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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Southend-on-Sea, hosted its first one-day satsang shibir on Sunday 8 May 2011.

The shibir, themed ‘Kariye Raji Ghanshyam’, was aimed at learning how to please Bhagwan Swaminarayan and Guru Pramukh Swami Maharaj through the three key principles of Mahima, Milan and Mamatva.

The day comprised of discourses by sadhus, group discussions and team building activities, all of which were enjoyed by almost 90 devotees.

The first session, on Mahima, highlighted how one can fully appreciate the glory of devotees and sadhus by taking examples from Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s time as well as those present now. The second session, Milan, focussed on serving together with unity and fraternity. The third and final session, Mamatva, inspired all to develop greater affection for the mandir.

A deeper understanding and practice of all three principles would help one progress spiritually and ultimately result in inner peace and happiness due to the grace of God and guru.

In addition, the ladies also enjoyed garba in the presence of Harikrishna Maharaj which provided the perfect end to an enlightening and thoroughly enjoyable day.

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