From 30 October to 2 November, a BSS Karyakar Shibir was held in Sarangpur. The Bal Sevak Sabhas (BSS) are weekly meetings of the Sanstha’s dedicated children who serve as volunteers for children’s activities and other social uplift and cultural activities. Around 800 BSS karyakars, who are responsible for training the 6,000 BSS children, attended this special four-day shibir.
The theme of the shibir, organized as part of the year-long celebrations of Shastriji Maharaj’s 150th Anniversary or Sardha Shatabdi, was “Yagnapurushne Dwar”. Accordingly, the shibir included captivating videos, quizzes and discussions based on Shastriji Maharaj’s life and works. The volunteers also enjoyed lectures from BAPS’s learned sadhus and took part in workshops based on those lectures. Dining hall programs, unique event introductions, interactive theme presentations and a variety of such creative elements of the shibir helped these volunteers grow as satsangis and educators.
A special attraction of this shibir was a grand light and sound show which took place on the Sarangpur mandir and at its footsteps. The 90-minute presentation used lights, music, live action, dance and video shows to bring to life Shatriji Maharaj’s divine characteristics and his time on earth. The unique presentation amazed its spectators and also inspired a deep sense of pride towards Shastriji Maharaj and BAPS.
Pujya Keshavjivan Swami (Pujya Mahant Swami) graced the shibir and gave motivating lectures to the volunteers. Param Pujya Swamishri’s presence in Sarangpur was also a great inspiring force during the shibir.