Over 320 kishores and kishoris from throughout East Africa attended the East Africa Kishore-Kishori Shibir on 31 July and 1 August 2010 at the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Nairobi.
The shibir, based on the theme 'Sant Param Hitkari', focused on how kishores and kishoris could further strengthen their attachment to guruhari Pramukh Swami Maharaj. The topics covered included: who is a true guru, what is the need for a guru, who that true guru is, how we can attach ourselves to the guru, he is our best friend and he is our path. Other topics such as agna, keeping unity and upasana were also discussed.
The various topics of the shibir were presented through entertaining and enlightening speeches, group discussions, question-answer sessions and multimedia presentations. In particular, the group discussion sessions enabled the youngsters to reinforce the topics discussed during the shibir.
One of the highlights of the shibir was the evening program: a fascinating drama enacted by the Nairobi Kishore Mandal about how the guru tirelessly toils to enhance the glory of India and Hinduism throughout the world.
An excellent exhibition was set up in the main foyer by the Nairobi Kishori Mandal based on Brahmanand Swami's kirtan 'Sant Param Hitkari'.
Thus, the thorough planning and preparation resulted in a smoothly executed shibir which everyone found truly memorable. It gave the kishores and kishoris a clear vision of how to advance on the spiritual path and that the guru is the bridge between bhakta and Bhagwan.