April 8-11, 2005
In an attempt to inspire and train the next generation of
karyakars from around the nation, kishore sanchalaks and kishori
sanchalikas gathered in Saddlebrook, New Jersey at the Radisson
Hotel for a 3-day shibir beginning on April 8, 2005. The theme
was based on P.P. Swamishri's promise to all kishores and
kishoris during the National Convention in Orlando, "I Will
Always be with you". Workbooks for each of the classrooms
and workshops were prepared to serve as a mandal guide during
KarCon and thereafter. These documents were organized into
a binder, which were then provided to sanchalaks/sanchalikas
during their registration.
Mukhpath: The mukhpaath packet was based
on the chesta booklet that was given out in Regional KarCons.
The quiz was administered on the first night and consisted
more of application of the chesta meaning rather than memorization.
The sanchalaks were expected to know the various leelas that
Maharaj did in his life and relate it to P.P. Swamishri's
In order to develop karyakars into the leaders of their mandals,
workshops focused in on how to accomplish this goal. The workshops
ranged from Turn it up a Notch, a workshop focused on improving
overall sabha skills and how to effectively be a good speaker;
to Star Search which taught the karyakars the importance of
searching for new talent and eventually taking an active role
in developing it. Look in the Mirror taught karyakars the
importance of writing reports, analyzing them, and defining
success measures. The Gear up and Adapt workshop focused on
the launch of the summer shibir.
To lighten things up a bit and also to be able to exchange
ideas the group discussion focused on the everyday problems
that RCs and sanchalaks face. All sanchalaks and RCs also
gave in their input on how they can solve those problems.
Also Houston and Chicago sanchalaks gave advice from past
experience on how to prepare for the other region's mandir
programs: The purpose of the evening program was
to inform all the delegates of the various projects taken
on by different regions for 2007. The theme for the evening
program was "Our Vision for 2007". The breakdown of this theme
consisted of three aspects: Mandal Goals / Niyam Dharam amongst
Karyakars, Bapa's Vision for 2007, and Regional Project Updates.
The program began with a panel discussion led by with Dr.
Tushar Patel who interviewed 6 different visionary sanchalaks
from around the nation. During the program the Regional Admin
Coordinators gave a brief overview of what their region's
goals were for 2005, and the Regional Coordinators also enlightened
the audience with prasangs in their regions in which Swami
personally gave them a goal for 2007. The Evening program
also included a guest speaker, Dr. Navinbhai Mehta, who spoke
about balancing one's life. The program ended with a game
in which 4 kishores had to do impromptu acting. Overall, the
evening program was very entertainment and a definite message
was portrayed as it did focus on Pramukh Swami's vision for
speeches: P. Vivekyogi Swami started the Friday night
shibir off with a series of light prasangs in which he explained
that Maharaj and Swami are goal-oriented in everything that
they do. P. Kaivalyamurti Swami talked about various ways
in which we can keep Maharaj and Swami with us at all times.
P. Amrutnandan Swami talked about the importance of constantly
thinking of Swami while doing our seva, and he also illustrated
that we can't retire from our seva simply because it gets
frustrating, because Swami has never retired from his responsibilities.
The final message that was portrayed to all the delegates
was essentially the shibir's message and its purpose, to be
on the next level when Swamishri comes to America in 2007.
All delegates understood that when Swamishri comes in 2007
"it should be obvious that there has been a change" in America's