Greater Atlanta Vedic Temple, from where one normally hears
Vedic Hymns, Aum Dhwanee and smells purified air emanating
from the Hawan Kund, was louder on the weekend of July 25 to
27, because of the additional happy sounds of excited
children, enjoying the yearly summer camp at the temple
complex. They all (52 of them in the age group 5 to 18)
arrived on a Friday evening and immediately started having
fun, running around and playing games.
In the next 48 hours, they ate delicious food; saw a movie,
a puppet show, and played volleyball, badminton, soccer,
tug-of-war, jump-ropes, water balloons, carom, chess etc. An
outsider, hearing the sounds of the children would have
thought that the children were out of control. But the truth
was that they were all well-behaved, and in reality were
following all the rules of the camp.
Knowing that they had come also to learn, they quickly
picked up knowledge of the vedas, mantras including their
meanings and the process for Hawan and performing Yoga-Aasans
and Pranayam. On the lighter side, they, with help from
guest-professionals, learnt to paint, make potteries, and
picked up steps for popular dances.
On the intellectual side, Acharya Ashish Ji of Tapovan
Ashram Dehradoon, India taught the methods for improving
memory and concentration through Patanjali Aushtang Yog. In
the follow up tests, the children surprised all adults by
reciting up to 25 unrelated words in the same sequence as
dictated to them by the teacher 3 to 4 minutes earlier.
On the closing day of Sunday, they pleased their parents, by
showing them on the stage, all the knowledge and talents
that they had learnt from the camp. Selecting winners for
awards such as most congenial, natural leader, helpful,
monitor, most inspiring child etc. was not easy for the
selection committee. However, majority of them got
recognized by Acharya Ashish Ji for their individual talents
This whole program was conducted by a number of dedicated
volunteers including but not limited to Sunita Bagga,
JayShree, Scott, Vijay Arora, Dhirendra and Pramila Sharma,
Pramila Chandora, Abhai Chandora, Vishrut Arya, Swasti Arya,
Dr. Savitha, Mr. Sasi, Savitri Chandora, Mini Sharma etc
etc. All of them worked effortlessly along with other
volunteers to make the camp successful.
In the end, they were all given certificates of
participation and left with happy faces, and a strong desire
and promise to come back again next year for the camp, in
the month of July 2009.