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BAPS Women’s Conference-  2015


Life in Resonance’ was celebrated at the tenth annual BAPS Women’s Conference, Chino Hills, CA

Los Angeles, March 12, 2016
NRIpress-Club, LA-Karen/ BAPS


March 12, 2016 - In physics, resonance is defined by a phenomenon that follows when a powerful, vibrating system causes another system to oscillate with greater amplitude at a specific frequency. In life, resonance is defined by the innate beliefs and timeless principles that drive an individual’s actions as well as his/her physical and mental state of mind. Harmony within mind and body resonate harmony within our surroundings.

This year, the tenth annual BAPS Women’s Conference at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Chino Hills, CA provided a renewed approach 525 attendees on balancing three major aspects of one’s life through the theme of “Life in Resonance”: cultural identity, work-life balance, and emotional health.  Ms. Neetal Parekh, an attorney by profession, communicator by experience, and social innovator at heart, welcomed the audience in her keynote speech. She mentioned that in today’s world, everyone is constantly striving for balance, whether it be at school, work, or at home. While self-help books and online forums can be great sources of inspiration for those seeking this type of balance; open discussions among peers can often have a greater impact in making this a more achievable goal.

Ms. Aashika Patel, a non-profit management consultant who works with organizational leadership in hospitals, universities, and other nonprofits, was one of the selected speakers who delivered an insightful message on building pride in one’s identity through confidence in one’s intrinsic beliefs and practices.  She shared, “While we may exist in varying environments, it is our identity and what we value that defines us and determines the course of our actions, irrespective of the environment.”

Circling the ever-debatable topic of maintaining a work-life balance, Ms. Ami  Patel, a registered radiology technologist certified in fluoroscopy and computed tomography, explored various practical methods and solutions, including self-introspection, for seeking clarity and filtering out purposeful priorities from our chaotic lives. She also pressed on the importance of family harmony for one to realize themselves as a part of ‘we’ and ‘ours’ versus ‘I’ and ‘mine’.

Lastly, the delegates were reminded of the immense power that spirituality holds in practicing the above-mentioned principles of self-awareness and introspection by Bijal Patel, a former UK Employment Law Advisor and Immigration Specialist. The knowledge that in the end, we leave everything behind in this temporary world, allows us to remain grounded and unperturbed through the wavering highs and lows in our lives.  This knowledge is quintessential for a content mind and a healthy self.

Spreading this message of science, practicality and spirituality across the nation, the conference was held in 12 cities with attendees from various personal and professional backgrounds.  Panel discussions and Q&A sessions enabled the speakers to effectively communicate their experiences and thus, enrich the audience with practical applications to bring balance into their lives. The conference delegates were reminded not only of the necessity for maintaining stability, but also of their inherent strengths which allow them to pursue this very goal.

The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), a worldwide socio-spiritual organization. His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the fifth spiritual successor of Bhagwan Swaminarayan, has inspired millions of people across the world to lead a God-centered, morally pure life.