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7: 2: Becoming a tutor: Section 13: pp. 63-67

“In an effort to contribute to the development of this ability, Unit 2 of Book 2, “Deepening themes”, presents a story that takes the students through a series of visits to the home of a couple newly enrolled in the Faith, during which certain themes are shared with them. In areas where large-scale expansion occurs, this is a much-needed service. Yet, even in places that have not witnessed accelerated expansion, Unit 2 is useful, for it provides those who study it with a vision of what large-scale expansion and consolidation entails. More importantly, it contributes to the enhancement of two capabilities we all must acquire, those of conversing on spiritual matters and nurturing others. Too easily we can fall into the habit of teaching people the Faith while leaving them to themselves after they have accepted Baha’u’llah.”

“Below are some of the qualities, attitudes and abilities that contribute to the capability of nurturing others. You may wish to look through Unit 2, and identify places in the story (about the fictional Anna) where these qualities, attitudes and skills are reflected.”

  1. Generosity:
  2. humility (p.30 admit you don’t know answers but mention where you can find them); p.34 the foundation of all humility is humility before God.
  3. Sincerity and purity of motive
  4. Every meeting which is organized for the purpose of unity and concord will be conducive to changing strangers into friends, enemies into associated, and Abdul-Baha will be present in his heart and soul with that meeting (‘Abdu’l-Bahá).” Tablets of Abdul-Baha Abbas Bahá’í Publishing Committee, 1909 edition Pages: 730″

  5. Trustworthiness
  6. Patience
  7. Kindness
  8. Optimism and hopefulness
  9. Faith in people’s ability
  10. Appreciation for diversity
  11. Lack of prejudice
  12. A willingness to accept imperfection and errors: Book 2, Unit 2: section 4: page 37 “(forgiveness, importance of unity, patience)
  13. “You have good intentions; your purpose is the good pleasure of God; you desire to serve in the Kingdom of the Merciful One. Therefore, arise in the utmost power. Be in perfect unity. Never become angry with one another. Let your eyes be directed toward the kingdom of truth and not toward the world of creation. Love the creatures for the sake of God and not for themselves. You will never become angry or impatient if you love them for the sake of God. Humanity is not perfect. There are imperfections in every human being, and you will always become unhappy if you look toward the people themselves. But if you look toward God, you will love them and be kind to them, for the world of God is the world of perfection and complete mercy. Therefore, do not look at the shortcomings of anybody; see with the sight of forgiveness. The imperfect eye beholds imperfections. The eye that covers faults looks toward the Creator of souls. He created them, trains and provides for them, endows them with capacity and life, sight and hearing; therefore, they are the signs of His grandeur. You must love and be kind to everybody, care for the poor, protect the weak, heal the sick, teach and educate the ignorant (Abdu’l-Baha, “5 May 1912, Talk at Children’s Meeting, Hotel Plaza, Chicago, Illinois, Notes by Marzieh MossPromulgation of Universal Peace, p. 93)


  14. Ability to encourage others
  15. Ability to listen to others
  16. Ability to see where a person’s capacities lie
  17. Ability to communicate love
  18. Ability to communicate assurance


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