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Syllabus, materials, and quotes, covering themes of the Hidden Words.

Hidden Words:
Training Course on

by Dianne Bradford

1998
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This course on The Hidden Words is dedicated with great love and gratitude to the Universal House of Justice and its Four-Year Plan--may my life become a ransom for its complete success--for which this course was created in response to and in obedience to its call for training institutes. This course has passed review from the Review Office of the U.S. Bahá'í National Center, and can therefore be freely distributed. The author can be contacted at d-bradford@juno.com.
[Deepening Project, presented as a homework assignment for the "Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh" Course, year one: January 1998.]

SYLLABUS

Course Title: Some Lessons from the Hidden Words
Required Text: The Hidden Words by Bahá'u'lláh
Weekly Assignments: Read and Study the Hidden Words assigned for the upcoming class, with the topic in mind and Memorize one of them
Recommended Class Length: 8 weeks of classes at 4 hours./week. Recommended is to allow appr. 2 hours. for each topic.


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Week 1: Introduction
Reading Assignment:
From the Arabic: Introduction
Topics:
(1) Justice
Reading Assignment:
From the Arabic: # 2, 28
From the Persian: # 64
(2) Backbiting & Faultfinding
Reading Assignment:
From the Arabic: # 26, 27, 29
From the Persian: # 44, 66
Week 2: Topics:
(1) God's Love & Our Relationship to Him
Reading Assignment:
From the Arabic: # 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 40, 58, 59, 60, 64, 65, 69, 70, 71
(2) Our Relationship to Each Other
Reading Assignment:
From the Arabic: # 30, 68
From the Persian: # 3, 5, 43, 44, 48, 49, 54, 56
Week 3: Topics:
(1) Death & Eternal Life
Reading Assignment:
From the Arabic: # 6, 14, 18, 23, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 63, 64
From the Persian: # 7, 39, 44, 58, 70
(2) Martyrdom
Reading Assignment:
From the Arabic: # 45, 46, 47, 71
From the Persian: # 17
Week 4: Topics:
(1) Teaching
Reading Assignment:
From the Arabic: # 41, 42, 43
From the Persian: # 36
(2) Deeds Not Words
Reading Assignment:
From the Arabic: # 31, 68,
From the Persian: # 5, 35, 59, 60, 65, 67, 69, 76
Week 5: Topics:
(1) Poverty & Wealth
From the Arabic: # 25, 52, 53, 55, 56, 57, 68
From the Persian: # 11, 49, 51, 53, 54, 55, 80, 81, 82
(2) Contentment & Detachment
Reading Assignment:
From the Arabic: # 8, 17, 18, 38, 49, 55
From the Persian: # 10, 12, 55, Epilogue
Week 6: Topics:
(1) Choices
Reading Assignment:
From the Arabic: # 13, 21, 22, 23, 37, 62
From the Persian: # 2, 21, 22, 29, 79
(2) Virtues
Reading Assignment:
From the Arabic: # Introduction, 27, 42
From the Persian: # 3, 6, 38, 42, 47, 49, 50, 55, 77
Week 7: Topics:
(1) Tests & Difficulties
Reading Assignment:
From the Arabic: # 48, 49, 50, 51, 55
From the Persian: # 25, 35, 69
(2) Idle Fancies & Vain Imaginings
Reading Assignment:
From the Arabic: # 56, 62, 63
From the Persian: # 23, 29, 45, 79
Week 8: Topics:
(1) The Purging of Self
Reading Assignment:
From the Arabic: # 38, 39, 40, 42
From the Persian: # 22, 32, 38, 40, 69, 72
(2) Purity of Heart
Reading Assignment:
From the Arabic: # 1, 59
From the Persian: # 8, 10, 17, 25, 26, 27, 31, 33, 35, 41, 42, 44, 45, 52, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 78
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