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SAI SPIRITUAL EDUCATION LESSON PLAN

GROUP III


VALUE: RIGHT ACTION SUBVALUE: CONSCIENCE

QUOTE: " The body is a temple of God. In every body, God is installed, whether the owner of the body recognizes or not. It is God that inspires you to good acts and warns you against bad. Listen to that voice. Obey that voice and you will not come to any harm."





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




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, and I give thanks.
The light of God surrounds us.

The love of God enfolds us.

The power of God protects us.

The presence of God upholds us and watches over us.

Wherever we are, God is!

And all is well!



  • REVIEW LIFE APPLICATION FROM PREVIOUS LESSON.

  • INTRODUCE TODAY'S SUBVALUE CONSCIENCE AND DISCUSS QUOTE.

  • AFFIRMATION:

I listen to the voice of God, which inspires me to do good and keeps me away from harm.

SILENT SITTING / MEDITATION Light Meditation

DEVOTIONAL GROUP SINGING:

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I am God, I am God, I am not different from God


I am the infinite supreme, the one reality

I am Sat Chit Ananda Swaroopa

I am ever-pure delight; I am always full and free

Fear or grief can never touch me

I am Om Tat Om (repeat line 2X)

I am love; I am truth, I am peace eternally

I am ever-pure delight; I am always full and free

Fear or grief can never touch me

I am Om Tat Sat Om



STORYTELLING / LESSON

STORY: "Practice What You Learn" (See attached)

Discussion questions:


1. Why did the king visit the holy man?

2. What did the saint teach the king?

3. Do you like to depend on others to do things for you?


  1. Would you like to lead an independent life?

  2. What does it mean to be independent?

  3. Can you do anything you want to do? Why or why not?

  4. Should we think about "right action" when we exhibit our independence?

8. How do you show your independence?

9. Is it easy to distinguish between the ephemeral and the permanent? Why?



ACTIVITY:

Complete the “My Independent Learning Contract, Using my Conscience”


LIFE APPLICATION:

The students will take one or two points on the weekly goals. They will fulfill the goals during the week and write about their experiences.

. CLOSING: REPEAT AFFIRMATION AND SONG. CLOSE WITH PRAYER.



PRACTICE WHAT YOU LEARN

When the King of Darapur expired, his young son was crowned king. Being so young, the prince was immersed in many doubts. He went on thinking as to how to run the kingdom. He was not able to know who was good and who was bad. He did not know whom to approach for guidance. He thought he should keep up the reputation of his father and grandfather.

One day sitting in the palace, he noticed groups of people moving across the royal streets. He inquired as to where they were all heading. He was told that they were going to listen to the discourse of a noble soul. He too joined them incognito. He thought he could get his doubts cleared by the saint. He sat in the congregation and heard all the sacred teachings. He was extremely happy. People returned to their homes at the end of the discourse. But, the king remained there.

As the saint also got up to go, his shawl got entangled to a nail of his chair. As a result, the shawl was torn. Immediately the saint brought a needle and a thread and was trying to put the thread into the eye of the needle. The king in disguise was watching all this. He said, " Swamiji, you are trying to stitch an old shawl, please leave it aside and accept a new shawl which I have brought with me." The saint said, " I don't need a new shawl; if you really want to help me, help me putting this thread through the eye of this needle." The king did accordingly. Then the saint stitched his old shawl, turned to the king and said, "Listen to me, I don't like to depend on others. I want to lead an independent life. Man should never be dependent on others. We should depend only on god."

With these words, all the doubts of the king were cleared. He realized that God is the basis of all. And only through self-confidence, he could achieve what he wanted. He went to the palace and began following his conscience. He did not consult anybody, nor did he seek advice from others. He became more independent. He developed an attitude to distinguish between the ephemeral and the permanent. The saint also told the king," You may be a man of wisdom, but if you don't practice, you will be like a donkey carrying dirty clothes.'

SAI SPIRITUAL EDUCATION LESSON PLAN

GROUP III


VALUE: PEACE SUBVALUE: PATIENCE


QUOTE: "I observe the three P's —purity, patience, and perseverance— which ensures permanent happiness, good health and freedom from disease."


OPENING: THREE OMS / PRAYER / REPITITION OF GOD'S NAME:
Prayer of St. Frances of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon:

Where there is doubt, faith;

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.

Where there is despair, hope.

Where there is darkness, light.

Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled, as to console.

To be understood as to understand.

To be loved, as to love;

For it is in giving that we receive,

And it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal Life.

Then miracle shall follow miracle,

And wonders never cease.


  • REVIEW LIFE APPLICATON FROM PREVIOUS LESSON

  • INTRODUCE TODAY'S SUBVALUE: PATIENCE AND DISCUSS QUOTE

  • AFFIRMATION: "I OBSERVE THE THREE P'S OF PURITY, PATIENCE, AND

PERSEVERANCE WHICH INSURES PERMANENT HAPPINESS, GOOD HEALTH, AND FREEDOM FROM DISEASE.

SILENT SITTING / MEDITATION

DEVOTIONAL GROUP SINGING:

Song: (To the tune of Kum ba ya, My Lord.)

When I'm angry Lord come by here (Sing 2 times.)

Show me patience Lord come by here Oh Lord, come by here

(Repeat) Students can add own words to this song -"happy, sad, singing, etc.


STORYTELLING / LESSON

Story: A sage from the Himalayas (See attachment)



Discussion Questions

1. What is anger? Is anger a human quality?

2. What caused the Sages temper to rise?

3. How do you think the Sage felt when he realized

that he really had not conquered his anger?

4. What was lacking in the Sage that made him angry?

5. What are some of the things that make one angry?

6. How does one feel when patience is practiced?


ACTIVITY


Have students finish the sentences below. Have them write the full sentence on a piece of paper.

I. I get angry at my friend (friends) when: I can overcome this anger by:

2. I get angry at my parents when: I can overcome this anger by:

3. I get angry at my (brother or sister or cousin) when: I can overcome this anger by:

4. I get angry at my teacher when: I can overcome this anger by:

5. I get angry at myself when: I can overcome this anger by:


LIFE APPLICATION


Take the chart made in class, "What makes me angry," and put it in a conspicuous place. Observe your behavior this week. Where there is anger, overcome this anger with patience. Keep a journal of what you have done and experienced. Share with us next week your successes and failures.

CLOSING: REPEAT AFFIRMATION AND SONG. CLOSE WITH PRAYER.

A SAGE FROM THE HIMALAYAS

A sage came from the Himalayas and declared he had conquered anger. He met some friends and told them that he was totally at peace and that he had no anger in him at all. One of them asked him, "Sir, have you conquered anger?"

"Yes, I have controlled it," came the guarded reply.

That person reiterated, "Sir! You of all people! Have you really conquered anger? "Yes, it is true," came the gruff reply.

"Why sir, it is really impossible to believe. How could you conquer anger?" asked the man for the third time.

"Ai! Can't you understand when I have said so?" came the hot reply.

"Sir! When this is the case, how could you have conquered anger?" asked the man for the fourth time.

"Are you out of your senses? I told you that I have conquered my anger."

So, while saying that he had conquered anger, he lost control over anger due to repetition of words. If words were not expressed, anger might have cooled down. Due to his lack of patience, anger emanated from him. There is no other remedy for anger. Only cultivation of patience is the answer. If you cultivate patience then anger will automatically subside. If darkness has to be expelled, light has to be brought forth. Similarly to expel anger, patience has to be fostered.

SAI SPIRITUAL EDUCATION LESSON PLAN

GROUP: III

VALUE: RIGHT ACTION SUBVALUE: HUMILITY


QUOTE: "Service will develop humility in you. Humility will enable you to work in happy unison with others."



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


Prayer:

Think through me O Lord, all day

Feel through me O Lord, all day

Speak through me O Lord, all day

Act through me, O Lord, all day

And above all, O Lord, serve through me all day.





  • REVIEW LIFE APPLICATION FROM PREVIOUS LESSON.

  • INTRODUCE TODAY'S SUBVALUE, HUMILITY, AND DISCUSS QUOTE.

  • AFFIRMATION I serve God in all and I am happy.


SILENT SITTING / MEDITATION


Light Meditation

DEVOTIONAL GROUP SINGING


SONG:


Take a lesson from the sun who shines his light on everyone Or the rain that falls on every single shore,

No distinction of our race, or the color of the face, Nature's gifts are there for all men rich or poor (In chorus)


Love all, serve all, understand that love and peace is what we need Love all, serve all, in every single thought, word, and deed

Bear all and do nothing, hear all and say nothing Give all and take nothing in return

Love is giving and forgiving, self is getting and forgetting, Serve all in the spirit of pure love. Repeat chorus.

STORY TELLING / LESSON :

Story: “No Job is Beneath You” (See attached)


Discussion questions:


  1. Why couldn't the men put the log in place?

  2. Why didn't the Corporal help?

  3. What man helped them? How was that an example of Humility?

  4. How do you feel when you are able to help someone?

5. Do you like to help others? What are some things we can do to help others?

ACTIVITY


Make a copy of this story and cut it up by paragraphs. Have the class work together as a team and put the story in order. Once they are sure it is in order have them glue it on a poster board. If time permits they can draw pictures (depicting the story) on the poster board around the printed words.

MATERIALS NEEDED: One copy of the story cut in sections by paragraph, poster board, glue, markers, colored pencils etc.



LIFE APPLICATION

Each day spend some time noticing the needs of others. If it is appropriate, help as many people as you can. Keep a record of what you did. At the end

of the week write a page about the reaction you received and how you felt. Be ready to share your experiences with us next week.
CLOSING: REPEAT AFFIRMATION AND SONG. CLOSE WITH PRAYER.

NO JOB IS BENEATH YOU

During the days of the Revolutionary War, there was a great need to build more and more forts. Ammunition had to be kept in safe, secure places, and people had to be protected. Soldiers needed walls and barriers, strong, safe shelters were needed to keep out the enemy.

One time a group of men busy building one of these forts struggled to put an extremely heavy log into place. The soldier in charge of the workmen called out: "Heave ho! Heave ho, men!" The words were an encouraging chant to help the men pull together as they tried to move the large log. But, the log wouldn't move. They tried, and tried, with no success. Just as they were about to give up, a man on the horseback rode up. He watched the men start to walk away from their unsuccessful job, and then he spoke to one soldier standing nearby. . "Why don't you help them with the lifting?" he asked. "Can't you see that the log is too heavy for those few men to move?"

The soldier answered, with a sullen look on his face, "I'm a corporal. I don't do that kind of work." The man on horseback got down from his horse and went over to the workmen. They had overheard the conversation and were coming back to hear what was going on between the soldier and the man on horseback.
"Now", he said, "Let's all heave together. Heave ho! Heave ho!" And, the log was moved perfectly into its place. And the man went back to his horse, he said to the corporal, "Next time you have a heavy job to do and you need help, just call your Commander in Chief!"

The man who said this was George Washington, Commander in Chief. He was obeying the words of Jesus, who once said, " If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all." Jesus meant, by those words, that one of the best things we can do is to help someone else lift a heavy load, or to do a job that needs to be done.

How can you help someone today with something that person can't do alone?
SAI SPIRITUAL EDUCA TION LESSON PLAN

GROUP III

VALUE: RIGHT ACTION SUBVALUE: GRATITUDE





QUOTE: " God will grant you what you need and deserve... Be content. Nothing can happen against his will"



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

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, and I give thanks

  • REVIEW LIFE APPLICA TION FROM PREVIOUS LESSON

  • INTRODUCE TODAY'S SUBV ALUE: GRATITUDE AND DISCUSS QUOTE


  • AFFIRMATION: " I AM CONTENT THAT GOD WILL GRANT ME WHATEVER I NEED AND DESERVE. EVERYTHING IS HIS WILL."

SILENT SITTING/MEDITATION

DEVOTIONAL GROUP SINGING:


Love is my form,

STORYTELLING/ LESSON:

Story: People need pruning too (see attachment)



ACTIVITY

Discuss: An event or situation in your life in which you felt unfairly treated. This can become a role-play where the students can turn the situation around to be something that was not unfair.


LIFE APPLICATION

Keep a daily journal this week in which you write down all experiences you’ve had. Write whether or not you felt you were fairly treated and why. Mention how you could have better handled the situation. You might want to consider that everything that happens to you is for your greater good and write about it in your journal, as well.


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PEOPLE NEED PRUNING TOO

Near my home there is a wide street, a boulevard, with a grassy island lined with tall stately trees running right down the middle of the street. I drive that street every day and always admire those majestic trees. But one day I was shocked and saddened to see huge trucks hoisting men and saws up to the topmost branches of the trees. The men were whacking off great branches and limbs, which fell to the ground with loud crashes. I stopped my car and watched the terrible destruction, my eyes brimming with tears. How could the city allow such a thing, the mutilation of those magnificent living things?

In the following weeks, I sometimes looked the other way as I drove up or down that broad street. The sight of the shorn trees hurt too much. But one day my eyes were drawn to fresh new growth coming from the trunk new growth coming from the trunk of the trees. And just yesterday, as I drove along, I found myself thinking, "How perfectly formed are those trees! I would never have believed that something as unpleasant and seemingly hurtful as that pruning months ago, could result in these strong, healthy trees. I guess the city knew what it was doing, and the men who did the pruning obviously knew their job and did it well."

Our lives are something like those trees. Sometimes life seems to treat us harshly. Our plans don't work out. Someone we love gets sick and dies. Dear friends move away. We ask, "Why?" Why is this happening to me? What did I do to deserve this?" Well, what did the trees do to deserve its pruning? If the tree could think arid speak, it might say something like this to the men who were hacking away at its limbs, "Thank you for taking away the old, dead parts of me so that the new growth can come forth. I may feel hurt and rather ugly for a time, but I know that this whole process is really so that I can be more beautiful and healthy in the future. This pruning does not touch the life force that feeds me from the soil, through my trunk and roots, and it continues to feed and nourish me. I looked forward to all the lovely new growth that is coming!"
Now every time I drive on that wide street, I give thanks for the life of God that flows through those trees, through me, and through every living thing. It can never be killed or hindered in any way, and I remember that sometimes we human beings need pruning, too. We need to let go of habits that are not good for us. We need to remember that the Life Force within us is always giving, giving, giving, to make our lives more beautiful.

SAI SPIRITUAL EDUCATION LESSON PLAN

GROUP III

VALUE: TRUTH SUBVALUE: COURAGE


QUOTE: "Smother the fiery fumes of desire, of hatred and of anger that rise in your

hearts; it is sheer cowardice to yield to these enemies that turn you into beasts. When obstacles come, meet them with courage. They harden you, make you tough. The best way to get rid of weakness is to strike at the very yaproot of the tree”






OPENING: THREE OMS / PRAYER / REPITITION OF GOD'S NAME

Prayer: From untruth lead us to Truth

From darkness lead us to light

From death, lead us to Immortality

Om, shanti, shanti, shanti (peace, peace, peace)




  • REVIEW LIFE APPLICATON FROM PREVIOUS LESSON

  • INTRODUCE TODA Y'S SUBVALUE: COURAGE AND DISCUSS QUOTE

  • AFFIRMATION: I meet obstacles with courage.



SILENT SITTING / MEDITATION


DEVOTIONAL GROUP SINGING:

Song: "I am God"


I am God, I am God I am not different than God

I am the infinite supreme, the one reality

I am Sat Chit Ananda Swarupa

I am Om Tat Sat Om


I am love, I am truth

I am peace eternally

I am ever-pure delight

I am always full and free

Fear and grief can never touch me

I am Om Tat Sat Om



STORY TELLING / LESSON

Story "Lord Krishna and Surdas"


Discussion Questions

What was his weakness? How did he overcome his weakness?



  1. Who was Surdas?

  2. What was his weakness? How did he overcome his weakness

  3. What is this blissful ecstasy he experienced?

  4. Did this have anything to do with control of the senses?

  5. When desires arise, can they be controlled? How?

  6. Is it possible to experience this bliss?

  7. How can we conquer hatred? Anger?



ACTIVITY Work in pairs. Develop a 10 Fold Path for conquering desires, hatred and

anger. See attached chart.

LIFE APPLICATION:

Using the 10 Fold Path chart as a guide, choose one each day and work with that aspect all day. Chart you successes and failures, noting how you could improve during the following week. Bring your notes to class to share with the other students.

CLOSING: REPEAT AFFIRMATION AND SONG. CLOSE WITH PRAYER.


LORD KRISHNA AND SURDAS


Surdas, a great devotee of Krishna, once went after a woman and followed her to her home. Her husband chastised him saying, "What for have you been given eyes? Is it for this unholy pursuit of another man's wife? Why don't you concentrate on God?" Immediately Surdas got enlightened and pierced his eyes with thorns of a lime tree close by. He proceeded to Dwaraka to Krishna' s temple. On his way, he was about to fall into a well. Krishna came in the form of a cowherd boy and caught hold of his hand and asked him, "Where are you going?"


Surdas said, "I am going to Dwaraka."
Krishna said, "I shall show you the way and lead you."
Next day they rested in a wayside hut. Krishna wanted to go, but Surdas would not leave him. He put his hand over the boy while sleeping and asked the boy to put his hand on his. Because of this divine touch, he was released from all his sins. Then Krishna told Surdas, "1 am Krishna to whom you always pray. I played this drama to show you My form." He touched Surdas' eyes and he got back his sight and beheld the divine form and got into blissful ecstasy.
When Krishna asked him to retain his vision, Surdas said, "I have seen You. I don't want to see anything else with these eyes. I don't want sight. Many people have eyes. Have they seen You? Many have ears; they are not fortunate to hear Your melodious music. I want only eyes of knowledge.
Krishna kept His hand on the head of Surdas, and the latter merged with the Divine. No one can know when God will bless! You must consider everything as God's gift and accept it with pleasure.
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