More than 2,450 families across Africa participated in the online Satsang Shibir based on the theme ‘Gharne Banaviye Mandir’ organized by the Satsang Pravrutti Madhyasta Karyalaya, Africa.
Based on the teachings of Bhagwan Swaminarayan, the Satsang Diksha scripture concisely describes the philosophical principles and daily personal practices of devotion to be followed by all devotees. The shibir presented the daily routine of devotees as directed in the Satsang Diksha by highlighting the relevant verses.
To better understand the meaning, methods and benefits of these daily devotional practices, the shibir provided guidance on performing personal daily puja and mansi, the devotional practices of a ghar mandir, offering thal and arti, and engaging in katha, ghar sabha and virtual satsang. The history and glory of the chesta was also described. The various topics were presented through a series of video presentations, enlightening discourses by senior and learned swamis, demonstrations and interactive exercises.
The attendees learnt the importance of regularity in observing one’s personal ahnik (daily routine of worship). The families also performed arti and offered thal at their respective ghar mandirs. They also participated in family samuh puja and chesta singing.
Devotees decorated their homes with posters based on various verses from the Satsang Diksha and created a shibir-like atmosphere at home. At the beginning of the shibir Mahant Swami Maharaj had blessed, “Maharaj-Swami, Pramukh Swami Maharaj badha divya dehe padharshe – Maharaj-Swami, Pramukh Swami Maharaj will all attend in divine form.”
The shibir inspired devotees and families to strengthen their personal and collective devotion to God.