More than 1,100 balaks and balikas from 12 major centers in Australia (Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne, Tarneit, Cranbourne, Perth, Sydney) and New Zealand (Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington) attended the one-day Bal-Balika Shibirs based on the theme ‘Pacific Rangvu Chhe – Akshar- Purushottam ni Bhakti thi Rangvu Chhe’.
Each shibir taught three cardinal aspects to the children. First, the glory of Akshar-Purushottam Maharaj based on an understanding of the profound philosophy of BAPS. Second, ahnik – daily devotional rituals that anchor their daily lives at home and elsewhere. Third, their identities as young Hindus.
The three sessions clarified the children’s understanding of the Akshar-Purushottam Darshan, and guided them on how to perform the bhakti of Shri Akshar-Purushottam Maharaj at the mandir and at home. Through presentations by swamis, skits, activities and hands-on breakout sessions, the children joyfully learned about the importance of offering bhakti in its true form.