it.

Just then Damon breaks in

Damon: “Pythias will return if you keep me as your prisoner while he is away, and if he breaks his promise, you may kill me instead. Surely you have heard of our friendship. You must believe, as I do, that Pythias would never allow his friend to be executed in his place.”

Dionysius:Hmmm. Let me think about this.  Ok.  I accept this unusual proposal, but I give you a warning. Pythias must return by a week from tomorrow; otherwise Damon will be killed.

Narrator: As the days passed and Pythias did not return, the king was sure that Damon would regret his selfless act. He decided to visit Damon in jail to see whether he thought himself a fool for trusting Pythias.

Dionysius: How are you feeling Damon? Pythias has not come back yet. 

Damon: (said confidently) “Pythias must be delayed. He will return. “

Dionysius:  laughing scornfully,  “We shall see.”

Narrator: On the appointed day, Pythias still had not returned. The king had Damon brought before the executioner.

Dionysius: “The time has arrived, and yet your friend has not come for you.  What do you say now? “

Damon calmly replied, “I trust my friend completely. “

At that very moment, the doors opened and a bruised and breathless Pythias staggered into the room towards Damon’s open arms.  

Pythias: Thank God, you are still alive! I was afraid I would not reach here in time. My ship was wrecked in a storm and bandits attacked me on the road, but still I could not give up hope that I would make it. ” Turning to the king,  I am ready to die.

Narrator: The king was so astonished by the fidelity and steadfast trust of the two friends that he could not bring himself to carry out the unjust execution.

Dionysius: “Never in my life have I seen such devotion and faith in friendship. Because you have shown me that I was wrong to have doubted you, I have decided to pardon you Pythias-on one condition. “

Pythias and Damon say together: “What is that?”

Dionysius: That you teach me how to be such a friend.”

From “Stories About‘Abdu’l-Bahá” by Gloria Faizi.

One day a woman came to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá with her sorrows. As she told her story,‘Abdu’l-Bahá tried to calm her and said, “Don’t be sad now, don’t be sad.”

The Woman said, “My brother has been in prison for three years. He should not have been imprisoned because it was not his fault. He was weak and followed others. He will be in prison for four more years. My mother and father are full of sorrow all the time. My brother-in-law used to take care of us, but he has just died.”

The Master could see the whole human story. Here was a family which was experiencing every form of misery-they were poor, they were weak, they were sad, disgraced, and without any hope whatsoever.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá said, “You must trust in God.”

“But,” the woman cried, “the more I trust, the worse things become!”

“You have never trusted,” said ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.

“But my mother is reading the Bible all of the time,” she said. “She does not deserve that God should leave her so helpless! I read the Bible myself; I say the 91st Psalm and the 23rd Psalm every night before I go to bed. I pray too.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá looked at her lovingly and said, “To pray is not to read the Bible. To pray is to trust in God and accept His Will. You must be patient and accept the Will of God, then things will change for you. Put your family in God’s hands. Trust in God and love His Will. Strong ships are not conquered by the sea; they ride the waves! Now be a strong ship, not a battered one.”

Draw any part of the story

GAMES FOR GRADE 2 TO PLAY
DRAMA / GAMES
To help the children continue developing the skills and abilities of creative drama, you may have them carry out the following activities:

Begin by having the students do the stretching exercise in their imaginary squares. Ask them to remain in their squares and pretend to change from: an elephant into a mouse, a snake into a lion, a frog into a horse, a fish into a whale, a ballet dancer into a football player, an old man or lady into a young boy or girl.

Now ask the children to pursue their lips together and say: 0000 00000 000000.

Tell them to take a deep breath and see how long they can make it last: 00000000 00000000000000000000000

Ask them to make a short sharp sound: a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a.

Now tell them to put the two sounds  together:  00000  a.a.a.  ooa.  ooa.a. oooooooooa. oa. ooooa. ooa.a.a.a.a.

Let the children experiment with making different combinations, and then divide the youngsters into pairs. Tell them to use only these sounds, “oooo” and “a”, to talk to each other in the following situations:

  • Two children are trading marbles for crayons.
  • Two children are bathing a puppy.
  • One child is teaching another to skip.
  • A mother is getting a child ready for school.
  • Two people are harvesting com.
  • A child is telling a bus driver that he or she has no money.
  • Someone who is lost is asking someone else for directions.

Divide into groups- one teacher with one and the other teacher with another To help the children gain further understanding of the theme of this lesson-that true friends trust each other-you may wish to have them re-enact the story of Damon and Pythias. Depending on the number of children in your class and the time available, you could either divide them into groups for this purpose or have all the children participate in one large re-enactment. In the latter case, some of the children could be part of the crowd to whom Pythias spoke or members of the king’s court,while others could be Damon’s jailers or the bandits that attacked Pythias. Bring children all back together first and then: Following the re-enactment, you could ask the children a few questions such as:

  • Why was Damon willing to be in prison for his friend?
  • Why did Damon trust that Pythias would return?
  • Why was the king astonished when Pythias returned for the execution?
  • What qualities did Pythias demonstrate by returning as he did?
  • Why do you think the king changed his mind about the execution?
  • What do you think Damon and  Pythias could teach the king about friendship?
AN EXERCISE IN TRUST
  1. In pairs, one blindfolded and the other one is to lead him to somewhere e.g tree, and let him feel the tree.  Change over.
  2. Objects are scattered in an indoor or outdoor place.  In pairs, one person verbally guides his/her partner, a blindfolded person, through the minefield. 

CONTENT TO BE UPLOADED SOON

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CRAFT IDEAS
Based on the second story where ‘Abdu’l-Baha says: Strong ships are not conquered by the sea; they ride the waves!

Make/ paint/ draw a ship sailing on the waves and add the phrase “Strong ships are not conquered by the sea; they ride the waves!”

some ideas below:

Easy paper boat picture website here and here
Make a card to thank someone for being a person you can trust.

The card does not have to be given to anyone: Although that is very nice. It can honor those who have died or people whose names or addresses are unknown. A display can be made of the cards and include “People we would like to thank for being trustworthy.”

DRAW SCENES FROM THE STORY

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Review the quotation from today’s lesson, and then remind the children of the qualities of trustworthiness and radiance and the quotations they memorized in Grade 1:

He, verily, shall increase the reward of them that endure with patience

 Baha’u’llah

O Son of Spirit! My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart . . .

Baha’u’llah
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BRILLIANT STAR MAGAZINE

GROWING GOOD FRIENDS

FRIENDLY TEASING OR BULLYING

SAFE LANDING

LI AND THE EMPERORS SEEDS

CROSSING THE CREEK

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