June - September, 2006
year, Param Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj graciously sent scholarly
saints such as Pujya Shrutiprakash Swami, Pujya Satyaprakash
Swami, Pujya Purnaprakash Swami, and Pujya Vivekmuni Swami,
for the benefit of Satsang in North America. The saints gave
labh in 18 organized shibirs in 6 different regions.
central theme of the shibirs was "Sanskruti" as defined by
not only Hindu culture and pride, but also defined by their
spiritual foundation; shastra, mandir, and sant. In order
to cultivate the theme, Pujya Saints gave their guidance in
topics such as par-atma gnan, atma gnan, samp, seva, Hinduism,
the first day, the participants affirmed Purna Purushottam
Bhagwan Swaminarayan as sarvopari and swaroop-nishta in the
Gunatit Guru Parampara. Participants then learned about Pramukh
Swami Maharaj's life and work today. Pujya Santo acquainted
the participants to the necessity of samp, causes of samp
being broken, and efforts of our Guru Parampara to preserve
samp in Satsang.
the second day, Pujya Santo acquainted the participants to
the past, present, and future of Hinduism. Reasons for Hinduism's
longevity were highlighted including its tolerance and embracing
of all. The importance of reading and daily puja was also
Santo answered various questions haribhakto encounter in life
regarding their understanding of upasana. In addition, dilemmas
faced in personal Satsang, Satsang understanding, and impediments
in Satsang were also resolved by Pujya Santo. To offer practical
guidance, workshops were organized. The purpose of this workshop
was to cultivate divyabhav for fellow haribhakto. To develop
these qualities, participants introspected and learned how
they can imbibe these qualities in their lives.
the shibir, audio and video presentations were also utilized
to maintain the continuity of the theme.