August 16, 2005
USA & Canada
One can only build a house if a proper foundation
has been laid. This summer, the kishores and kishoris of North
America began to build a house on their already solid foundation
of satsang. The theme for the Summer Shibir 2005 was titled
"Our Vachanamrut: The Essence of Life" and the main objective
of this shibir was to get kishores and kishoris to understand
the mahima of the Vachanamrut and to implement those concepts
into their daily lives.
The shibir was organized in a very unique way.
From the mandir havelis, high schools, and colleges, this
shibir was held in many different locations across the United
States. During the registration process the kishores and kishoris
had a chance to choose the classes that they wanted to attend
out of the eight classes that were offered. Each classroom
had a different topic and thus allowed for a variety of information
to be discussed during the shibir. The kishores and kishoris
then were able to choose one lab out of the three provided.
These labs gave the participants a chance to learn interactively
about the Vachanamrut.
One highlight of the shibir was the Vachanamrut
fair. This fair gave the attendees a chance to learn visually.
Through various games, videos, and trifolds, made by various
kishore and kishori mandals across each region, the Vachanamrut
fair provided a basis of help for the kishores and kishoris
to learn more about the Vachanamrut. The shibir also had morning
and evening programs which contained many informative speeches
by Pujya Saints and also games and jokes which created an
enjoyable environment. The kishores and kishoris left the
shibir with smruti bhets of a sticker with P.P. Swamishri's
ashirvaad to read the Vachanamrut daily and a bookmark to
use in completing this daily satsang reading.
Overall the 2005 summer shibir was a great success
because of the theme, the organization, and mostly because
of the blessings and inspiration of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and
Param Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj.