“Truthfulness is the foundation of all human virtues”. 4
Today we are going to think about a very important quality. That is truthfulness. What does it mean to be truthful?
This is what ‘Abdu’l-Baha said about truthfulness: “Truthfulness is the foundation of all human virtues. Without truthfulness, progress and success in all of the worlds of God are impossible for any soul. When this holy attribute is established in man, all the divine qualities will also be acquired.”
What is a foundation? Yes, when we build a house we have to start with a strong foundation for the building. This is the start. When we have a strong foundation then we can build the house. In the same way, our life and faith have a foundation and that foundation is truthfulness. We have to be truthful to progress in all the worlds of God. While we are young we don’t have to worry too much about the other worlds of God, only to know that they are there. This world is the most important one for us at the moment and we are here to learn about God, and how to live with our fellow man.
Let us say, “Truthfulness is the foundation of all human virtues,” several times.
It is very difficult to speak the truth when we have done something wrong, because we feel ashamed and don’t want others to know what we have done. Or we are afraid that we will be punished for doing this wrong thing. Sometimes what we have done is a mistake. In all cases, when a parent or someone asks, “Did you do this?” The right thing for us to do is to admit it and ask for forgiveness and say that we are sorry. God, who knows everything, knows what we have done. We can’t hide things from Him. He will also forgive us, if we are really sorry and mean to try to not do the same thing again. We need to learn from our mistakes. In this way we become better and better, day by day.
GROUP A (youngest)
Give the children the picture of the house built on a foundation of ‘truthfulness’. Get them to draw some flowers in the front garden and some fruit on the trees and colour in the picture.
GROUP B (older children)
Give each child a piece of paper and tell them to fold the paper carefully in half. Now turn the folded paper round so that the fold is at the top. Use the fold to be the top of the roof of your house. Cut off the two top corners to be the slope of the roof. Now draw a strip along the bottom which is the foundation on which to write T R U T H F U L N E S S.
Draw your house so that it fills the whole folded paper. You can then open the paper and draw the rooms, and furniture, etc, inside.
GROUP C (oldest children)
Write the word TRUTHFULNESS and then see how many little words you can find using these letters. For example ‘then’ and ‘rule’.