The North American
Kishore-Kishori and Yuvak-Yuvati Mandal hosted the National
Karyakar Convention (KarCon) 2006 from March 9th – 12th
at the Wyndham Hotel, Chicago, IL based on the theme of Niyam–Nishchay-Paksh,
from Vachanamrut Gadhada II-61. A total of 233 kishore delegates
and 160 kishori delegates and 72 yuvak delegates and 80 yuvati
delegates from across the U.S. and Canada came to participate
in the three-day shibir. These delegates came from all backgrounds
- from Sanchalaks, Sabha Sanchalaks, Personal Contact Karyakars,
and Campus Sabha Coordinators to National/Regional Karyakars.
In an effort
to teach the karyakars the skills necessary to bring the respective
mandals forward, saints from London also graced the shibir.
The shibir started
with an introductory speech by Pujya Shukmuni Swami on the
Vachanamrut from which the theme originated; it explained
the ways that Niyam, Nishchay and Paksh have been exemplified
by the guru parampara and how karyakars, can imbibe them into
The shibir focused
on four different aspects of development: Training/Skill Development,
Katha/Motivation, Teambuilding and Networking.
accomplished through various workshops and classrooms, covering
topics that were geared to the individual seva that the karyakars
perfomed. Katha took place two times a day by various saints
to teach and integrate the principles of Niyam, Nishchay and
Paksh with all the other activities. Teambuilding was not
only accomplished through the workshops and evening programs
where the delegates got a chance to know each other, but also
in dedicated forums where they performed various exercises
to achieve one goal while working with each other.
To become better
karyakars, there needs to be a clear direction and goal. Once
those are in place, the desire to improve and change must
come from within. The way to these changes is through strengthening
niyams, nishchay and paksh.
Be The Change:
Niyam, Nischay, Paksh