Discussions about materials for teaching youth ages 15 and over.
Celebrations – Holy Day
Birth of the Bab Program
Story of the Báb, chapter 15, “Stories from “The Dawn-Breakers” by Zoe Meyer
Quotations from “Selections from the Writings of the Báb”.
1. Prayer & Reading
O my God, O my Lord, O my Master! I beg of Thee to forgive me for seeking any pleasure save Thy love, or any comfort except Thy nearness, or any delight besides Thy good-pleasure, or any existence other than communion with Thee. (The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 216)
2. Prayer & Reading
O people of the Bayan! Those who embrace the Truth must turn unto Me, as ordained in the Book
and divine guidance will be vouchsafed to whosoever attaineth My presence.
3. Story of the Báb, Reader 1
Although the Báb was the Promised One Whom God had sent to tell people about the New Day, He came to the earth as a little baby, just as all of us must come. No one knew that He was the Promised One until He was twenty-five years old.
4. Story of the Báb, Reader 2
The Báb’s father died when He was very young and He went to live with His uncle. There were no schools such as you go to now, and no books to study except the Qur’án. His uncle put Him in the care of a man who taught from the Qur’án. From the first He learned so fast that His teacher could not understand it.
5. Prayer & Reading
“May the glances of Him Whom God shall make manifest illumine this letter at the primary school.”
6. Story of the Báb, Reader 1
One day the teacher asked the Báb to recite the first lines of the Qur’án, but the Boy said that He could not recite them unless He knew what they meant. Wishing to see what He would do, the teacher pretended not to know what they meant.
7. Prayer & Reading
“Verily God hath inspired Thee with divine verses and wisdom while still a child.”
8. Story of the Báb, Reader 2
He told about them in such a wise way and in such clear words that His teacher was astonished. He knew then that the Báb did not need a teacher.
9. Prayer & Reading
“I know what these words signify,” the Báb as a Boy said.
“By your leave I will explain them.”
10. Story of the Báb, Reader 1
The next day he took the Boy to His uncle’s office. “I have brought Him back to you,” he said. ”He cannot be treated as a little child, for in Him is a mysterious power.”
11. Story of the Báb, Reader 2
The Boy’s uncle, however, did not wish Him to stop studying. He looked sternly at the Báb. The uncle told the Báb, “You must do as the other children – sit quietly and listen carefully to every word spoken by your teacher.”
12. Story of the Báb, Reader 1
The Báb promised to do this and returned to the school. But He could not be like the other children. His soul knew all things without being taught. Finally His uncle took Him out of school and let Him help him in his business.
13. Prayer & Reading
“Say: Verily I am the ‘Gate of God’ and I give you to drink by the leave of God, the sovereign Truth, of the crystal-pure waters of His Revelation which are gushing out from the incorruptible Fountain
situate upon the Holy Mount. And those who earnestly strive after the One True God, let them then strive to attain this Gate.”
14. Story of the Báb, Reader 2
Some years after this the Báb was married, and a little boy was born to them. The boy was named Ahmad, and the Báb and His wife loved the boy dearly. But one day, while Ahmad was still very little, he was taken sick and died. Of course the boy’s Father and mother missed him a very great deal, but in spite of this the Báb did not feel sad. He knew that God had a place for His small son. And The Báb prayed that some day, He, too, might die in such a way that it would show His love for God. And God answered His prayer. In another story you will hear how the Báb died.
15. Story of the Báb, Reader 1
In Persia, the country where the Báb lived, the summers are very, very hot. This did not keep Him from praying many hours a day from the house top. Their houses were built with flat roofs, where people could sit in the evening when it was cool. But the Báb would not wait for evening.
16. Story of the Báb, Reader 2
Every Friday at dawn The Báb would go up to the roof and pray until the sun rose. At noon, when the sun was hottest, He would go up to pray again, and He would be so deep in His prayer that He did not seem to feel the burning rays. Here He would stay until late afternoon, thinking and praying, with a heart full of love and joy.
17. Story of the Báb, Reader 1
Some thought that He was praying to the sun, but of course this was not true. To Him the sun was a sign of God. The sun sends its light and heat to the earth to make the trees and flowers and everything grow. In the same way God sends His love to us to help us grow more loving in spirit or more like Him. We could not live without His love any more than the flowers and birds could live without the sun.
18. Prayer & Reading
“I am the Primal Point From which have been generated all created things. I am the Countenance of God Whose splendor can never be obscured, the Light of God Whose radiance can never fade.”
19. Story of the Báb, Reader 2
The Báb was very gentle and kind to all He met. He never wanted anything for Himself, but always gave the best of everything to others. It made people perfectly happy just to be near Him, and it was the greatest joy in the world to hear Him speak. And of course He was very honest and careful of the things belonging to others.
20. Story of the Báb, Reader 1
God beareth Me witness, I was not a man of learning, for I was trained as a merchant. In the year sixty God graciously infused my soul with the conclusive evidences and weighty knowledge which characterize Him Who is the Testimony of God – may peace be upon Him – until finally in that year I proclaimed God’s hidden Cause and unveiled its well-guarded Pillar, in such wise that no one could refute it.
21. Story of the Báb, Reader 2
One day while He was in business a man gave Him something to sell for Him. The man told Him just what the price was to be. When the Bib sent him the money for the article, there was more than the man had asked. So the man wrote to Him to find out about it.
22. Prayer & Reading
The Báb wrote back: ”What I have sent you is entirely your due. There was a time when the trust you had delivered to Me had attained this value. Failing to sell it at that price, I now feel it My duty to offer you the whole of that sum. “
23. Story of the Báb, Reader 1
You see, when He did sell the article, it did not bring so much money as it would have a bit earlier. The Báb felt that was His fault because He did not sell it in time. So He sent the man the extra money, beside that which He received for the article. Perhaps not everyone would do that.
24. Prayer & Reading
“The substance wherewith God hath created Me is not the clay out of which others have been formed.
He hath conferred upon Me that which the worldly-wise can never comprehend nor the faithful discover.”
25. Story of the Báb, Reader 2
It is no wonder that everyone loved Him. Even when He was a little boy, they must have loved Him because He never could bear to be unkind to anyone.
26. Prayer & Reading
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! (The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 217)
27. Prayer & Reading
I am one of the sustaining pillars of the Primal Word of God. Whosoever hath recognized Me,
hath known all that is true and right, and hath attained all that is good and seemly; and whosoever hath failed to recognize Me, hath turned away from all that is true and right and hath succumbed to everything evil and unseemly.
28. Prayer & Reading
I swear by the righteousness of Thy Lord, the Lord of all created things, the Lord of all the worlds!
Were a man to rear in this world as many edifices as possible and worship God through every virtuous deed which God’s knowledge embraceth, and attain the presence of the Lord, and were he, even to a measure less than that which is accountable before God, to bear in his heart a trace of malice towards Me, all his deeds would be reduced to naught and he would be deprived of the glances of God’s favour, become the object of His wrath and assuredly perish.
29. Prayer & Reading
For God hath ordained that all the good things which lie in the treasury of His knowledge shall be attained through obedience unto Me, and every fire recorded in His Book, through disobedience unto Me.
30. Prayer & Reading
All the keys of heaven God hath chosen to place on My right hand, and all the keys of hell on My left.
31. Prayer & Reading
Verily, the One True God beareth Me witness that in this Day I am the true mystic Fane of God.
[Fane: A temple; a place consecrated to religion; a church.]
32. Prayer & Reading
I hold within My grasp whatsoever any man might wish of the good of this world and of the next.
Were I to remove the veil, all would recognize Me as their Best Beloved, and no one would deny Me.
33. Prayer & Reading
In the estimation of them that have fixed their eyes upon the merciful Lord, the riches of the world
and its trappings are worth as much as the eye of a dead body, nay even less.
34. Prayer & Reading
It is better to guide one soul than to possess all that is on earth, for as long as that guided soul is under the shadow of the Tree of Divine Unity, he and the one who hath guided him will both be recipients of God’s tender mercy, whereas possession of earthly things will cease at the time of death. The path to guidance is one of love and compassion, not of force and coercion. This hath been God’s method in the past, and shall continue to be in the future! He causeth him whom He pleaseth to enter the shadow of His Mercy. Verily, He is the Supreme Protector, the All-Generous. (The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 75)
35. Prayer & Reading
There is no paradise more wondrous for any soul than to be exposed to God’s Manifestation in His Day, to hear His verses and believe in them, to attain His presence, which is naught but the presence of God, to sail upon the sea of the heavenly kingdom of His good-pleasure, and to partake of the choice fruits of the paradise of His divine Oneness. (The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 75)
36. Prayer & Reading
GLORIFIED art Thou, O Lord my God! Thou art in truth the King of kings. Thou dost confer sovereignty upon whomsoever Thou willest and dost seize it from whomsoever Thou willest. Thou dost exalt whomsoever Thou willest and dost abase whomsoever Thou willest. Thou dost render victorious whomsoever Thou willest and dost bring humiliation upon whomsoever Thou willest. Thou dost bestow wealth upon whomsoever Thou willest and dost reduce to poverty whomsoever Thou willest. Thou dost cause whomsoever Thou willest to prevail over whomsoever Thou willest. Within Thy grasp Thou dost hold the empire of all created things and through the potency of Thy sovereign behest Thou dost call into being whomsoever Thou willest. Verily Thou art the Omniscient, the Omnipotent, the Lord of power. (The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 213)
37. Prayer & Reading
WORSHIP thou God in such wise that if thy worship lead thee to the fire, no alteration in thine adoration would be produced, and so likewise if thy recompense should be paradise. Thus and thus alone should be the worship which befitteth the one True God. Shouldst thou worship Him because of fear, this would be unseemly in the sanctified Court of His presence, and could not be regarded as an act by thee dedicated to the Oneness of His Being. Or if thy gaze should be on paradise, and thou shouldst worship Him while cherishing such a hope, thou wouldst make God’s creation a partner with Him, notwithstanding the fact that paradise is desired by me (The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 75)
The Betterment of Our World
An activity adapted for reflecting on the world we live in and how we are connected to humanity.
“The betterment of the world can be accomplished
through pure and goodly (excellent) deeds and
commendable (well-approved) and seemly (agreeable)
from the Bahá’í Writings
This lesson is for students to study the quote above; to know that they are part of
the world and their “helpful” contributions will make a difference.
helpfulness, kindliness, compassion, friendliness,
tolerance, caring, generosity, honesty, truthfulness, trustworthiness,
understanding, empathy for other and a sense of connection, increased
vocabulary and awareness of place and interdependence of humanity.
- What can you do to help your friends and teacher at school so all are in a be a better place?
- What can you do to help your home and neighborhood be a better place?
- What can you do to help your city be a better place?
- What can you do to help your world be a better place?
Connect Drawings for a long and beautiful picture or make a mural of all the
wonderful promises of things we all can do!
- Each child has a drawing sheet (later connect with sticky-tape) or spot on the mural for his promises.
- Pictures and virtue words can be used to express their aspirations.
Read the quote with “memorization word cards/phrases”. As you read the quotation place the word/phrase in proper order. For a game, mix them up and have the kids put the cards in the proper order. Talk about the meaning of the quote.
- What is a pure deed?
- What might be a goodly deed?
- It is important to help the kids understand that goodly and seemly deeds are wanted, needed and helpful. As a judgment for such deeds, they should be done in an approved and agreeable way.
Ask the discussion questions which brings the kids to an application of spiritual qualities in action. This can be done while they are drawing their pictures which helps them focus on the actions.
Stand back and appreciate the work while in progress. Make sure when acknowledging the work, everyone is included with observational details in your comments. You might say something like:
- Thank you for working carefully and quietly with your friends.
- You worked peacefully on the mural sharing the colors and markers.
- Look at your work, are you satisfied with your efforts?
- I appreciate the care you’ve taken in drawing and coloring your images.
- I can tell you were doing your best.
- You look happy with your work. It is good to see so much joy while you were working.
- Look at this healthy tree and its leaves and fruit.
- I see this is a grown up person. This must be a little brother or sister.
- Someone likes fish, this is a colorful fish. This is a well-drawn building, it has windows.
Some kids may want to add or change things after the comments. This is very good. They are striving to be better.
Celebrate with a “Show and Tell” to share their efforts and talk about the
connectedness of the peoples of their world the whole world at large.
Please share your experiences with this lesson or lessons related to this theme in the discussion/comment section below.
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