ISKCON Youth Forum in Mauritius

The ISKCON Youth Ministry is affiliated with ISKCON, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, whose Founder-Acharya is His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada wanted youngsters to take up Krishna consciousness very seriously in their own lives and to change the society. Many students have applied the teachings of Bhagavad-gita in their lives even while continuing their studies.

Youth programmes exist in many parts of the World: England, India, Canada, USA, Malaysia, Africa, Germany and South America, amongst others. In Mauritius the ISKCON Youth Forum(IYF) started in 1994 with a group then called the BhaktivedantaYouth Forum. The moto of IYF is “Stay High Forever”. IYF organizes many activities where students experience a spiritual life of high moral standards.

Activities include:

1. Preaching programmes in colleges and schools

2. Training in music, orchestra, singing, presenting lectures and other skills

3. Seminars and three-day residential camps covering many aspects of Krishna consciousness. The first one took place at Flic-en-Flac beach and the second one in the serene and peaceful setting of Grand Bassin

Seminar Subjects
A. Character Build up.
B. The Power of Attitude
C. The Power of Habits
D. Yoga classes
E. The synthesis between science and religion
F. Youth and Leadership
G. The Secret of Happiness and Health

4. Debates- “Is youth meant for enjoyment or enlightenment” at the IVTB theatre hall

5. Spiritual tour- a bus load full of youth visiting different places of the island accompanied by ecstatic kirtans and talks glorifying the Lord

6. Youth camping

7. Organising the Water Front Ratha-yatra and Boat Festival in Mahebourg

8. Music concert

9. Janmashtami Youth Tent Programmes

10. Drama

11. Youth Festival twice a year

IYF intend to open an ISKCON Vedic Library where the youth will get access to Vedic wisdom. It will include books, cassettes and CDs.

IYF members meet every Sunday at ISKCON Hare Krishna Land Phoenix.

Today's youth, especially those who are educated, are tomorrow's leaders. By training students in spiritual culture, the whole world can be benefited. As Sri Krishna says in Bhagavad-gita (3.21):
yad yad acarati sresthas
tat tad evetaro janah
sa yat pramanam kurute
lokas tad anuvartate

Translation: "Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow and whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues."

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We would be grateful if for any donations in money and kind to make a difference in people’s lives. Items which can be donated or sponsored are:

Digital projector
Digital camera
Container (Iyf unit)
Books’ library
Musical instruments

Contact us
Sundara Lala Das on 7772747
Rasika Sindu Das on 7550453
Asvin on 7598843
Nitish on 7728407