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16 to 20 July 2002, Sankari
A seven-day Divya Sannidhi Parva (volunteer training camp) of central and local Satsang activitiy coordinators, male and female members from the bal, kishore and youth wings was held in the presence of Swamishri.

22 July 2002 (V.S. 2058, Ashadh sud 13) Monday, Vidyanagar, Bochasan
Swamishri inaugurated the G. H. Patel Postgraduate Department of Computer Science run by Sardar Patel University. Swamishri was welcomed by the Vice-Chancellor of Sardar Patel University Dr. V. S. Patel and Chairman of Charutar Vidya Mandal Dr. C. L. Patel. The inauguration assembly was blessed by Swamishri.

24 July 2002 (V.S. 2058, Ashadh sud 15) Wednesday, Bochasan. Guru Punam
The Guru Punam assembly program included speeches and bhajans on the glory and greatness of the guru.
The opening of the first ever children's magazine, 'Swaminarayan Bal Prakash', in the Swaminarayan Sampraday was performed by Swamishri.
Then Pujya Viveksagar Swami explained the glory of the guru according to the Hindu scriptures and that Swamishri is an ideal guru. Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami spoke glowingly of Swamishri's divinity and spiritual greatness.
Swamishri then inaugurated 'Yagnapurushopanishad' - an excellent photo-memorial book on Shastriji Maharaj. After being garlanded by the senior sadhus, the assembly climaxed with Swamishri's blessings, "One goes to the guru to dispel ignorance and darkness. Despite the fact that there is light outside, one's inner self is filled with darkness. For innumerable births one has the base instincts of lust, anger, greed, jealousy, delusion, attachment, etc...
"The first guru, Vyasji, wrote the Purans and Mahabharat. Likewise, the first guru in the Swaminarayan Sampraday, Gunatitanand Swami, explained the glory of Shriji Maharaj. He revealed the true glory and work of Shriji Maharaj ...
"Today, we find that our world has progressed tremendously but we have not progressed within our inner selves. And that is why we have conflict, immorality and sin. Man has attained physical comfort and luxury, but his thoughts have become corrupt and sinful. Consequently, one cannot desire for the good of others. These corrupt feelings are due to the fact that there is no inner illumination ..."
More than 40,000 devotees attended the Guru Punam Festival.
For the first time, a blood donation camp and diagnostic camp for diabetes was held during the festival.

28 July 2002 (V.S. 2058, Ashadh vad 4) Sunday, Anand. Kishore Day and Children's Day
o Swamishri performed the murti pratishtha rituals of Shri Akshar Purushottam Maharaj and Guru Parampara for the BAPS residential girls' school - Swaminarayan Vidyapith, Karamsad.
o In the morning, the Kishore Day assembly was based on the subject of Niyam Dharma. The assembly was attended by 430 kishores and 180 kishoris.
o In the evening, the Children's Day program included a march (kuchh geet) and the demonstration of a children's weekly assembly to show what children are taught. Finally, Swamishri blessed the assembly.

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