Los Angeles & San Jose Winter Convention
From December 26th - 29th, the Indio, Los Angeles, and San Jose BAPS
Kishore Mandal Karyakars got together to introspect and compare ideas
in order to improve their respective mandals. A total of 35 kishores
attended. The theme of this convention was "The Dawn of A New Era".
This convention was inspired by the kishores themselves as they did
not want to let this winter break slip by without doing some satsang.
They took the initiative to organize this convention in the span of
only 2 weeks! It was decided to hold the convention in San Jose. On
the first day, to help everyone get to know each other, an ice-breaker
game was played. The purpose behind this game was to re-emphasize
the 1996 convention theme "Satsang Our Family" "The Future is Bright"
video was shown which helped to give inspiration to everyone by driving
the point home that God is sarvakarta and will make sure everything
gets done, and we should ensure that we stay involved with the spirit
of "Maharaj ane Swami maate shu na thaay?" Key issues that face many
of the teenagers throughout the world were discussed;especially dating.
A video clip from the 1997 Summer
Convention in Lake Tahoe of Pujya Dr. Swami's speech was shown. Dr.
Swami said that the first goal in life should be to progress in Satsang,
and by dating we are distracted from this goal, On the second day,
the kishores learned about another problem which faces many of the
teens in this day and age: Time Management. The kishores learned that
there is always time to do whatever they want to do. First and foremost,
we must learn to prioritize and then do what's most important first.
When our time-table is made, stick to it. As long as we manage our
time correctly, everything can be achieved. This was followed by a
karyakar session whereby the respective Sabha Sanchalaks and Networking
karyakars got together to exchange information, learn, and brainstorm.
The evening session was a group discussion about practical problem
solving. In the evening, in a show of spontaneous devotion, a kirtan
araadhana was performed. Many of the kishores participated, either
singing, playing instruments, or dancing to the bhajans. The kishores
departed with a spirit of enthusiasm to improve their mandals. For
relaxation and entertainment between sessions, sports, activities,sight-seeing