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17 July 2003 (V.S. 2059, Ashadh vad 5) Friday, Bochasan, Gana, Anand (IRMA)
o At 5.55 p.m. Swamishri arrived in Gana from Bochasan. The devotees welcomed Swamishri with a marching band and torches fueled with ghee. After performing arti and pujan rituals of the deities in the newly established hari mandir Swamishri blessed the assembly.
o At 7.20 p.m. Swamishri arrived at IRMA (Institute of Rural Management Anand) in Anand for the 5-day spiritual camp for 200 kishores and kishoris of UK and USA. Swamishri was welcomed by the kishores singing the Vedic Shanti-Path and honored with garlands by Chairman of IRMA Dr. Kurien, Director of IRMA Shri K. P. Reddy and Managing Director of G.C.M.M.F. Shri B. M. Vyas.
The 5-day camp was themed 'Journey of Faith'. To enlighten and consolidate the kishores and kishoris about Indian culture and values the 5-day program was dedicated to Culture, Satsang, Samjan, Satpurush and Sanstha. Swamishri provided invaluable guidance and the sadhus and kishores presented lectures, recitations, kirtans and skits. Pujya Mahant Swami, Pujya Tyagvallabh Swami and Pujya Vivkesagar Swami also enlightened everyone with their discourses.

24 July 2003 (V.S. 2059, Ashadh vad 10) Thursday, Vidyanagar
From 24 to 27 July a special spiritual camp for out-state volunteers of Satsang centers in Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Uttranchal, Punjab, Hariyana, Jammu Kashmir, Delhi, Rajasthan, North Maharashtra (Vidarbha), Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgadh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Maharashtra was held in Swamishri's presence. The 381 male and 188 female satsangi volunteers came from 102 towns from 19 Indian states.
The 4-day camp was presided by Swamishri during the morning and evening sessions providing spiritual guidance and motivation through his discourses. The senior sadhus also delivered enlightening lectures on various aspects of satsang. Audiovisual presentations and skits featured various aspects of satsang. The volunteers also participated by narrating their satsang experiences.


27 July 2003 (V.S. 2059, Ashadh vad 13) Sunday, Vidyanagar
In the evening, Swamishri delivered his blessings through video conferencing in the concluding plenary session of the 3-day Global Religious Conference at the Raritan center, Edison, USA. More than 2,000 Hindu students from 50 countries were attending the conference. After President Abdul Kalam's video conferencing address, Swamishri delivered his 20-minutes blessings that was translated into English. Swamishri said, "... Just as we take care of and utilize the money we get and the land we acquire, we should also care for our heritage and Dharma. And this is possible only if we have good character and perform good actions. Dharma is a matter of imbibing and not of offering lip-service. One can only experience the taste of food by eating it. Similarly, if one talks about dharma, listens about dharma and reads about dharma one cannot experience its benefits till it is put into action ..."

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