Shree Swaminarayan Temple London held the Jeevan Ghadtar Shibir 2009 (Life
Essentials Convention) over a series of event this summer. Inspired by His
Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree, these activities are held to promote
unity, morality and cultural values within society, between people of all
ages. As with previous years, participants were arranged into teams in a
On 18th July 2009 a pooja workshop was held at Shree Swaminarayan Temple where disciples learnt how to perform pooja daily. Acharya Swamishree specially attended the workshop and showered His blessings on the students.
On Sunday the 2nd of August, a sports and activities day was held at
Copthall Sports centre. By the divine grace of Lord Swaminarayanbapa
Swamibapa the day was blessed with excellent weather. Younger
participants undertook various competitions including running the gauntlet
of an assault course, sprint & relay races, the traditional Indian sport
of kabadi and a sand-castle building competition. Older participants took
part in a cricket competition against members of the Swamibapa Cricket
Club – Bolton.
Leela Presentations Evening
Leading up to the evening of Saturday the 8th of August, teams had been
enthusiastically preparing presentations based on the lives of the
Guruparampara of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan. Each team was free to
interpret the task in their own manner and produced a range of exciting
productions presented in both Gujarati and English. The tasks were
designed to help the youngster to build confidence in public speaking and
learn more about the faith.
Amongst the presentations there were plays depicting the divine childhood
episodes of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa, a poem on Sadguru Shree
Gopalanand Swamibapa, a newscast on the Divine 61 day Dhyan (Meditation)
of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa and a presentation on the great Mandir
(Temples) built by Acharya Swamishree.
The participants and audience were immensely proud of the results and the
efforts made by all involved.
On Monday 24th of August 2009, over 150 young people competed for their
team in different quiz and fun-based activities, in the presence of
Acharya Swamishree. At this event, the participants learnt more about the
faith, built confidence in public performances and experienced the
benefits of working together in teams to solve problems.
At the end of this event , the teams’ points total over the various tasks
and events of the Jeevan Ghadtar Shibir 2009 were tallied, to reveal that
Team Nirgunbapa were the overall winners, with Team Acharya Swamishree the
first runners-up and Team Ishwarbapa the second runners-up. The top three
teams received medals to commemorate their achievements, with Team
Nirunbapa, presented with the Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa - Jeevan Ghadtar