We should not do anything that will cause someone’s heart to be unhappy.
Prayers/readings for study
- Feathers in the wind. A traditional story about gossip. There are many versions of this one.
- Accompany the children through the skits outlined in (Book 5, Lesson 13) (sin-covering eye).
- Dramatize the “Feathers in the wind” story. Have the children continue their skit after the end of the story by imagining what happens after the woman learns how not to spread gossip. What does she talk about? What has she learned about hurting people’s feelings? How do her friends react to her change of heart? How do they feel?
- Wreaths. Children create seasonally-themed wreaths, with feathers included to tie in with the story.
Section 19.4, Book 4 of Bahá’í Education for Children, is about not hurting people’s feelings.
The Golden Rule is a universal principle that kids can understand and apply in their lives every day.
O son of man! If thine eyes be turned towards mercy, forsake the things that profit thee and cleave unto that which will profit mankind. And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbour that which thou choosest for thyself. Humility exalteth man to the heaven of glory and power, whilst pride abaseth him to the depths of wretchedness and degradation.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Kalímát-i-Firdawsíyyih (Words of Paradise), Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p.64)
Verily I say, the tongue is for mentioning what is good, defile it not with unseemly talk. God hath forgiven what is past. Henceforward everyone should utter that which is meet and seemly, and should refrain from slander, abuse and whatever causeth sadness in men. (Bahá’u’lláh, Kitáb-i-Ahd (Book of the Covenant), Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p.269)
“Breathe not the sins of others so long as thou art thyself a sinner.” (The Hidden Words, Arabic, no.27, p.10)
“Speak no evil, that thou mayest not hear it spoken unto thee, and magnify not the faults of others that thine own faults may not appear great…” (The Hidden Words, Persian, no.44, p.37)
“O Son of Being! How couldst thou forget thine own faults and busy thyself with the faults of others? Whoso doeth this is accursed of Me.” (The Hidden Words, Arabic, no.26, p.10)