Karyakars have an important
responsibility in shaping the future of BAPS, so with the
grace and inspiration of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, over 800
Bal-Balika and Kishore-Kishori karyakars from across North
America gathered at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in
Atlanta, GA from January 8 – 10, 2009. The North American
Bal-Kishore Karyakar Convention (KarCon) was based on the theme
‘Paramhansas – Above and Beyond.’ To help
the karyakars discover the meaning of the theme, sadhus
from North America and the United Kingdom came to offer
their guidance and expertise at the convention.
The convention had a balanced
mix of discourses during combined sessions, direction from
senior karyakars through seva-specific workshops, and team-building
activities which developed communication skills and helped
develop visions for each center. Through these three mediums,
the convention taught the attendees that they are the Paramhansas
of today who help to build chaitanya mandirs in their centers
and on college campuses. They are advocates for a healthy,
well balanced moral and spiritual lifestyle. The workshops
and team-building activities complemented the spiritual
learning with practical skills and specific requirements
that the karyakars need to enhance their respective seva.
The environment was charged
with energy of passion, dedication and service. Most importantly,
the convention was as enjoyable as informative. The karyakars
enjoyed the evening programs, which included skits, multimedia
presentations, bhajans and short stories or prasangs. The
traditional Indian cuisine was exceptional! For one of the
meals, the participants enjoyed a traditional South Indian
meal in a very traditional South Indian manner! In all it
was an informative, educating and fun experience!
The final element of the convention
covered methods on how the karyakars could balance their
seva into their daily lives to lead a satsang centric lifestyle.
Every karyakar was then given the opportunity to reflect
upon his/her personal role in the Sanstha and was inspired
to take on the personal responsibility of propelling BAPS
core messages of spirituality, morality and cultural preservation.
Throughout the two day convention,
many important concepts were learned and addressed to help
karyakars progress in their personal satsang and seva. At
the conclusion of the KarCon, the karyakars understood in
greater detail how the Paramhansas acted in a way that was
above and beyond Shreeji Maharaj's expectations and how
their involvement as a karyakar is their opportunity to
follow in the Paramhansas’ footsteps to make Pramukh
Swami Maharaj’s vision a reality.