“In the garden of thy heart plant nought but the rose of love.” 1.
Virtues are the beautiful fruits of our spirits. They are all those good qualities that makes us kind, and thinking of other people’s happiness. Virtues make our parents happy with us and please our friends. And most importantly our virtues make us happy.
Acquiring virtues means that we try to become better people and improve our behaviour. Baha’u’llah says, “In the garden of thy heart plant nought but the rose of love.” So we can think of our hearts as our beautiful gardens. If we have good thoughts and do good things we can imagine that we will have beautiful roses growing, full of flowers, in our hearts. But if we are cross and unhelpful it is as if we have let lots of nasty weeds grow in our hearts instead. Your heart belongs to you and you can decide whether to plant virtues in it or whether you just let the weeds grow.
Someone can say, “I am quick tempered,” meaning that it is easy to make them cross. God expects us to try our best to control our temper. We can learn to do so little by little, day by day.
Did you know that an ugly caterpillar changes into a beautiful butterfly? We can change our ugly behaviour into beautiful actions and make hearts glad.
Look at the picture of lots of fat creepy crawly caterpillars, and beautiful butterflies. These remind us that our virtues are beautiful and make us happy people. If we make mistakes, we can learn to improve.
GROUP A (young children)
Colour the caterpillars and the butterflies. Try to draw more butterflies. Make a garden for them to live in. Remember that caterpillars also love to live in a vegetable garden!
GROUP B AND C (older children)
Draw a garden with many caterpillars and butterflies.
1. Baha’u’llah, Hidden Words, Persian No. 3