Yuvaks and Yuvatis from across the region gathered at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chicago, IL on July 10, 2017, to attend the one-day Yuvak-Yuvati Din held in the presence of His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj. For many months leading up to the event, attendees prepared by studying various passages of Swaminarayan texts, which focused on topics to strengthen their spiritual understanding and development from niyam-dharma to bhakti. Participants also engaged in activities to explore their devotion through the five senses, to reflect on their connection with Bhagwan Swaminarayan and Mahant Swami Maharaj. These activities included listening to discourses from Swamis, practicing daily Hindu rituals, and reading spiritual texts.
The event, themed “Eva Sant Ne Namu Hu Shish,” was held in the presence of Mahant Swami Maharaj and explored the principles of Mahima, Het, and Marji. Through the Yuvak-Yuvati Din, attendees were able to learn more about the life and personality of Mahant Swami Maharaj. They explored the virtues of the sant through the reading of the Bhakatachintamani and understood these qualities through examples from the life of Mahant Swami Maharaj. Attendees were also able to interact with Mahant Swami Maharaj through various activities including question and answer sessions to help them develop, foster, and strengthen their identity with the Satpurush. Through these unique interactions, they were able to experience all of the things that they learned about their Guru firsthand.