With the blessings and inspiration of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, and in the presence of Sadguru Pujya Swayamprakash Swami (Doctor Swami), Gnanpriya Swami, Atmatrupt Swami and other visiting sadhus from India, more than 1,400 karyakars from across the UK and parts of Europe attended the National Karyakar Shibir at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London on Sunday 5 July 2015.
The shibir, titled ‘Upasak Karyakar’, was designed to support karyakars in imbibing key principles of spiritual knowledge in the seva activities that they undertake.
Gnanpriya Swami spoke of Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s personal efforts to impart spiritual wisdom during his travels over the years, reflecting on the hardships he has endured in doing so. Aksharkirti Swami encouraged all to develop a deeper understanding of Hindu scriptures and their teachings, elaborating on how Swamishri has furthered the work of the Guru Parampara.
Doctor Swami offered his practical guidance on how karyakars could strengthen this knowledge themselves and then engage and inspire others with their pure character. He also emphasised the conviction and strength that attendees should foster in their spiritual knowledge and observances.
Visiting sadhus from India shared testimonies of dedicated karyakars in India whose personal endeavours, amidst even severe challenges, have made a positive impact to many lives.
Atmatrupt Swami then delivered an insightful presentation on working together and introspecting on one’s progress, outlining the spiritual benefits of accepting one’s faults and serving others.
Doctor Swami concluded the shibir by energising the audience with a highly motivational discourse on taking ownership and developing confidence in one’s seva.
One delegate from Leicester, Bella Chotaliya, remarked that she was departing with "renewed enthusiasm and desire to progress on my spiritual journey, both as an individual and also collectively with my fellow karyakars as one family."