Acharya Swamishree's Vicharan in Kenya including visiting to Swamibapa Cricket Team Ground, visiting to Masai Mara National Park, giving darshan at the drama and dance performances, and overseeing the shibir at Nairobi temple.
8 January 2006
Fulfilling the humble requests of Swamibapa Cricket Team, Acharya Swamishree visited their home ground and blessed the team. By the blessings of Jeevanpran Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree, many of the team’s players have been selected for Kenya’s National Cricket Team. This is an achievement that everyone is proud of.
During the evening, Honourable Suleman Rashid Shakombo, the Minister for National Heritage, came to the temple for Acharya Swamishree's darshan and blessings. Two years previously, he came to the Temple and was blessed by Acharya Swamishree. In his speech, Mr Shakombo said, “Two years ago, when I first met Acharya Swamishree, I was only an MP. It is due the blessings of Acharya Swamishree that I have advanced in my political career in such a short time, and have become a minister. I am very lucky that I have a friend from this Swaminarayan sect, so that I have the opportunity for Acharya Swamishree's darshan.
14 January 2006 – The Uttarayan Festival
The Uttarayan festival is the day when people traditionally fly kites. This is also the day when people make concealed donations to the Lord. The disciples of Nairobi were granted the opportunity of celebrating the festival in the presence of Acharya Swamishree. In celebration, the Temple was completely decorated with colourful kites and flags.
Just before the evening’s discourses commenced, the young children of Nairobi presented Acharya Swamishree with a gift box in which there was a diamond necklace for Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj.
15 January 2006
Many young children of Nairobi were given topics to research and prepare speeches about. On this day, they presented the speeches to Acharya Swamishree and the disciples.
Acharya Swamishree also presented certificates to those who had excelled in academic activities and those who had taken the Sanskar Dipika examinations.
Visit to Masai Mara National Park
From 16 to 18 January 2006, Acharya Swamishree visited one of the countries most famous national parks to give darshan to the wildlife and the local Masai people.
Religious Drama Production
On 21st January 2006, the young disciples presented a religious drama called ‘Sadi naa sang ma’ (getting carried away by the 21st Century).
A prayer in the form of a devotional dance commenced the evening’s show.
The story of the drama was as follows: A young disciple grew up in a loving, God-fearing family. He looked after his parents well and remained obedient to the commandments of the Lord. However, he became influenced by bad company; the grim reality of the 21st Century. The drama was a vivid narration of the way that the disciple was conned by a group of thieves, by which, he realised his mistakes. The message of the drama was that one should remain in the company of good people, never bad.
The programme ended with two more devotional dances performed by young disciples.
22 January 2006
Due to the success of the youth conventions held in previous years 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.
The conventions involved performing the devotional prayers of the morning and throughout the day. Acharya Swamishree was present for much of this time; He demonstrated the various devotional practises Himself to the young disciples.
Various games and races were also held, in order to teach valuable life skills through play.
On this occasion, the older disciples prepared various lavish dishes to offer to the Lord. All the food was arranged in the form of an Annakut before the Lord.
Usually, such an Annakut 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 Annakut was distributed to everyone present.