Over 8,000 Hindu Youths Attend Spiritual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia


ATLANTA, GEORGIA, July 14, 2013: This year more than 8,000 Hindu youths attended the BAPS North American Youth Convention hosted at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Atlanta, Georgia.The 11-day event, unprecedented in the history of Hindus in North America, took place from July 4th to July 14th and consisted of three separate conventions, each catering to different age groups and their specific needs.

The theme of the convention centered around the true meaning of becoming “Ekantik”, a spiritual concept originally conceived in the Hindu scriptures and further elaborated upon by Bhagwan Swaminarayan over 200 years ago. Ekantik Dharma is comprised of four pillars – Dharma (righteousness), Gnan (spiritual knowledge), Vairagya (detachment from the world) and Bhakti (devotion to God and Guru).

Sadguru Pujya Mahant Swami (Pujya Keshavjivandas Swami), the keynote speaker of each convention, explained to delegates that the path to Ekantik Dharma is a lifelong journey with fruitful benefits. Pujya Anandswarupdas Swami, mahant of Swaminarayan Akshardham in Gandhinagar, India, explained it in simple terms: “Ekantik Dharma is not just something to be talked about, it is something to be lived. To live it, the Satpurush (guru) should be the center point of our lives, nothing else. That is the only way to be Ekantik.”

In order to make the multi-day convention a reality, volunteers put forth a tremendous amount of effort. Planning and execution started nearly three years ago and included the dedication and hard work of over 700 volunteers across North America.

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