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Far East Kishore-Kishori Satsang Shibirs
December 2004 - January 2005
 
 
   
     
             
             
 
   
     
 
 

Special shibirs were organized for the kishores and kishoris of Australasia in the presence of six BAPS sadhus. Entitled “Pillars of Faith”, the shibir focused on three pillars that make our faith in God strong.

Due to the vast distances in the region, the shibirs were held separately in three locations – Auckland, Sydney, and Perth. Dates and attendance figures are as follows:

Location
Date
Total attendance
Auckland
December 24-26, 2004
64
Sydney
January 11-13, 2005
35
Perth
January 20-21, 2005
27

Through lectures by sadhus, group discussions, workshops, games, and audiovisual presentations, the children and youth learned a great deal. Many took vows to give up meat, bow down to their parents, study harder, start regular satsang reading, stop dating, and more. Everyone felt it was a memorable and motivating experience.

The first topic, Satsang, gave kishores and kishoris an overview of the vastness and depth of the meaning of Satsang. It taught them what it means to be a satsangi. Through group discussions, attendees also discussed how they can implement Satsang in their lives through activities like daily arti, satsang reading, ghar sabha, eating dinner with the whole family, listening to discourses, thal, and other steps.

The second topic, Samjan, emphasized the understanding required to excel in satsang.

The third topic, Satpurush, emphasised the need for understanding the guru, Pramukh Swami Maharaj, who is the link between man and God.

At the end of the shibir, a memento was given to each participant.
In addition, the attendees took part in sports activities such as mini-golf, go-cart racing, bowling, cricket and soccer.
 

 
 

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