On Saturday 24th June,
33 Balaks and 58 Balikas from in & around London came to London
Mandir, for the launch of a new project, involving helping to maintain
the Mandir. The Bal-Balika’s came to do a whole four hours of
The day started at 2pm when the children gathered in the haveli and
in an assembly, with P.Yogvivek Swami giving the children inspirational
talks about seva. He talked about the seva done by Maharaj and our guru
At around 2-30pm the children commenced their sevas. There were various
types of seva allocated, according to children’s ages and abilities.
The seva’s were cleaning the gym, cleaning the banisters and stairs,
cleaning the shoe racks, administration and much much more. The children
enjoyed their seva very much, as they got to do seva with their friends,
and even the sanchalikas enjoyed the fun and interactive environment
After two hours of seva, the children had a lunch break. The children
enjoyed their lunch very much, and they all took part in finishing cleaning.
After that they took part in sports. The balaks played football outside,
whilst the balikas played netball in the gym.
This was followed by a thank-you speech by P.Manoharmurti Swami.
During the beginning of the speech, feedback forms were also given out
children to fill out. The response was great, a13 year old balak stated
that, ‘I enjoyed the seva day very much. The working atmosphere
was great and I would like to share this seva with other balaks from
my mandal and tell them how much fun, and how much pleasure I got out
if it.’ Other feedback that we had from the balika side was that,
they had found it very helpful and now they would help their parents
too at home with cleaning and cooking.
The children also had an opportunity to write down which type of seva
they would like to do, most children said that they would now like to
help out in the kitchen, cleaning the outer marble surface of the main
mandir, and also they would like to clean the entire haveli.
Overall the day was a success and all who were present including the
Bal-Karyakars and Santos were pleased. Further seva days will be held
on a regular basis.