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SAI SPIRITUAL EDUCATION LESSON PLAN

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SAI SPIRITUAL EDUCATION LESSON PLAN

    SAI SPIRITUAL EDUCATION LESSON PLAN

GROUP 1

    VALUE: TRUTH SUBVALUE: Self Knowledge

QUOTE: “God resides in each heart.”

    SSS, Vol. VI, 1982, p. 285

OPENING: THREE OMS / PRAYER / REPETITION OF GOD’S NAME

    Prayer: From untruth, lead me to truth.

     From darkness, lead me to light.

     From death, lead me to immortality

    ; REVIEW LIFE APPLICATION FROM PREVIOUS LESSON

    ; INTRODUCE TODAY’S SUBVALUE: and discuss quote

    ; AFFIRMATION: “GOD IS IN MY HEART”

SILENT SITTING / MEDITATION

    Teach the first verse of “A Temple in My Heart,” then sing it softly, with eyes

    closed during silent sitting. Suggest that the children become so quiet as to hear

    the song within. Allow a few moments of quiet.

    Lead a guided meditation wherein the children build a temple in their hearts. The

    children can visit the temple to talk to Sai Baba. The images can be a real

    temple, a bench in the forest, a church altar, Sai Baba’s interview room, or

    whatever each child prefers.

    DEVOTIONAL GROUP SINGING: Choose song to reinforce sub value.

    A temple in my heart, a prayer in my soul,

    A song on my lips, and I sing to You.

    Chorus:

    Baba, Sai Baba, Sathya Sai Baba,

    Baba, Sai Baba, I sing to You.

    Sathya Sai Baba, Baba Sai Baba,

    Sathya Sai Baba, I call to You.

    A light in my heart, a yearning in my soul,

    A name on my lips, and I call to You.

    Joy in my heart, peace in my soul,

    A smile on my lips and I sing to You.

    STORYTELLING / LESSON (Relate the story to the sub value)

     Story: “God is the Inner Dweller.”

     Materials needed: Lady puppet with necklace and a mirror.

     Sai Baba tells the following story. Using the puppet, tell the story in your

     own words:

    “The body is the temple of God in everybody. It is God that inspires you to do

    good acts and warns you against the bad. Listen to that voice and you will not

    come to harm. A lady wept that her necklace was lost or stolen. She searched

    everywhere and became inconsolably sad. Then, when she passed in front of a

    mirror, she found the lost necklace around her neck. It was there all the time.

    Similarly, God is the inner dweller, whether you know it or not.”

     Discussion Questions: (These should relate to story, sub value and

     affirmation.)

    1. What had the lady lost?

    2. Did she find what she had lost? How?

    3. Have you ever lost something that was there all the time, waiting for you to

    find it?

    4. Where is God? How can you find Him?

     ACTIVITY (Choose to provide an experience of the sub value)

    Display the puppet with her necklace on; ask children if they know where the lost

    necklace is. Ask questions such as “why can’t she find it?” Explain, in the same

    way, God is within us even though we cannot see Him.

    Have students make finger puppets or stick puppets and perform the story as a

    skit for themselves and for other classmates.

LIFE APPLICATION

     Assist the children in turning the quote into an affirmation:

     “God resides in my heart” and have them write it in their journal.

     During the week have the children practice repeating the affirmation

     each day. Ask them to think, listen, and act as if God were residing in their

     hearts. Discuss with the children how they can accomplish this. At the end of

     the week ask the children to write about what they have learned during this

     process.

CLOSING: REPEAT AFFIRMATION AND SONG. CLOSE WITH

    PRAYER

Unity Prayer: The light of God surrounds me.

     The love of God enfolds me.

     The power of God protects me.

     The presence of God watches over me.

     Wherever I am, God is.

    SAI SPIRITUAL EDUCATION LESSON PLAN

GROUP 1

    VALUE: LOVE SUBVALUE: SHARING

QUOTE: “Share your goodness with those around you and experience the

    joy that results from such sharing.

OPENING: THREE OMS / PRAYER / REPETITION OF GOD’S NAME

    ; REVIEW LIFE APPLICATION FROM PREVIOUS LESSON

    ; INTRODUCE TODAY’S SUB VALUE: SHARING AND DISCUSS QUOTE

    ; AFFIRMATION: “I SHARE MY GOODNESS WITH THOSE AROUND

    ME.”

SILENT SITTING / MEDITATION

    DEVOTIONAL GROUP SINGING: Choose to reinforce the sub value

     Giving and forgiving

     Loving all the living

     Helping all the helpless

     Never with a selfish heart

     Giving and forgiving, giving only love (1X)

     Loving all the living, living only love (1X)

     Giving and forgiving, giving only love (1X)

     Loving all the living, living only love (1X)

    STORYTELLING / LESSON: Relate the story to the sub value and affirmation.

Story: “Little Sathya Gives to the Poor” (see attached)

    ACTIVITY CHOICES: Choose to provide an experience of the sub value.

Classroom:

    1. Make peanut and jelly sandwiches for a service project. Let the

    children give them out at a shelter or soup kitchen.

    2. Make cards or place mats for a nursing home.

    3. Discuss, as a group, ideas of some good things you could do

    during the week for someone specific.

LIFE APPLICATION:

    1. Meet at a predetermined place to distribute sandwiches and/or

    place mats. When the children return to class they should have

    written about what they felt and experienced during the time spent.

    2. Have the children practice smiling more during the week. The

    children can write a poem or haiku about what they learned, and

    how they felt about others when they smiled.

    3. Pray for help from Swami to always help others. The children

    should be encouraged to help at least two people each day. Ask

    the children to write a description about how they helped others

    during the week.

CLOSING: REPEAT AFFIRMATION AND SONG. Close with prayer

Unity Prayer: The light of God surrounds me.

     The love of God enfolds me.

     The power of God protects me.

     The presence of God watches over me.

     Wherever I am, God is.

    Little Sathya Feeds The Poor

    At the tender age of three or four, little Sathya had a heart that melted at human suffering. Whenever a beggar appeared at the door with an empty bowl, Sathya stopped playing and rushed in to coax His sisters to dole out grain or other foods. The adults were naturally irritated by the endless procession of outstretched hands. They quickly lost their tempers and occasionally shouted away the beggar before Sathya could bring relief. This made the child weep so long and loud that only by bringing the dismissed beggar back, would the elders be able to stop His wailing. Sometimes, in order to put a stop to what was considered an expensive and misplaced charity, Mother Easwaramma would raise a finger in warning and scold Sathya. "Look here now!" she would say. "You may give out food, but mind you, if you do, you will go without dinner!" That did not discourage the child Sathya in the least. He would run inside and bring out whatever food He could find to any hungry person at the door. Then He would stay away from dinner by Himself. Nothing and nobody could persuade Him to come to His plate, which was left untouched! But, it was so mysterious. For, when He refused food and would not eat for days, His movements and activity showed no signs of starvation or lack of energy. When asked if someone had fed Him, Sathya would declare to Mother Easwaramma that He had indeed eaten. He would say that a 'Thatha', an old man, had fed Him sumptuously by serving Him balls of milk-rice. His full stomach was proof He had eaten. Beside, the child volunteered to give yet more evidence of his having eaten. Sathya would hold out His right hand for His mother to smell. As lo and behold! she inhaled the fragrance of ghee, milk and curds from the tiny palm, of a type

    she had never before enjoyed. The mystery remained, however as to who was this old man, the unseen visitor, the strange nourisher of this little child? When Sathya, began running about in the village streets, He continued to seek out the lame, the blind, the decrepit and the diseased, and would lead them by the hand to the doorstep of His parents. His sisters had to find some tidbit of food from their pantry and put it into the empty bowls, while the little Master looked on happily.

    SAI SPIRITUAL EDUCATION LESSON PLAN

GROUP 1

    VALUE: LOVE SUBVALUE: TRUST

QUOTE: God knows and sees everything

OPENING: THREE OMS / PRAYER / REPETITION OF GOD’S NAME

     PRAYER: OM SRI SAI RAM (21 TIMES)

    ; REVIEW LIFE APPLICATION

    ; INTRODUCE TODAY’S SUBVALUE: TRUST, AND DISCUSS

    QUOTE

    ; AFFIRMATION: “GOD KNOWS AND SEES EVERYTHING”

SILENT SITTING / MEDITATION

    Give each child a candy. Ask them to close their eyes while

    they eat it silently. Ask the children if God knows what they ate?

    DEVOTIONAL GROUP SINGING: Choose song to reinforce sub value

     When My Life Seems Lost, and I forget Your name, Lord

     Take me by the hand, and lead me home again

     Turn my life around, set my feet back on the ground

     Of Your everlasting peace, love and joy

     Peace and love

     Love and joy

     Of Your everlasting peace, love and joy

    STORYTELLING / LESSON (Relate the story to the sub value)

     Story: “The Muslim Who Lost His Horse” (See attached)

     Discussion questions:

    1. How could young Sathya know the location of the man’s

     horse?

    2. Do you trust that God knows and sees everything? Why?

    3. If God knows and sees everything, how does that affect our

    actions?

    4. Explain the term “Muslim”. Why do you think Sathya choose

    to help a Muslim?

    ACTIVITY: (Choose one to provide an experience of the sub value)

     Materials needed: paper, crayons

    1. Role-play: You have lost a library book. You ask everyone in

    your family. Who do you ask next? How do you ask?

    2. Art project: Make a drawing of the story.

    3. Creative writing: Ask each child to draw or write a secret. Ask if

    God knows their secret; let the children affirm that He does.

    4. Drama/skit: Have the children present a skit based on the

    lesson’s story.

LIFE APPLICATION:

    Pray to Baba each day this week. Ask for His help when you are in

    trouble and trust His answer. Listen to what He tells you inside and

    do what He tells you. When you return to class next week be

    prepared to share what you did or didn’t do.

CLOSING: REPEAT THE AFFIRMATION AND SONG

     THE MUSLIM WHO LOST HIS HORSE

    When Sathya was in high school, he won the respect of the common man in Uravakonda by something similar to what happened during the life of Shirdi Sai Baba. A Muslim man was frantically searching for his horse that had been stolen or had strayed away. The horse was used to pull a cart to take men and various things, and was the man's only way of making a living. Now he was desperate, as he and his friends had searched the countryside far and wide. There was no trace of the horse. At last, someone told the Muslim man about Sathya, the wonder boy. He came to the boy and told Him the sad story. Sathya immediately told him to go to a place a mile-and-a-half away from the town. When the man did, he found the horse eating all alone, not caring about the upset he caused by disappearing. This made Sathya famous as a wonder-boy in the Muslim community. Many times after that, drivers of carts stopped when they saw Sathya and insisted on giving Him a ride to school, for they felt that His presence would bring them good fortune.

    [Source: Sathyam Sivam Sundaram, Vol. I, pp. 36-37, American Edition,

    1989] (J & SH, pb) C:\Baba\SSE\U1-L5-98.doc (10/7/98)

    SAI SPIRITUAL EDUCATION LESSON PLAN

GROUP I

VALUE: PEACE SUBVALUE: FAITH

QUOTE: “CALL ON ME AND I AM ALWAYS BY YOUR SIDE”

OPENING: THREE OMS / PRAYER / REPETITION OF GOD’S NAME

    Prayer: Oh, Swami, think through me all day

     Feel through me all day

     Speak through me all day

     Act through me all day

     And above all LOVE through me all day!

    ; Review life application from previous lesson.

    ; Introduce today’s sub value: FAITH and discuss quote

    ; Affirmation: “I call on Baba who is always by my side.”

SILENT SITTING / MEDITATION

DEVOTIONAL SINGING OPTIONS See attachment

    STORYTELLING / LESSON: Relate the story to the sub value and affirmation.

Story: “Jasmine Flowers” see attachment. Taken from Divine Album

    children’s booklet and Sathyam, Shivam, Sundaram Part 1, 1989

    American Education, pp 46-48

Discussion Questions:

    1. What did Baba do with the village children when He was young?

    2. What did Baba say when His father asked Him if He was a God, a

    ghost, or a madman?

    3. Why do you think Sai Baba threw the flowers on the ground to spell

    out “Sai Baba” in Telugu?

    4. Who is Sai Baba? Why do you feel this way?

    5. What does it mean to have faith in God?

ACTIVITY CHOICES: Choose an activity to provide an experience of the

    sub value.

    1. Make a japamala with 12 wooden beads. (Write one letter on each

    bead: O-M, S-H-R-I, S-A-I, R-A-M.)

    2. Have children throw a few flowers on the floor to try to form any word

    they would like. (The results will confirm Baba’s Godhood and His

    divine energy.)

    3. String a garland with jasmine flowers or have the students glue

    jasmine flowers on a paper to spell “Sai Baba.”

    4. Cut paper flowers with letters on both sides (S-A-I B-A-B-A) and glue

    them on a piece of paper.

LIFE APPLICATION: Choose one

    1. Ask the children to worship and pray every day by using a japamala (if

     they made one or have a small one). When they return to class ask

     what they experienced while praying. They might be encouraged to

     keep a journal of what they did and how it turned out. 2. Give the children Baba’s picture to create an altar in their room and ask

    them to pray using a prayer learned in class. Emphasize that constant

    prayer purifies the mind and body, which brings peace to your heart. Let

    the children keep a journal describing how they felt when they prayed.

    CLOSING: Repeat the affirmation and the song. Close with the prayer

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