“Consider the flowers of a garden. Though differing in kind, color, form and shape, yet in as much as they are refreshed by the waters of one spring, revived by the breath of one wind, invigorated by the rays of one sun, this diversity increaseth their charm and addeth unto their beauty. How unpleasing to the eye if all the flowers and plants, the leaves and blossoms, the fruit, the branches and the trees of that garden were all of the same shape and color! Diversity of hues, form, and shape enricheth and adorneth the garden, and heightened the effect thereof. In like manner, when diverse shades of thought, temperament and character, are brought together under the power and influence of one central agency, the beauty and glory of human perfection will be revealed and made manifest.”
O my God! O my God! Unite the hearts of Thy servants, and reveal to them Thy great purpose. May they follow Thy commandments and abide in Thy law. Help them, O God, in their endeavor, and grant them strength to serve Thee. O God! Leave them not to themselves, but guide their steps by the light of Thy knowledge, and cheer their hearts by Thy love. Verily, Thou art their Helper and their Lord.
*Audio play of narrative below-
Kibomi walks at night and rests during the day. He has not eaten for two days and is weak. As he waits again for dark, he thinks about his parents. Why did the Kungu soldiers kill them? His heart is filled with pain.
Kibomi hears footsteps and hides down in the grass. An old man walks by. He is using a traditional Kungu walking stick. Kibomi is afraid, but he follows the man at a distance, hoping he might find food.
The old man walks to a small hut deep in the bush. Kibomi sees him go inside the hut and sit down to eat. His back is to the door. Kibomi picks up a rock and slowly walks to the door. Just as he is about to enter, the man speaks. “I know you are hungry, boy. Why don’t you sit down and eat with me?”
Kibomi stops in fear. The man speaks kindly again, “Come and eat. I will not hurt you.”
Kibomi sits beside the man but keeps the rock next to him. The old man gives him sweet potato. Kibomi quickly takes the food and eats it.
After a few minutes, Kibomi looks up at the man: “Sir, why are you being kind to me?”
The man smiles and says, “You wonder why a Kungu should be kind to an Adumbu? It is true we are of different tribes. But we are the same inside. We each have a heart, we each have a soul, and we want happiness for those we love.”
Kibomi pushes the rock away and asks, “Why do tribes fight then?”
“Belonging to a tribe helps us to feel part of a group and also to organize ourselves,”
answers the old man. “But we must not fight and harm one another because we are from different tribes. We were created to love, not to hate.” The man stops talking and looks into Kibomi’s eyes. “We all have choices to make in our lives,” he says gently. “We can work together to build a better world, or we can hate and destroy each other.”
There is a noise outside and the old man is worried. “It is not safe here. You must go,” he whispers. He wraps some sweet potato in a leaf and gives it to Kibomi. Kibomi thanks him and runs into the forest.
1. What thoughts and feelings fill Kibomi’s heart when he thinks about his parents?
2. Why does Kibomi follow the old man?
3. How does the old man treat Kibomi?
4. What does he give Kibomi to eat?
5. What does the old man tell Kibomi about the choices we make in our lives?
1. The old man is a Kungu, but he is kind to Kibomi. To change this world, we must love all people and work with them in unity. Read and think about the following prayer:
“O my God! O my God! Unite the hearts of Thy servants, and reveal to them Thy great purpose. May they follow Thy commandments and abide in Thy law. Help them, O God, in their endeavor, and grant them strength to serve Thee. 0 God! Leave them not to themselves, but guide their steps by the light of Thy knowledge, and cheer their hearts by Thy love. Verily, Thou art their Helper and their Lord.”1
You may now wish to memorize the above prayer.
1 Compilations, Baha’i Prayers, p. 203
2. In this prayer, we ask God to unite the hearts of the people. We need to be united in our families, in our schools, and in our communities.
a. Which of the following might we see in a family whose members love one another and are united?
□ The husband and wife discuss important matters and make decisions together.
□ The family makes sure that both the girls and the boys go to school.
□ Everyone joyfully shares in the work around the house.
□ The children constantly quarrel.
b. Which of the following might we see in a school where the students are united?
□ The students work together to beautify the school garden.
□ The boys and girls clean the classrooms together each day.
□ The students make no effort to get to know a newcomer to the school.
□ The older students help the younger ones with their studies.
c. Which of the following might we see in a community whose members are united?
□ People of one race have good friends belonging to another race.
□ Neighbors help each other in times of need.
□ People from different tribes attend prayer meetings together.
□ People gossip and talk about one another behind each other’s back.
d. Which of the following might we see in a country that enjoys peace and unity?
□ There is equal opportunity for all children to go to school.
□ Both men and women hold responsible positions.
□ As part of their education, youth are engaged in community-service projects.
□ Some people are very wealthy, while others do not have enough to eat.
*Special thanks to our “Kibomi Walks” audio play actors– Parisa Ramsi, Nino Guerrero, and Marcos Lewis.