In continuation of the celebration
of various Hindu festivals, balaks and balikas observed Guru
Purnima, in which they offered their thanks to Swamishri for
being the ideal Guru. From the very beginning of the assembly,
they welcomed Swamishri with special shlokas and a prarthana
extolling the glory of the Guru.
During the evening program,
balaks and balikas also got a glimpse at some ideal disciples
such as Aruni, Eklavya, and Satyakam Jabali through dramas.
Then, Swamishri demonstrated the extent of his Guru Bhakti
towards Shastriji Maharaj by narrating an incident about this,
as well as by singing "Shastriji Maharaj no Sang." Finally,
several balaks who had proved to be true devotees through
their commitment to niyam-dharma were recognized.
Swamishri also played a game
with the balaks, leading one blind-folded balak through an
obstacle course, demonstrating the necessity to put total
faith in the words of the guru.
Finally, after aarti and mantra
pushpanjali, Swamishri sprayed colored water on Shri Harikrishna
Maharaj. Thereafter, the balaks, one by one, were sprayed
with the sanctified water. The entire atmosphere reverberated
with the joy of the balaks, giving them memories to last a