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UNIT 1: Lessons for Children's Classes Grade 2

Section 1

"Training in morals and good conduct is far more important than book learning. A child that is cleanly, agreeable, of good character, well-behaved -- even though he be ignorant -- is preferable to a child that is rude, unwashed, ill-natured, and yet becoming deeply versed in all the sciences and arts. The reason for this is that the child who conducts himself well, even though he be ignorant, is of benefit to others, while an ill-natured, ill-behaved child is corrupted and harmful to others, even though he be learned. If, however, the child be trained to be both learned and good, the result is light upon light." (Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 135)

"These schools for academic studies must at the same time be training centres in behaviour and conduct, and they must favour character and conduct above the sciences and arts. Good behaviour and high moral character must come first, for unless the character be trained, acquiring knowledge will only prove injurious. Knowledge is praiseworthy when it is coupled with ethical conduct and virtuous character; otherwise it is a deadly poison, a frightful danger. A physician of evil character, and who betrayeth his trust, can bring on death, and become the source of numerous infirmities and diseases." (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 278)

"Devote ye the utmost attention to this matter, for the basic, the foundation-principle of a school is first and foremost moral training, character and the rectification of conduct." (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 278)

"As to thy question regarding the education of children: It behoveth thee to nurture them at the breast of the love of God, and urge them onward to the things of the spirit -- that they may turn their faces unto God; that their ways may conform to the rules of good conduct and their character be second to none; that they make their own all the graces and praiseworthy qualities of humankind; that they acquire a sound knowledge of the various branches of learning -- so that from the very beginning of life they may become spiritual beings, dwellers in the Kingdom, enamoured of the sweet breaths of holiness, and may receive an education religious, spiritual, and of the Heavenly Realm." (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 267)

Section 2

"The first duty prescribed by God for His servants is the recognition of Him Who is the Day Spring of His Revelation and the Fountain of His laws, Who representeth the Godhead in both the Kingdom of His Cause and the world of creation. Whoso achieveth this duty hath attained unto all good; and whoso is deprived thereof, hath gone astray, though he be the author of every righteous deed. It behoveth every one who reacheth this most sublime station, this summit of transcendent glory, to observe every ordinance of Him Who is the Desire of the world. These twin duties are inseparable. Neither is acceptable without the other. Thus hath it been decreed by Him Who is the Source of Divine inspiration." (Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 330)

Sections 3, 4 & 5 - No quotations

Section 6

"The art of music is divine and effective. It is the food of the soul and spirit. Through the power and charm of music the spirit of man is uplifted. It has wonderful sway and effect in the hearts of children, for their hearts are pure, and melodies have great influence in them. The latent talents with which the hearts of these children are endowed will find expression through the medium of music. Therefore, you must exert yourselves to make them proficient; teach them to sing with excellence and effect. It is incumbent upon each child to know something of music, for without knowledge of this art the melodies of instrument and voice cannot be rightly enjoyed. Likewise, it is necessary that the schools teach it in order that the souls and hearts of the pupils may become vivified and exhilarated and their lives be brightened with enjoyment." (Abdu'l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 52)

Section 7 - No quotations

Section 8

"As to your question concerning the advisability of dramatizing Baha'i historic episodes: the Guardian would certainly approve, and even encourage that the friends should engage in such literary pursuits which, no doubt, can be of immense teaching value. What he wishes the believers to avoid is to dramatize the personages of the Bab, Baha'u'llah and 'Abdu'l-Baha, that is to say to treat them as dramatic figures, as characters appearing on the stage. This, as already pointed out, he feels would be quite disrespectful. The mere fact that they appear on the scene constitutes an act of discourtesy which can in no way be reconciled with their highly exalted station. Their message, or actual words, should be preferably reported and conveyed by their disciples appearing on the stage." (Compilations, The Importance of the Arts in Promoting the Faith)

"The prohibition on representing the Manifestation of God in paintings and drawings or in dramatic presentations applies to all the Manifestations of God. There are, of course, great and wonderful works of art of past Dispensations, many of which portrayed the Manifestations of God in a spirit of reverence and love. In this Dispensation however the greater maturity of mankind and the greater awareness of the relationship between the Supreme Manifestation and His servants enable us to realize the impossibility of representing, in any human form, whether pictorially, in sculpture or in dramatic representation, the Person of God's Manifestation. In stating the Baha'i prohibition, the beloved Guardian pointed out this impossibility." (9 March 1977, on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual) (Compilations, The Importance of the Arts in Promoting the Faith)

"... an examination of the letters of the beloved Guardian makes it absolutely clear that it is not permissible to portray on the stage the figure of the Manifestation of God, nor even of the Master...

"The use of light, either of great intensity or in different colours, needs your careful consideration. If the use of light in any way at all suggests a personification of the Manifestation of God it should not be used, but if it can be done without in any way giving the impression that the Prophet is being represented or personified then there is no objection to its use." (Extract from a letter dated 12 August 1975 written by the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer, cited in Arts, comp. the Research Department of the Universal House of Justice)

Section 9 - No quotations

Unit 2 -- 30 Lessons for Children

Lesson 1

"Blessed is the spot, and the house, and the place, and the city, and the heart, and the mountain, and the refuge, and the cave, and the valley, and the land, and the sea, and the island, and the meadow where mention of God hath been made, and His praise glorified." (Compilations, Baha'i Prayers, p. ii)

"...let your adorning be forgiveness and mercy and that which cheereth the hearts of the well-favoured of God." (Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 139)

Lesson 2

"O Son of Man! Rejoice in the gladness of thine heart, that thou mayest be worthy to meet Me and to mirror forth My beauty." (Baha'u'llah, The Arabic Hidden Words)

Lesson 3

"He, verily, shall increase the reward of them that endure with patience." (Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 129)

Lesson 4

"O my God! O my God! Unite the hearts of Thy servants, and reveal to them Thy great purpose. May they follow Thy commandments and abide in Thy law. Help them, O God, in their endeavor, and grant them strenght to serve Thee. O God! Leave them not to themselves, but guide their steps by the light of Thy knowledge, and cheer their hearts by Thy love. Verily, Thou art their Helper and their Lord." (Compilations, Baha'i Prayers, p. 203)

"If man be imbued with all good qualities but be selfish, all the other virtues will fade or pass away and eventually he will grow worse." (Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu'l-Baha v1, p. 136)

Lesson 5

"Intone, O My servant, the verses of God that have been received by thee, as intoned by them who have drawn nigh unto Him, that the sweetness of thy melody may kindle thine own soul, and attract the hearts of all men." (Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 295)

Lesson 6

"Be thou happy and well pleased and arise to offer thanks to God, in order that thanksgiving may conduce to the increase of bounty." (Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu'l-Baha v2, p. 483)

"Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! I give Thee thanks inasmuch as Thou hast called me into being in Thy days, and infused into me Thy love and Thy knowledge." (Baha'u'llah, Prayers and Meditations by Baha'u'llah, p. 177)

Lesson 7

"We ask God to endow human souls with justice so that they may be fair, and may strive to provide for the comfort of all..." (Abdu'l-Baha, Foundations of World Unity, p. 43)

Lesson 8

"O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart. Illumine my powers. I lay all my affairs in Thy hand. Thou art my Guide and my Refuge. I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy and joyful being. O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me. I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life. O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself. I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord." (Compilations, Baha'i Prayers, p. 151)

"O Son of Man! Should prosperity befall thee, rejoice not, and should abasement come upon thee, grieve not, for both shall pass away and be no more." (Baha'u'llah, The Arabic Hidden Words)

Lesson 9

"Waste not your time in idleness and sloth. Occupy yourselves with that which profiteth yourselves and others." (Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 26)

Lesson 10

"O My Servant! Free thyself from the fetters of this world, and loose thy soul from the prison of self. Seize thy chance, for it will come to thee no more." (Baha'u'llah, The Persian Hidden Words)

Lesson 11

"We, verily, have chosen courtesy, and made it the true mark of such as are nigh unto Him." (Baha'u'llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 50)

Lesson 12

"Thy name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy. Nearness to Thee is my hope, and love for Thee is my companion. Thy mercy to be is my healing and my succor in both this world and the world to come. Thou, verily, art the All-Bountiful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise." (Compilations, Baha'i Prayers, p. 86)

"The mystery of sacrifice is that man should sacrifice all his conditions for the divine station of God." (Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu'l-Baha v1, p. 65)

Lesson 13

"O Friends! Verily I say, whatsoever ye have concealed within your hearts is to Us open and manifest as the day; but that it is hidden is of Our grace and favor, and not of your deserving." (Baha'u'llah, The Persian Hidden Words)

Lesson 14

"The source of courage and power is the promotion of the Word of God, and steadfastness in His Love." (Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 156)

Lesson 15

"The beginning of all things is the knowledge of God, and the end of all things is strict observance of whatsoever hath been sent down from the empyrean of the Divine Will that pervadeth all that is in the heavens and all that is on the earth." (Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 5)

"Whatever, therefore, He saith unto you is wholly for the sake of God, that haply the peoples of the earth may cleanse their hearts from the stain of evil desire, may rend its veil asunder, and attain unto the knowledge of the one true God -- the most exalted station to which any man can aspire." (Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 85)

"How resplendent the luminaries of knowledge that shine in an atom, and how vast the oceans of wisdom that surge within a drop!" (Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 177)

"... all things, in their inmost reality, testify to the revelation of the names and attributes of God within them. Each according to its capacity, indicateth, and is expressive of, the knowledge of God." (Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 102)

"We beseech God that He may graciously vouchsafe His grace unto all men, and enable them to attain the knowledge of Him and of themselves." (Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 205)

Lesson 16

"Say: God sufficeth all things above all things, and nothing in the heavens or in the earth but God sufficeth. Verily, He is in Himself the Knower, the Sustainer, the Omnipotent." (Compilations, Baha'i Prayers, p. 28)

"Every one of them is a mirror of God, reflecting naught else but His Self, His Beauty, His Might and Glory, if ye will understand." (Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 74)

Lesson 17

"Is there any Remover of difficulties save God? Say: Praised be God! He is God! All are His servants, and all abide by His bidding!" (Compilations, Baha'i Prayers, p. 27)

"For all that hath been exalted in the Bayan is but as a ring upon My hand, and I Myself am, verily, but a ring upon the hand of Him Whom God shall make manifest -- glorified be His mention!" (The Bab quoted by Baha'u'llah in Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 155)

Lesson 18

"Bestir yourselves, O people, in anticipation of the days of Divine justice, for the promised hour is now come. Beware lest ye fail to apprehend its import and be accounted among the erring." (Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 17)

Lesson 19

"O Lord! Thou art the Remover of every anguish and the Dispeller of every affliction. Thou art He Who banisheth every sorrow and setteth free every slave, the Redeemer of every soul. O Lord! Grant deliverance through Thy mercy, and reckon me among such servants of Thine as have gained salvation." (Compilations, Baha'i Prayers, p. 28)

"The days when idle worship was deemed sufficient are ended. The time is come when naught but the purest motive, supported by deeds of stainless purity, can ascend to the throne of the Most High and be acceptable unto Him." (Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, p. 93)

Lesson 20

"O Thou Remnant of God! I have sacrificed myself wholly for Thee; I have accepted curses for Thy sake, and have yearned for naught but martyrdom in the path of Thy love." (The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 59)

Lesson 21

"Glorified art Thou, O God of all names and Creator of the heavens! I render Thee thanks that Thou hast made known unto Thy servants this Day whereon the river that is life indeed hath flowed forth from the fingers of Thy bounty, and the springtime of Thy revelation and Thy presence hath appeared through Thy manifestation unto all who are in Thy heaven and all who are on Thy earth." (Baha'u'llah, Prayers and Meditations by Baha'u'llah, p. 272)

"Naught is seen in My temple but the Temple of God, and in My beauty but His Beauty, and in My being but His Being, and in My self but His Self, and in My movement but His Movement, and in My acquiescence but His Acquiescence, and in My pen but His Pen, the Mighty, the All-Praised." (Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Baha'u'llah, p. 109)

Lesson 22

"The peoples of the world are fast asleep. Were they to wake from their slumber, they would hasten with eagerness unto God, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise." (Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 137)

Lesson 23

"It is incumbent upon all the peoples of the world to reconcile their differences, and, with perfect unity and peace, abide beneath the shadow of the Tree of His care and loving-kindness. It behoveth them to cleave to whatsoever will, in this Day, be conducive to the exaltation of their stations, and to the promotion of their best interests." (Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 6)

Lesson 24

"I beseech Thee, O my God, by all the transcendent glory of Thy Name, to clothe Thy loved ones in the robe of justice and to illumine their beings with the light of trustworthiness. Thou art the One Who hath power to do as He pleaseth and Who holdeth within His grasp the reins of all things, visible and invisible." (Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 328)

"Say: Teach ye the Cause of God, O people of Baha, for God hath prescribed unto every one the duty of proclaiming His Message, and regardeth it as the most meritorious of all deeds." (Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 278)

Lesson 25

"Remember My days during thy days, and My distress and banishment in this remote prison. And be thou so steadfast in My love that thy heart shall not waver, even if the swords of the enemies rain blows upon thee and all the heavens and the earth arise against thee." (Compilations, Baha'i Prayers, p. 210)

Lesson 26

"O Son of Spirit! The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it not that I may confide in thee." (Baha'u'llah, The Arabic Hidden Words)

Lesson 27

"O my Lord and my Hope! Help Thou Thy loved ones to be steadfast in Thy mighty Covenant, to remain faithful to Thy manifest Cause, and to carry out the commandments Thou didst set down for them in Thy Book of Splendours; that they may become banners of guidance and lamps of the Company above, wellsprings of Thine infinite wisdom, and stars that lead aright, as they shine down from the supernal sky. Verily art Thou the Invincible, the Almighty, the All-Powerful." (Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 259)

"Be constantly attached to and seek always the confirmations of Baha'u'llah for these turn the drop into a sea and convert the gnat into an eagle." (Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 103)

Lesson 28

"Though the forces of the nations be arrayed against Him, though the kings of the earth be leagued to undermine His Cause, the power of His might shall stand unshaken. He, verily, speaketh the truth, and summoneth all mankind to the way of Him Who is the Incomparable, the All-Knowing." (Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 214)

Lesson 29

"This is the Counsel of God; would that thou mightest heed it! This is the Bounty of God; would that thou mightest receive it! This is the Utterance of God; if only thou wouldst apprehend it! This is the Treasure of God; if only thou couldst understand!

"This is a Book which hath become the Lamp of the Eternal unto the world, and His straight, undeviating Path amidst the peoples of the earth. Say: This is the Dayspring of Divine knowledge, if ye be of them that understand, and the Dawning-place of God's commandments, if ye be of those who comprehend." (Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 87)

Lesson 30

"When the ocean of My presence hath ebbed and the Book of My Revelation is ended, turn your faces toward Him Whom God hath purposed, Who hath branched from this Ancient Root." (Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 213)



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