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Balaks joyously dance next to Swamishri

Swamishri attentively listens to a young child

Swamishri and Pujya Ghanshyamcharan Swami joyously wave their hands

Swamishri playing the kartaals


Friday, May 28, 2004

    Bal-Balika Din gave all the kids of the North East Region an opportunity to show their love and devotion for their Guru, Pramukh Swami Maharaj. They covered the walls of the mandir with posters they had prepared themselves, Indian flags, and banners proclaiming the theme of the day, "Bharat ki hum shaan he, Swami ki santan he." (We are the pride of India, the children of Swami).

    Kids showed their pride of being Indians and being the children of Swamishri by dancing according to the styles of different Indian states during Swamishri's walk; artfully singing Sanskrit verses and performing tabla pieces during Swamishri's pooja; and proudly marching and waving the Indian flag during the morning assembly.

    A special assembly was arranged for balaks in which everyone was educated and entertained by saints. Swamishri became one with the balaks by playing games such as antakshari and playing the kartaals during a kirtan. His smiles and laughter caused everyone in the assembly, children and adults alike, to experience true bliss.

    The evening program emphasized the necessity for children to imbibe moral, educational, spiritual, and cultural values for a well-balanced life. Balaks performed a grand cultural dance to welcome Swamishri to their program. A combination of speeches and dramas highlighted the importance of respecting parents, keeping good company, daily prayer, studying hard, and attending weekly satsang assemblies.

    The program concluded with Swamishri's blessings, in which he revealed the importance of adhering to the sanskars (morals) taught by our parents and the Indian culture.




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