The purpose of Sharirik, or intellectual activities in shakha, is to gain knowledge about Hindu Dharma and society, learn from each others' experiences, develop a sense of pride in our heritage, and inspire ourselves to contribute to society. This is done effectively through group discussions, presentations, workshops, and talks. Some suggested topics are listed below.
HSS-Shakha Achar Paddhati
Achar Paddhati is a formal procedure that is followed at the beginning and ending of a Sangh Shakha (branch). For any organization with a large number of branches, it is important to have standard procedures across some common programs.
Sangh is an organization, but most importantly a family, that is built on informal relationships amongst the swayamsevaks/sevikas. They come together and bond with the common mission of Vishwa Mangala Hetave and Vishwa Shanti Pravartake.
Sanskar-giving wholesome activities for physical, intellectual and psychological well being - are engaged in Shakha. Bhagwa Dhwaj, rendered as our Guru in Sangh, is a symbol of our Dharma and culture representing purity, knowledge and sacrifice. Hence the presence of Bhagwa Dhwaj makes Shakha-sthan (a place where Shakha is held) a sacred place for learning and sadhana.
Everyone comes to Shakha from their own engagements and with different thoughts in mind. Achar Paddhati at the beginning helps to gather our minds to immerse in the activities of the Shakha. It thus brings order and discipline in the program and helps inculcate discipline in our lives.
Achar Paddhati at the end is our way of showing respect to the Guru (Bhagwa Dhwaj) and remembering our cultural heritage from the past and also a reminder of our current duty towards society and Dharma. The earnest atmosphere during the Achar Paddhati, including singing prarthana collectively with an oath to make the universal dharma victorious, is one way of experiencing this unity with a purpose.
It is therefore important that all of us understand the spirit behind Achar Paddhati and follow it faithfully.
Achar Paddhati booklet (PDF Attachement)
Shakha Achar Paddhati Video
Shakha formation sketch
Shakha starting and concluding Agnyas :