Youth’s Enthusiasm on Bhagavad-gita at Shadana Youth Camp
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By Hari Narayana Das
Globalization now days give many impacts to the young generation. The effects of this era sometime give positive influence and negative in other ways. Protecting the young from the bad effect of the globalization is in the hands of the older generation. They have big responsibility and should work hard to save the young generation. One of the member of Indonesia Parisad who leave in Jakarta from Jasri Village, Karangasem regency, Bali, felt worried of their young in his village. Jasri village is one of the tourism destination and of course the effect of culture brought by the tourist influence the social life in Jasri Village. He initiated to do Sadhana youth Camp. The purpose of this program was that participants can apply the Spiritual Practice in Daily Life so as to improve the Quality of Humanity in the self. And also become a qualified Human Resources in various fields of work. Then he asked the ISKCON in Indonesia whether they could prepare bhagavad gita for the contribution.
Devotees put the announcement of Bhagavad-gita donation on the social media if devotees or people in general would like to donate some of their income as dhana in form of Bhagavad-gita. Then in short time many devotees and people called and said that they would donate some bhagavad-gita based on their ability.
“Actually, the younger generation, especially the hippies, are our best clients, so they are feeling very keenly the frustration of material life and it is our duty as Vaisnavas to be very sympathetic with them and give this Krsna consciousness to them some way or other.” (SPL to Jananivisa, 7th July, 1970)
The Sadhana Youth Camp was held on July 7, 2018. There were three hundred participants. They came from Jasi Village. The committee of the program was the from Jasri village. The committee also invited ISKCON in Indonesia and Srigarbha Prabhu presented on behalf. The camp was opened by the head of Karangasem culture department and followed by handed over the bhagavadgita that already collected by devotees.
The committee gave chance to ISKCON representation to give speech on the important of Bahagavad gita for the youth. The youth were attentively heard Srigarbha’s explanation. When he asked about the Bhagavad gita to the participant. They all answered that this was the first time for them to see and hold they holy scripture. They also said that they would read bhagavad gita every day.
“So far we are concerned in the Krsna consciousness movement, we are preaching the teaching of the Bhagavad-gita. Krsna is the Supreme Person even before all demigods including Lord Visnu even, and of course Lord Siva. Our fundamental principle is the teaching of the Bhagavad-gita”. SPL to Satsvarupa, 3rd November, 1974
Before leaving the program, the village leaders came to him and asked devotees from ISKCON in Indonesia to give their youth special course on bhagavad gita to improve their humanity quality and also become a qualified Human Resources in various fields of work to face globalization.
This was the first sadhana youth camp in Karangasem and hope it will stimulus other area in Bali and Indonesia to do same program in future.
We offer our heartfelt gratitude to H.H. Kavichandra Swami and H.H. Ramai Swami, the GBCs of Indonesia, for their encouragement to increase sankirtan; H.H. Subhag Swami for being our inspiration, and to all the wonderful senior devotees of Indonesia for their blessings and constant support.