concept of purity
We often read on products we buy, '100% cotton', 'pure fruit juice',
etc. Ask the class what is meant by '100%' and 'pure' in such cases?
What things pollute the air and water so that they are no longer
What is meant by being pure of heart and mind?
The Upanishads (Hindu scriptures) say: 'Let one therefore keep
his mind pure, for what a man thinks he becomes.' (women too?)
Do they think this is true? Why?
What are the dangerous and poisonous things which can spoil loving
relationships? (Promiscuous sex? Jealousy?)
Give them resource sheet 1 (page 11)
100% pure – no additives. Divide them into
small groups to discuss each of these statements and to decide what
After this time of discussion draw the class together to share
what they have discovered.
Ask if these discussions have changed their minds in any way and
if so how.
This is not an easy option. Below are a few sources of enabling
strength that could be considered during this discussion:
• learning not to give in to all desires
• having like-minded friends
• being honest about mistakes and failures
• being prepared to start again
• keeping minds and hearts open to the experience and belief
of many that there is a loving power beyond us whose strength is
available to all.
Ask them to read the poem on the worksheet and then to answer the
questions on it which will lead them to write something of their
own on the subject.