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THE PROMISE OF UNIVERSAL PEACE MADE BY ALL THE MANIFESTATIONS OF GOD HAS BEEN FULFILLED BY BAHA’U’LLAH G3 L3

WELCOME GRADE 3 RUHI BOOK 3
LESSON 3: THE PROMISE OF UNIVERSAL PEACE MADE BY ALL THE MANIFESTATIONS OF GOD HAS BEEN FULFILLED BY BAHA’U’LLAH

Let us take a minute to review what we  have studied so far

What is meant by “manifestation”?

You have already learned that the Manifestations of God are very special Beings Who come from time to time to guide humanity.

What is meant by the phrase ‘To manifest something?

It is to show forth its qualities.

Manifestations of God reflect the attributes of God as a mirror reflects the light of the sun. Through them, we learn about God and His attributes

What are some of the attributes of God mentioned in the previous classes? We have also learned that the Manifestations of God shed the light of God upon humanity. When there is light, we are able to see, are we not?

The light that the Manifestations bring is the light of the knowledge of God. It enables us to understand how He wants us to live and to behave towards one another. We know that, when we follow their teachings, the capacities God has given us—like the capacity to love, to forgive, to be merciful— develop. We grow spiritually and help the world become as He created it to be. It is our love for the beauty of God that makes us want to follow His commandments as given to us through His Manifestations.

 We could say that God’s Manifestations are like Divine Teachers, or Educators, Who have appeared all throughout history among diverse peoples. Soon we are going to learn about the lives and teachings of some of these Manifestations and see how they have all come for the purpose of educating people and establishing bonds of unity and love among them. But there is another important message they all brought. Each One has given the promise that a time would eventually come when all humanity would learn how to live in peace and happiness. Injustice, hatred, and war would disappear, and the nations of the world would join in friendship. For centuries, people everywhere have anxiously awaited this Promised Day of God. We are fortunate, indeed, to know that this new Day has dawned and that the time to build a new world has come. So special is this Day that God sent not one but two Manifestations to guide humanity to His Kingdom: the Báb appeared first to prepare the way for the coming of the Promised One of All Ages, Bahá’u’lláh, Whose teachings will enable humanity to do away with war and establish lasting peace. The Báb and Bahá’u’lláh are the Twin Manifestations of God for today.

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Remember, we are memorizing the prayer below.
O Thou Whose face is the object of my adoration, Whose beauty is my sanctuary, Whose habitation is my goal, Whose praise is my hope, Whose providence is my companion, Whose love is the cause of my being, Whose mention is my solace, Whose nearness is my desire, Whose presence is my dearest wish and highest aspiration, I entreat Thee not to withhold from me the things Thou didst ordain for the chosen ones among Thy servants.  Supply me, then, with the good of this world and of the next. Thou, truly, art the King of all men.  There is no God but Thee, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Generous. Bahá’u’lláh 
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Teaching Peace
The Promised One of All Ages
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The time foreordained unto the peoples and kindreds of the earth is now come.  The promises of God, as recorded in the Holy Scriptures have all been fulfilled.

Bahá’u’lláh
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HOW DO WE KNOW THAT BAHA’U’LLAH HAS BEEN FOREORDAINED?

If we look at the stories and promises in all the Holy writings, there are promises and hints of Baha’u’llahs coming

Note that in this lesson, there are 8 Vignettes. Download all here

We can look at all the passages in the different books that foretold the coming of Baha’u’llah but we will do that later.

First Who is Baha’ullah? Bahá’u’lláh, which means the glory of God in Arabic

Around the time of the appearance of God’s Manifestation, certain souls become aware that a New Day in the life of humanity is approaching. They come to know that marvelous teachings are soon to be revealed to guide humanity and help it progress. And then, after the new Manifestation has declared His Mission, as His Message begins to spread to regions near and far, there are many other special souls who, ardently searching for the truth, embrace His Cause and form the community of His first few followers among their people. In this Day, when the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh have spread to every corner of the world, there are numerous stories of such souls from every nationality and background. Let us read some of these stories now, and I am sure that we read and hear many more of these later.

Vignette 1

Before the Báb declared His Mission, several people around the world knew deep in their hearts that the Promised Qá’im—He who ariseth—would soon appear. One of these saintly personages was Siyyid Káẓim. Siyyid Káẓim, who was renowned for his knowledge, had many students whom he was preparing for the coming of the long- awaited Qá’im. He taught them to purify their hearts, rid themselves of the superstitions that would prevent them from recognizing Him, and pray ardently to attain His presence. As to the Person of the Manifestation, he told them that He was of medium height, abstained from smoking, and was of extreme devoutness and piety. He was a descendant of the Prophet Muḥammad, young in age, and possessed of innate knowledge. “My knowledge,” he would say, “is but a drop compared with the immensity of His knowledge; my attainments a speck of dust in the face of the wonders of His grace and power. Nay, immeasurable is the difference.”

Now, Siyyid Káẓim lived in the city of Karbilá, and very early one morning he called one of his students to his presence and asked him to accompany him on a visit to a highly esteemed and distinguished Person Who had arrived in the city. Walking through the streets of Karbilá, they soon reached a house, at the door of which stood a Youth Who seemed to expect their arrival. He wore a green turban, a sign that He was a descendant of the Prophet Muḥammad, and had a face that showed great humility and kindness. He quietly approached the two visitors, extended His arms towards Siyyid Káẓim and lovingly embraced him. He led the two to a room in the upper floor of the house that was filled with flowers and their beautiful fragrance. The Host asked His two guests to be seated. Have you already guessed that this youthful Host was none other than the Báb? He had come from Persia to Karbilá to visit the holy sites in that city. After His guests were seated, He handed Siyyid Káẓim a silver cup and said, quoting a verse from the Holy Qur’án: “A drink of a pure beverage shall their Lord give them.” He then handed Siyyid Káẓim’s student a cup of beverage as well. No further words were spoken, and when His guests had finished refreshing themselves, He rose from His seat, accompanied them to the door of the house, and said farewell. Of course the student of Siyyid Káẓim was not aware of the station of the Báb at the time, but he was struck by His dignity and marveled at the degree of reverence shown to Him by Siyyid Káẓim. Then another event happened that served to deepen his sense of wonder even further. “Three days later,” the student explained, “I saw that same Youth arrive and take His seat in the midst of the company of the assembled disciples of Siyyid Káẓim. He sat close to the threshold, and with the same modesty and dignity of bearing listened to the discourse of the Siyyid.” But, as soon as Siyyid Káẓim saw the Youth, the student went on, he “discontinued his address and held his peace.” One of his other students begged him to continue. “What more shall I say?” replied Siyyid Káẓim, looking towards the Báb. “Lo, the Truth is more manifest than the ray of light that has fallen upon that lap!” The student immediately observed that the ray to which Siyyid Káẓim referred had fallen upon the lap of that same Youth Whom they had recently visited.

Siyyid Káẓim passed away on 31 December 1843 and left behind him “a band of earnest and devoted disciples” who set out in quest of the Promised Qá’im. Among them was Mullá Ḥusayn who, five months later, would meet the Báb at the gate of the city of Shíráz and become His first follower.

Vignette 2:

You know that, in the early days of the Faith in Persia, the believers were persecuted because they accepted the Báb and His teachings. They were often ridiculed and beaten by those who blindly followed their power-hungry leaders. On one such occasion a believer was so badly beaten that he could barely drag himself to the outskirts of the town where exhausted, he fell asleep. While sleeping, he had a dream about a great Personage. Though he had never seen or met this Personage before, he was sure that He was the Promised One foretold by the Báb. In the dream this Holy Being addressed him with these words: “Despite the injuries heaped upon you, We extended Our protection that you might remain alive. Be not grieved, and come to Us in Baghdád.”

“But I have no money,” the man replied,

“nor am I able to stand on my feet.”

“You surely rely upon God,” were His next words.

“I have always relied upon God,” was his answer.

At that moment the man awoke, and to his great surprise, he saw a group of travelers that had set up camp on the banks of a nearby river. Just then, he spotted someone emerge from one of the tents and make his way over to him. He was asked to come to the camp, which he accepted to do, though still weak from his injuries. Entering the tent, he found a distinguished gentleman who asked him to be seated and who then explained that, during the night, he had had a dream in which a Holy Man had given him the responsibility to care for someone whose face and appearance was exactly like this believer’s. He had been told that he should show this person the utmost hospitality and invite him to accompany him on his travels to Karbilá. “So, you are my guest as far as Karbilá,” the distinguished man announced, and soon they set off on their way. When the group of travelers reached Baghdád, the believer informed his distinguished host, “This is where we part.” He thanked him for his invitation to continue on to Karbilá but explained that he, too, had had a dream of the same blessed Personage. This Personage, he said, had invited him to come to Baghdád. And so he bade his host farewell, and they parted company. Not knowing where to look for the Promised One, the believer went immediately in search of the Báb’s followers in the city. At that time, Bahá’u’lláh had not yet declared His Mission to the generality of the believers, and so they remained unaware of His great station. Can you imagine, then, the joy this believer felt when he saw Bahá’u’lláh and recognized Him as the Holy Personage of his dream? His entire being was filled with unspeakable gratitude and happiness. Having been willing to accept death in the path of the Cause of God, he had been given a new life and had been led by the Hand of the Almighty directly into the presence of the Beloved of all hearts.

Vignette 3:

The small village in Persia where Mihrabán Rustam Bulbulán was born was a quiet place, and the people there led a quiet life. Many were farmers, as were the father of Mihrabán and his father before him. As a child Mihrabán spent more time in the fields than he did in school. For a couple of years, he went regularly to the Zoroastrian temple, where he learned the alphabet and committed some prayers to memory. But that was all the education he received.

As a young man Mihrabán began to work in the fields himself, and from that time on, he had the same routine every day, summer and winter: at the first light he would go to his fields, and there he would remain until sunset, tilling the land and tending to his crops. Mihrabán had a strong faith in God and often thought about His Will and Purpose. He would look up at the sky and marvel at the greatness of the universe. The beauty he saw in nature confirmed his devotion to God, the Unseen. He would visit the Zoroastrian temple and would pray with the full intensity of heart and soul. At times he would ask the priests questions about God, about the Prophet Zoroaster, and about the coming of the Promised One of All Ages that Zoroaster had foretold. But Mihrabán found the replies given by the priests confusing. Occasionally doubts would arise in his mind: “Will the Promised One come? Will He come only to free the Zoroastrians who are so ill treated in this country? Or will the Promised One at long last unite all of humankind?” Then, one afternoon, something most unusual happened. While he was working on the land, Mihrabán noticed two men running towards him. They were clearly in distress. “Save our lives,” they pleaded to him. “Give us asylum; we are being pursued by assassins.” Without a word, he took them into his barn, showed them a place to hide, and then locked the door. No sooner had he done so than an angry mob appeared. They asked Mihrabán about the two strangers, but seeing the hatred in their eyes, he said nothing, and they left. Towards dawn, while it was still dark, the two strangers borrowed Mihrabán’s donkey and, thanking him for his kindness, safely set off. To his surprise, they returned the next day in order to pay him for the animal, but he would not accept the money and gave the donkey to them as a gift. He then asked them why they had been hounded and pursued. They explained that they were followers of Bahá’u’lláh, the Manifestation of God Who was exiled and imprisoned in ‘Akká; in fact, they were going to travel to that city to seek His blessing. Mihrabán was puzzled by their explanation, but his heart was touched and he told them: “When you reach your destination, be so good as to remember me to Him, as well.” Now, after a long and difficult journey, the two men finally reached ‘Akká and attained the presence of Bahá’u’lláh. For several glorious days, they listened to His words. They also gave Bahá’u’lláh messages from some of His followers in Persia who were unable to visit Him themselves. When they sought Bahá’u’lláh’s permission to return home to Persia, He astonished them by saying: “But you did not deliver unto Us all that with which you were entrusted.” “What was meant by that statement?” the two asked themselves. Had they not faithfully delivered all the messages given to them? What was it they had forgotten? The two men thought and thought throughout the night and, at last, one of them recalled the Zoroastrian farmer who had saved their lives and had requested to be remembered to the Blessed Beauty. They hastened to Bahá’u’lláh the next day and told Him the whole story of Mihrabán’s act of kindness. The compassionate heart of Bahá’u’lláh was moved. One who wishes to love God, He told the two men, must show love to the friends of God; Mihrabán had extended love spontaneously to these two and had risked his own life to protect them without thought of favor or reward. And then Bahá’u’lláh revealed a Tablet for Mihrabán and arranged for it to be sent to him.

With these words did the Tablet end:

“Thy name was mentioned before Us and We have remembered thee in Our Tablet. This remembrance is like unto a sapling that We have planted with the hand of loving-kindness. Erelong will it grow verdant and flourishing, laden with abundant fruits. Thus hath the Lord God ordained, and thus hath He shown the way. “He is the Mighty, the Seeing, the Lord of Utterance and Wisdom.” 

And so it was that Mihrabán came to recognize the Promised One and began to follow the teachings of a new age. He eventually settled in India and lived to be some eighty years old, long enough to witness the gradual expansion of the Faith of Bahá’u’lláh in that vast land and the emergence of a strong community of His followers.

Vignette 4:

Ellen McBride Moore was born in a small rural town in the United States in 1843 when, throughout the world, there was a spirit of excitement. Many people believed that a new day would soon be dawning in the life of humanity, and they eagerly searched for the Promised One Who would bring a new Message from God. In the United States, one group even awaited His appearance at a specific date and place. When He did not appear there, as they had predicted, some became disheartened. But the spirit of a new age did not die, and many still felt that there was great change ahead. Ellen McBride Moore grew up to be one of these people. 

Ellen had a highly inquisitive mind and was full of questions: Had a new Manifestation of God already appeared? Had He gone unrecognized? Was He perhaps living somewhere on earth? She longed to know the truth. Later, after she had married and was raising children, she would often ask questions at the church attended by her family. But her questions did not make the pastor of the church very happy. One day he visited her home and spoke to her husband. “There are some things that are very difficult to answer,” said the pastor. In those days, women were expected to sit quietly, and the pastor asked her husband to make sure that Ellen no longer bothered others with her questions. Ellen agreed, and she kept silent from then on. However, she was pregnant at the time, and she prayed that the child she carried in her womb would be given the chance to speak out and to know the truth. The baby, a beautiful girl, was the sixth of ten children. Her parents named her Louisa, but everyone called her Lua. Lua was intelligent and inquisitive, like her mother. She had a beautiful singing voice, and when she was about twenty years old, she was encouraged to study theater. For some reason that she could not explain, she chose to study in Chicago, a large city very far from her home. There, she spent any free time she had searching for a faith that would satisfy her spiritual longing. She went to many churches and different societies that studied spirituality and philosophy. Though she did not find any that quenched her thirst for truth, she never became discouraged.

Then, when Lua was twenty-two years old, a most important meeting took place in Chicago: the World’s Parliament of Religions. Some two hundred speakers from across the globe were invited to give presentations at that event. Most of them were Christian ministers, but several other religions were also represented. There a paper written by a Christian missionary in Syria was read that made mention of Bahá’u’lláh, a “Persian sage” that had died a few months prior to the gathering. The words of Bahá’u’lláh were quoted: “That all nations should become one in faith and all men as brothers; that bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened; that diversity of religion should cease, and differences of race be annulled—what harm is there in this?

. . . Yet so it shall be; these fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away, and the ‘Most Great Peace’ shall come . . .”

Lua happened upon a newspaper reporting the event. Almost immediately, she set out to learn more about this great Personage, Bahá’u’lláh. Soon an opportunity came for her to study the Faith systematically, and all the questions she had carried in her heart were answered, one after the other: Bahá’u’lláh was, indeed, the Manifestation that her mother had encouraged her to search for and find. Lua’s love for Bahá’u’lláh grew day by day, and she eventually became a great teacher of the Faith. One of the first things she did, of course, was to return home to her mother and share with her the good news that she had long awaited, that God’s new Manifestation had appeared. Ellen McBride Moore’s prayers had been answered.

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Vignette 5:

Everything in his life seemed to have prepared Cao Yunxiang for the day when Martha Root came to visit him and his wife in Beijing in 1923. He was then President of what would become one of the most high-ranking universities in China. What he heard from Martha Root that day opened before him a wider path of service to his country.

Not long after Cao Yunxiang was born, great changes began to sweep across China. People there were looking for new ways for this ancient country to organize its affairs. With bright hopes for the future of their homeland, many Chinese students wished to attend universities abroad in order to learn new things and acquire new knowledge. Thousands took exams for this purpose, but so accomplished was Cao Yunxiang as a student that he did not need to do so; he was given the opportunity to study at a prestigious university in America because of his great ability and remarkable intellect.

After seven years of study, when he completed his degree in 1914, Cao Yunxiang had to choose from among the many possibilities to serve his country. He decided that his best choice was a position at a college in Beijing. But he was asked by his government to go to the United Kingdom, instead, to represent his country, and he dutifully set out for London. While there, Cao Yunxiang married a lovely lady who, like him, was greatly interested in the betterment of society. After another five years abroad, when his mission in London was completed, he once again looked forward to returning home; but, again, it was not to be so. Now he was asked to go to Copenhagen in Denmark, and he dutifully went off to that country as requested.

Another two years would pass before his dream of settling in China was realized. Finally in 1922, back in Beijing after some fifteen years, Cao Yunxiang was appointed President of Tsinghua and he set about to reorganize it into a fully-fledged university. It was to this college in 1923 that Martha Root went to visit its President and his wife. Perhaps you know that Martha Root was one of the early Bahá’ís of the West known for her heroic deeds and courage. Today, when the Bahá’í Faith is well known, it is easy to reach people of all walks of life and give them the Message of Bahá’u’lláh. In those early days, scarcely anyone knew about the Faith, and it took a great deal of courage to proclaim the Cause, especially to influential and prominent people. But, with complete trust in God, she went to speak to Cao Yunxiang and his wife about the Bahá’í Faith, and they listened most attentively. Cao Yunxiang realized at once how essential were the Bahá’í teachings for the progress of the world. His service to his country now had new meaning. He continued to serve China in whatever way he could, but the advancement of the Cause of Bahá’u’lláh in the land he loved so much was foremost on his mind. He wrote this around that time: “After studying the Bahá’í Faith,” he said, “and the reviving effect it produces over the heart and mind of man, I came to the conclusion that the only way to regenerate China is to introduce the Bahá’í teachings to China, and therefore I began to translate the Bahá’í books into Chinese, so that the Chinese nation may be benefited too by this heavenly Manifestation. That is why every day after leaving my office, though very tired, I go home and start working on the translations of the Bahá’í teachings, and usually I forget that I am tired.”

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When Max Kanyerezi was a sixteen-year-old student in Uganda, a country in the eastern part of the vast African continent, he had a most vivid and striking dream. He had the dream not only once, but two times during the very same night. In the dream, Max saw a large figure looming upwards who started to roll up the earth, as one would roll up a newspaper. People were running in panic. Meanwhile, three officials sat on a hill where people were to register in the “Book of Life”. In the dream, young Max approached the table where they were writing down names. The eldest said to him, “Go and learn to register your friends, thereafter you will also be registered.”

It was 1934 at the time, and Max was convinced that the dream held profound significance. He was sure that it was some kind of divine calling. The phrase “divine calling” refers to the belief, very deep in one’s heart, that God is calling one to service. Of course, in those days, the Bahá’í Faith had not yet reached that part of Africa and no one there knew about the appearance of God’s new Manifestation. So Max thought that perhaps the dream meant he should become a Christian minister like his father. He decided to follow in his father’s footsteps, but it soon became clear that this was not the path for him. He then tried to become a farmer, but that, too, did not seem to go well. And so he eventually left his home and went to Kampala, the capital of Uganda, where he found a job as a clerk in an office. Though he was happy in his work, the vivid scene that he had dreamt when he was sixteen years old never left him. “What was the true meaning of the dream?” he wondered.

Then, one morning in 1952, nearly twenty years after he had had that dream, a co-worker in his office told him about a new Faith. This new Faith, the co-worker said, accepted the teachings of all other religions. Soon Max learned that one of his own relatives knew about this Faith, and they happened, by chance, to meet each other. Of course, by now, Max was very eager to hear more, and so he gladly went with his relative to the home of Bahá’ís who had recently arrived in Kampala. He was struck by their kindness, and immense joy filled his heart in the days and weeks that followed as he learned from them about the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh. During one particular meeting, which lasted from 9:00 one morning until 3:00 of the next morning (eighteen hours!), Max had all of his questions answered to his satisfaction. He soon declared his belief in Bahá’u’lláh—the seventh soul in Africa to recognize God’s Manifestation during the first great surge of growth of the Faith that swept across the continent. Of course, you have already realized that Max’s dream so many years before had readied him to receive the divine Message. His heart was open, and the words of Bahá’u’lláh immediately touched it, setting it aglow with the fire of the love of God. Not long after Max’s declaration of faith, he left Uganda and went to a nearby country to look for other ready souls, as envisioned in the dream, to share with them the good news that Bahá’u’lláh had appeared to do away with war and hatred and to establish a new and just world order. “By My Self!” are Bahá’u’lláh’s words. “The day is approaching when We will have rolled up the world and all that is therein and spread out a new order in its stead.”

DREAM JOURNAL Record your dreams!
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High up in the Andes Mountains in Bolivia live the Aymara people. They have lived in the Andes for hundreds of years, long before the Spanish arrived. Someday you may learn more about the history of Bolivia, but for now you should know that the Aymara people were able to maintain their identity and culture, even though they had a difficult life and suffered greatly when the newcomers came and took over the land and resources. They were treated cruelly on what was once their land, struggling to survive and suffering from injustice.

In the 1950s, there were many villages of Aymara people scattered throughout the mountains. As part of the organization of their communities, the people chose worthy men to act as their mayors to guide them. Their authority was exercised through signed and sealed papers given to each mayor by Toribio Miranda. A wise man who lived on the shores of Lake Poopό up in the mountains, Toribio Miranda was revered by the Aymara people. They considered him a spiritual father, one who counseled them on their daily living habits: to be pure and clean and to abandon drinking, smoking, and chewing the coca leaves, which seemed to give them a temporary sense of well-being and caused them to forget their constant hunger.

In the village of Vilacollo, a man by the name of Andrés Jachakollo Ticona was elected the mayor, and he took the responsibility of mayor very seriously indeed. He always felt a sense of spiritual destiny while searching for a better way of life for his people. By “destiny” is meant something that is sure to happen in the future, and Andrés would often visit Miranda on the shores of Lake Poopό and discuss with him the destiny of the Aymara people. They both believed that someday the terrible oppression brought by the newcomers would end and that God, their Creator, would come to their aid.

Then, one day in April in 1956, Andrés visited the city of La Paz with two others. While wandering about, he happened to read a poster outside the Bahá’í Center which read “Universal Teachings for This Day”. Could this be the answer that he sought for his people? Inquisitive, Andrés rang the doorbell. He and his two friends were invited inside, and there he had the bounty of hearing for the first time about the Bahá’í Faith. Gradually, in the weeks that followed, Andrés learned about Bahá’u’lláh and His teachings, which centered on the oneness of humanity. In His teachings, Andrés soon came to realize, the religion of their ancestors found its fulfillment. He knew in his heart that he had, at long last, reached his goal.

So what do you think Andrés decided to do next? He invited some Bahá’í teachers to visit his village of Vilacollo, and most of the community accepted the Faith. But his dedication  to his new Faith did not end there. He and others set out on foot to travel the Andes Mountains and to bring Bahá’u’lláh’s Message to community after community. And the number of Bahá’ís among the Aymara people continually grew. In 1963, Andrés attended the Bahá’í World Congress in London, at which were gathered some six thousand Bahá’ís from across the globe to celebrate the one-hundred-year anniversary of Bahá’u’lláh’s Declaration. Those who were at the conference could never forget the man from Bolivia, dressed in Aymara clothing, who arose and addressed the gathering with a powerful voice: “Why have we come? We have come to remember the centenary of the Declaration of Bahá’u’lláh calling for the unity of all nations and all races.” In his attendance at that great gathering, and in the service he rendered to the Cause for the remainder of his life, Andrés Jachakollo stood as a symbol of the power of the Faith of Bahá’u’lláh to bring all of humanity together as one family.

Vignette 8:

Everyone in Stanley’s village in Papua New Guinea is a member of the Bahá’í community. Papua New Guinea is a country in the Pacific Ocean, and Stanley’s village is somewhat difficult to reach. During the generation of his parents, the entire village had recognized Bahá’u’lláh as God’s Manifestation for today and had accepted the Faith. How do you think they all found the truth and recognized it so easily? Well, many years before, the village elders had, through dreams and visions, foretold the coming of a new religion. This new religion, they had said, would unite all people and help them to live as one; it would enable all people to participate in decision-making and would have nine leaders as its head. The elders had prepared the people of the village for the arrival of such a religion. And so they waited and waited. Then one day a Bahá’í came, and he told them about the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, Who had come to unite humanity, and about the Bahá’í community, which was guided by the Universal House of Justice, a body made up of nine members. And, of course, they immediately understood that this was the religion foretold by their ancestors.

RUHI BOOK 3 GRADE 3 GAME/NARRATION
ruhi book 3 grade 3 lesson 3 script for story

Script for Vignette 2 here

Script for Vignette 3 in pdf format here

RUHI BOOK 3 GRADE 3 CRAFT / ACTIVITIES
Craft based on the Theme of Questions

Cootie catcher

Create a cootie catcher. Once it is colored and cut out, enjoy playing with friends. There are many free templates and printables online. Here is one from leap of faith website

This activity is based on Story 1 and the theme of PURITY OF HEART: Homemade water filter

When we are seeking truth, we need to purify our thoughts and hearts like the first people who were seeking the Promised Qá’im. We know that one way we purify ourselves is by prayer. It is like when we purify any physical substance, the dirt,(negative thoughts) is eliminated and the pure thoughts are filtered through. Let us make a homemade filter for purifying dirty water. we can try different materials to see what works best. Just like when we are looking for ways to purify our thoughts and hearts, we need to find the perfect combination.

This project is taken from WATER FILTRATION CHALLENGED 

Suggested Material
  • dirty water (suggested tapwater with coffee grounds, old tea leaves, oil etc to muddy it up a bit)
  • flat surface for working
  • clear plastic 2L pop bottles
  • gravel and rocks
Suggested filtering items
  • sand
  • rocks
  • porous clay
  • potting soil
  • dirt
  • clothing
  • sawdust
  • wood chips
  • cotton balls
  • silt
  • alum
  • coffee filters
  • powdered charcoal
Key Questions Relate these questions back to the spiritual process
  • What does the water look like before and after filtration? 
  • Which filtration system made the clearest end water? Why?
  • What would happen if we filtered the water a second time?
What To Do

Preparation

  • Cut all pop bottles off 4 inches below the mouth.
  • Place the top of the bottle upside down in the bottom section of the bottle (like a funnel.)
  • Place a few gravel rocks at the bottom of the funnel to close the gap from the cap.
Set-up
  • on a flat surface, place dirty water, one cut and prepared pop bottle with gravel, and equal amounts of all available filtering items.
  • Divide the class if meeting in person or all kids can do on their own.
Challenge
  • As a group, (or on your own) come up with a filtering system to turn the dirty water in the pail into the clearest sample.
  • Use the pop bottle funnel as your basic structure and use any of the items on the table as filtering devices.
  • You can use more than one, but you get only one chance at filtering the water.
  • Once all groups have completed their filtering system, watch one group at a time and test how effective their system is for clarifying the water.
Craft based on peace: print the peace house and assemble: download here
Theme SEARCH Can be used for other themes like peace:: Make an I SPY bottle based on a PEACE theme or go with the SEARCH theme of the stories

Items needed for an I SPY craft

  • Container:- Can be a bottle with a lid or a plastic Ziplock bag
  • Filler – Sand, Rice works well
  • Items (try to relate them used in search) – paperclip, safety pin, rubberband, red beans, beads, dice, small wooden clothespins, thumbtack,  googly eye, penny, eraser, marble, seashell, small toy, toothpick.
  • tag- list of all items put in the bottle will go on the tag
  • String for tag
  • Hot Glue (OPTIONAL)
  • Funnel

To make:

  • Add all items to the bottle or bag. As the child is putting the item, say how this relates to the search process.
  • Use the funnel to fill the bottle with sand
  • Use hot glue on the bottle cap to seal shut. (optional)
  • Add the tag with the item list to the bottle.
  • Challenge each other to find an item.

Here are some of the items I included:

  • Heart shape to represent a pure heart when searching
  • Gems to represent the gems of wisdom you find along the way.
  • Paper clip to represent the need to hold and organize your findings.
  • A piece of stick to represent a walking stick for the long-distance walking
  • A small toy car/bike to represent a means of transport for those long distances you may need to travel
  • Small stone to represent leaving no stone unturned in the search.
  • Googly Eyes represents to be observant
  • Rubberband to represent be flexible in your outlook
  • Penny as you will need funds along the way
  • File to help you get rid of rough patches along the way
  • The letters of the word FRIEND to find as you are sure to find them in your search
  • Magnet to help attract like-minded people in your search
  • Banner with the Name of Baha’u’llah to raise high
Based On The Theme Of Dreams: Record your dreams!

Decorate the cover of a “dream journal”

  • Purchase a notebook from a dollar store and decorate with markers, stickers, etc.
  • Or staple a few sheets of paper together to make a notebook
  • OR Print out the template journal page

Some ideas on how to make a book:

Websites: http://www.cremedelacraft.com/2012/06/diy-mini-notebook-from-cereal-box.html

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CRAFT SUGGESTIONS: Make a Dream Catcher Based on a couple of stories in this lesson about dreams make a dream catcher or decorate a dream journal and write your dreams

See here for ideas on dream catchers:

More Ideas for crafts

  • Word Scramble based on Story 1 answers here
  • Choose one of the stories and draw a scene that you love
  • The 8 stories cover events and people from  Iran, China, Africa, the USA, South America, Papua New Guinea. Draw  or make something from each of these regions
ruhi book 3 grade 3 review quote

“So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.”

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh

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GOD’S MANIFESTATIONS ILLUMINE HUMAN HEARTS WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD G3 L2

Grade 3 Lesson 2

WELCOME GRADE 3 RUHI BOOK 3

The purpose of this lesson is to enhance our understanding that we know God through His Manifestations and that, by listening to and following their words, we do what is pleasing to God.

The Manifestations of God tell us about the Will of God and the purpose of our lives, that we were created to know God and to worship Him, and that we should learn to live according to His Will. 

God knows what is best for us. He has created us and bestowed upon us great capacities that we must each develop. To do so, we must recognize the Manifestations of God and follow their teachings. For example, we all have the capacity to be generous to our friends, not wanting everything for ourselves. The Manifestations of God teach us how to be generous and when we follow this teaching, we are acting in a way that is pleasing to God. When we forgive others, as all the Manifestations have taught us to do, we know we are doing what God desires.

 Similarly, we should love one another and be kind to each other, we should tell the truth and be sincere, and so on.

Knowledge brought to humanity by God’s Manifestations is not acquired through book learning or schooling.

The Manifestations of God know exactly what we need. They are all-knowing and all-wise, for their knowledge comes directly from God, Whose knowledge holds all things.

What does it mean that God’s knowledge holds all things?

Is there anything whatsoever that can escape God?

The Manifestations of God are the source of His knowledge on earth. What they say is true, and through their teachings, we are able to distinguish between right and wrong. They reflect the beauty of God, which we learn to love and cherish. The more we follow their teachings, the closer we get to God. And we help the world become more beautiful, as He created it to be.

ruhi book 3 grade 3 prayer

O Thou Whose face is the object of my adoration, Whose beauty is my sanctuary, Whose habitation is my goal, Whose praise is my hope, Whose providence is my companion, Whose love is the cause of my being, Whose mention is my solace, Whose nearness is my desire, Whose presence is my dearest wish and highest aspiration, I entreat Thee not to withhold from me the things Thou didst ordain for the chosen ones among Thy servants.  Supply me, then, with the good of this world and of the next. Thou, truly, art the King of all men.  There is no God but Thee, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Generous.

Bahá’u’lláh

Would anyone like to say a prayer?

Memorization Aid

Cut the prayer apart like a puzzle and put it back together

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In the following passage, Bahá’u’lláh speaks of the duty of every human being to recognize God’s Manifestation on earth and to follow that which He ordains—this, out of our love for God. Are there any words or phrases you find difficult or unfamiliar?

Say: O ye lovers of the One true God! Strive, that ye may truly recognize and know Him, and observe befittingly His precepts. 

Bahá’u’lláh
Memorization Aids

Quote to cut apart and put together

Use the Worksheet For Any Words You Do Not Know

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There are so many accounts in the history of the Faith that offer insight into the theme of this lesson, that God’s Manifestations shine forth the light of His knowledge, brightening the world of humanity and illuminating human hearts.

For this lesson, there are 4 stories that will enable you to understand what it means that the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh possessed innate knowledge. Read all or just one as time permits.

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Resource

Use the generic storyboard to draw as the story is being read or use blank paper. There is also the comic strip, story report, and How Do you feel? that can be used during storytelling.

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Vignette 1:

The father of the Báb passed away when He was a small child, and He was raised by His uncle, who placed Him in school around the age of five. The Báb, of course, was endowed by God with innate knowledge and did not need to be instructed by any man. But He obeyed His uncle’s wishes and attended school with the other boys. He was told by His uncle, who had already noticed His extraordinary qualities, that, while in class, He should follow the example set by His fellow students.

Now, the schoolmaster was a man of great learning, and he taught the boys how to read and recite verses from the Qur’án, the Holy Book of Islám. One day, he asked the Báb to recite the opening words of the Qur’án. The Báb hesitated. He then replied that, unless He was told what the words meant, He would not attempt to recite them aloud. The schoolmaster pretended not to know their meaning, and so the Báb asked for permission to explain them. He then spoke with such knowledge and clarity that the schoolmaster was struck with amazement. Never before had he heard or read such an eloquent explanation of these words, and he immediately recognized the great capacity of the Báb and realized there was nothing that he could teach Him. He decided to take the Báb back to His uncle and tell him that he was unworthy to instruct so remarkable a child. He found the uncle alone in his office and said: “I have brought Him back to you and commit Him to your vigilant protection. He is not to be treated as a mere child . . .” The uncle turned to the Báb and said: “Have You forgotten my instructions? Have I not already admonished You to follow the example of Your fellow-pupils, to observe silence, and to listen attentively to every word spoken by Your teacher?” Promising to follow His uncle’s wishes, the Báb returned to school. But do you think anything could stop the flow of His intuitive knowledge? Surely not, and day after day, His teacher was amazed by the signs of wisdom and greatness that were manifest in Him.

Vignette 2:

There are many stories from the time of Bahá’u’lláh that demonstrate how people were attracted to His knowledge and awed by it. One such story is about the visit Bahá’u’lláh made to Núr, the district of His birth in Mázindarán in Persia, soon after He accepted the truth of the Báb’s Revelation.

The enthusiasm with which the people of Mázindarán greeted Bahá’u’lláh was indeed extraordinary. They were spellbound by the eloquence of His speech. The arguments and proofs He set forth, as He announced the dawning of a new Day, convinced them of the greatness of the Cause of the Báb. They admired His enthusiasm and were deeply impressed by His detachment and self-effacement. No one dared oppose Him except His own uncle ‘Azíz, who became jealous of the love and respect Bahá’u’lláh was receiving from the people.

Alarmed by Bahá’u’lláh’s success, ‘Azíz decided to seek the assistance of a well-known clergyman in the region, presumably the possessor of great knowledge. “Behold what has befallen the Faith,” exclaimed ‘Azíz. “A youth, a layman, attired in the garb of nobility, has come to Núr, has invaded the strongholds of orthodoxy, and disrupted the holy Faith of Islám. Arise, and resist his onslaught.” The clergyman did not find in himself the strength to confront Bahá’u’lláh, so he did his best to quiet ‘Azíz, assured him that he would be protected, and dismissed him. But the Message Bahá’u’lláh had brought to the region was rapidly spreading, and the clergyman’s students kept pressuring him to visit Bahá’u’lláh in person and find out for himself the nature of this new Revelation. Finally, after much delay, he decided to send two of the most learned and trusted individuals in his company to visit Bahá’u’lláh and determine the true character of the Message He had brought. He promised to everyone that he would accept the judgment of these two trusted souls and would abide by their decision.

When these two emissaries reached the presence of Bahá’u’lláh, He was in a gathering, engaged in revealing a commentary on one of the chapters of the Qur’án. With great self- assurance, they entered the meeting and sat down, prepared to ask questions and examine the extent of Bahá’u’lláh’s knowledge. But as they listened to the voice of Bahá’u’lláh, they were enraptured by the eloquence of His speech and the profound meaning of His statements. Mullá ‘Abbás, one of these two emissaries, was entirely overwhelmed. He arose from his seat, walked back slowly and stood beside the door in an attitude of utter submissiveness. “You behold my condition,” he told his friend as he trembled with emotion and with eyes full of tears. “I am powerless to question Bahá’u’lláh. The questions I had planned to ask Him have vanished suddenly from my memory. You are free either to proceed with your inquiry or to return alone to our teacher and inform him of the state in which I find myself. Tell him from me that ‘Abbás can never again return to him. He can no longer forsake this threshold.” His companion found himself in a similar state. “I have ceased to recognize my teacher,” he replied.

“This very moment, I have vowed to God to dedicate the remaining days of my life to the service of Bahá’u’lláh, my true and only Master.”

So the two emissaries of the famous clergyman never went back to their teacher. The news of their conversion traveled fast. It awakened the people from their sleep. People of all walks of life journeyed to Núr in order to enter the presence of Bahá’u’lláh and partake of His Divine knowledge. A considerable number of them accepted the new Faith of God. But as you know, this and the many other early successes of the Cause aroused the envy of those who took advantage of the people’s ignorance in order to rule over them. Soon a tremendous wave of persecution arose throughout the entire country, bringing unimaginable sufferings to both the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh.

Vignette 3:

Shaykh Ḥasan was a devoted follower of the Báb, who, for many years, lived in the city of Karbilá. The Báb had instructed Shaykh Ḥasan to go to Karbilá and remain in that city, for there he would see with his own eyes “the beauteous countenance of the promised Ḥusayn”. “Countenance” means “face”, and by “the promised Ḥusayn” the Báb meant Bahá’u’lláh. At that time Bahá’u’lláh had not yet declared that He was the Promised One of All Ages, so His station was not known to people. The Báb, Who Himself was a Manifestation of God, of course knew this hidden truth.

Thus Shaykh Ḥasan made his home in Karbilá. Days, weeks and months went by, and he did not meet the Promised One; yet, he did not lose heart. He was certain that the day would come when he would enter into His presence. Shaykh Ḥasan lived a simple life. He worked as a scribe, and although the pay was not good and he was not without hardship, he was content. He was careful not to talk too much about the Báb because there were many enemies of the Faith in Karbilá at that time who were ready to create trouble for the Bábís whenever they could. More important still, he spoke to no one about the Báb’s special promise to him.

Then the day arrived when the eyes of Shaykh Ḥasan fell upon the countenance of Bahá’u’lláh. It was the fall of 1851, and Bahá’u’lláh had traveled to Karbilá. Bahá’u’lláh’s majesty, His kindliness, the sweetness of His smile, all had a profound effect on Shaykh Ḥasan’s soul. He was an old man by then, bowed with age. Bahá’u’lláh lovingly took him by the hand and said in a humorous tone: “This very day I have purposed to make you known as a Bábí throughout Karbilá.” Still holding his hand in His, He continued to converse with him. He walked with him along the market-street and showered love and affection upon him. Shaykh Ḥasan was beside himself. His heart was full of joy but he did not understand why he felt such happiness. Then, in a voice that was at once powerful and loving, Bahá’u’lláh told him: “Praise be to God that you have remained in Karbilá, and have beheld with your own eyes the countenance of the promised Ḥusayn.”

Shaykh Ḥasan instantly knew that the Báb’s promise had been fulfilled. He was indeed gazing on the countenance of the promised Ḥusayn. His faithful years of patience had been rewarded with the greatest of gifts: to have recognized the Manifestation of God for today.

Vignette 4:

God watches over us, and we live under the protection of His Manifestation, Whose knowledge is bestowed on Him by God. There once was an Egyptian merchant by the name of ‘Abdu’l-Karím who was on fire with the love of God and had a burning desire to enter the presence of Bahá’u’lláh. So he wrote for permission to visit the Holy Land. Bahá’u’lláh answered that he could come on pilgrimage, but only after he had paid all his debts.

Now, ‘Abdu’l-Karím had a very large business and also many, many debts. When he received Bahá’u’lláh’s answer, he instantly obeyed and began to pay the money he owed to his creditors. But, to his surprise, this did not turn out to be so easy. He had to stop expanding his business. Each time he received some money, he paid a debt instead of buying new merchandise to sell. So business shrank and shrank until finally, after five years, when all his debts were paid, ‘Abdu’l-Karím was no longer a rich man. In fact he only had enough money to provide for his wife’s needs and buy a ticket on a boat to the Holy Land. And he did not travel in the comfort to which he had grown accustomed as a wealthy merchant; he remained on deck and could hardly keep himself warm from the chill of the wind.

The day ‘Abdu’l-Karím’s boat was to arrive in Haifa, Bahá’u’lláh told His family that He was expecting an honored guest. A carriage was sent to the port to pick up the respected merchant and drive him to ‘Akká. But the man who went looking for ‘Abdu’l-Karím was expecting a wealthy guest and did not recognize the poorly dressed man who came off the boat carrying only a few possessions. So he went back and reported that the guest had not arrived.

Try to imagine ‘Abdu’l-Karím’s disappointment when he saw that there was no one at the port to receive him. He had no addresses in Haifa and did not even have enough money to take a carriage to ‘Akká. He sat on a bench drowned in sorrow. Unwanted thoughts kept creeping into his head: Had Bahá’u’lláh actually forgotten him? Had he freed himself of every obligation so that he could enter the presence of his Lord only to find himself in a strange land with no one to turn to? Oh, how happy he had been while he was preparing himself for pilgrimage. Was this to be the end to all those years of preparation?

In spite of the report He had received, Bahá’u’lláh of course knew that His guest had arrived. So, this time He asked ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to go to Haifa and bring the respected merchant to His presence. When ‘Abdu’l-Bahá arrived at the port, He immediately recognized that the honored guest was none other than the lonely man sitting on the bench lost in sadness. He approached him, greeted him with love and affection, and explained to him what had happened. It was now late and night was falling. He asked ‘Abdu’l-Karím if he desired to go to ‘Akká that very night or wait until morning. With all the bitter thoughts that had passed through his mind, ‘Abdu’l-Karím no longer felt ready to enter the presence of Bahá’u’lláh. He wanted to spend the night in prayer and meditation to prepare himself for the great bounty that awaited him. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, of course, understood this. He sat on the bench by ‘Abdu’l-Karím, opened the long cloak He was wearing and wrapped it around him so they would both have some protection from the cold. All throughout that night, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and ‘Abdu’l-Karím prayed and let their souls be filled with the joy of the Kingdom. Then in the morning ‘Abdu’l-Karím, freed and purified, appeared before Bahá’u’lláh and received a plentiful share of Divine love and bounty.

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RUHI BOOK 3 GRADE 3 GAMES/ NARRATION
CHOOSE ONE OF THE STORIES AND ACT IT OUT. 

REMEMBER THAT NO ONE PORTRAYS THE MESSENGER OF GOD.

Scene 1: The people of Mazindaran that are hearing the proofs Baha’u’llah is saying and are convinced of the greatness of the day of God being brought by the Bab.
  • The people are very enthusiastically welcoming Baha’u’llah (maybe hearing shouts of Welcome, Baha’u’llah!  Welcome!)
  • People are spellbound by the eloquence of His speech (How are they behaving?)
  • They are convinced of the truth of the dawning of a new Day of God, and they believe in the greatness of the Bab. (What might they be saying?)
  • They admire Baha’u’llah for His detachment and self-effacement (What might they be saying?)
Scene 2: Aziz goes to the well-known Mulla that is a teacher and speaks to Him.
  • Aziz, Baha’u’llah’s uncle, is jealous of the love and respect Baha’u’llah is receiving from the people and is alarmed by Baha’u’llah’s success (Aziz- get in character!)
  • Aziz seeks the advice of a well-known Mulla of the region.

 Aziz will need the following script as part of this scene:

Aziz: “O viceregent of the Prophet of God!  Behold what has befallen the Faith of Islam!   A youth, a layman, attired in the garb of nobility, has come to Nur, has invaded the strongholds of orthodoxy, and disrupted the holy Faith of Islam.  Arise, and resist his onslaught.”

  • The Mulla does not find in himself the strength to confront Baha’u’llah,s o he does his best to quiet Aziz, assuring him that he will be protected and then dismisses him
Scene 3: The students of the Mulla asking him to visit Baha’u’llah in person and find out for himself the nature of this new Revelation sent by God. 

The Mulla decides to send two of the most learned and trusted individuals in his company to visit Baha’u’llah and see if the Message is true, saying that He would abide by their decision.

  • The Message of Baha’u’llah keeps spreading rapidly and the Mulla’s students keep pressuring him to visit Baha’u’llah in person and find out for himself the nature of this new Revelation (can have someone come and ask the students have you heard about the Message Baha’u’llah is giving about the coming of a new Day of God? And then have the students pressure the Mulla to find out more about it).
  • Still the Mulla does not have the courage to do so, but FINALLY after much delay, he decides to send two of his most learned and trusted individuals in his company to visit Baha’u’llah and determine the true character of the Message He brought. (What might have the conversation sounded like?)
  • The Mulla promises everyone that he will accept the judgment of these two trusted souls and abide by their decisions.
Scene 4: The 2 trusted mullas set out and then arrive at a gathering where Baha’u’llah is sharing the meaning of a Holy Book.  They listen to His great knowledge and are transformed. 
  • The two mullas leave their teacher and set out to where Baha’u’llah is staying (what might have been their conversation in route?)
  • They reach the presence of Baha’u’llah and He is in a gathering, revealing the meaning of some of the passages of the holy book of Islam, the Quran 
  • The two mullas enter the meeting with great self-assurance, and sit down close to the front, prepared to ask questions and examine the extent of Baha’u’llah’s knowledge (What is their attitude like?  They think they know more than a Messenger of God and have come to test His knowledge- they are very arrogant)
  • They listen to the voice of Baha’u’llah and become enraptured by the eloquence of His speech and the profound meaning of His statements. 
  • Mulla Abbas becomes entirely overwhelmed by the greatness of the knowledge of the Manifestation of God, stands up, walks back slowly and stands beside the door in an attitude of utter submissiveness. (He has become humbled by his interaction with the Manifestation of God.)

Mulla Abbas needs the following script as part of this scene:

Mulla Abbas: Arising from his seat, walking back slowly and standing near the door in an attitude of utter submissiveness,  with a trembling voice and eyes full of joyful tears, say “You behold my condition.  I am powerless to question Baha’u’llah.  The questions I had planned to ask Him have vanished suddenly from my memory.  You are free either to proceed with your inquiry or to return alone to our teacher and inform him of the state in which I find myself.  Tell him that Abbas can never again return to him.  He can no longer forsake this threshold.”

  • Mulla Abbas’ companion responds that he finds himself in a similar state! Mulla Abbas’ companion says the following…

Mulla Abbas’ companion needs the following script as part of this scene:

Mulla Abbas’ companion: “I have ceased to recognize my teacher.  This very moment, I have vowed to God to dedicate the remaining days of my life to the service of Baha’u’llah, my true and only Master.”

  • The two emissaries never go back to their teacher.  They decide to stay and follow Baha’u’llah, to serve and teach His Cause.
Scene 5:  News of the conversion of the two Mullas spreads throughout the land and people of all walks of life journey to Nur to enter the presence of Baha’u’llah and partake of His divine knowledge.
  • News spreads fast about the conversion of these two mullas (What might the people have said to each other after this?)
  • People of all walks of life journey to Nur to be in the presence of Baha’u’llah and partake of His divine knowledge (What might they be saying?  Why do they want to be near Baha’u’llah?)
  • A considerable number of them accept the new Faith of God (What might they say upon recognizing the truth that their hearts have yearned for?)

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RUHI BOOK 3 GRADE 3 CRAFTS/ ACTIVITIES
MAKE A SUN CATCHER AND ADD THE  LABEL “GOD’S MANIFESTATIONS  ILLUMINE HUMAN HEARTS WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD”

HERE is a template heart that you can use.

Stick washi tape or tissue paper on one heart and then glue the second heart on top the first.

MAKE A HEART LIGHT-UP CARD

This craft requires special materials that may not be available near your location.

Jar With Lights

Use a jar with an outline of a heart taped on it. The label “God’s manifestations illumine human hearts with the knowledge of God” can be used

View instructions  HERE

A Simple Gluing Activity

Paste the quote onto a heart. Download here

Download “our purpose” glue activity  HERE

From the Australian Peace Pack HERE

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WHAT DO YOU SAY?

BAHA LEADING UPWARDS

ruhi book 3 grade 3 review quote

O Son of Man! Neglect not My commandments if thou lovest My beauty, and forget not My counsels if thou wouldst attain My good pleasure.

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GOD’S MANIFESTATIONS ARE LIKE PERFECT MIRRORS REFLECTING GOD’S ATTRIBUTES G3 L1

WELCOME GRADE 3 RUHI BOOK 3
RUHI BOOK 3 GRADE 3
In this lesson, we will ask ourselves:
  1. Who is a MANIFESTATION OF GOD?
  2. What does it mean to be a Pure Mirror?
  3. Why do we need MANIFESTATIONS? Why not just have God teach us?
  4. What is the role of the MANIFESTATIONS OF GOD and Their promise of peace to the world?

First, the meaning of the words MANIFESTATION or to MANIFEST:

  • The word “manifest” means to reveal, to bring forth something that was not known before.

For Baha’i, the Manifestations of God are great teachers who come when we need them the most when humanity is at its lowest point. When a new Manifestation comes, new teachings about God, our spiritual life, our social lives, and many blessings are released into the world. Each Manifestation is like a teacher taking us from kindergarten, to grade one, and so on. We call this process a progressive revelation.

All the Manifestations of God have a special message for us and we will explore them in later lessons. (Abraham, Moses, Krishna, Zoroaster, Buddha, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, and The Bab and Bahaullah)

All the Manifestations of God have laws that stay and some that no longer apply so are not applicable to us anymore.

All the Manifestations of God tell us a little more about God, about how to be better humans and they move us close to world unity and peace.

All the Manifestations of God are pure mirrors reflecting the light of God. 

What does being a PURE MIRROR mean?

We use the example of a mirror reflecting light as it helps us understand a little about God and how we are connected.

So here is the example, you may already know this:

God is like the sun, God’s light reaches us, even if we don’t believe it. God’s light and bounties are for everyone. We (our hearts or spirit) are like the mirror and we can reflect the sun. If we are not working on our spiritual qualities, we are like mirrors that have dust and grime on us and can’t reflect the light or the light is very dim. 

We are all the same light:- part of God, reflecting God’s attributes like a mirror reflecting the sun.

Suppose we take a well-polished mirror and point it towards the sun. In it, we will see the image of the sun, and the more perfectly polished the mirror, the more perfect the image will be.

Manifestations are pure mirrors. They reflect 100% the light of God.

The Manifestations of God are special Beings Who reveal to humanity the Word and the Will of God. When we listen to Them, we are responding to the Call of God.

Why do we need  MANIFESTATIONS? Why does DOES God not teach us directly? 

In this world, the sun is the source of all warmth and light, without which life would not exist on the planet. Yet the sun itself does not descend to earth, and if we tried to approach it, we would be totally consumed. God sends His Manifestations like the sun sends rays of light to pure mirrors.

The Manifestations of God are like perfect Mirrors that reflect the Light of God in all its Splendor. And all these Mirrors reflect the same Light. We can learn about God from these pure mirrors, The Manifestations of God.

What is the role of the MANIFESTATIONS OF GOD and Their promise of the coming of peace to the world?

While God is beyond our reach, these perfect Beings come to us from time to time, live among us, give us guidance, and fill us with the energy we need to progress, materially, and spiritually. 

We have many Manifestations in the past and will have in the future. God does not leave us without guidance

The way God’s love flows to us is through His Eternal Covenant. According to this Eternal Covenant, God never leaves us alone and without guidance. Whenever humanity moves away from Him and forgets His Teachings, a Manifestation of God appears and makes His Will and Purpose known to us.

Each Manifestation of God is moving us closer to Universal Peace.

The first duty prescribed by God for His servants is the recognition of Him Who is the Dayspring of His Revelation and the Fountain of His laws, Who representeth the Godhead in both the Kingdom of His Cause and the world of creation.

(The Kitáb-i-Aqdas)
ruhi book 3 grade 3 prayer

To know God and to worship Him is the very purpose of our lives. The lessons in this grade seek to strengthen our understanding that God’s Manifestations are the source of all good and that by knowing them we are able to attain the knowledge of God and draw ever closer to our Creator. As you can see, each phrase of the prayer expresses in a most special way the yearning of the human soul to be close to God. During the several weeks, you will be going through this set, then, you should try to grasp the meaning of these expressions—His face as the object of our adoration, His beauty is our sanctuary, and so on. 

WE WILL BE MEMORIZING THE PRAYER BELOW FOR THE NEXT 3 LESSONS

O Thou Whose face is the object of my adoration, Whose beauty is my sanctuary, Whose habitation is my goal, Whose praise is my hope, Whose providence is my companion, Whose love is the cause of my being, Whose mention is my solace, Whose nearness is my desire, Whose presence is my dearest wish and highest aspiration, I entreat Thee not to withhold from me the things Thou didst ordain for the chosen ones among Thy servants.  Supply me, then, with the good of this world and of the next.Thou, truly, art the King of all men.  There is no God but Thee, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Generous.

Bahá’u’lláh
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The Most Exalted Station Sung By The Manifolds
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These Prophets and chosen Ones of God are the recipients and revealers of all the unchangeable attributes and names of God. They are the mirrors that truly and faithfully reflect the light of God

Kitáb-i-Íqán by Bahá’u’lláh
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THERE ARE 6 STORIES TO CHOOSE FROM AND A BONUS STORY FROM BRILLIANT STAR MAGAZINE.

Some of the stories may have a video or resource to help understand the concepts.

There is always the Generic storyboard, story report and comic strip to draw as the story is being told that can be downloaded from the general resources here.

Download all 6 stories in word doc here

STORY ONE

You know that every Manifestation of God exhorts us to be truthful and honest. We are to be fair and just in all of our dealings with one another; the Manifestations of God themselves reflect these qualities to the utmost perfection in what they do and what they say. Even before He declared His Mission, the Báb had become widely known for His undeviating fairness. At the age of around fifteen, He had left His home in Shíráz and joined His uncle in business in Búshihr. His uncle was a merchant, and the Báb soon took over the complete management of the trading-house in Búshihr. Often those who were closely associated with Him in those days testified to the purity of His character, to the charm of His manners, and to His high integrity. A certain man once gave Him some goods to sell on his behalf. When the man received the funds for the goods, he was surprised to find that the sum was much greater than what he had expected. He immediately wrote to the Báb, requesting Him to explain the reason and offering to return some of the amount. But the Báb refused to accept it! “What I have sent you is entirely your due,” the Báb replied. You see, there had been a time when the price of the goods had been higher than what the Báb had finally sold them for. So, the Báb, setting the highest standard of honesty and justice, had added some of His own money and sent the man the amount he would have received if the goods had been sold at the peak price.

Although He always acted generously towards all those with whom He had dealings, the Báb refused to do something that would perpetuate dishonesty. Several years later, when He was in Chihríq, His followers bought some honey for Him, but He found the quality inferior and the price too high. He told them to return it, saying that they could surely purchase better quality honey at a lower price. “I who am your example have been a merchant by profession,” He said. “It behooves you in all your transactions to follow in My way. You must neither defraud your neighbor nor allow him to defraud you.”

STORY TWO

Forgiveness is an attribute of God, and just as God is patient and merciful with each one of us, we are to forgive one another and overlook the faults of others. In the lives of God’s Manifestations we see how they looked upon all with the eyes of forgiveness, even those who were cruel and unkind to them. Not long after the Báb declared His Mission, He set out for pilgrimage to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina with His companion Quddús. In another lesson, when we study the life of the Báb, we will learn about this pilgrimage. For now, you need to know that He and Quddús embarked on a vessel that took about two months to reach its destination. Also on board the vessel were two brothers from Shíráz. One of them was captivated by the charm and the sublime bearing of the Báb. The other brother, however, was extremely jealous of the Báb because He was treated with such respect by all those who met Him. Day by day this man became more arrogant and rude, not only towards the Báb but towards other passengers as well. At one point the captain of the vessel became so angry that he ordered the man to be seized and thrown into the sea. The Báb stepped forward and encouraged the captain to be patient. But the captain was beside himself and determined to get rid of the troublesome passenger. When the Báb noticed that the sailors were actually about to throw him overboard, He caught hold of him and earnestly requested the captain to pardon the wrongdoer. The captain was astonished. It was, after all, the Báb Who had suffered the most from the cruelty of this rude man. Yet The Báb explained that, since people who behaved in such a manner harmed only themselves, one should be tolerant and forgiving towards them.

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STORY THREE

Bahá’u’lláh was the essence of kindness. In even the smallest of gestures, He reflected the infinite love that God has for every one of His creatures. Perhaps you know that, in the later years of Bahá’u’lláh’s life, His beloved Son ‘Abdu’l-Bahá rented the Mansion of Bahjí for His Father. Now, every Friday the believers would gather there to attain the presence of Bahá’u’lláh. They would stay all day, using the lower rooms of the house, while Bahá’u’lláh’s family occupied the upper floor. One of the believers, only a boy of four or five at the time, had a very special encounter there, indeed. At noon, when all the grown-ups were resting during the midday heat, he happened to wander off by himself, making his way to the upper floor of the Mansion, where he entered a large hall. Ambling about, he eventually came to a room in which food was stored. What do you think he saw there? A bag filled with sugar cubes. Without thinking, he took a few and put them in his mouth. Then he took some more and left the storeroom. Back in the hall, he suddenly froze in his tracks. There was Bahá’u’lláh pacing back and forth. He slowly approached the little boy and looked at his hands. And how do you think He treated this boy who had done something naughty? He led the boy towards a large table in the middle of the hall, picked up a plate of candies, and offered him one. “It seems you like sweets,” Bahá’u’lláh said. “Enjoy! Goodbye. And may God protect you.”

STORY FOUR

In this world where there is so much corruption and greed, where so many people want to take all for themselves, the Manifestations of God have come to establish justice. Justice is most pleasing in the sight of God, and His Manifestations tell us that we should not take what rightfully belongs to others. Even as a youth, Bahá’u’lláh displayed unmatched courage in standing up for what was right. At that time in Persia, taxes were not regulated by law according to each person’s earnings. Corrupt officials, princes and, sometimes, even the king took advantage of people and forced them to pay more than what was fair. Now, one such tax collector, who did not walk in the ways of honesty and justice, came to see Bahá’u’lláh’s father and demanded that he pay a certain amount. The first time this happened, His father paid the official without any protest. But then the tax collector came back a second time, asking for more money, and a third time, asking for still more.

Bahá’u’lláh carefully observed the situation and decided to do something about the unfair behavior of the tax collector. Although he was very young, He rode His horse for two days until He arrived at the capital city, Ṭihrán. There, he went to see the highest officials in the court and presented His father’s case. His presentation was so convincing, His words and arguments so eloquent, that an order was issued to dismiss the unjust tax collector. Everyone was astonished by the fact that, at such a tender age, Bahá’u’lláh was already so tireless a champion of justice.

STORY FIVE

All the believers who lived while Bahá’u’lláh walked on this earth yearned to meet Him. And there are so many accounts of those who were fortunate enough to enter His presence. One such person has related the following: “The very first time I was privileged to attain the presence of the Blessed Beauty, He was residing in ‘Akká. I was overcome by excitement and timidity when an attendant directed me to enter. At that moment I heard the voice of Bahá’u’lláh bidding me to come. With a profound sense of humility, I went into His presence; after expressing my utter servitude at His threshold, I seated myself. At His request, I was served tea. He then recited some of the sacred writings, after which He stated: ‘Let your acts be a guide unto all mankind, that from your behavior and conduct they may be enabled to recognize the signs and commandments of God.’”

STORY SIX

God has given us the capacity to know Him, to love Him, and to carry out His commandments and He sends us His Manifestation to help us in our efforts to fulfill the purpose for which we were created. In the Beauty of the Manifestation of God, we are able to perceive the beauty of God.  In His wisdom, we catch the glimpses of the inscrutable Wisdom of the Almighty.  They are like a mirror that reflect to us the qualities and attributes of God.

I would like to share with you a story that will give us a glimpse of the great knowledge possessed by the Messengers of God, by sharing a story about Baha’u’llah, the most recent Messenger of God.  There are similar stories about each of the Messengers of God, as they all have innate knowledge given to them by God! There are many stories from the time of Baha’u’llah that demonstrate how people were attracted to His knowledge and awed by it.  I am going to share with you one such story- and you will need to pay very close attention to the details of the story- because we are going to ask you to act the story out later today.  This story is about the visit Baha’u’llah made to Nur, the place He was born in Mazindaran in Persia, soon after He accepted the truth of the Bab’s Revelation. 

The Bab was a Messenger of God that came right before Baha’u’llah.  He prepared the way for Baha’u’llah’s coming.  We will learn more about the lives of the Bab and Baha’u’llah later on this year, but for now, you should know that before Baha’u’llah told the people He was a Messenger of God, He first was a follower of the Bab.  In this story, He was teaching the people about the Bab’s Message.

The enthusiasm with which the people of Mazindaran greeted Baha’u’llah was indeed extraordinary.  They were spellbound by the eloquence of His speech.  The arguments and proofs He set forth, as He announced the dawning of a new Day, convinced them of the greatness of the Cause of the Bab.  They admired His enthusiasm and were deeply impressed by His detachment and self-effacement.  No one dared oppose Him except His own uncle Aziz, who became jealous of the love and respect Baha’u’llah was receiving from the people.

Alarmed by Baha’u’llah’s success, Aziz decided to seek the assistance of a well-known Mulla of the region, presumably the possessor of great knowledge and defender of the truth of Islam.  Mullas are the religious leaders of Islam- the clergy- kind of like ministers in the Christian church.  O viceregent of the Prophet of God!” exclaimed Aziz, talking to the Mulla, “Behold what has befallen the Faith of Islam!   A youth, a layman, attired in the garb of nobility, has come to Nur, has invaded the strongholds of orthodoxy, and disrupted the holy Faith of Islam.  Arise, and resist his onslaught.”  The Mulla did not find in himself the strength to confront Baha’u’llah, so he did his best to quiet Aziz, assured him that he would be protected, and dismissed him.  But the Message Baha’u’llah had brought to the region was rapidly spreading, and the Mulla’s students kept pressuring him to visit Baha’u’llah in person and find out for himself the nature of this new Revelation.  Still the Mulla did not have the courage to do so.  Finally, after much delay, he decided to send two of the most learned and trusted individuals in his company to visit Baha’u’llah and determine the true character of the Message He brought.  He promised to everyone that he would accept the judgment of these two trusted souls and would abide by their decision.

When these two emissaries reached the presence of Baha’u’llah, He was in a gathering engaged in revealing a commentary on one of the chapters of the Quran. With great assurance, they entered the meeting and sat down prepared to ask questions and examine the extent of Baha’u’llah’s knowledge.  But as they listened to the voice of Baha’u’llah, they were enraptured by the eloquence of His speech and the profound meaning of His statements.  Mulla Abbas, one of these two emissaries, was entirely overwhelmed.  He arose from his seat, walked back slowly and stood beside the door in an attitude of utter submissiveness.  “You behold my condition.,” he told his friend as he trembled with emotion and with eyes full of joyful tears. “I am powerless to question Baha’u’llah.  The questions I had planned to ask Him have vanished suddenly from my memory.  You are free either to proceed with your inquiry or to return alone to our teacher and inform him of the state in which I find myself.  Tell him that Abbas can never again return to him.  He can no longer forsake this threshold.” His companion found himself in a similar state. “I have ceased to recognize my teacher,” he replied.  “This very moment, I have vowed to God to dedicate the remaining days of my life to the service of Baha’u’llah, my true and only Master.”

So the two emissaries of the famous Mulla never went back to their teacher.  The news of their conversion traveled fast.  It awakened the people from their sleep.  People of all walks of life journeyed to Nur in order to enter the presence of Baha’u’llah and partake of His Divine knowledge.  A considerable number of them accepted the new Faith of God.  But as you know, this and the many other early successes of the Cause aroused the envy of those who took advantage of the people’s ignorance in order to rule over them.  Soon a tremendous wave of persecution arose throughout the entire country, bringing unimaginable sufferings to both the Bab and Baha’u’llah.

ADDITIONAL STORY FROM BRILLIANT STAR MAGAZINE : HERE

Act out the quote from story five.

Some suggested pictures here

Any of the stories can be acted out. Remember we do not portray the Manifestation of God.

CUT APART CARDS

Cut the cards apart and mix them up. How fast you can pair up the correct ones?

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BASED ON THE THEME OF SEARCH

Make an I SPY bottle.

Materials

  1. bottle
  2. filler like rice, sand, etc I use small styrofoam balls from the dollar store
  3. funnel
  4. items to symbolize search in some way. I got creative. here are some of mine:
    1. heart – need a pure heart
    2. googly eyes – as you have to look when you search
    3. stone – leave no stone unturned
    4. Paperclip – to hold all your notes together
    5. Rubberband – need to be flexible in our outlook and keep an open mind
    6. Penny – you will need funds as you travel far’
    7. Screw – you may need to build things along the way
    8. file- for the fingernails that may get broken
    9. the word friend – for all the friends you will make along the way
    10. gem – all the hidden gems in you and in others that will be found
    11. bike – you will need transportation
    12. magnet – to attract the hearts
    13. Banner with Bahá’u’lláh’s name to raise up.

as you put each item in, say what it stands for. Close the lid and hot glue(if you think it may get opened and spill. Write a tag with all the items to be found.

BASED ON STORY TWO

If you remember, this story took place on a boat with a rude man. Build your own boat:

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BASED ON STORY ONE 

Truthfulness and Honesty. Make the card and send it to a friend. Or make this and include it in your notebook/ lap book.

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Match messengers to the symbols

This is an activity sheet

Cut and paste activity

Taken from Australian peace pack

FROM STORY 5

MAKE UP A BOARD GAME THAT HELPS OTHERS RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS OF THE MANIFESTATION OF GOD BASED ON THE QUOTE FROM THE STORY

“Let your acts be a guide unto all mankind, that from your behavior and conduct they may be enabled to recognize the signs and commandments of God.” 

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Review

You should find some suitable time, perhaps at the end of every class period, to help the children review the passage that they are learning by heart in this lesson and one that they memorized in Grade 2:

“The purpose of God in creating man hath been, and will ever be, to enable him to know his Creator and to attain His Presence.”

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RUHI BOOK 3 GRADE 3 SET 1

RUHI BOOK 3 GRADE 3 SET 1

WELCOME TO SET ONE

THERE ARE THREE LESSONS IN THIS SET

  1. God’s Manifestations are like perfect  Mirrors reflecting God’s attributes
  2. God’s Manifestations illumine human hearts  with the Knowledge of God
  3. The promise of universal peace made by all the Manifestations of God has been fulfilled in the Person of Baha’u’llah.

Grade 3 has more information to deliver than previous classes. The format, while similar in layout, will have concepts delivered in the welcome section and then the stories will highlight the topic of that lesson such as a particular Manifestation.

The opening devotions will set the tone for the time you will spend together with your students and will serve as a spiritual preparation for learning.  By the third grade, the children may be eager to organize this portion of the class themselves, so after the first session of the year, you could ask a few students to plan the opening devotions for each of the subsequent class periods.

We suggest one particular prayer that the children might learn by heart in this set

Introducing The Principal Theme

The aim of the three lessons in this set is to impress upon the children that seeking knowledge of God should be the central concern of their lives and that His Manifestations shine the light of His knowledge on the world of humanity, guiding it and helping it to advance, materially and spiritually.

This first lesson should enhance the children’s understanding of the truth that God’s Manifestations are the source of our knowledge of that which is good, for these special Beings reflect, to the utmost perfection, all of His names and attributes.

You may want to dedicate some time during to reminding the children of what they have done and learned together over the last two years.

This is an opportunity for you to express great joy at noting the progress they have made. You can shower them with praise, which will in no way be empty, for they have surely advanced well in their efforts to acquire spiritual qualities and develop a character befitting their nobility.

You could then ask them to name as many qualities as they are able, encouraging them to think of all their friends in the class and seeing how the qualities of love, kindness, generosity, trustworthiness and so forth are reflected in them and in their actions.

This review should prepare the way for you to pose a question that will introduce the children not only to this first set of lessons but to all three sets in this grade:

“How do we know about all these wonderful qualities we should develop?

How did we learn, for example, that we must be truthful, loving and kind?

You could guide the conversation that ensues along these lines:

“It is correct to say that we learned about these fundamental truths from our parents and our teachers. But who taught them? And who taught the ones that taught them? If we keep asking this question, we finally see that in every region of the world people heard about these truths from the Manifestations of God. In the same way that we have studied quotations from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, the Manifestation of God for today, people throughout time have read and heard the words of earlier Manifestations of God. The names of some of these Manifestations may be familiar to you. Abraham is one. Can you name some others?”

You could help your students to mention Moses, Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, Jesus, and Muḥammad, as well as the Báb.

Now you could move the conversation towards the theme of these lessons in this set.

LESSONS 1 TO 3 CAN BE FOUND HERE

Lesson 1 here

Lesson 2 here

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A LOOK AT PROGRESSIVE REVELATION

Ruhi Book 3 grade 3 pre-lesson

NOTE FOR TEACHERS

The US Baha’i core curriculum has a worksheet for teachers to review progressive revelation and you can access the downloadable PDF  here

This year we are going to be learning about the lives and teachings of the Messengers sent by God to humanity.

Every 500-1000 years, God sends us a Messenger of God to teach and enlighten us. 

We start with Abraham because that is the first Messenger of God that we have information about, but there have always been Teachers sent by God in each age, even before Abraham. This is known as progressive revelation.

This year we are going to learn more about Abraham, Moses, Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, Jesus, Muhammad, the Bab, and Baha’u’llah.  We will learn about their Teachings and the Message they brought from God for the world.

To start, we are going to think about God and the reason that God created us.

Do you know why you have been created? 

What is OUR purpose?

To help us answer the questions of why we were created and our purpose, we can find many clues from the Baha’i writings and prayers we say:

To work for the betterment of the world, to develop virtues, and to grow spiritually, to draw closer to God.  

Let’s look at this verse from the Bahai Writings 

“I bear witness, O my God, that Thou hast created me to know Thee and to worship Thee.”

So how do we know God?

God is of course far above anything we can think of: He is our Creator and we are His creation. 

In general, what has been created cannot understand its creator.  For instance, this table cannot understand the nature of the carpenter that made it. 

God is the Creator of all things and His essence is unknowable to us, which means that we should not make images of God in our mind- thinking of Him, for example as a man.  He is far above all of our ideas of Him.  Out of His mercy, though, God sends us a Manifestation of God in each age

Does anyone know what “manifest” means?

The word “manifest” means to reveal, to bring forth something that was not known before.  The Manifestation of God are those special Beings who reveal to humanity the Word and the Will of God; thus when we listen to Them, we are responding to the call of God.

See the Ringstone symbol above:

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This is a symbol that helps us to understand the role of the Manifestations of God.  The bottom line is the Realm of Creation- this is where we are.  The middle line is the Realm of the Messengers of God, Their station is high above us. The top realm is the realm of God. 

What connects these realms? 

The middle line is repeated because the Messengers of God each are the way of God that connects this world with the realms above. 

Why are there stars on either side? 

Because the Messengers of God come in human form- head, arms, legs, (point to a star and show those points).

There is an example from the physical world that helps us to understand the concept of “Manifestation” as taught in the Bahai Writings. 

Do you know what it is?  

In this world, what is the source of all warmth and light, without which life would not exist on the planet? 

(THE SUN!)  Yet the sun itself does not descend to earth, and if we tried to approach it, we would be totally consumed.  But suppose we take a well-polished mirror and point it towards the sun. 

What do we see in the mirror? 

(THE IMAGE OF THE SUN) and the more perfectly polished the mirror, the more perfect the image will be.  The Manifestations of God are like perfect mirrors that reflect the light of God in all its splendor.  And all the mirrors reflect the same light. 

While God is beyond our reach, these perfect Beings come to us from time to time, live among us, give us guidance and fill us with the energy we need to progress materially and spiritually.

Seeking the knowledge of God through His Manifestations should be the central concern of our lives.

Is knowing God enough? 

What else do we need to do? (From the quote: worship Him)

How do we worship God? (Prayers, Obey commandments)

Is saying prayers, in a temple, church, at home- enough?

How do we obey His commandments? 

When we act in a spirit of obedience to the laws and teachings of God, all that we do becomes fruitful.

Let’s look at what the Bahai Writings say about worship

 “This is worship: to serve mankind and to minister to the needs of the people.  Service is prayer.” (Abdu’l-Baha)

God has sent us His Messengers to help us in our efforts to fulfill the purpose for which He created us- to know Him and to worship Him.

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GOD IS ONE

Imagine a beautiful gemstone- shining and sparkling. 

Is it aware of its own beauty? (no) 

Think of a beautiful flower- color, fragrance.  Do you have it in your mind?  Okay- now I have a question to ask you- does it know its own beauty? (no) 

What about a bird that is singing the most melodious songs- is it conscious of the value of its own singing? 

Unlike the rest of creation that doesn’t have an understanding of their beauty and potential, we as human beings DO have the ability to know and to recognize beauty- not just physical, but spiritual beauty. 

What is spiritual beauty?  The virtues- the qualities of God we have within us- that are shown in ACTION.   A big part of our purpose has to do with developing those God-like qualities we have within us, so that we can reflect the light of God in our lives and in turn, be the source of guidance to others. 

What are some of those God qualities that we have within us?

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QUOTE TO MEMORIZE

O Son of Being!  Thou art My lamp and My light is in thee.  Get thou from it thy radiance and seek none other than Me, for I have created Thee rich and have bountifully shed My favor upon Thee. 

–Baha’u’llah

USE THIS WORKSHEET FOR ANY WORDS YOU ARE NOT SURE OF

Two Games

1. Balloon Bop: (Material: a few blown-up balloons)

Students begin by standing in a circle, holding hands. The teacher drops one balloon into the circle. The goal is for students to see how many times they can tap the balloon into the air (they can tap with hands, arms, heads, shoulder, chest or knees-No feet.), keeping it up in the air, without losing the connection (all students must continue holding hands.) In order for this to work effectively, students have to work cooperatively, each of them making sure they are not letting go of their neighbor, hand. They will soon figure out that they must all move together, as a circle, so to make sure they do not lose connection. If the balloon falls to the ground or a student taps the balloon with their feet, the count begins again. Depending on grade level; you can add more balloons to make it more challenging!

Before playing: the teacher can model how to tap the balloon lightly in order to keep it up in the air.

2. Great Wind Blows( Material: None)

Arrange chairs/carpet squares to form a circle (If using chairs, facing inward toward the middle). One player starts in the middle, standing up. He or she begins the round by standing in the middle starts by saying “Great wind blows for everyone who…” and then says any characteristic that is true for that person. For example, if the person has been to Canada before, he or she can say, “Great wind blows for everyone who has been to Canada.” All players who have been to Canada before must stand and quickly find a new seat that is more than 2 chairs away from them. If the player is not able to find a vacant seat, he or she is the new person who is in the middle.

1. Make a lantern

There are many easy lanterns you can make, the one below is pretty simple. You will need cardboard or stiff paper, parchment paper or heavy wax paper, a stapler, glue, pen.

Lantern Template here simple lantern

Write/ print  the quote

O Son of Being!  Thou art My lamp and My light is in thee.  Get thou from it thy radiance and seek none other than Me, for I have created thee rich and have bountifully shed My favor upon Thee. –Baha’u’llah

2. Brilliant star magazine grade 3

Gods’ mysterious nature: make a Mobius strip

Building a better world PDF

3. Color in the ringtone symbol from Delight Hearts or from here

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WHY WE PRAY GRADE 2 LESSON 2

WELCOME

Welcome to the lesson on Why We Pray. In this lesson, we will try to answer the question WHY DO WE PRAY? We will continue to memorize the prayer  O Lord! I am a child; enable me to grow,  We will learn a new quote, hear more songs and stories, do crafts, and games, and continue to learn.

EACH SET HAS PRAYERS TO MEMORIZE

For the next 2 classes, we will memorize the following prayer 

O Lord! I am a child; enable me to grow beneath the shadow of Thy loving kindness. I am a tender plant; cause me to be nurtured through the outpourings of the clouds of Thy bounty. I am a sapling of the garden of love; make me into a fruitful tree. Thou art the Mighty and the Powerful, and Thou art the All-Loving, the All-Knowing, the All-Seeing.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
G2 PRAYER SET 1

Would Anyone Like To Say A Prayer?

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Memorization Aid

Download and print the memorization aid. Use it as part of the lapbook or glue it into your class notebook.

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Download the Prayer, Print and Glue to your class notebook. Download Here

Songs for grade 2
BE HAPPY
TEACHING PEACE
Greatest Longing Of Every Soul
Quote for class to memorize

We know that God has created every one of us and that He is aware of what we need and what we want. He is the All-Knowing, the All-Wise. Why, then should we pray? God does not need our prayers, but we pray because it serves to strengthen our souls, for prayer is life food for the soul. Prayer brings life to the soul. We should pray in the morning, evening, during difficult times, and at times of great gladness. Of course, we do not only pray for ourselves but also for our family, our friends, our community, and for all of humanity.

Abdu’l-Baha assures us that if we pray for something that is in agreement with God’s wisdom, then God will provide us with it. But sometimes, unknowingly we ask for things that will harm us, and God, in His infinite wisdom does not grant our wish. To help us remember why we pray, let us memorize the following words of Abdu’l-Baha:

It is the greatest longing of every soul who is attracted to the Kingdom of God to find time to turn with entire devotion to his Beloved, so as to seek His bounty and blessing and immerse himself in the ocean of communion, entreaty, and supplication.

Abdu’l-Baha
MEANING OF WORDS
Longing

When Tanya’s brother went away to university, she missed him very much.  Tanya felt a great longing in her heart to be near her brother again. 

Rodrigo was tired after working many hours in the fields, planting crops. At the end of the day, he longed to rest.

She stood before the meeting with her head bowed and her eyes closed. Silence filled the room.  Then she lifted her head and began to intone the verses of God in a melodious voice.

Bahereh taught her children to intone beautiful prayers at the beginning of each new day and in the evening before they slept.

Immerse

In order to boil an egg, it must be completely covered with water.  To boil the egg, you must immerse it in water.

After working on the engine of the car, Norman’s hands were dirty and greasy.  So he filled a bucket of water from the well and put his hands into the water, washing off the dirt and grease.  His hands were immersed in the water.

Communion

Because of the difficulties in their own country, all the brothers left their homeland and went to different places around the world to look for work.  Many years went by, and they did not see each other or speak to one another.  But They remained in communion through their thoughts and prayers, and eventually, they were joyfully reunited as old men. 

When we pray, we turn our hearts to God and converse with Him.  Prayer is communion with God.

Entreaty

One of the king’s subjects was in great need, so he begged the king to assist him.  The king considered his subject’s entreaty and agreed to help.

The teachers were concerned that the textbooks the children were using were out of date and did not cover the latest discoveries and the most recent information, so they asked the principal to order new ones.  The principal listened to their entreaty, and now the children are using up-to-date textbooks.

MEMORIZATION CARDS FOR LESSON 2 QUOTE

MEMORIZATION WORKSHEET HERE

STORY RELATED TO LESSON
A Story To Illustrate The Importance Of Praying Daily

This is a story of one of the early Baha’is in the West, Lua Getsinger, and an important lesson she learned about prayer.  Lua loved God very much, and she often turned to him in supplication, that she might be enabled to live a life of service.  She prayed, too, that her eager and enthusiastic spirit would learn to be patient.  Of course, she wanted to learn quickly, without having to wait too long!

Lua knew that ‘Abdu’l-Baha wanted her to learn patience.  One day, when she was visiting Him in the Holy Land, He helped her to see that there are some things for which we must always make time, no matter how hurried we might feel.  Rushing off to breakfast without having said her usual morning prayers, Lua met ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the hallway.  He looked at her, staring deeply into her eyes.  And what do you think he said to her? “Lua,” He said, “you must never eat material food in the morning until you have had your spiritual food.”  So it was that Lua learned she must never fail to draw sustenance from God’s heavenly bounties, the source of true strength.

Another Story about Prayer: The Bejewelled Sword

There was once a little child in Persia during the days of Persia’s ancient glory.  It was customary in those days that whenever there was an important feast the people would share gifts with their friends and loved ones.  So this little child prayed very hard and loudly for a bejeweled sword to be his gift.

At the time of the feast, this little boy was waiting, eagerly to receive the sword he had prayed so hard for.  However, the time passed and the feast was almost over and the child did not receive any sword as a gift.  He was quite sad and disappointed.

His father, who never believed in God or in any kind of prayers, saw his son’s disappointment and said, “My son, can’t you see, your prayers were not answered?”

The son looked at his father and replied, “Oh yes father, my prayers were answered.”

“How can that be?” asked the father in surprise.   “You did not receive the bejeweled sword that you desired so much.

“But father, don’t you understand?” said the child, “The answer is ‘no’.  God said No.” 

GAMES FOR GRADE 2 TO PLAY
Activities to help students develop skills and abilities related to drama.
  1. As you did in the previous lesson, have the children stand about two meters apart and imagine that they are in their own squares.  You may ask them each to walk along the border of their square.
  2. Ask the children to raise their arms and, stretching from the tips of their toes to the tips of their fingers, reach towards the sky.  Now, tell them to relax and let their arms and head hang freely.  Repeat this exercise three or four times.
  3. Next, ask your students to stand as tall as they can and raise their arms over their heads, pressing the palms of their hands together. They are candles burning brightly.  Explain to them that you will slowly count backward from ten.  As you do so, they should pretend they are melting.  By the time you reach zero, they should be like a pool of wax on the ground. The children should remain in that position until you give them the signal to move again.

The above exercises will have helped the children develop their skills of movement and physical expression.  They will also need to acquire increasingly effective skills of verbal expression. To assist them, ask them to say the sentence “Good morning”

  • as though they were respectfully greeting a teacher
  • as though they were excited to see a friend
  • as though they had met a friend who was feeling sad
  • as though they were trying not to wake a sleeping baby


The second set of activities has to do with the theme of today’s lesson: why we pray.  Tell the children that they are now going to improvise a situation to show why we need to eat every day to maintain our physical strength. Explain, that our souls need to turn to God in prayer to grow and remain strong and healthy.  

  1. Begin by having the children return to their imaginary squares.  Ask them to show that they are full of strength by pretending to lift some imaginary objects; by jumping up high to reach something in an imaginary tree; or by building an imaginary tower.
  2. Now, tell the children to pretend they are getting hungry and feeling weak.  Ask them to repeat the lifting, jumping, and building exercises.
  3. Then, tell them that they are receiving food and beginning to feel strong again.  Ask them to repeat the exercises once more.
BROKEN TELEPHONE

Speaking to God is like making a phone call, you speak and have to wait for an answer.

What happens if you don’t understand the answer? Play the game broken telephone

CRAFT IDEAS
Make A Bejeweled Sword

Make a sword PBS KIDS

SUPER EASY sword

Decorate A Prayer Mat 

Although we don’t use a prayer mat in Baha’i Faith, it is a cool and creative activity

Download the template mat here

FELT PRAYER BOOK COVERS

The class where these prayer book covers were made can be seen here

Lapbook Lesson 2

SIMPLE LAPBOOK USED THIS YEAR (2022)

We are using a simplified version of the lapbook, changing some elements, adding others, and making all the pieces larger for the children. Lapbooks are very easy, flexible tools and it’s easy for you to create your own or download my templates. you do not have to use all the elements I am posting. There are NO right and wrong ways. enjoy!

For lesson 2 we are using the wheel component.

The component for this lesson is the wheel ” why we pray” that turns and reveals information below. It is a modified version of the first lapbook shown below

download this here

Note you will need a brass fastener also known as split pins,  to attach the two pieces. you can get it from Amazon, craft stores like Michaels, and stationery stores.

This is what our lapbook looks like for lesson2

Remember, any item can be placed in the lapbook and any of the files for the lapbook can be used in a notebook or just as an activity.

Items:

  1. Wheel Why We Pray: blank or filled out template
  2. heading with lesson 2

Extra items can be added such as the door hanger, the prayer decorated in a frame from lesson 1. or the prayer mat from this lesson. position items before you glue to make sure what you choose fits.

Download all the elements for the lapbook here

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THE NATURE OF PRAYER Grade 2 Lesson 1

RUHI BOOK 3 GRADE 2  WELCOME
WELCOME

Welcome to Lesson 1: The nature of prayer.  Abdu’l-Baha tells us that prayer is a “conversation with God”. 

We already mentioned that when we pray, we speak to God.  When we love another, our greatest wish is to be close to the one we love and to express the love he feels. 

To understand the nature of prayer and why we pray, we would need to also look at the effects of prayer. We can ask God for things that we want, and He will answer our prayers in accordance with Divine wisdom.

We can pray for things related to the specific circumstances of our lives and for the development of spiritual qualities, both in ourselves and in others.

We must understand that prayer is not just a time for us to make requests of God. Remember that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá tells us, “In the highest prayer, men pray only for the love of God, not because they fear Him or hell, or hope for bounty or heaven. . . .”

What are some of the things we pray for?

WHO IS ‘ABDU’L-BAHÁ?

We will be using many stories to help us understand the virtues and concepts we are learning. Many of the stories will be about Abdu’l-Bahá. Let us learn a little about him.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá is the Son of Bahá’u’lláh. He is the Centre of Bahá’u’lláh’s Covenant, the unerring Interpreter of His Writings, and the Perfect Exemplar of His Teachings. He was given many titles during His lifetime, including “The Master”; the one He preferred and took for Himself, however, was ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.

Meaning of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
  • Abdu’l means Servant
  • Baha means Splendor or Glory. Baha is one of the names of Bahá’u’lláh

Abdu’l-Baha means “Servant of Bahá”—Servant of Bahá’u’lláh.

EACH SET HAS PRAYERS TO MEMORIZE

For the next 3 classes, we will memorize the following prayer 

O Lord! I am a child; enable me to grow beneath the shadow of Thy loving kindness. I am a tender plant; cause me to be nurtured through the outpourings of the clouds of Thy bounty. I am a sapling of the garden of love; make me into a fruitful tree. Thou art the Mighty and the Powerful, and Thou art the All-Loving, the All-Knowing, the All-Seeing.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Would Anyone Like To Say A Prayer?
Send A Prayer To A Family Near You!
O Lord! I am a child
Memorization Aid

Download and print the memorization aid. Use it as part of a lapbook or glue it into your class notebook.

Download Filling the blank Memorization Aid here

Download the Prayer the Print Glue to your class notebook here

Songs for grade 2
STRIVE THAT DAY BY DAY
BOUNDLESS LOVE
I Want To Be Happy
I Want To Br Happy
Quote for class to memorize
Remember that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá tells us that prayer is “Conversation With God”

Through our prayers, we speak to God of our love for Him. We love God and our greatest wish is to be close to God and to express the love we feel. We know that even though God knows what is in our hearts, still we want to tell Him of our love for Him and thank Him for the bounties that He has showered upon us.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá lived in a state of prayer. His heart was always turned towards God. He often mentioned that there is nothing sweeter in life than prayer. When we converse with God each day, our love for Him grows stronger, and we feel closer to Him. Our hearts are opened, and enkindled with His love, and our souls become joyful. God loves us more than we can possibly imagine. So it is that we constantly receive His bounties as we pray to Him to guide us, protect us, and help us become worthy of His love. To aid us in our efforts to live our lives in a state of prayer, with our hearts always turned towards God, let us memorize the following quotation:

Listen to the Quote
Meaning of the words in the quote
INTONE

She stood before the meeting with her head bowed and her eyes closed. Silence filled the room.  Then she lifted her head and began to intone the verses of God in a melodious voice.

Bahereh taught her children to intone beautiful prayers at the beginning of each new day and in the evening before they slept.

WHO WANTS TO PRACTICE INTONING THEIR NAME? (have a few kids do this)
Kindle

The grass in the field was very dry.  In the intense heat of the summer, the dry grass kindled, and the fire spread to the edge of town.
After reading a few passages from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, Florence felt the love of God kindled in her heart.

Attract

We enjoy looking at flowers because they are beautiful. We are attracted to their beauty.  

When we feel God’s love, we want to be near Him.  Our hearts are attracted to God by the power of His love.

WORKSHEET TO MEMORIZE PRAYER

DOWNLOAD IT HERE

STORY RELATED TO LESSON
STORY OF RÚHU”LLÁH

When Ruhu’llah was about seven years old, he travelled with his father to the Holy Land.  There he had the great privilege of meeting Baha’u’llah, Who had brought to humanity God’s message for this day.  Ruhu’llah’s heart became filled with love for Baha’u’llah, and he wanted nothing more than to serve Him.  Upon returning home to Persia, he spent his time sharing with others news of Baha’u’llah’s coming. Ruhu’llah was truthful, honest, courteous and kind, and his words had great effect on all who heard him.  He rose at every dawn to pray and, with his heart turned towards God, passed each day in servitude to Him.

One day, Ruhu’llah was summoned to appear before an official.  At that time, many people were fearful of the new message that was being spread throughout the land.  They clung to beliefs of the past, and the followers of the new Faith often became victims of harsh punishments.  For this reason, Ruhu’llah’s father was in great danger.  As proof that he had raised his sons in this new Faith, Ruhu’llah was asked to say a prayer in the presence of the official.  This, it was hoped, would be enough to convince the official to condemn his father.  Calmly, Ruhu’llah prepared his heart to offer supplication to God.  Then, in a melodious voice, he chanted a Baha’i prayer with exquisite beauty.  The official was deeply moved.  He dismissed the matter immediately, saying he would not condemn a man who had raised a child so wonderful.  And so Ruhu’llah’s father was saved.

Later, when Ruhu’llah was about twelve years old, he would once again set out with his father to visit the Holy Land.  This time, he would be blessed to pass his days in the presence of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, who loved Ruhu’llah very much and especially enjoyed hearing him chant in his beautiful voice the many prayers he knew by heart.  Ruhu’llah would leave the Holy Land ablaze with Divine love, ready to sacrifice his all for the Cause of God.

Download all the extra resources here

BRILLIANT STAR MAGAZINE STORY HERE

GAMES FOR GRADE 2 TO PLAY

There are two types of activities related to drama in these lessons.  The first set of activities is concerned with the development of skills and abilities.

To acquire the discipline yet freedom of movement needed to participate in creative drama, the children must learn to control their actions within a defined space.  The following activities will contribute to the development of this ability.

  1. Have your children stand about two meters apart from one another.  Each child should imagine that he or she is standing in a square measuring about one and a half meters by one and a half meters.  Ask them to draw with their eyes the boundaries of their imaginary squares.  Then, have each of them walk along the border of his or her own square.  
  2. Next, tell them to imagine that there is a rope about half a meter above the ground stretching across the middle of each of their squares.  Ask them to jump over it, crawl under it, walk along it, hop along it, and go around it without leaving their squares.


The children also need to learn to cooperate and work together.  The following activities will help them develop some of the corresponding activities.

  1. Divide the youngsters into pairs.  Think of a very heavy object that is familiar to them and ask each pair to pretend that they are carrying it together.
  2. Then ask the pair to pretend they are digging a well together.  
  3. Now tell them to imagine that one of the children’s mother has invited a guest over, but the guest has arrived early before the mother has returned home from work.  One child in each pair is the guest.  The other child invites the guest in and offers him or her something refreshing to drink while they wait for the mother.


The second type of activity is related to the theme of the lesson, the state of prayer.  Tell the children that they are going to improvise a situation about the state of prayer.

  1. Begin by having the children return to their imaginary squares.  Once they are in position, explain to them that, although we pray to God with words, other things, or their very existence, we are asking for God’s blessings and bounties.  In this way, all created things are praying to God.  A plant, for example, needs rain to grow.  By its very existence, the plant prays, “O God! Send me rain!”
  2. Now, tell the children to pretend that they are in a field of corn or another crop with which they are familiar.  For some days there has been no rain on the field  How do they look?  Days pass, but there is not a could in the sky.  The plants droop more and more, day by day.  Silently, they are praying.  Then, suddenly, there is a clap of thunder in the distance which grows louder and louder.  You can use your hands or some instrument to make the clap of thunder.  Then start slowly tapping on something, pretending to be rain.  Gradually tap faster and faster.  The rain has come, and little by little, the plants raise their drooping leaves.
CRAFT IDEAS
ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS

There are many craft and activity suggestions for you to consider. When you choose what you would like to do with the class, make sure all the required supplies are available for the children. 

Prayer Hand

To make the prayer hand you will need 

  1. Cardstock is about 6 in x 11in
  2. Pencil
  3. Scissors
  4. printed prayer or quote
  5. Child

Fold the paper in half so your paper is 6in x 5.5 in. Place the child’s hand on the fold. Use a pencil to trace the hand. The fingers can be together or apart. Try to get as much of the fold as part of the drawn hand as possible as this gives more space for the prayer to be stuck. Cut out hand shape. Open and glue the prayer to the hand. (alternative or addition is to write who you will pray for on the fingers.) Decorate

Call and talk to God

Decorate this phone and remember that prayer is a conversation with God

Download here

POPUP CARD
How to make the POPUP card
  • Download the template
  • cut out the base, there are 2 per page
  • cut out the cover
  • Print and cut out the prayer

When you are cutting out the pieces, the straight lines are cut lines and any dashed/dotted lines are to be folded. The folded lines are only on the card base in the middle.

Once the pieces are cut out, take the base and push the partially cut middle out. This is the only tricky part if you are not familiar with popups. take a look at the photo below.

Glue the quote and the cover. Done.

View the instruction on the blog post

Make A Door Hanger

Template # 1

Print and cut the round template.

The base can be cut from cardboard. to do this print the base and use it as a template to cut the cardboard.

The top part is decorated and stuck to the base.

A string is threaded through the hole and then the craft can be hung on a door.

Note that you can use a piece of ribbon and glue it in between the base and the top to form a loop and hang it on the door.

TEMPLATE #2 

Print and Cut the straight template or use the 9-pointed strar one below. Add your own message and decorate

9 pointed star tempalte

Decorate the Prayer

Decorate the frame of the prayer or use the blank template to write your prayer in the shape and decorate it.

You can also use any shape you like. My daughter and I did this activity years ago from Varga Magazine. We used the shape of a bird.

DOWNLOAD BIRD SHAPE HERE

LAPBOOK General Information

As mentioned in the welcome lesson for Grade 2. We will be making a lapbook for each lesson. The pieces we put into a lapbook are called mini books. Lapbooks help to keep information organized and help the kids memorize. Plus they a typically lots of fun to put together. You can choose to use all the suggested mini-books for a lesson or you can just combine lessons into one lapbook

For each lapbook you will need a file folder and any of the mini-books that are suggested . For information on Lapbooks take a look at this short  video below (not my viedo)

Lapbook for lesson 1

There are 2 versions of lesson 1 here. Both have elements for lessons 1 to 3 in one lapbook. The first one has small images and mini-books. the second is simplified, larger and fewer pieces

Print, cut out and decorate the pieces. You can finish the lapbook over a period of days or all at once. OR Choose to do one or two items from each of the 3 lessons and assemble them into one lapbook 

Please note that you don’t have to create the lapbook. You can use the mini books and glue them into a notebook or just keep them as they are.

Download all the elements for the lapbook here

SIMPLE lapbook

This is what Burlington is using this year (2022). Larger and fewer pieces. Note that we created a flap so that there is space under the LESSON 1 flap to house lessons 2 and 3.

Here is a video to show how easier it is to create a flap (5:58 timestamp)

All pieces can be found here

A Closer Look

This video takes a closer look at the lesson 1 files for simple lapbook

ruhi book 3 grade 2 resources
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LESSON 2 HERE

ALL GRADE 2 HERE

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THE CAUSE OF GOD HAS THE POWER TO WITHSTAND ALL OPPOSITION Grade 4 Lesson 8

Welcome Grade 4 Rughi Book 3
Grade 4 Lesson 8 Ruhi Book 3

Introducing The Principal Theme

Welcome to Lesson 8 Grade 4

After His Declaration in the Garden of Riḍván, Bahá’u’lláh instructed His followers to proclaim His Mission and spread His teachings—a duty which we all continue to shoulder today.

Do you remember what we learned in the last lesson?

What were the circumstances that led up to the Declaration of Bahá’u’lláh? What else do you recall from this lesson?

Today, every April—the season of spring in many parts of the world—we celebrate Bahá’u’lláh’s Declaration over the twelve-day period we call the Festival of Riḍván. It is the holiest and most significant of all Bahá’í festivals, and it is a time when we are reminded that the divine springtime is here, when the outpouring of God’s bounties is bringing new life and new possibilities to the world of humanity.

Can you imagine the joy that must have filled the hearts of the believers when Bahá’u’lláh disclosed to them His station when He announced to them that He was the long-awaited Promised One, Who had come to unify humankind and to establish a just and peaceful world where all people can find true happiness and prosperity?

Like fountains brimming over with water for every thirsty one, how they must have wanted to share with others the good news of Bahá’u’lláh’s Declaration! And that is precisely what Bahá’u’lláh wished them to do.

Later I am going to tell you the story of Aḥmad, and you are going to memorize the most beautiful passage from a Tablet in which Bahá’u’lláh instructs Aḥmad to return to Persia and convey to the Bábís the new Message of their Lord. As you grow older, you will teach the Cause to more and more people, which means that, whenever you encounter someone who is happy to listen, you will speak about Bahá’u’lláh and His teachings with love and in a spirit of fellowship.

Prayer Grade 4 Ruhi Book 3

Prayer 1

O God, Educate These Children

Prayer 2

O my God, aid Thou Thy servant

Prayer 3

O God, my God! Aid Thou Thy trusted servants
Song Grade 4 Ruhi Book 3
Radiant Heart Sung by Earl Gaston
Teach Ye the Cause Sung by Goleta Burriston
Happy is the Faithful One Sung by Amy Stephen
In The Garden Of Ridvan By Leslie Garrett
Quote Grade 4 Ruhi book 3

In this lesson, you are going to memorize a portion of the Tablet Of Ahmad.

“He is the King, the All-Knowing, the Wise! Lo, the Nightingale of Paradise singeth upon the twigs of the Tree of Eternity, with holy and sweet melodies, proclaiming to the sincere ones the glad tidings of the nearness of God, calling the believers in the Divine Unity to the court of the Presence of the Generous One, informing the severed ones of the message which hath been revealed by God, the King, the Glorious, the Peerless, guiding the lovers to the seat of sanctity and to this resplendent Beauty.”

Bahá’u’lláh

RESOURCES TO LEARN THE TABLET OF AHMAD

RED GRAMMER

BOOK: LEARN WELL THIS TABLET

ENABLE ME TO GROW

Meaning Of Words

Use the resource to memorize this part of the tablet of Ahmad or the entire prayer. Included in the resources is space to record the meaning of words.

Download it here

SEND A POSTCARD

Send To A Friend Or Neighbour: Use Email, Snail Mail, Or Hand-Deliver It!

Story grade 4 ruhi book 3

Historical Episodes

The historical episode in this lesson focuses on Bahá’u’lláh’s exiles to Constantinople and Adrianople and, in this connection, also shares the story of Aḥmad, as one of many that show how Bahá’u’lláh instructed the believers to convey the glad tidings of His Declaration. 

While listening to the story, feel free to draw. Download the blank drawing book and a comic-style format. Remember not to portray the image of any of the Messengers of God.

Bahá’u’lláh and His family stayed in Constantinople for four months. During that time, the Persian ambassador in the court of the Sulṭán—the ruler of the Ottoman Empire—was constantly spreading terrible lies about Bahá’u’lláh. Many of the Sulṭán’s ministers and their associates were corrupt, and Bahá’u’lláh did not want to have anything to do with them. Finally, the Sulṭán was persuaded to issue an order exiling Bahá’u’lláh to the city of Adrianople, still farther from the Persian border.

Bahá’u’lláh responded to the order with an act of extraordinary courage. He immediately revealed a Tablet in which He addressed the Sulṭán himself and rebuked him and his ministers for the terrible way they ruled over their people. The Tablet was delivered to the Prime Minister in a sealed envelope. It is said that when he opened the letter and began to read it, he turned pale and remarked:

“It is as if the King of Kings were issuing his behest to his humblest vassal king and regulating his conduct.”

The twelve-day journey from Constantinople to Adrianople was extremely difficult for Bahá’u’lláh and His family, who were now going to their third place of exile. It was the month of December and the weather was mercilessly cold. They did not have the necessary clothes to protect them from such harsh weather. Even to obtain water from springs on their way, they had to light a fire to thaw the ice.

Bahá’u’lláh entered Adrianople on 12 December 1863 and stayed in that city for just over four and a half years. As always, suffering followed Him, but so did great victories for His Cause. As the influence of Bahá’u’lláh grew, the fire of jealousy burned more intensely in the hearts of some. Foremost among the foolish people who opposed Him was His half- brother Mírzá Yaḥyá, who had accompanied Him on His exile. Mírzá Yaḥyá tried everything he could to prevent the Bábís from accepting the Manifestation of God for this Day. He caused enormous trouble for the community, and his mischief encouraged the enemies of the Faith to increase their attacks on Bahá’u’lláh and His followers. He even decided to poison Bahá’u’lláh and schemed and schemed until he finally succeeded. The effect of the poison on Bahá’u’lláh was grave, and although He recovered, He was left with a shaking hand until the end of His life.

But you already know that Bahá’u’lláh had no fear of suffering and that no one could stop Him from raising the banner of the oneness of humankind. So in the midst of all these troubles, He continued to reveal the Word of God and sent to Persia dedicated believers to visit the Bábís and give them the glad tidings that the One promised by the Báb—He Whom God shall make manifest—had declared His Mission.

One of the great teachers who traveled throughout Persia during that time was named Aḥmad. He was born in Yazd, a city in the central part of the country, and from early childhood showed an extraordinary thirst for spirituality. By the age of fifteen, he had already begun his search for the Qá’im. He would fast and pray for hours, meditating on how to find the Beloved of his heart. One day, he wrapped his clothes in a small bundle and left home. He traveled from village to village looking for spiritual leaders who could assist him in his search. But all this effort got him nowhere and, finally, with a sad and heavy heart, he settled in the city of Káshán to earn a living as a cloth-maker. In that city, he became a successful and respected businessman. But the comforts of this world did not satisfy him; he was restless.

While in Káshán, Aḥmad began to hear rumors of One Who claimed to be sent by God. This awakened in him the enthusiasm of his youth. He asked and asked about this great Person, but no one could give him any information. Then someone told him to go to the faraway province of Khurásán where a certain learned man could provide the answers to his questions. The very next day he left his home and headed for that province. Though He arrived exhausted and ill, he was not about to rest. He set out in search of the learned man—a task that did not prove to be as easy as he had hoped. Only after some further hardship did Aḥmad, at last, find him. And you will not be surprised to hear that this man was actually a follower of the Báb, which is how Aḥmad finally came to learn that the Promised Qá’im had, indeed, appeared and that He was the Beloved Báb.

Aḥmad returned to Káshán a changed man. He went back to his work, but all he wanted to do was to teach the Faith. He knew, however, that he had to remain cautious. For a while, he thought he was the only Bábí in the city, but to his great happiness, he found another believer. And imagine his joy when one day this new friend told him that the Báb Himself was passing through Káshán and that he would be able to enter into His presence.

The bounties showered upon Aḥmad by God did not cease there. Later he went to Baghdád and attained the presence of Bahá’u’lláh. He was among those fortunate people who lived for several years in close proximity to the Manifestation. Yet every reunion must end in separation. When Bahá’u’lláh was exiled to Constantinople, Aḥmad was not included with those chosen to accompany Him.

Aḥmad spent a few years away from Bahá’u’lláh, but finally, he could stand the pain of separation no longer. He set out for Adrianople hoping that he would be allowed to live in that city, to which his Best Beloved had been further exiled. But he only got as far as Constantinople. Waiting for him there was a Tablet revealed by Bahá’u’lláh with instructions that he should go to Persia and convey to the Bábís the new Message of their Lord. The Tablet is now well known among Bahá’ís, who recite it often, especially in times of difficulty. As you grow up, you will probably learn to say this Tablet by heart in its entirety.

You are already committing to memory the beginning words of this Tablet:

“He is the King, the All-Knowing, the Wise! Lo, the Nightingale of Paradise singeth upon the twigs of the Tree of Eternity, with holy and sweet melodies, proclaiming to the sincere ones the glad tidings of the nearness of God, calling the believers in the Divine Unity to the court of the Presence of the Generous One, informing the severed ones of the message which hath been revealed by God, the King, the Glorious, the Peerless, guiding the lovers to the seat of sanctity and to this resplendent Beauty.”

Aḥmad immediately obeyed. The task before him would be far from easy. But he was reassured by the words of Bahá’u’lláh in His Tablet that

“. . . if thou art overtaken by affliction in My path, or degradation for My sake, be not thou troubled thereby. Rely upon God, thy God and the Lord of thy fathers.”

And so he made his way back to Persia and, unrestricted as the wind, carried Bahá’u’lláh’s Message throughout the country.

Among the places he visited was Khurásán, the very province in which he had received the news of the appearance of the Báb many years before. There he went to the home of a prominent Bábí by the name of Furúghí. Aḥmad explained in clear terms that the One promised by the Báb, to Whom He referred as He Whom God shall make manifest, was Bahá’u’lláh. Furúghí was not a person easy to convince.

Aḥmad, of course, would not give up. In the Tablet addressed to him, Bahá’u’lláh, had told him to be like “a river of life eternal to My loved ones”. Aḥmad went back to Furúghí’s home, knocked on the door and entered into discussion with him once again. How, he asked, could Furúghí deny that Bahá’u’lláh was the Promised One when so many passages in the Writings of the Báb referred to the greatest name Bahá. If Aḥmad could prove this, Furúghí said in response, he would accept. At the time the persecutions against the Bábís were so intense that they had to keep their books hidden from sight, usually in places inside the walls of their houses. So Furúghí went to the wall, tore part of it open and took out a bundle containing the Writings of the Báb. And what do you think happened? The very first page they opened mentioned the word “Bahá”. Furúghí and his entire family instantly recognized Bahá’u’lláh, and he went on to become one of the greatest teachers of the Faith.

Thus, it was through the efforts of outstanding Bahá’ís like Aḥmad who obeyed the commandment to teach that soon the vast majority of the Bábís accepted Bahá’u’lláh and became His faithful followers.

FROM THE EVENTS WE JUST READ, WE CAN SEE THAT:

  1. With the recognition of God’s Manifestation comes obedience to His commands, as two inseparable twin duties. 
  2. Reliance on God, as a source of courage and joy in the path of service to Him, is another. 

Are there any other insights from the events we read?

How about searching for truth?

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOUSE OF BAHAULLAH IN ADRIANOPLE

NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT WHAT THE HOUSE LOOKED LIKE WHEN BAHA’U’LLAH AND HIS FAMILY LIVED THERE

For any of the figures we heard about, use the biography page to write down the information you would like to remember.

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Facts

  1. Bahá’u’lláh and His family arrived in Constantinople on 16 August 1863.
  2. Bahá’u’lláh remained in Constantinople for about four months.
  3. From Constantinople, Bahá’u’lláh was exiled to Adrianople.
  4. Bahá’u’lláh and His family arrived in Adrianople on 12 December 1863.
  5. Bahá’u’lláh stayed in Adrianople for just over four and a half years.
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Like fountains brimming over with water for every thirsty one, how they must have wanted to share with others the good news of Bahá’u’lláh’s Declaration! And that is precisely what Bahá’u’lláh wished them to do.

Act out being a fountain, you have the knowledge to share (water) try to be a fountain that is happy, excited, and full of good news

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PAINTING

Use the quote from the Tablet of Ahmad to help you paint a picture.

Make A Mini Book

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Fountain

Remember at the beginning of this lesson we said:

“Like fountains brimming over with water for every thirsty one, how they must have wanted to share with others the good news of Bahá’u’lláh’s Declaration! And that is precisely what Bahá’u’lláh wished them to do.”

Follow this video to make a fountain at home using some plastic water bottles.

Zen Tangle Art

Use the Nightingale outline to do some Zen Tangle Art: See examples of Zen Tangle Art here.

“These are the appointed days which ye have been yearningly awaiting in the past— the days of the advent of divine justice. Render ye thanks unto God, O ye concourse of believers.”

Selections from the Writings of the Báb 
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BAHÁ’U’LLÁH HAS THE POWER TO TRANSFORM SOULS  RUHI BOOK 3 GRADE 4 LESSON 7 SET 2

Welcome Grade 4 Rughi Book 3

Introducing The Principal Theme

Welcome to Lesson 7 Grade 4

In this class, we will begin to understand Baha’u’llah’s Station by looking at  His power to transform souls.  

We already know that the Manifestations of God manifest all of God’s names and attributes to humankind.  One of the attributes is His infinite love for every human being.  Baha’u’llah has told us that God created us out of His love for us.  If we were to be deprived of God’s love, even for a moment, we would perish and be no more.  God’s love permeates the entire creation.  It is because of His all-embracing love that the sun shines, that the plants grow, that animals give birth to their offspring, and that human beings receive blessings with every breath of their lives.  Our love for each other, the kindness we give and receive, the tenderness we feel in our heart for so many people, is all but a reflection of God’s love for His creatures.  This love is manifested today by Baha’u’llah.  And His love has the power to transform us. 

The word “transform” means to change from one condition to another.  For example, a caterpillar wraps itself in a cocoon and later emerges as a beautiful butterfly.  The caterpillar is transformed into a butterfly.  After a period of drought, the rains come and transform the barren ground into lush meadows and prairies.  Likewise, from Baha’u’llah shine the rays of the Divine love that bring life to the universe.  His teachings have the power to transform our souls.  Through prayer, the study of His Writings, and constant effort, we can fill our hearts with His love.  His Words have the power to enlighten our minds and hearts and create in us the capacity to perform great deeds in service to humankind.

When you think of Baha’u’llah, then, remember always His immense love for you.  Regard Him as a most loving Father, Whose teachings and counsels will guide you and make firm your steps.  Become dependent on His love.  Let His love give you courage so you will not be afraid of change.  Let His Words change you and make you grow.

NOTE: In the craft/activity section are 2 video experiments. Watch the videos, or do the experiments here.

  • What do Manifestations of God manifest to humanity? (to manifest means to reveal what was not known before)
  • Why did God create us?
  • What are some of the signs of God’s love?
  • What would happen to us if God’s love did not reach us?
  • Where does our love for each other come from?
  • Who manifests God’s love for humanity today?
  • What does the word “transform” mean?
  • Can you give a few examples from the physical world of one thing transforming into something else?
  • What do Baha’u’llah’s teachings have the power to do?
Prayer Grade 4 Ruhi Book 3

Prayer 1

O God, Educate These Children

Prayer 2

O my God, aid Thou Thy servant

Prayer 3

O God, my God! Aid Thou Thy trusted servants
Quote Grade 4 Ruhi book 3

In this lesson, you are going to memorize a quotation revealed by Bahá’u’lláh in which He confirms what a special time it is in the life of humanity when every eye can see the beauty of His Person and every ear can listen to His words when every heart can find its Beloved.

Let all eyes rejoice, and let every ear be gladdened, for now is the time to gaze on His beauty, now is the time to hearken unto His voice. Proclaim unto every longing lover:  ‘Behold, your Well-Beloved hath come among men!’

Bahá’u’lláh

Meaning Of Words

Need to know the meaning of some of the words? Use the pdf to record the meanings.

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Song Grade 4 Ruhi Book 3
Paradise – Music Inspired by the Heroes Teaching Conference
Turn Your Faces Sung By Goleta Burriston Master
I’ll Walk the Path
I Have Found Baha’u’llah
Source Of Courage
The Promise
We Are The People Of Baha
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Historical Episodes

The period of Bahá’u’lláh’s ten-year stay in Baghdád culminated in the Declaration of His Mission in the Garden of Riḍván, which was followed by His departure for Constantinople. The historical episode in this lesson describes some of the circumstances surrounding that momentous Declaration.

You know that during His stay in Baghdád, Bahá’u’lláh revived the fortunes of the Bábí community through His love and wisdom and through the power of His words. The hearts of those near to Him were afire with the love of God, and His companions felt as if they had entered paradise. Though He had not yet made His station known, He revealed volumes and volumes of Divine verses during this period.

One of the volumes Bahá’u’lláh revealed while in Baghdád is called the Book of Certitude, or Kitáb-i-Íqán, in which He explains the nature of God’s Revelation. In that book, He establishes in clear terms the unity of the world’s great religions. The book was revealed in answer to some questions posed to Bahá’u’lláh by Ḥájí Mírzá Siyyid Muḥammad, one of the Báb’s uncles.

When he attained the presence of Bahá’u’lláh in Baghdád in 1862, Ḥájí Mírzá Siyyid Muḥammad had not yet accepted the Báb as a Manifestation of God, as the Promised Qá’im for Whose advent the people of Persia had long-awaited. Bahá’u’lláh asked him to write down all the questions that perplexed him and which left him in doubt about the Báb’s station. This he promptly did, and in the span of two days and two nights Bahá’u’lláh revealed His lengthy reply. After reading the Book, Ḥájí Mírzá Siyyid Muḥammad recognized the Báb and became a firm and steadfast believer.

It was also during His stay in Baghdád, while wrapped in meditation, as He walked along the banks of the Tigris, a river which runs through the city, that Bahá’u’lláh revealed the Hidden Words, so cherished by Bahá’ís everywhere today as a guide for their spiritual growth. You already know by heart some of the gems of Divine wisdom contained in this small volume.

Here is the first passage:

“O Son of Spirit! My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereignty ancient, imperishable and everlasting.”

Can you imagine the joy that filled the hearts of the friends as they listened to these and other verses for the first time?

But the joy of those days was not to last. The enemies of the Cause did not give up their constant scheming. You should know that they had already gone so far as to hire an assassin to kill Bahá’u’lláh. His name was Ridá. Learning where Bahá’u’lláh was going one day, Ridá appeared with a pistol hidden under his cloak, ready to carry out his deadly task. To his surprise, he found that he lacked the courage to proceed when he saw Bahá’u’lláh. So he decided to wait for Him in the street and try once again. But, the minute his eyes fell upon Bahá’u’lláh, he was so overcome with fear that the pistol dropped from his hand. Bahá’u’lláh was with His brother Áqáy-i-Kalím at the time. “Return his gun to him, and show him the way to his home,” said Bahá’u’lláh to Áqáy-i-Kalím. “It seems that he has lost his way.”

Time and again the efforts of His enemies had been thus frustrated. But, some ten years after Bahá’u’lláh’s arrival in Baghdád, they succeeded in arranging another exile. Bahá’u’lláh, of course, knew all this and had already begun to speak of the tests and difficulties that lay ahead. A dream He once related to the friends caused them great distress.

“I saw,” He stated in a Tablet, “the Prophets and the Messengers gather and seat themselves around Me, moaning, weeping and loudly lamenting.”

When Bahá’u’lláh inquired from them as to the cause for such weeping, they responded that they were crying for Him. But, in the dream, the Concourse on high then addressed Bahá’u’lláh saying:

“Erelong shalt Thou behold with Thine own eyes what no Prophet hath beheld. Be patient, be patient.”

The spring of 1863 had just opened when, one day, a messenger brought a communication for Bahá’u’lláh. It was a request that an interview take place between Him and the governor of Baghdád. The governor was supposed to deliver a message from the Prime Minister of the Ottoman Empire to Bahá’u’lláh. But for three months he had, out of his profound respect for Him, put off doing so. The next day Bahá’u’lláh went to meet the governor near his home. Upon arriving at the meeting place, He was presented with a letter from the Prime Minister. It was worded in a courteous manner, inviting Him to travel to the Ottoman capital, Constantinople. You see, the Prime Minister had been convinced by Bahá’u’lláh’s enemies that, because of His growing popularity and influence, He should not remain in Baghdád. A mounted escort was ordered to accompany Him to  Constantinople for His protection. Bahá’u’lláh agreed to the request at once but refused to accept the money that the government was offering for His travels. The governor’s representative insisted, saying that the authorities would be offended if He did not accept the money. So Bahá’u’lláh took the sum and immediately distributed it among the poor of the city.

News of Bahá’u’lláh’s exile from Baghdád shook the Bábí community. The friends were overwhelmed with sadness. Gradually, however, they were consoled by Bahá’u’lláh’s kind and comforting words. As a sign of His love, He wrote in His own handwriting a Tablet for each of the friends who lived in the city—every man, woman, and child. Nabíl, the great Bahá’í historian, tells us that in the immediate days before His departure, many of them would gather together in one room, lit only by candles, and would chant aloud the verses and Tablets newly revealed by Bahá’u’lláh. Pondering on His words, they would become completely forgetful of the world, not noticing how time had passed and that night had turned into day.

Close to Baghdád there was a beautiful garden known today as the Garden of Riḍván. At the time it was full of roses. The garden belonged to a prominent man who offered it to Bahá’u’lláh so that He could greet all those wishing to bid Him farewell. On the afternoon of 22 April 1863, Bahá’u’lláh left His house, where crowds had gathered to catch a final glimpse of One Whom they had grown to love and admire. There were people of all ages, from different backgrounds, some notables and officials, others poor and orphaned. All were heartbroken and tearful. Gradually He made His way to the river Tigris, where a boat was waiting to take Him to the other side. It was there that the Garden of Riḍván was located, and He entered the garden in the late afternoon. This was the first stage of the journey that would carry Him to Constantinople. The Bábí community was grief-stricken. What would be the future of this young religion now that Bahá’u’lláh was being exiled once again? The heartbroken Bábís who gathered to bid Bahá’u’lláh farewell did not know what happiness God actually had in store for them.

Bahá’u’lláh stayed in the garden for twelve days. His enemies had tried to strike a fatal blow at the Cause by separating Him from the majority of the believers. God, however, turned the farewell into an occasion of immense gladness. During those memorable days, Bahá’u’lláh proclaimed to the believers present that He was the One promised by the Báb, that He was the Promised of All Ages. The banner of the oneness of humankind was now being raised for everyone to see.

The Declaration of His Mission created new life in the souls of His companions. This was the Day of Days for which the Báb had prepared them. Bahá’u’lláh Himself has said that on that Day “all created things were immersed in the sea of purification”.

Unfortunately, there is little known of the details of the conversations Bahá’u’lláh held with the many visitors He received in the Garden of Riḍván. The historian Nabíl was present on that occasion, and through his brief account, we are able to get but a glimpse of the glory of those days. Nabíl tells us that, at the hour of dawn every day, the gardeners would pick fresh roses and pile them in the center of the floor of Bahá’u’lláh’s tent. The pile was always so high that, when His companions gathered in the tent to drink morning tea, they were unable to see each other across it. Bahá’u’lláh would then give the roses to those present and request that they be delivered, on His behalf, to His friends in the city. All day long, from morning to evening, He would meet with the stream of visitors who kept flowing in from Baghdád. In the evening, a few of the believers took turns watching over His blessed tent. Nabíl stood watch for three nights in a row. “Every time I passed by the couch whereon He lay,” Nabíl says, “I would find Him wakeful.”

On 3 May 1863 Bahá’u’lláh mounted His horse and set out for Constantinople. Today Bahá’ís around the world celebrate this twelve-day period as the Festival of Riḍván, the anniversary of the Declaration of Bahá’u’lláh of His world-embracing Mission. It is the holiest and most significant of all Bahá’í festivals.

So many spiritual insights can be gleaned from the above historical episode into the greatness of Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation and the significance of this Day. One, for example, is the interplay between crisis and victory in the Cause of God—that every crisis leads to an even greater victory.

What are some of the other insights offered by the episode? And what are some of the attributes of God manifested by Bahá’u’lláh that we glimpsed as we read the stories?

For any of the figures we heard about, use the biography page to write down the information you would like to remember.

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Facts

  1. Bahá’u’lláh was exiled to Constantinople, after staying in Baghdád for ten years.
  2. The Book of Certitude, or Kitáb-i-Íqán, was revealed in Baghdád.
  3. The Book of Certitude was revealed in 1862 in answer to some questions posed to Bahá’u’lláh by the Báb’s uncle.
  4. The Book of Certitude was revealed in two days and two nights.
  5. The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh were revealed in Baghdád.
  6. Before departing for Constantinople, Bahá’u’lláh spent twelve days in the Garden of Riḍván.
  7. The Garden of Riḍván was located outside the city of Baghdád.
  8. In the Garden of Riḍván, Bahá’u’lláh declared His Mission.
  9. The twelve-day period in April is celebrated by Bahá’ís every year as the Festival of Riḍván.
  10. The Festival of Riḍván is the holiest and most significant Bahá’í festival.
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Blind Drawing

Use your eloquence and your powers of listening and observation!

Blind Drawing is a team-building activity that can be done in pairs. All you need is pen, paper and something to press on such as a clipboard or book (or you can use a whiteboard marker, a mini whiteboard and an eraser).

The two participants sit back to back. Only one person should have the drawing materials. The other is handed a picture (or draws a picture themselves), and must make sure that the other cannot see it. They describe the picture as carefully as possible while the other person attempts to draw it from the description.

Then they swap roles. You can set a time limit (e.g. 3 – 5 minutes) for each turn to keep things moving and get all the pairs to finish at a similar time.

Everyone can be given a few minutes at the beginning of this activity to make their secret drawing to describe to their partner. These can then be folded in half until it is their turn to describe it.

It can be helpful for the teacher to have a picture prepared beforehand to first describe to the whole class. Each child can be given an A5 piece of paper to try to replicate the picture from the description. It pays for this picture to be relatively simple and somewhat quirky, e.g. an alien with three eyes. Alternatively, it could be an element/scene from the story.

THE RIDVAN GARDEN

You live in the times of Bahá’u’lláh and you heard Bahá’u’lláh is leaving. Your family and friends have gathered to talk about this in your home and then will go to visit Bahá’u’lláh in the Ridvan Garden.

Here are some ideas to discuss:

  1. How did you hear about or meet Bahá’u’lláh?
  2. Why is Bahá’u’lláh important to you?
  3. What have you learned from Bahá’u’lláh?
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MAKE A TENT CRAFT

TEMPLATE ON WEBSITE TO USE

COLOURING PAGES AND RIDVAN GARDEN CRAFT

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TRANSFORMATION

Let us explore the science of Transformation!

Brilliant Star and Dayspring Magazine.

The downloadable PDF contain Stories and activities.

Dayspring Magazine: Issue #66 Ridvan

Brilliant Start Lesson 21

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PLASP Child Care Services

Bahá’i Blog

Delighted Hearts Ridvan Garden Printable

Multicultural Kid Blogs

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We summon you to God, We remind you of His Day, We announce unto you tidings of your reunion with Him, We draw you nigh unto His court, and send down upon you tokens of His wondrous wisdom . . .”

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh
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WE MUST WORK TO SPREAD BAHÁ’U’LLÁH’S TEACHINGS IN ORDER FOR JUSTICE TO BE ESTABLISHED ON EARTH RUHI BOOK 3 GRADE 4 LESSON 6 SET 2

Welcome Grade 4 Rughi Book 3

Introducing the principal theme

Welcome to Lesson 6 Grade 4

This lesson seeks to help the children understand that Bahá’u’lláh has come to educate souls and bring new life to humanity.

In the quotation you memorized in the last lesson,(Lesson 5. ) Bahá’u’lláh makes clear that as His hardships and tribulations grew, so did His love for God, and that nothing could stop Him from carrying out the Mission with which God had entrusted Him. He bore all the sufferings heaped upon Him with radiance and forbearance. For four months He was imprisoned in the most terrible conditions in the Síyáh-Chál.

  • Do you remember what happened to Bahá’u’lláh and His family after He was released from His imprisonment?
  • What did the government and religious leaders hope would happen by exiling Bahá’u’lláh from His native Persia?

We know they feared that, if He remained in Persia, the teachings of the Báb would continue to spread and they would lose their power and control over people. And so they forced Bahá’u’lláh to leave His homeland, thinking that His influence would fade away and His light would be extinguished. Of course, they could never succeed.

You remember that, when Bahá’u’lláh first arrived in Baghdád after He left Persia, He was so saddened by the disunity among the followers of the Báb that He went to the remote mountainous region near the town of Sulaymáníyyih. In this lesson you are going to learn what happened when Bahá’u’lláh finally returned to Baghdád. After two years, He found the Bábí community in a terrible state. But quickly everything changed as Bahá’u’lláh began to educate the believers. Soon the people of Baghdád found in their midst a community that was distinguished by the love of God and by its noble character.

The quotation you will start to memorize today speaks of the quickening power of Bahá’u’lláh’s words and the joy experienced by all those who had the bounty of attaining His presence and listening to His utterances.

Prayer Grade 4 Ruhi Book 3

Prayer 1 Set 2

O God, Educate These Children

Prayer 2 Set 2

O my God, aid Thou Thy servant

Prayer 3 Set 2

O God, my God! Aid Thou Thy trusted servants
Quote Grade 4 Ruhi book 3

All joy to such as have attained His presence, gazed upon His beauty, hearkened unto His melodies, and been quickened by the Word that hath been issued forth from His sacred and exalted, His glorious and resplendent lips!


Bahá’u’lláh

Meaning of Words

If there are any words you do not know or are unsure of, record them in this document!

Send A Postcard

Why not share the quote from today’s class as a postcard with a friend?

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Song Grade 4 Ruhi Book 3
A Noble Way
GIVE ME THY GRACE
Ystävällinen Kieli
The purpose of God
CREATE
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Historical Episodes

The episode in this lesson centers on Bahá’u’lláh’s stay in Baghdád following His return from Sulaymáníyyih. The story of His Declaration in the Garden of Riḍván, just prior to His departure for Constantinople, will be reserved for the next lesson. 

Story 1

During the two years of Bahá’u’lláh’s absence from Baghdád, the fortunes of the Bábís had gone from bad to worse. Mírzá Yaḥyá had shown his total incompetence and had done nothing to stop this rapid decline. Bahá’u’lláh set out to educate the Bábís and to renew in them the spirit of faith they had once possessed. Over the years, through His love and wisdom, and the power of His words, He changed the behavior of the followers of the Báb. Under His guidance, the Bábís became, once again, righteous people who were the well-wishers of humankind. They put aside conflict and became promoters of unity and peace. Many Bábís from different parts of Persia began to make the long journey to Baghdád so that they could enter His presence. One of these was the young man we know today as Nabíl, the great historian of the Bahá’í Faith, whose book “The Dawn-breakers” you will someday read yourselves. He has left for us an account of what it was like for the believers to be close to Bahá’u’lláh in those special days.

We know that the house in which Bahá’u’lláh lived with His family became a place of much activity, and people came to see Him there in great numbers. One room of the house was set aside for the reception of guests and visitors. It was a simple room with a low roof, but, Nabíl tells us, it seemed to “reach to the stars”, so uplifted were the hearts of those who attained the presence of Bahá’u’lláh. For them, to be surrounded by His love and immersed in the sea of His words, was like being in paradise. All the Bábís took great care, Nabíl writes, to make sure that their conduct conformed to the high standard to which He was calling them. Each one entered into a pact with one of his fellow believers, so that, if necessary, they could remind one another of the lofty standard they had pledged to follow. Often they would gather late into the night, reciting prayers and poetry and singing songs in praise of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh. Many nights, ten or more of them would eat no more than a few dates. They all lived modestly but were content. “I, myself with two others,” Nabíl writes, “lived in a room which was devoid of furniture.” Yet they thought little of such things. No one knew to whom the shoes, the cloaks and the robes they wore belonged. Whoever went to the bazaar to buy a few things would put on what he found without noticing whether it was his own or not. So filled were their hearts with the love of God that they even forgot their own names. “O, for the joy of those days,” are Nabíl’s words, “and the gladness and wonder of those hours!”

Story 2

As the Bábí community was spiritually revived, love and admiration for Bahá’u’lláh also grew among the inhabitants of Baghdád, including some of its dignitaries and officials. Even the governor of Baghdád eventually came to visit Him as a sign of courtesy and respect. No one who entered His presence could fail to recognize His greatness and glory. Nabíl records a story of how one night about a hundred people surrounded Bahá’u’lláh’s house, at the instigation of His enemies, ready to stir up mischief. They had swords by their sides. But Bahá’u’lláh approached the situation with His usual calm and dignity. He invited them into the house and requested His attendants to open the door for them. “They are our guests”, He said. He had refreshments served to them and discussed with them profound spiritual matters. By the time they arose to leave, their hearts had been transformed by the majesty and the kindliness of Bahá’u’lláh.

How fortunate are human beings when they can immerse themselves in the ocean of God’s mercy and partake of the knowledge and wisdom of His Manifestation! Yet, although those close to Bahá’u’lláh enjoyed the bounties of His presence and the people of Baghdád were attracted to His nobility and wisdom, some of the leaders refused to acknowledge His greatness because of their own ambition and pride. They saw Bahá’u’lláh’s growing influence as a threat to their own power. And so it will not surprise you to learn that, during this time, opposition to the Cause also grew steadily.

In one instance, a group of religious leaders decided to send a learned man to Bahá’u’lláh and to submit to Him a number of questions in order to test Him. When Bahá’u’lláh replied to all the questions satisfactorily, the learned man accepted the vastness of His knowledge. Even so, he presented the group’s request that Bahá’u’lláh perform a miracle to convince them of His extraordinary powers.

“Although you have no right to ask this,” Bahá’u’lláh replied, “for God should test His creatures, and they should not test God, still I allow and accept this request.” He told the man that first the group should choose one miracle and in writing declare that, after it had been performed, they would no longer have any doubts about Him and would all recognize Him and accept the truth of the Cause. They should seal the document and bring it to Him. The man was profoundly struck by this clear and challenging reply. He instantly arose, kissed the knee of Bahá’u’lláh, and departed. He delivered Bahá’u’lláh’s message to the group. For a few days these power-hungry men discussed how they should respond, but they could not come to any decision. Finally they had no other choice but to drop the matter. So it was that, out of His infinite love for humanity, Bahá’u’lláh invited friend and foe alike to drink deep from the cup of His wisdom and guidance. Alas! Though in dire need of the truth, some refused to partake of the life-giving waters of His Message. Driven by ambition and fear, they turned away from the Source of all knowledge and lost their way. Yet, in the end, nothing they did could prevent a growing number of people from drawing close to Him and being revived by His teachings.

Reflect

Now that we have read these 2 accounts, do you recognize that God’s promise to Bahá’u’lláh in the Síyáh-Chál—that He would be made victorious by His Person and by His Pen—was being fulfilled? Though outwardly an exile, with no earthly power or riches, He conquered hearts and became loved and respected by people of all backgrounds. Such is the influence exerted on souls by God’s Manifestation. What other spiritual truths do you glean from the events narrated today?

For any of the figures we heard about, use the biography page to write down the information you would like to remember. OR Download my story report HERE

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Facts

  1. Bahá’u’lláh returned to Baghdád from the region of Kurdistán in April 1856.
  2. During the two years of Bahá’u’lláh’s absence from Baghdád, the fortunes of the Bábís had gone from bad to worse.
  3. During Bahá’u’lláh’s stay in Baghdád, the Bábí community was revived through His love and wisdom and the power of His words

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GAMES

We know that the house in which Bahá’u’lláh lived with His family became a place of much activity, and people came to see Him there in great numbers. One room of the house was set aside for the reception of guests and visitors. It was a simple room with a low roof.

Act Out The following:

You are new pilgrims who have come to see Bahá’u’lláh and you are entering the room for guests. Remember we do not portray Bahá’u’lláh.

We know the following from Nabíl:

  1. The room “reach to the stars”,
  2. It was like being in paradise.
  3. All the Bábís took great care,  to make sure that their conduct conformed to the high standard to which He (Baha’u’llah was calling them).
  4. Each one entered into a pact with one of his fellow believers, so that, if necessary, they could remind one another of the lofty standard they had pledged to follow.
  5. Often they would gather late into the night, reciting prayers and poetry and singing songs in praise of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh.
  6. Many nights, ten or more of them would eat no more than a few dates.
  7. They all lived modestly but were content. sometimes in a room that was devoid of furniture. 
  8. No one knew to whom the shoes, the cloaks and the robes they wore belonged.
  9. Whoever went to the bazaar to buy a few things would put on what he found without noticing whether it was his own or not.
  10. So filled were their hearts with the love of God that they even forgot their own names.
Another Scene to act out.

Act out the Scene where the clergy and holy men of the city had to come up with a miracle for Bahá’u’lláh to perform.

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CRAFTS

Journal the “history” in your community one day at a time

Based on story 2: Nabil was a great historian and wrote what he observed and what he considered important. Can you be a historian and capture the important Baha’i events in your community? It can be in any form you like, a piece of writing, a drawing, a poem, a comic strip, a new article, or a journal entry.

Journal to record events like Nabil to use if needed can be downloaded here.

Some other templates:

comic book template

drawing template

storyboard

Diorama

Based on Story 1, construct a diorama using a box (shoebox works well). Construct the room the pilgrims stayed in as you imagine it to be.

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RESOURCE: BRILLIANT STAR MAGAZINE

LETTERS OF LIGHT

LETTERS TO WORLD LEADER

ABDU’L-BAHA’S GREAT VOYAGE

SHINING LAMP BADÍ

SHINING LAMP MARTHA ROOT