- What is Compassion?
- How are we Compassion?
- Why should we practice the virtue of Compassion?
- When do we practice the virtue of Compassion?
What does Compassion mean to you?
We are Memorizing The Prayer: O Lord! Plant this tender seedling in the garden
“O Lord! Plant this tender seedling in the garden of Thy manifold bounties, water it from the fountains of Thy loving-kindness and grant that it may grow into a goodly plant through the outpourings of Thy favor and grace.
“Thou art the Mighty and the Powerful.”
In this lesson, the children will learn a quotation related to the quality of compassion, which you can present as follows:
God is the Most Compassionate, the All-Merciful. In times of difficulty, we turn our hearts to Him and ask Him to comfort and strengthen us. So, too, must we show compassion to others. When someone we know has a problem or is sad, we should do our best to be understanding and to help him or her. We must be compassionate and kind with everyone, under all conditions, like the tree that gives fruit to one and all, even to those who throw stones at it. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá showed forth compassion at all times, to all people, though His life was filled with hardship. To help us in our efforts to be compassionate, let us memorize His words:
“The Kingdom of God is founded upon equity and justice, and also upon mercy, compassion, and kindness to every living soul.”
Meaning Of Words
- The doctor was concerned about the health of children in the villages, and so he opened a clinic to care for them. The clinic was founded out of his love for children.
- Jenna and Mercedes have been friends for a very long time. They always study together and share with each other useful things they have learned. Their friendship is founded on kindness and love.
- All of the people in the kingdom worked hard for its prosperity. When all of the crops were gathered, the king divided them among his subjects, according to the size of their families. The king treated his subjects with equity.
- The town council had to build a road to the next village. It decided to wind the road around the farmland. In this way many were able to benefit from the new road but the farmers did not suffer. The council showed a sense of equity in its decision.
- Li Yong noticed that his friend Zahra was unhappy, so he went to find out whether he could help her in any way. Zahra explained to him that her mother was ill in the hospital. Li Yong listened and comforted Zahra, offering to go with her to the hospital the next day. Li Yong showed compassion to Zahra.
- One day Shiori was walking in the countryside and saw a little lamb whose leg was caught in a fence. Shiori gently removed the leg and put a bandage on it. Shiori showed compassion to the lamb.
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Story About Compassion
When ‘Abdu’l-Bahá traveled to the West, in every city He visited, many people came to see Him and listen to His encouraging words. Day and night He met with people of all kinds—the young and the old, the wealthy and the poor, officials and ordinary citizens. Some came out of their great love for the Master, and others came because they were curious about what He had to say. One day a woman arrived at the home where the Master was staying and knocked on the door. She was an ordinary person who longed in her heart to spend a few moments with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. “Do you have an appointment to see the Master?” asked the man who opened the door. She said that she did not. In that case, she was told, it would not be possible for her to see ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as He was meeting with some very important people. She turned away sadly and started walking down the steps in front of the house. What disappointment filled her heart! But suddenly a messenger from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá appeared, asking her to return. The Master wished to see her. His voice was heard saying with power and authority, “A heart has been hurt. Hasten, hasten, bring her to me!”
Another Story About Compassion
Lua Getsinger, one of the early Bahá’ís of America, tells of an experience she had in `Akká. She had made the pilgrimage to the prison city to see `Abdu’l-Bahá. One day He said to her that He was too busy today to call upon a friend of His who was very poor and sick. He wished Lua to go in His place. He told her to take food to the sick man and care for him as He had been doing. Lua learned the address and immediately went to do as `Abdu’l-Bahá had asked. She felt proud that `Abdu’l-Bahá had trusted her with some of His own work. But soon she returned to `Abdu’l-Bahá in a state of excitement. “Master,” she exclaimed, “You sent me to a very terrible place! I almost fainted from the awful smell, the dirty rooms, the degrading condition of that man and his house. I left quickly before I could catch some terrible disease.”
Sadly and sternly `Abdu’l-Bahá gazed at her. If she wanted to serve God, He told her, she would have to serve her fellow man, because in every person she should see the image and likeness of God. Then He told her to go back to the man’s house. If the house was dirty, she should clean it. If the man was dirty, she should bathe him. If he was hungry, she should feed him. He asked her not to come back until all of this was done. `Abdu’l-Bahá had done these things many times for this man, and He told Lua Getsinger that she should be able to do them once. This is how `Abdu’l-Bahá taught Lua to serve her fellow man.
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Divide the children into pairs, standing side by side, with the left leg of one child tied to the right leg of the other. Have each pair walk from one designated spot to another. You can make the game more challenging by placing small obstacles in their path, such as branches and stones. Be sure to do this in a safe way. Alternatively, instead of simply walking, the pairs can be asked to jump like frogs, gallop like horses, and so on.
Divide the children into teams of two. Have each team improvise one of the following scenarios involving an animal and a human, making sure to portray kindness and gentleness:
- A stray dog or cat approaches while the human is eating.
- A mouse is caught in the human’s house and becomes scared.
- A farmer wants to shear one of his sheep, but the sheep wants to eat.
- A dog sees a human walking near its home and begins barking loudly.
- The human comes across a bird that has an injured wing and is unable to fly.
- A honey bee becomes lost in the human’s house while he or she is busy studying.
One child plays the role of the animal, and the other, the role of the human. When they are done, have them reverse the roles. A variation could involve the children acting out a scenario in which the human acts unkindly (though not too roughly) towards the animal, which should be followed by a “re-do” in which they portray a kind response instead.
Divide the children into pairs, standing side by side, with the left leg of one child tied to the right leg of the other. Explain to the children that, if they are to succeed in this game, they will have to learn to work together. Then have each pair walk from one designated spot to another. You can make the game more challenging by placing small obstacles in their path, such as branches and stones. Be sure to do this in a safe way. Alternatively, instead of simply walking, the pairs could be asked to jump like frogs, gallop like horses, and so on. It may be necessary to explain to the children that the pairs are not racing one another.
Free Kindness/ Compassion crafts
The site teachers pay teacher is a great site to get free templates. These can be used as-is or substituted with the quote or prayer from a lesson.
Acts of Compassion:
These ideas are taken from the Blog Doing Good Together. There are many other ideas available
- Write a letter to someone you know who could use some extra attention. A real letter. With paper!
- Did you use something that made you happy today? Write a thank you for it, either to the person who gave it to you or to the manufacturer.
- Offer to pick up groceries for your neighbor.
- Say I love you to someone you love.
- Hold the door open for someone.
- Help someone with a stroller get up the stairs.
- Spend quality time with your pet.
- Bring flowers to someone you know who is having a tough day.
- Draw a picture for someone you love, especially if you notice they have had a bad day.
- Give awards to people who do kind things for you. Give your award a name and make a few awards ahead of time (get inspiration for medals like the Caldecott medal, an Olympic medal, or a Nobel prize). Keep them with you and hand them out as a fun way of saying thank you. Visit the link above for a free printable to make this easier.
Acts of Compassion/ Service
Taken from the Blog Do Something
- Collect and donate school supplies.
- Collect and donate backpacks.
- Collect and donate non-perishable food items.
- Collect unused makeup to donate to domestic violence shelters.
- Donate or recycle unwanted clothes and textiles to support vulnerable populations and protect the planet.
- Rake leaves for an elderly neighbor.
- Mow your neighbor’s lawn.
- Offer dog-walking services
- Start a little, free library.
- Clean up your local park.
- Beautify your area with seed bombs.
- Host a clothing swap.
- Host a dog wash.
- Knit scarves or hats for families in shelters.
- Bake cookies and snacks for food pantries.
- Write letters to seniors in care facilities.
- Make quilts or blankets for kids in hospitals.
- Build birdhouses for your neighbors.
- Make birthday cards for kids in homeless shelters.
- Volunteer at your local library.
- Volunteer at an animal shelter.