Jeevan Ghadtar Conventions (Shibirs)
Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan holds Jeevan Ghadtar (Life Essentials) Conventions in all the major centres around the world. These conventions are inspired by the Acharya of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree, under the guidance of His sants. These are educational and social events to promote unity, morality and cultural values within the society, between people of all ages.
Aims of the Conventions:-
- to create spiritual and cultural awareness
- to teach moral values
- to enhance key personal skills such as building confidence, public speaking, learning to work in teams
- to show respect to others
- to strengthen the links between the generations, and to bridge the gap between the young and the old
- to promote unity
Activities of the convention include:-
- religious ceremonies and routines
- devotional practices ( daily pooja )
- sporting events
- team-based activities
- singing kirtans
- religious quiz
- religious drama and many others
Such conventions have been organized in Nairobi on various occasions during Acharya Swamishree’s visit to East Africa. These include;
3-day convention from 27th, 28th December 2004 & 1st January 2005
The essentials of living a moral, spiritual and cultured life were taught to the young and old members of the Sansthan. Educational, recreational and social events were held to promote unity and understanding between people of all ages. The activities included musical chairs, balloon races, arm wrestling, long jump, human wheel barrow, volleyball, rangoli, tap-ni-mara, kirtan singing, religious quiz, and mantra writing competitions. In the hour long mantra writing competition devotees wrote over 100,000 mantras in total with the winner writing 697 mantras. Click here for more....
1-day convention on 22nd January 2006
Due to the success of the convention held in previous year and at other Temples around the world, the young disciples requested Acharya Swamishree to allow the sants to organise a one day convention again in Nairobi. Acharya Swamishree was present for most part of the day. He demonstrated the various devotional practices Himself to the young disciples.
On this occasion, the older disciples prepared various lavish dishes which was arranged in the form of an Ankoot before the Lord.
Usually, such an Ankoot is prepared on New Year’s Day and on the annual patotsav day, so this was a special surprise for everyone to have such darshan on this day.
After the day’s events, the prasad from the Ankoot was distributed to everyone present.
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1-day convention on 31st December 2006
On 31st December 2006 a convention was held at Shree Swaminarayan Temple Nairobi during which the young students of Swamibapa Education Centre performed a play entiled “Laxmibai ne Chamatkar” and “Vandrao ne Methipak”. Click here for more....