Naujavaan Mandalee Youth Group
The Naujavaan Mandalee Youth Group (NMYG) is the pride of the Shaanti Bhavan Mandir and a vivid representation of what we stand for. The mission of Shaanti Bhavan is to mentor youths through spiritual evolution, to build a foundation of character based on Hindu morals and values, to equip our youths with spiritual knowledge, traditional values and cultural heritage bestowed upon us by the Vedas and our fore parents. Through religious classes, kirtan lessons, and seva activities, our vision is to meet the social and spiritual needs of our youths to allow them to build a faith based foundation to help them grow while providing volunteer services to the community. When our youths stand united, Sanatan Dharma can prosper and be sustained.
As one of hundreds of small Indo-Caribbean temples in Queens, we distinguish ourselves by focusing on educating our youth, performing acts of service and cleaning up the environment. Our youth group’s motto is a famous Satya Sai Baba quote: “the hands that service are holier than the lips that pray.”
Our mandir is not just a place that we come and we pray, it goes beyond that. It’s an institution for higher learning. This is why we not only teach the next generation but also help them understand our traditions and give them the skills to become successful adults.
“To merely observe your culture without contributing to it seems very close to existing as a ghost”
– Chuck Palahniuk
“Be the change you want to see in the world”
– Mahatma Gandhi