BAPS satsang has been growing steadily in Germany over recent years, with six major centres currently established across the country. This has led to a call from local volunteers for further guidance.
Thus, from 25 to 27 August 2023, a three-day shibir for over 160 karyakars was arranged in the presence of swamis from BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London, amid the picturesque settings of the European Youth Education Centre in Weimar, central Germany.
The shibir was inaugurated with video blessings from Mahant Swami Maharaj, in which he had personally scribed the shibir’s theme, ‘Maru Kartavya’, underscoring the profound sense of duty and commitment of a BAPS karyakar.
Overall, the conference explored how one can perform one’s seva (service) with passion, humility, and integrity. Enlightening sessions featured a series of insightful talks by swamis and senior volunteers as well as a history of satsang activities across Europe.
In-person presentations as well as live video presentations by swamis from the UK and India delved into the responsibilities of a volunteer, focusing on the virtues and principles to help them excel in their personal spiritual development as well as their social and professional lives.
Breakout sessions allowed the delegates to share inspiring stories of other volunteers as well as best practices from across various centres.
Team-building activities, free time during meals, and a night-time tour of the historic city of Weimar helped the delegates to further enjoy each other’s company and build closer friendships, while a vibrant kirtan bhakti programme infused the event further with devotional fervour.
Many karyakars were deeply motivated and rejuvenated by the shibir, describing it as “a much-needed recharge” and “a home-away-from-home experience in the presence of swamis and the BAPS family.” The palpable samp (unity) among the delegates left a lasting impression, inspiring them to continue their dedicated service in Germany with renewed vigour and devotion.

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