Flowers
of the
Garden

sunshine



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Narrator:

"It was a dark world; it became radiant. A new springtime appeared through Him, for the Sun of Truth had risen again. In the fields and meadows of human hearts variegated flowers of inner significance were blooming, and the good fruits of the Kingdom of God became manifest." (Abdu'l-Baha' - PUP P16 )

(scene)

Several performers (three or more) carry cutout cardboard face masks mounted on short wooden rod handles (bamboo chopstick glued to carboard panel works well). Three sets of masks are needed, each set of a different shape. One set is blue, another set red, and a third set, white.

Blue flowers (performers with masks), come together in a group. One chants:

"Blue is true, blue is brave.
Blessed are we, that all can see,
the color of the sky,
the color of the wave.
Blessed are we, flowers of blue."

Blue flowers move together, reach to the sky, move arms in gentle wave-like motions. All chant together, repeating the verse. Performers move to side, lay masks in a pile, and take up red masks.

Red flowers (performers with red masks), come together in a group. One chants:

"Red is my face, red like my heart,
red as fire, wild with desire,
the color of the sun
when day is done.
Blessed are we, flowers of fire.



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Red flowers move together, swirling around each other, spiraling upward like flames, all chanting together, repeating the verse. Performers move to side, lay masks in a pile, and take up white masks.

White flowers (performers with white masks), come together in a group. One chants:

"We are white, the essence of light,
pure as the snow, bright as rain,
sunbeams dance
upon our faces bright.
Blessed are we, flowers of white.

White flowers move together, posing back to back in small circles, faces upward to the sun, slowly rotating to radiate the light, all chanting together, repeating the verse.

The performers move to the other masks. Three performers each take up two masks: one, two of blue; another, two of red; the third, two white masks. As the narrator reads, the three performers move together, in a line, but separated and each doing the dance earlier performed by each color, and each softly chanting their separate color song as a background to the narrator's message.

The narrator speaks:

"Be like a well-cultivated garden wherein the roses and variegated flowers of heaven are growing in fragrance and beauty. It is my hope that your hearts may become as ready ground, carefully tilled and prepared, upon which the divine showers of the bounties of the Blessed Perfection may descend and the zephyrs of this divine springtime may blow with quickening breath. Then will the garden of your hearts bring forth its flowers of delightful fragrance to refresh the nostril of the heavenly Gardener."

A dancer comes to center stage, and the other two move behind and wide to each side. Dancers rotate positions, with emphasis, as if each tries to be dominant, center stage.

Narrator:

"If the flowers of a garden were all of one color, the effect would be monotonous to the eye; but if the colors are variegated, it is most pleasing and wonderful. The difference in adornment of color and capacity of reflection among the flowers gives the garden its beauty and charm. Therefore, although we are of different individualities, different in ideas and of various fragrances, let us strive like flowers of the same divine garden to live together in harmony."

The dancers move together, weaving together, and each exchanges a mask with the other, so each holds two masks of different color.

Narrator:

Even though each soul has its own individual perfume and color, all are reflecting the same light, all contributing fragrance to the same breeze which blows through the garden, all continuing to grow in complete harmony and accord. Become as waves of one sea, trees of one forest, growing in the utmost love, agreement and unity.

Any other dancers present each take up remaining masks and join the dance... each dancer moving in one of the earlier color dances, or improvising free-form among the others.

Narrator:

If you attain to such a capacity of love and unity, the Blessed Perfection will shower infinite graces of the spiritual Kingdom upon you, guide, protect and preserve you under the shadow of His Word, increase your happiness in this world and uphold you through all difficulties. (Abdu'l-Baha' - PUP p 24)

MUSIC plays

All dance. The narrator takes up the golden sun mask and joins the dancers, standing in the center while the flowers revolve around.

The narrator repeats the opening verse:

"It was a dark world; it became radiant. A new springtime appeared through Him, for the Sun of Truth had risen again. In the fields and meadows of human hearts variegated flowers of inner significance were blooming, and the good fruits of the Kingdom of God became manifest.

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