Teacher’s Guide: Coming Back Excerpts
This session explains the science of reincarnation on an age appropriate level. Various projects are introduced at the end of each lesson, but, if time allows, an on-going project, using one of the following ideas, can be done a little each week throughout the session until completed.
Project idea #1:
Have the students write a skit about reincarnation. Perhaps the skit could follow the journey of a soul from one body to another until he takes birth in a human body and receives the mercy of Krishna and the Guru. Chanting at the time of death, he returns to the spiritual world. The children could present the skit in a puppet show, making the puppets and decorating a puppet theater using a large cardboard box.
Project idea #2:
Instead of presenting a puppet show, the same skit can be performed by students as a drama. Costumes will have to be made, props gathered and scenery made.
Project idea #3:
Using the picture of the U changing bodies” as a guide (page 14 in the student workbook), provide clay in various colors, safe carving tools and a large cardboard box to create a three dimensional diorama as a preaching display.
1. Begin by reading aloud the introduction in the student workbook. Ask if anyone would like to give a brief explanation of reincarnation. (This will give you a chance to clear up any misconceptions.)
2. Introduce the session verse from the Bhagavad-gita. Before class, have the verse and translation written on a poster board and attached to the wall in a prominent place. Point to and read each Sanskrit word and have the children repeat after you. Then read each line with the children repeating. Have them repeat the translation after you read it. Throughout the session, ask for volunteers to come forward and lead the verse.
3. The poem on page 4 was written by Srila Prabhupada. Ask for a volunteer to read the poem aloud. Discuss its meaning.
4. This lesson begins with quotes about reincarnation from famous people in history. Most students will be familiar with Benjamin Franklin and Mahatma Gandhi. The children should be given a very brief explanation of the others who may not be familiar.
5. Continue reading Lesson One. On the top of page 8, you will need to stop and have the students look for the definition of “consciousness” in a dictionary. Have them write the definition in the space provided. After reading the rest of page 8, discuss the meaning of “material consciousness” and “purified consciousness.” Then, allow time for them to answer the questions at the bottom of the page. Note: This page, while omitted in the sample lesson, is in the unabridged version that comes with the Sunday school package.
6. Read aloud the top of page 9. Allow time to discuss the points mentioned at the bottom of the page. Then discuss the picture and quote on page 10.
7. Have the students take turns reading the quotes from Bhagavadgita on page 11.
8. Complete the Check for Understanding page. Provide copies of Bhagavad-gita As It Is for the students to answer number three. (This is a good way to teach them how to refer to Srila Prabhupada’s booksl)
9. If you are planning to work on one of the project ideas provided in the previous introduction, allow time to discuss and plan your project with the class.