Youth Groups Abroad

Members of various Youth Groups

Wherever you go, remember Me in everything you do. This connection will always keep you elevated.

The significance of religion and identifying with its beliefs is far more complex for the youth, born and raised abroad. The perception of religion is dogmatic and difficult to practise whilst the purpose even redundant. The incompetency of society at large and parents to provide appropriate answers to questions regarding religion posed by the youth, the prevailing material culture, exposure and peer pressures have effectively contributed to the erosion of values and the need for religion. At times like these, Pujya Gurudevshri is inspiring and drawing an increasing number of youth to embrace spirituality, lovingly and enthusiastically.

Pujya Gurudevshri has brought about a remarkable
change; not through coercion or blind faith but by means
of practical rationalisation and understanding, not
through imposition of rituals but a transformation within.

The growing number of youth involved has led to the association of Youth Groups in USA, Canada, UK and Muscat to facilitate their spiritual activities.

The American Youth Groups are unique in many ways. They consist of a diverse mix of people from American-born Indians, Caucasians from Chile, Germany and all over the world, who form 20% of the group. The members are from across the USA; New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Charlottesville, Austin, Phoenix, San Diego etc. Although Group meetings are not a practical possibility because of the physical distance, members remain connected through 'BAPAbook', a social networking website created for members to share experiences, engage in discussions and keep up the Group spirit. They avail the benefit of Pujya Gurudevshri's presence during His dharmayatras to North America twice a year, and also on their visits to India. They also organise two retreats a year.

Canada has an active Youth Group as well as a Study Group. The Canada Youth Group members follow a spiritual discipline, which involves doing one of the three levels of nityakram (daily prayers), meditation and weekly swadhyay (spiritual reading) as per a predefined schedule. They meet once every month. The meetings generally consist of bhakti, meditation, discussion on swadhyay book and watching the video of recent events of Pujya Gurudevshri. The Canada Study Group also gathers once a month and delve within by hearing Pujya Gurudevshri‘s pravachans. They focus on enriching life through sessions on various Jain principles, introspection along with anger management, parenting, etc. Apart from this, they also actively participate in organising various activities during Pujya Gurudevshri’s dharmayatra to Canada.

The UK has three groups; London Youth Group, London Study Group and the Manchester Youth Group. Members within a group usually meet fortnightly and watch videos of Pujya Gurudevshri's pravachans and Mission activities, hold discussions on the week's spiritual reading and meditate together. The youth is also involved in Shrimad Rajchandra Divinetouch, other humanitarian and jivadaya activities and seva during Pujya Gurudevshri's dharmayatras.

The Dubai Study Group meets alternate Thursdays and get elevated by reading and discussing books, watching Pujya Gurudevshri’s discourses for the youth and performing bhakti and Arti.

The Muscat Youth Group members kindle their divine romance by gathering once every month. They get together and watch the videos of the spiritually elevating group meetings of Pujya Gurudevshri.

With the vision and guidance of Pujya Gurudevshri, the International Youth Groups herald the arrival of a great revolution in the youth abroad.

For more information on International Youth Groups and how to join one, please contact the following Group Coordinators:

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