During the Diwali vacation, thousands of BAPS youths participated in the kishore-kishori shibirs held at Sarangpur, Ahmedabad and Gadhada.
Two shibirs were held at the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Sarangpur, as below:
Surat Kishores-Kishoris: 21-25 October 2009
Based on the theme ‘Vachanamrut’, 1080 kishores and 895 kishoris attended. As a prerequisite, all the kishores and kishoris were required to memorize six selected Vachanamruts. The topics presented in this shibir included: Avatar-Avatari Distinction, Why Daily Personal Puja?, Swamishri’s Unique Personality. The shibir theme was further discussed through audio-visual presentations and skits.
Bhavnagar Kishores-Kishoris: 25-28 October 2009
Titled ‘Swaminarayan Hare…’ and based on the Swamini Vato, 1,100 teenagers and youths participated. In addition to the speeches, discussions, debates and audio-visual presentations, a well-designed exhibition on the Vachanamrut and Swamini Vato was displayed. Also, the attendees formed small groups to present informal, fun activities as part of the ‘Gunatit Anandam’ fair. The youths also participated in the speech and poster design competition on the shibir theme.
- Ahmedabad: 24-30 October 2009
Two shibirs were held at the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Ahmedabad. Both were based on the theme, ‘Char Vat Jivanu Jivan’. In the first, from 24 to 27 October 2009, 850 kishores and 635 kishoris from throughout Ahmedabad participated.
In the second, from 27 to 30 October 400 kishores and 400 kishoris from Gandhinagar, Mehasana, Himmatnagar, Surendranagar and the rural areas of Ahmedabad attended.
The four aspects of the shibir theme: Agna, Upasana, Suhradbhav and Ekantikma Priti were presented through speeches, skits, audio-visual presentations, question-answer sessions and message-oriented activities.
There was also an inspiring and informative presentation by Shri Atul Karwal, Traffic Commissioner of Ahmedabad, on his successful ascent to the top of Mt. Everest.
- Gadhada: 30 October to 2 November 2009
Over 900 kishores and kishoris from the Gadhada and Bhuj districts participated in this Shibir entitled ‘1 Step Up: Study, Society, Spirituality’. Through speeches, question-answer sessions, audio-visual shows, quizzes and other activities, the shibir topics were presented. Study guidance was provided in a special session by Shri Shaileshbhai Sagpara.
In all these shibirs, the sadguru santos addressed the teenagers either in person or through pre-recorded videos, guiding and inspiring the youngsters on a variety of important topics.
Many experienced sadhus also spared time to present speeches at these shibirs. Through these variety-filled and enjoyable shibirs the youths gained valuable practical guidance on many topics of importance in their daily practice of satsang.