Children from around San Diego gathered for a week-long camp focused on building their capacity for practicing praiseworthy virtues. We hope you will join us next summer for another week of play, songs, prayer, and arts & crafts!
The La Jolla Light featured an article titled: Graduating with Virtues: Bahá’í spiritual ed class holds ceremony in La Jolla. Appearing on both the print and online cover of this local paper, children’s class teachers are gearing up for new seekers once the class reopens this fall.
Journalist Ashley Mackin gave an enlightened description of the class, sharing quotes from parents, children, and observers. The article highlighted the concepts of the unity of the faiths of God, daily practice of prayer, virtues, service, and racial equality. “Although based on Baha’i principles and prayers, the classes teach virtues that span all faiths, including truthfulness, service, love, patience, kindness and peace. There are two levels: the younger class (ages 8 and under) explores the virtues, and the older class (ages 8-10) studies the histories of different world faiths.”
It was also mentioned that this summer, to accommodate for the participants’ varied plans, the class would focus on the children engaging in service projects around the community in order to encourage the practice of selflessness amongst the children.
To read the full article, visit www.lajollalight.com and search “Graduating with Virtues”.
For further information about this class, please contact us.
Take a few minutes to watch, read, and enjoy this short film on the virtue of detachment!
Once there was a king who had many spiritual qualities and whose deeds were based on justice and loving-kindness. He often envied the dervish who had renounced the world and appeared to be free from the cares of this material life, for he roamed the country, slept in any place when night fell and chanted the praises of his Lord during the day. He lived in poverty, yet thought he owned the whole world. His only possessions were his clothes and a basket in which he carried the food donated by his well-wishers. The king was attracted to this way of life.
Once he invited a well-known dervish to his palace, sat at his feet and begged him for some lessons about detachment. The dervish was delighted with the invitation. He stayed a few days in the palace and whenever the king was free preached the virtues of a mendicant's life to him. At last the king was converted. One day, dressed in the garb of a poor man, he left his palace in the company of the dervish. They had walked together some distance when the dervish realized that he had left his basket behind in the palace. This disturbed him greatly and, informing the king that he could not go without his basket, he begged permission to return for it. But the king admonished him, saying that he himself had left behind his palaces, his wealth and power, whereas the dervish, who had preached for a lifetime the virtues of detachment, had at last been tested and was found to be attached to this world -- his small basket.
The possession of earthly goods is often misunderstood to be the only form of attachment. But this is not so. Man's pride in his accomplishments, his knowledge, his position, his popularity within society and, above all, his love for his own self are some of the barriers which come between him and God. To rid oneself of these attachments is not easy. It can be a painful process and may indeed prove to be a spiritual battle which lasts a lifetime.
- Adib Taherzadeh (The Revelation of Baha'u'llah vol. 1)
Children's Classes in San Diego
Children’s classes are offered to provide a means for developing positive attitudes and qualities that will lead to the children’s spiritual and character growth. The lessons promote qualities that require the children to think, reflect, and apply spiritual virtues to decisions in their lives. Great attention is given to the development of spiritual qualities and to those beliefs, habits, and behaviors that constitute the essential attributes of a well-rounded, happy child. The arts are used to enhance each activity and lesson.
There are many neighborhood children’s classes being offered by Bahá’ís throughout San Diego county. All of these classes focus on developing morals, virtues, and other spiritual tools that the future citizens of this world will need to increase the process of building peace. The program is currently offered to children aged 2-11 and hosted in various community centers and participants' neighborhoods in over 200 countries around the world.
Children's devotionals, puts the learning into practice by using virtues, free play, crafts, music, and dance as they are some of the ways in which we have found to be successful ways to build the capacity of every participant.