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THE CAUSE OF GOD HAS THE POWER TO WITHSTAND ALL OPPOSITION

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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

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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. 

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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

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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.

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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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Baha'i Children class Free Ridvan Ruhi Book 3

The Transformation Of Souls In A Power Of Bahá’u’lláh!

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
Song Grade 4 Ruhi Book 3
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
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

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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?

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 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 learnt from Bahá’u’lláh?
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For Justice To Be Established On Earth Spread Bahá’u’lláhs Teachings.

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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.

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Prayer 1 Set 2

O God, Educate These Children

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O my God, aid Thou Thy servant

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O God, my God! Aid Thou Thy trusted servants
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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!


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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

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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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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 protray 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 which 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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Journal “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, a journal entry.

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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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How To Obey Bahá’u’lláh’s Commandment To Proclaim His Mission and Spread His Teachings.   

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Introducing The Principal Theme

Welcome to Lesson 4 Grade 4.

This lesson tells of Baha’u’llah’s imprisonment in the Síyáh-Chál, described in the historical episode, and represents one of the most intense periods of His suffering. When we learn of Baha’u’llah’s sorrows and adversities we will see that no matter how much the enemies of Baha’u’llah tried to eradicate Him, Baha’u’llah always emerged triumphant.

—out of the gloom of the Black Pit, rose the Sun of Truth.

In the last lesson, we discussed the importance of the Conference of Badasht:

On that occasion, the followers of the Báb decided it was time to set aside outdated beliefs and follow His teachings. But those who ruled the country, especially the religious leaders, were afraid of losing their power over the people. If the masses accepted God’s new teachings, how would they control their thoughts?

Something had to be done! And thus began the systematic persecution of the followers of the Báb.

Do you remember how the Báb and so many of His disciples suffered after the Conference of Badasht?

What happened finally?

He willingly gave up His life so that He could purify hearts and make them ready to receive Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation.”

Do you remember the events surrounding the martyrdom of the Báb?

Now, in this lesson, we will learn what occurred in the years immediately after The Báb’s martyrdom. The persecution and massacre of His followers eventually became so fierce that no Bábí was safe. Even Bahá’u’lláh, Who was loved and respected by everyone, was caught up in the storm of violence. What you will hear will bring sadness to your hearts.

Do you know what a ‘dungeon’ is?

Bahá’u’lláh was taken to a dark and gloomy dungeon called the Síyáh-Chál, which means the ‘black pit’, where He was put under chains. But we have seen that, despite suffering and opposition, the Manifestations of God succeed in bringing light into the world. You will be filled with joy, then, when you hear how, while imprisoned in the Black Pit, Bahá’u’lláh received the first stirrings of God’s Revelation in His soul. What is more, today you will start to memorize a passage in which Bahá’u’lláh tells us Himself what occurred at that historic moment— how He heard words all around Him assuring Him that He would be made victorious and that God would raise up people who would aid Him in victory.

Of course, in the many stories we heard earlier about people around the world who celebrated the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, we saw the fulfillment of these words. Communities across the globe, including our own, are teeming with men and women who are trying to live according to His teachings, and we are glad to be counted among them. As the number of those illumined by His teachings increases, this world will gradually change: suffering will give way to prosperity; ignorance will retreat before knowledge; oppression will surrender to justice. All the darkness of despair and hopelessness we see around us today will be chased away by the light of His teachings, just as out of the darkness and gloom of the Black Pit, the Síyáh-Chál, rose the Sun of Truth.

  • What is the purpose of Baha’u’llah’s Mission?
  • Who do His teachings need to reach?
  • What is the duty of every one of His followers?
  • What are we doing when we give others the news of Baha’u’llah’s coming?
  • What are we doing when we share with others the Word of God brought to us by Baha’u’llah?
  • What happens to our words in the act of teaching?
  • What is needed in addition to words, if we are to become effective teachers?
  • What does Baha’u’llah assure us we will receive when we are teaching His Cause?
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This is the last lesson for these 3 prayers. How far along in memorization did you get? Remember, you can use the aid to memorize the prayers for this Set 1 Prayers.

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One night, in a dream, these exalted words were heard on every side: ‘Verily, We shall render Thee victorious by Thyself and by Thy Pen. Grieve Thou not for that which hath befallen Thee, neither be Thou afraid, for Thou art in safety. Erelong will God raise up the treasures of the earth—men who will aid Thee through Thyself and through Thy Name, wherewith God hath revived the hearts of such as have recognized Him

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The historical episode in this lesson revolves around Bahá’u’lláh’s imprisonment in the Síyáh-Chál. This episode in Bahá’u’lláh’s life is divide into 3 stories:

  1. The pitiful attempt on the life of the king and Bahá’u’lláh’s arrival at the Síyáh-Chál,
  2. The conditions of that dreadful place and the consequences of His arrest for His dear family,
  3. The stirring anthem of the Bábís and the birth of Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation.

Story 1

The summer of 1852 brought intense suffering to the followers of the Báb. The Báb Himself had been martyred two years before, and many of His most outstanding disciples had already given their lives for their Faith. A small group of Bábís were so saddened by the martyrdom of their beloved Báb that they decided to take revenge. Although Bahá’u’lláh told them to let go of their foolish ideas, they would not listen to Him and plotted against the life of the new king who now sat on the throne, Náṣiri’d-Dín Shah. Their pitiful attempt failed, but it aroused such anger in the king that he ordered yet another massacre of the followers of the Báb. The cruel acts that were committed during those months against the Bábís are so shocking that to describe them would bring too much sadness to your hearts. You will read about them later in your lives and will wonder how any government could have promoted such savagery among its people. For now what you need to know is that this wave of persecutions brought great suffering to Bahá’u’lláh Who, as you saw in our earlier classes, had enjoyed relative freedom until then because of His position in society. An order was issued for His immediate arrest. On the day the king gave the order, Bahá’u’lláh was staying in a village some kilometers away from the city of Ṭihrán. The news that He was soon to be imprisoned did not disturb Him in the slightest, and He faced His arrest with His usual dignity. The prison chosen for Him was called the Síyáh-Chál—“the Black Pit”. The Síyáh-Chál was originally a reservoir of water for a public bath in Ṭihrán and was, at the time, used as an underground dungeon in which criminals of the worst type were held.

On His way to the Síyáh-Chál, Bahá’u’lláh was forced to walk barefooted and bareheaded under the burning rays of the midsummer sun. The crowd that stood along the road treated Him with extreme rudeness. Yet His face reflected His inner calm and His heart was filled with love even for those who wished Him harm. As He was nearing the Síyáh-Chál, an old woman came out of the crowd with a stone in her hand. She had been so convinced that Bahá’u’lláh was a wrongdoer that she was totally unaware of the nobility and love shown forth by this extraordinary Prisoner. Her whole body shook with rage as she stepped forward and raised her hand to hurl the stone at Him. “Give me a chance to fling my stone in His face!” she pleaded as she approached Bahá’u’lláh. “Suffer not this woman to be disappointed,” were Bahá’u’lláh’s words to the guards as He saw her hastening behind Him. “Deny her not what she regards as a meritorious act in the sight of God.” Even in the midst of intense suffering, Bahá’u’lláh was not concerned with Himself. So great was His love for every human being that He would accept such abuse in order to bring happiness to the heart of a misguided but sincere old woman.

Story 2

Bahá’u’lláh finally reached the Síyáh-Chál. There He was imprisoned with several of the Báb’s followers. Their feet were placed in stocks, and around their necks were fastened extremely heavy chains. The air they breathed had the foulest of smells, and the floor on which they sat was covered with filth. No ray of light entered that dark dungeon or warmed its icy coldness. Yet the followers of the Báb were illumined by His teachings and their hearts were aflame with the fire of God’s love. They gladly accepted their sufferings and hoped to be among those who, each day, were taken out of the prison to be martyred.

Meanwhile, the house of Bahá’u’lláh was pillaged, and His lands and goods were taken away by the authorities. His dear family was left with almost nothing—no furniture, no belongings, no food—and most of their relatives and friends abandoned them out of fear. Only a few remained faithful to them, and one of Bahá’u’lláh’s loyal relatives helped his beloved wife Ásíyih Khánum and three children find a small house near the Síyáh-Chál where they were safe. The eldest was, of course, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Who was only eight or nine years old. Sometimes He would leave the house to run errands for His mother or go to the market. He would try to make His way quietly, knowing that there was great agitation in the city and that it was a dangerous time for any Bábí to be seen. 

Now, His mother had managed to save a few small precious things that they were able to sell. With the money, they could pay the jailors at the Síyáh-Chál to take a bit of food and drink to His beloved Father from time to time. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá longed to see His Father and one day He was allowed to enter the Síyáh-Chál. Still a young boy, He was carried on the shoulders of a servant. They went through a small, narrow doorway and then down two steps, beyond which ‘Abdu’l-Bahá could see nothing it was so pitch black. They were about halfway down the stairway when all of a sudden ‘Abdu’l-Bahá heard the blessed voice of His Father: “Do not bring him in here.” And so He was carried back up the stairs. ‘Abdu’l- Bahá waited outside the prison to catch sight of Bahá’u’lláh when He and His companions were brought up for a bit of air. How it pained ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to see the heavy chains that they had put around His Father’s blessed neck.

Story 3

So it was that day after day, night after night, Bahá’u’lláh and His companions sat in the darkness of the Síyáh-Chál. They were placed in two rows, each facing the other. Bahá’u’lláh had taught them certain verses which every night they would chant until the early hours of the morning. You probably remember the verses from the story you heard in our classes in the second grade. “God is sufficient unto me; He verily is the All-Sufficing!” one row would sing, while the other would reply, “In Him let the trusting trust.” With such courage and joy did they chant that their voices would reach the palace of the king. “What means this sound?” the king once asked with agitation. “It is the anthem the Bábís are intoning in their prison,” was the answer. The king kept silent and said no more.

For four months Bahá’u’lláh was held a prisoner in the Síyáh-Chál. The conditions of the prison did not improve, but He endured His sufferings with peace and calm. For, while His body was in chains, His spirit was free soaring in the heavens of nearness to God. Indeed, it was in these conditions of intense physical suffering that Bahá’u’lláh began to receive God’s Revelation, a Revelation that would continue to fill His soul for nearly forty more years. Bahá’u’lláh Himself has described those days:

“During the days I lay in the prison of Ṭihrán, though the galling weight of the chains and the stench-filled air allowed Me but little sleep, still in those infrequent moments of slumber I felt as if something flowed from the crown of My head over My breast, even as a mighty torrent that precipitateth itself upon the earth from the summit of a lofty mountain. Every limb of My body would, as a result, be set afire. At such moments My tongue recited what no man could bear to hear.”

One night, in a dream Bahá’u’lláh heard these glorious words:

“Verily, We shall render Thee victorious by Thyself and by Thy Pen. Grieve Thou not for that which hath befallen Thee, neither be Thou afraid, for Thou art in safety. Erelong will God raise up the treasures of the earth—men who will aid Thee through Thyself and through Thy Name, wherewith God hath revived the hearts of such as have recognized Him.”

How great is the Cause of God. How extraordinary are His power and might. The glorious Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh which is destined to change the fortunes of humankind had its beginning in a most desolate prison. The Sun of Truth rose from behind the clouds of the darkness of the Síyáh-Chál, stirring all of creation with its dawning light.

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Facts

  1. The term “síyáh-chál” means the “black pit”.
  2. The Síyáh-Chál was an underground prison in Ṭihrán.
  3. Bahá’u’lláh was taken to the Síyáh-Chál in the summer of 1852.
  4. Bahá’u’lláh was kept in the Síyáh-Chál for four months.
  5. While imprisoned in the Síyáh-Chál, Bahá’u’lláh received the first stirrings of God’s Revelation in His soul.
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Grade 4 Lesson 4 Games

Search for Bahá’u’lláh

This is a game of treasure hunt and needs to be prepared ahead of time. It can be with one object representing something of Bahá’u’lláh like a lamp or many items like his writings, his pen, the chain that bound him, etc. You can get creative and write out hints to the next object.

Follow the leader: searching for Bahá’u’lláh

Stop, go, hop, jump, skip, march, cartwheel, tiny steps, giant steps, forward, backward, straight, slowly, quickly, zig-zag, tiptoes, through hoops, along a line, stomping in (imaginary) puddles, running jump, star-jump, jump to the sky, gallop, jump like a rabbit, flap like a butterfly, walk like an elephant, jump like a kangaroo, melt like ice, pull in a waka, push something up hill, fly like superman.

Reenact the scene from today’s story

Reenact the scene from today’s story in which the Babis are imprisoned in the Siyah-Chal and the King hears their chanting in his palace.  You know, of course, that it would be irreverent and disrespectful for any of the children to assume the role of Bahá’u’lláh.

Here is a link from Brilliant Star Magazine: A play about the Black Pit

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Grade 4 lesson 4

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Review Quote from Grade 2

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Humanity Is Being Awakened By The Call Of Bahá’u’lláh And The Influence Of His Teachings Is Creating A New World.

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Introducing The Principal Theme

Welcome to Lesson 2 for Grade 4.

The Manifestation of God is a very special Being, exalted above our comprehension. In the last lesson, (lesson 1) we spoke about all the wonderful activities that took place around the world to celebrate the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh over two hundred years ago.

We saw how, in every country, people are rejoicing in the knowledge that God has not left humanity alone, without direction and guidance, but has made His Will and Purpose known to us through His Supreme Manifestation. Bahá’u’lláh has given humanity all the teachings and principles we need to build a beautiful, peaceful, and united world. With each passing day, more and more people are inspired by Bahá’u’lláh’s vision of the future, and they want to know what they can do to help bring this vision into the world.

What was your favorite celebration we read about last class?

Do you remember what the participants in the village in India did?

 With this class, we are going to start learning about the life of Bahá’u’lláh. Today, I will tell you a few stories about the early years of His life. Some of them you have probably heard before. As you listen to these stories, think about the attributes of God, like His loving-kindness, His wisdom, His forgiveness, and mercy.

How do we know about these attributes? We learn about them through His Manifestation, do we not? And then we try to reflect these qualities in our lives— we try to be just, as He is just; we try to be kind, as He is kind, we try to be forgiving, as He forgives. Today we will see that, even in His childhood, Bahá’u’lláh possessed all these heavenly qualities. So remarkable was He that those around Him were convinced He had been brought into the world for a special purpose. They could not know, of course, what this mighty purpose was!

What we should always remember is that, though Bahá’u’lláh was born into this world and lived at a specific time in history, He was a very special Being, filled with the Spirit of God. Later in this class, you will begin to memorize a beautiful quotation in which Bahá’u’lláh tells us that He was made manifest, not at His own choice, but by the Will of God. All the attributes and teachings revealed through Him came directly from God. His knowledge was innate, not acquired through schooling, as, indeed, we will see in the stories of His life.

Does anyone remember from Grade 3 what it means that God’s knowledge holds all things? Day by day, you and I acquire more and more knowledge, and we hope to know more today than we did yesterday and to learn more tomorrow. We learn at school; we learn from our parents; we learn from the books we read and from the things we do. But Bahá’u’lláh did not need to acquire knowledge, as do you and I. He did not go to school like other children. Nor did He involve Himself as He grew in the many debates about the truth that was common, especially among the clergy of His time. All knowledge was with Him. He knew exactly what humanity needs, and we will create a new world, as we put His teachings into practice.

There will be 3 prayers to memorize for lessons 1 to 4. All will be listed, but it is recommended to choose one at a time and learn over the next 4 lessons.

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Prayer 1

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Prayer 2

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Prayer 3

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Be Hopeful

Unite The Hearts Of Thy Servants

I Found Baha’u’llah

Hallelujah Bahá’u’lláh

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This Wronged One hath frequented no school, neither hath He attended the controversies of the learned. By My life! Not of Mine own volition have I revealed Myself, but God, of His own choosing, hath manifested Me

Bahá’u’lláh

Meaning Of Words

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Historical Episodes

The historical episode in this lesson focuses on the early period of Bahá’u’lláh’s life, prior to His acceptance of the Báb’s message. There are several stories that you can read in this lesson,  this first one is about Baha’u’llahs Fathers dream

The stories we read will give us some insight into all the heavenly qualities that were present in Bahá’u’lláh from childhood.

We already know that Bahá’u’lláh had innate knowledge. Listen carefully to the story and see what heavenly qualities you can find.

STORY ONE

Bahá’u’lláh Fathers Dream

Bahá’u’lláh was born on 12 November 1817, in Ṭihrán, the capital of Persia. You already know that He was given the name Mírzá Ḥusayn-‘Alí at birth and that Bahá’u’lláh is His title, meaning the Glory of God. His father, Mírzá Buzurg, was a distinguished nobleman who held a high-ranking position in the court of the Persian king. His mother’s name was Khadíjih Khánum. In addition to a house in the capital city, the family had property in the district of Núr. Núr is situated in the province of Mázindarán, in the northern part of the country. You will hear the name “Mázindarán” often, as so many events related to the history of the Faith took place there.

From an early age, Bahá’u’lláh showed signs of greatness. One night, while He was still a small child, His father, Mírzá Buzurg, had a very special dream about Him. In the dream, he saw Bahá’u’lláh swimming in a vast ocean. The light radiating from His body illuminated the waters. His long black hair floated in all directions, and a multitude of fish followed Him, each holding on to the end of one hair. He moved freely and unhindered. Impressed by the dream, Bahá’u’lláh’s father called a man known for his insight and asked him to explain its meaning. The man told Mírzá Buzurg that the ocean was like the world and that, alone and single-handedly, his Son would achieve victory over it. And, as with the many fish that gathered around Him in the dream, the people of the world would be thrown into great tumult and would cling to Bahá’u’lláh for safety and would follow Him. But Bahá’u’lláh would be protected by the Almighty, the man assured Mírzá Buzurg, and nothing would harm Him. This dream made His father even more passionately devoted to his Son. It convinced him of the high destiny that awaited Bahá’u’lláh, and he took every measure possible to ensure His welfare and to surround Him with his loving protection.

STORY TWO

The Puppet Show

As Bahá’u’lláh grew, His extraordinary knowledge and wisdom became more and more apparent. He did not attend school and only received some instruction at home. Young boys with high-ranking fathers like Mírzá Buzurg generally had tutors who instructed them in, for example, good manners, horseback riding, and calligraphy, a beautiful form of handwriting, but they did not teach much else. Yet Bahá’u’lláh displayed a wisdom and knowledge that went well beyond His age, and all those who knew Him were astonished by His maturity.

In a Tablet, Bahá’u’lláh Himself relates a story from His childhood. He explains in the Tablet that He was attending the wedding celebration of one of His older brothers. As was the custom in Ṭihrán at that time, a great feast was held for seven days and nights. On the last day, a puppet show about a famous king was performed. A tent was set up in the courtyard as a stage for the performance. All the guests gathered in front of the tent, while Bahá’u’lláh sat in an upper room overlooking the courtyard, from where He watched the puppet show.

A few small figures, He tells us, appeared on the stage, announcing the arrival of the king. “His Majesty is coming!” they called out. Several more figures then appeared. Some were sweeping, and others were sprinkling water in preparation for the king’s arrival. Soon after, the town crier entered the scene and told the people to assemble for an audience with the king. Several more figures then came onto the stage and took their proper places. Finally, the king made his grand entrance. Wearing a crown on his head, he walked slowly and majestically and seated himself on a throne. Shots were fired, trumpets blasted, and the tent was filled with smoke. When the smoke cleared, the king, still seated on his throne, was seen surrounded by ministers, princes and state officials, all standing in his presence. The king gave some orders, which were immediately carried out. Then he received news of a rebellion, and he sent his troops off to fight. Bahá’u’lláh watched the entire scene with great interest. At last the show ended and the curtain was drawn.

Some twenty minutes later, Bahá’u’lláh saw a man come out from behind the tent. He was the man in charge of the show and was carrying a box under his arm. “What is this box?” Bahá’u’lláh asked him. The man replied to Bahá’u’lláh that everything He had just seen in the show was now contained in the box—all the elaborate decorations and devices: the king and his throne, the princes and the ministers, their pomp and glory, their might and power. This statement made a great impression on Bahá’u’lláh, and He declared that, from that day forward, all the trappings of this material world—with its vanities and conflicts, its titles and honors—were nothing more than a show for Him. Like the play and pastimes of children, they would pass away and matter not.

STORY THREE

The Unjust Tax Collector

By the time Bahá’u’lláh was a youth, He was renowned for His keen mind, His excellent character, His generosity and compassion. He was capable of solving the most difficult problems and of answering the most complicated and profound questions. And He displayed unmatched courage in standing up for what was right. You may remember from your studies last year the story of the tax collector. 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 still a youth, 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.

STORY FOUR

The Greedy Prime Minister

Though Bahá’u’lláh possessed such extraordinary powers and capacity, He never sought a position or prominence as a young man. When His father passed away, He was asked to follow in his footsteps and assume his position in the court of the king. But Bahá’u’lláh refused. He chose instead to devote His energies to the care of the poor and the defense of the weak. At the age of eighteen, Bahá’u’lláh married Ásíyih Khánum, and their home became a shelter for all. To everyone, they showed gracious hospitality, and they had many guests to whom they offered meals in their warm and loving home.

Of course, as a member of a noble family, Bahá’u’lláh was also in constant contact with the highest officials of the land and saw their arrogance, treachery, and greed. To disagree with them could be very dangerous. Yet He was always able to avoid the treachery of the men who exercised such earthly power. The Prime Minister of the king was one such man. Like all those who knew Bahá’u’lláh, the Prime Minister greatly admired Him. He would often visit Bahá’u’lláh in His home and address Him with respect. But, at the same time, he was jealous of Bahá’u’lláh and, when the occasion arose, could not control his greed. This is what happened.

One day the Prime Minister passed through an estate that was owned by Bahá’u’lláh. The Prime Minister was charmed by the beauty of the property. He decided he wanted to own it, and Bahá’u’lláh was instructed to sell the property to him immediately. In those days, when the Prime Minister wanted something for himself, no one dared to say “no” because he was so powerful. “Had this property been exclusively my own, I would willingly have complied with your desire,” Bahá’u’lláh told the Prime Minister. Many villagers lived on the property, and Bahá’u’lláh explained that a number of other people, rich and poor, young and old, shared ownership with Him and that the Prime Minister should also seek 

their approval. Since this would be difficult, the Prime Minister now tried to obtain the property through illegal means. Learning of his plans, Bahá’u’lláh managed again to prevent the Prime Minister from seizing the land. He was furious and referred the matter to the king.

To the Prime Minister’s surprise, the king told him to forget the matter, and this made him even angrier. He summoned Bahá’u’lláh to his presence and tried to discredit His good name. He accused Bahá’u’lláh of plotting against him. And what was the evidence he gave for this plot? All he could say was that Bahá’u’lláh welcomed too many guests to His home, and this had to be a sign that He was making some plan against him. Not even he, the Prime Minister, received as many guests as did Bahá’u’lláh. “Gracious God!” Bahá’u’lláh responded. “Is the man who, out of the abundance of his heart, shares his bread with his fellow-men, to be accused of harboring criminal intentions?” The Prime Minister made no reply. He had no argument and everyone could see that Bahá’u’lláh was innocent. Those who knew about this matter marveled at how miraculously He had emerged safely from such a dangerous situation. Surely it was Divine protection, they thought, that ensured His safety time after time. And we know, of course, that nothing could happen to Bahá’u’lláh if it was not ordained by God Himself.

Record your Thoughts

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 born some two hundred years ago, on 12 November 1817, in Ṭihrán, the capital of Persia.
  2. Bahá’u’lláh’s given name was Mírzá Ḥusayn-‘Alí.
  3. The name of Bahá’u’lláh’s father was Mírzá Buzurg, and His mother was named Khadíjih Khánum.
  4. Bahá’u’lláh’s ancestors came from the district of Núr in the province of Mázindarán.
  5. From an early age, Bahá’u’lláh showed signs of greatness.
  6. Bahá’u’lláh did not attend school and only received some instruction at home.
  7. As a young man, Bahá’u’lláh chose to devote His energies to the care of the poor and the defense of the weak.
  8. At the age of eighteen, Bahá’u’lláh married Ásíyih Khánum 
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Dream Of The Fish

Perform a short skit on the dream that Baha’u’llah’s father had. Remember that we never portray the Manifestations of God.

Here is a link to make a paper fish.

Balancing the Hula Hoop – ACTING IN UNITY

The object of this game sounds straightforward: Teams of four or five work together to lower a hula hoop from about nose height to the floor, using only the very tips of their fingers. As your students will come to learn, however, it’s much more difficult than it looks

Dayspring magazine issue 98 is all about UNITY

A Play from Dayspring Magazine

The Tree of Life (play and songs) pages 14-16 

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How Generous Are You?

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Drawing Together – from Dayspring Magazine #101

Making group pictures You can make these pictures with 2 or more people.

  1. Each child has a large piece of paper and a pencil.
  2. In the middle of the table are colored pens and pencils that everyone can reach.
  3. Each child draws the outline of a house on their paper.
  4. Everyone passes their paper to the child on their left.
  5. On the new piece of paper, everyone draws windows in the house.
  6. The papers are passed on.
  7. Everyone draws a door.
  8. The papers are passed on.

This game goes on with more things being added: a chimney, a tree, flowers, a bird, a cat, a dog, a cow, a boy, or a girl. Every time something is added the paper is passed on. When the game ends you will have some very funny pictures that everyone has helped to make.

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The Tree Of Life

Dayspring magazine has many activities to help us practice working together

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BASED ON THE STORY OF THE FISH

Make a fish craft. We used this craft to make larger fish headpieces for the Bicentenary celebration in Burlington Ontario

Based on the story of the puppet show

Think of a story you would like to tell. Try to use one that has a virtue. Now make some puppets and perform at the feast, the grade 1 class or a special Holy day. There are many types of puppets to make and a quick GOOGLE search gives lots of options. Also, try searching puppet show craft template and Puppet show crafts

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He is, and hath from everlasting been, one and alone, without peer or equal, eternal in the past, eternal in the future, detached from all things, ever-abiding, unchangeable, and self-subsisting.

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BAHÁ’U’LLÁH IS THE MANIFESTATION OF GOD FOR TODAY.

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Introducing The Principal Theme

Welcome to the first set of lessons for Grade 4. These lessons seek to expand our understanding that, in the incomparable figure of Bahá’u’lláh, God has revealed to humanity His greatest Name, the All-Glorious.

It is amazing to be alive at this moment in history, in this promised Day of God, when He Who is the King of Kings, the Glory of God, has been made manifest.

This first lesson is intended, above all, to uplift our hearts and to make us aware that, in every corner of the globe, the life and teachings of Bahá’u’lláh are the cause of celebration; everywhere people are raising their voices in praise of Him and joining hands to build the peaceful and united world He envisions.

To set the scene for the ensuing discussions, let us review what we have learned in the third grade.

Can you name some of the Manifestations of God that have brought the light of His knowledge to the peoples of the world down the ages?

You have already learned that the Manifestations of God are very special Beings Who come from time to time to guide humanity along the right path.  They reflect the attributes of God as a mirror reflects the light of the sun.  You have also learned that the Bab was a Manifestation of God who prepared the way for the coming of Baha’u’llah.  Baha’u’llah is the Manifestation of God for today, which means that, by knowing Him, we are able to gain knowledge of God and that, by obeying Him, we live in accordance with the Will of God.

Humanity is like a child who needs to be educated.  When a child has learned all that there is to learn in one grade, he must move on to the next.  In this new grade, he will have another teacher, as wonderful as the previous one, who will teach him what he could not have understood before.  If a child is too attached to the old teacher and decides to reject the new one, he will never progress.  In the same way, when a Manifestation of God appears on earth, it is the duty of the followers of all earlier Manifestations to accept Him and learn to live according to His teachings.  You already know that we live in a special Day, the beginning of a New Era in the long history of the human race.  Baha’u’llah is the Manifestation of God that teaches us how we are to live in this Age.  It is now the duty of the followers of every religion to investigate the claims of Baha’u’llah, recognize Him, and follow Him, as He is the new Teacher spoken about for thousands of years Whose teachings will enable us to build the promised Kingdom of God on earth- a peaceful and prosperous world civilization based on the principles He has brought to humanity.

Every one of God’s Manifestations has spoken of a time when humanity would forever lay down its weapons and learn to live in peace and happiness. For centuries, people everywhere have anxiously awaited the promised Day of God. We are fortunate to know that this new Day has dawned. God’s promise to humanity has been fulfilled by Bahá’u’lláh, and people from every race, religion, and nationality are uniting around His vision of humanity as one family. His teachings show us how to replace estrangement with loving fellowship, tyranny with justice, conflict and contention with peace and tranquility. Although we have heard many accounts related to Bahá’u’lláh in the past, now in Grade 4, we will learn the story of His life and much more about His Revelation.

But before we begin our lessons on His life, let us go back only a few years to 2017. Does anyone know what special anniversary took place that year? It was the two hundredth anniversary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, and all over the world, in every land, people celebrated His life and teachings. I am going to share with you a map that shows all the countries in the world where celebrations were held, and you will see a few photographs from different events. Then I will tell you some stories about these festivities.

In this lesson, you are also going to memorize a quotation in which Bahá’u’lláh declares that the promised Day of God has come and that the sun of His bounty is shining resplendent for all to see. And we know that soon, as more and more people begin to follow His teachings and work together side by side, God’s Kingdom will be established on earth. Bahá’u’lláh is the King of Glory.

  • Why do the Manifestations of God come to humanity from time to time?
  • How can we live in accordance with the Will of God?
  • Can you mention the names of some of the Manifestations of God that came before The Bab and Baha’u’llah?
  • What should the people of the world do now that a new Manifestation of God has come to guide them?
Lesson 1 Grade 4 Set 1 Ruhi Book 3

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Prayer 3

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Bahá’u’lláh

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The Ancient Beauty – Titles of Bahá’u’lláh

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Who Is the Prophet

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The promised Day of God is come! He Who is the Manifestation of the Adored One hath been established upon the throne of His name, the All-Loving, and the sun of His bounty hath cast its rays upon the seeing and seen alike.

BAHÁ’U’LLÁH

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Photos of Celebration From Around The World

Vignette 1

In the rural parts of India, whenever there is a special celebration, homes are decorated with “rangoli”. Rangoli are large, colorful designs created on the floor or ground, using petals from flowers, colored rice and sand, and sometimes dry flour. Usually, the mother and daughters will rise early in the morning, clear the space for the rangoli, outline the design with chalk, and then fill it in with the petals and colored rice and sand they have prepared.

Now, in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, there is a small village of about one thousand people, and to celebrate the two hundredth anniversary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, many families decorated the ground in front of their homes with rangoli. Can you imagine how beautiful the village looked as the festivities were approaching?

In preparation for the celebration, fifty-five people fasted as a sign of their love for Bahá’u’lláh. When one fasts, one stops eating for a period of time so that, instead of thinking about the things of this world, one’s thoughts are focused on the spiritual. Then, as nightfall came, lamps were lit in front of almost all of the homes, and a group of youth went through the streets of the village, playing drums and inviting everyone to the celebration.

At 8:00 in the evening, the festivities began. Prayers were chanted, songs were sung, skits were performed, presentations were given. Youth arose and spoke of Bahá’u’lláh and His teachings. So joyful were the festivities that they continued into the early morning hours of the next day. But the celebrations were not yet over. The villagers organized a series of prayer meetings for the next two days. Some eighty homes were opened for this purpose, and around four hundred people altogether gathered in prayer during those two days, to offer their gratitude to Bahá’u’lláh and ask for His continued guidance and blessings.

Vignette 2

In one town in Turkey, the friends spent weeks preparing to celebrate the two hundredth anniversary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh. They rented a theatre hall for the occasion, sent out invitations, and prepared a program that included a presentation on His life and teachings. There were even posters about the event. Now, a week before the celebration, one of the organizers received a telephone call. It was a woman who had gone to the theatre hall for the gathering only to find out no one was there. She had learned about the Blessed Beauty, Bahá’u’lláh, she said, five years earlier. Every day since, she explained, she remembered Him in her prayers. She was so excited to be able to participate in the celebration of His Birth that she had mixed up the dates and had come to the event one week early!

Vignette 3

In Tanzania, more than 13,000 people participated in festivities, held in some ninety places all around the country, to celebrate the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh. Try to imagine what kind of preparations were needed. Work had to begin weeks and weeks in advance, and of course, at every step, the friends received divine confirmation. Here are accounts from two communities.

A few families from a village near Lake Victoria realized that the community would need more money in order to carry out its plans. It had organized two days of activities and expected many guests from other villages, who would need to be fed and offered a place to stay. The community also wanted to rent a screen on which to show a most beautiful film about Bahá’u’lláh called “Light to the World”. So what did these families do? They decided that, since they lived near a lake, they would raise ducks and then sell them when the market was good. Thankfully, the number of ducks multiplied, and a month before the celebrations they were sold. Together with other contributions received, the community had all the funds it needed to take care of its many guests. 

Vignette 4

In the capital city of Dominica, a beautiful island in the Caribbean, a group of youth painted lovely murals on the outside walls of the Bahá’í Center as a gift for the bicentenary celebrations. The community rallied around the project, with many people donating supplies such as paint. The building had not been repaired for several years, and since the youth began by scraping off the old paint, they decided they would also strengthen the foundation of some of the walls with stones collected from the ocean. And that was most fortunate, for, a few weeks before the celebrations were to begin, a strong hurricane tore through the island, and many people sought shelter in the Center. When the storm was over, they saw that the Center was one of the few buildings left standing, and it became a place of refuge for those who were homeless and a hub of activity as work began to rebuild the island.

Vignette 5

On the occasion of the bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the Universal House of Justice wrote a most beautiful message addressed to all those who celebrate the Glory of God. You know, of course, that Glory of God refers to Bahá’u’lláh. In the message, the House of Justice states clearly that Bahá’u’lláh is God’s Manifestation for today and that He has given us the teachings we need to bring about peace and live in unity. It invites people everywhere to participate in building a better world.

Now, in many places, the message was read and studied when people gathered to celebrate Bahá’u’lláh’s Birth. One such meeting took place in a town in Uganda. A large hall was selected for this purpose, and many local leaders, including religious leaders, attended. There was much chatting among the participants, and the hall was filled with noise, until the message started to be read aloud. Then everyone fell silent, as they listened to the words of the House of Justice. The message captured their attention completely. At the end, some of the local leaders asked the Bahá’í friends to give them copies so that they could study the message again later themselves. Even one of the religious leaders decided that the members of his church should read it. “It is the duty of all people to respond to the call of Bahá’u’lláh,” said one leader who, before the bicentenary events, knew very little about the Bahá’í Faith.

Vignette 6

Jamundí is a town located in the southwestern region of Colombia. Some thirteen gatherings, attended by more than 1,600 people, were held throughout the town to celebrate the bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh. One of these was carried out by students and teachers at the Simmons Bahá’í School, which, for many years, has offered primary and secondary education, as well as a kindergarten program, to young people in the town.

Now, just before families and friends were set to arrive, a dark cloud formed in the sky and a strong storm moved in, flooding the streets. With great concern, the children and teachers waited for their guests, but the rain was not stopping. Suddenly, a stream of people started arriving, all in wet clothes. The venue was filled to capacity, and the program began.

Lights lit up the room, and children intoned prayers and quotations by heart. The sweetness with which they raised their voices to recite the words of the Blessed Beauty touched the hearts of those present. But the most special moment was yet to arrive. The narration of the story of the life of Bahá’u’lláh was under the care of a group of children in fifth grade. Little by little, and with astonishing confidence, each child took a step forward and narrated a small fragment of the life of this Divine Educator. “Bahá’u’lláh, the Manifestation of God for this Age, was born in Ṭihrán, in a faraway country called Iran,” noted the first. With a firm step, a little girl moved towards the microphone to add, “Ever since He was young, Bahá’u’lláh displayed extraordinary signs and qualities for a child His age.” The next one made reference to the dream that Bahá’u’lláh’s father had, in which his Son appeared to be swimming in a great ocean and from each string of His hair a fish was attached. “The multitude of fish followed Him without being able to hurt him,” concluded the boy. The most moving moment was when the smallest child spoke about the sufferings of Bahá’u’lláh. He stood in front of the microphone and kept quiet for a moment. “I don’t know why they hurt Him so much when He was such a good person,” said the little boy with a quivering voice, which made it difficult for him to continue. At that moment, his teacher stepped towards him and embraced him tenderly. “They placed such a heavy chain around His neck” was all the child could add. Tears flowed down the faces of some of the guests. The dignified manner and the emotion with which the children recounted the story of the Blessed Beauty moved deeply the hearts of the more than seven hundred people who attended the event.

The presentation was followed by a burst of jubilation when the children danced in colorful costumes and hats to rhythms representative of Colombia: bambuco, currulao, torbellino, and cumbia. At the end of the event, the parents expressed how happy they were to have found out more about the life of Bahá’u’lláh and the teachings He brought to the world. 

Vignette 7

Santiago is the capital of Chile, and over five million people live in that city. It is surrounded by majestic mountains and, at the foot of one of them, just above the city, a beautiful Bahá’í House of Worship has been built. It took many years to finish the work. Perhaps you have seen a picture of it. Thankfully, it was completed about a year before the bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, in time for the celebrations. There was a gathering in the Temple itself, and a choir sang so beautifully that their voices lifted up to the heavens the souls of everyone present. Outside, on the Temple grounds, there was an exhibition on the life of Bahá’u’lláh, and streams of visitors came to see it. The mayor of the city even came to accept a gift of 2,000 trees from the Bahá’í community, as part of a project to help keep the environment healthy. It was a most joyous time.

Vignette 8

In the capital city of Azerbaijan, the government gave consent for the Bahá’ís to hold their bicentenary celebrations in the most important cultural center in the country! What is more, the government employees who worked for the center helped the Bahá’ís with all aspects of the program. An orchestra played music, while a slide presentation with pictures of Bahá’í Holy Places was given. A film about Bahá’u’lláh, “Light to the World”, was watched by more than three hundred and fifty people in complete silence. No one even got up from their seats once. Journalists, writers, lawyers, professors—people from all walks of life were there. But it was the participation of one of the state ministers that was most encouraging. Again and again he urged the Bahá’ís to work harder to spread Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings. He was greatly impressed to see that there were Tablets revealed by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá about the country, and he suggested that they be widely circulated so that the entire population could learn about the Faith. “You are involved in very profound and far-reaching processes,” he told the Bahá’ís. “It is not an easy task and will take quite a long time, but there is no other way. Sooner or later humanity will turn to Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings.”

And, the same thing happened in a large city in another part of the country. The program, too, was held at an important government facility with the help of its workers. Around two hundred people attended, and an official from the government opened the program with a short and passionate speech. In a booming voice, he invited the entire hall to celebrate “the coming of the new Prophet of God for this Age!”

Vignette 9

Many of the celebrations for the two hundredth anniversary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh were held in theatres and large halls. Most, however, took place in small neighborhoods in cities across the globe. Can you imagine how many celebrations people had in their homes and in local meeting places? It would be impossible to count them all. But let us listen to the story of two.

East Timor is an island nation, north of Australia. There, about thirty youth decided to host a program in their neighborhood. They made almost all the preparations themselves, and as the day approached, they slept very little, so busy were they in finalizing their plans. To their great joy, more than one hundred people from the neighborhood came to the program. The youth performed dances and skits and gave short talks. They spoke very clearly about who Bahá’u’lláh is and what they had learned about His teachings from Bahá’í institute courses. With tears in their eyes, they humbly thanked their tutors with small gifts for helping to change their lives. All the guests were happy that day, and the youth were greatly encouraged by the success of the event. They had indeed showed courage in talking so openly and directly about Bahá’u’lláh and His Mission.

On the other side of the world, there is another large island, called Prince Edward Island, which is part of Canada. A Bahá’í, new to a neighborhood in the capital city, wondered what to do as part of the festivities for Bahá’u’lláh’s Birth. The idea came to host a simple dinner, to which some of the neighbors would be invited to bring a little food and learn about Bahá’u’lláh. So, colorful invitations were made that read: “Celebrating the Vision of Bahá’u’lláh: Unity of all races, religions and cultures”. After delivering the invitations door to door, the new neighbor waited to see how many people would come. The apartment was not very big, but a large crowd was not expected. When the time arrived, however, a stream of people flooded into the apartment. There was hardly any space to move! After sharing food together, they had a lively discussion about unity and read quotations from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh about the oneness of humanity. Everyone agreed that they should have more discussions of this kind.

Vignette 10

The BriBri are a people in Central America. A large number of the BriBri people reside in a mountainous region called Talamanca, which is part of Costa Rica today. When the Bahá’í community of Talamanca thought about how many people might come to the bicentenary celebrations, the friends realized that their local center would be too small. They decided to build a new structure which could hold all of their expected guests. And so work began. Men, women, young and old—everyone helped. They bought enough wood to make a long structure with a high ceiling and a metal roof. The space could hold up to five hundred seats, and at one end, they built a stage.

Now, have you ever seen pictures of the beautiful gardens around the buildings at the Bahá’í World Centre? Well, the friends in Talamanca beautified their new building with similar gardens, and there were nine-pointed stars made of plants and colorful flowers on the grounds around the building and paths lined with white stones. As the long-awaited day approached, work intensified and excitement mounted. Food was prepared, and transportation arranged for some of the participants. And guess how many people came, from all over the region: 514! The building was filled to capacity!

For two days, they celebrated. There was music, singing, drama, and dance. When the time came on the second day to watch the film about Bahá’u’lláh, “Light to the World”, hearts were so transformed that no one could hold back their tears of joy and gratitude. And, at the end, everyone rose—even the older folks—as the two-day celebration came to a close with dancing to the song, “La Fiesta del Pueblo”.

Mirror

  • The children work in pairs to mirror each other’s actions.
  • Select one person to be the mirror for the first round and then swap after a few minutes.
  • After both children have had a turn, change partners.
  • Lay down some ground rules, so that the mirror doesn’t feel obliged to do something they are not comfortable with (e.g. no fingers up noses).
  • You could set the scene, e.g. they are doing their morning routine, hosting a holy day, doing their exercises or practicing a dance.

Make a Rangoli (Based on vignette 1)

Rangoli are large, colorful designs created on the floor or ground, using petals from flowers, colored rice and sand, and sometimes dry flour. Usually, the mother and daughters will rise early in the morning, clear the space for the rangoli, outline the design with chalk, and then fill it in with the petals and colored rice and sand they have prepared. Make your own on the floor or use a large piece of cardboard to create.

Plan an event for your community! (Based on vignettes 2, 8, 9, and 10)

Use the workbook below and follow the simple steps by answering the questions. Remember to invite me too!

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The Light To The World (Based on Vignettes 3, 8, and 10 )

Watch the film ” The light to the world” and then record your thoughts. This could be on what your actions might be, on how you felt, etc.

Draw A Mural (Based on Vignette 4)

Draw a mural with your class on a wall if possible or in class on a long strip of Kraft paper.

Message from the Universal House of Justice (Based on Vignette 5)

Have you read or listened to any letters from The Universal House of Justice (UHJ)? These letters offer powerful insights into the current state of humanity as well as guidance. You can read it here . Share any part of the letter and what you understand from it in a format of your choice: a drawing, a newspaper article, a poem.

Retell the story of Bahá’u’lláh (Based on Vignette 6)

Plan to re-tell a small fragment of the life of Bahá’u’lláh at a feast or holy day. This can be each child saying one of the points, or drawing an image of each point without having an image of Bahá’u’lláh.

  1. “Bahá’u’lláh, the Manifestation of God for this Age, was born in Ṭihrán, in a faraway country called Iran,”
  2. “Ever since He was young, Bahá’u’lláh displayed extraordinary signs and qualities for a child His age.”
  3. “The multitude of fish followed Him without being able to hurt him,”
  4. “I don’t know why they hurt Him so much when He was such a good person,”
  5. “They placed such a heavy chain around His neck” was all the child could add. 

Design a house of worship (Based on Vignette 7)

The Bahá’í House of Worship was finished just in time for the bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh. If you had to design a House of Worship what would that look like?

Note that All Bahá’í Houses of Worship are required to have a nine-sided shape (nonagon) and to have nine pathways that lead outward and nine gardens surrounding them.

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Grade 4 Lesson 1 Rughi Book 3 Review Quotes

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. 

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh

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