“In a lifetime, we have a certain amount of years. This course taught me “what” ‘I’ should do with each hour, each day, each year, and my entire life. Along with this, it taught me “how” to do it.”
-Nirav Shah

Nirav

Dear Swamiji and Batch #1 Yuvaveers,
I cannot express the effect of this course in words, but I will do my best. The motto for this year’s course was very fitting. In a single day, we have 24 hours. In a single year, we have 365 days. In a lifetime, we have a certain amount of years. This course taught me “what” ‘I’ should do with each hour, each day, each year, and my entire life. Along with this, it taught me “how” to do it.
The “what” aspect revolves around how this course was so persistent on all 21 of us having “one vision” with “many goals to lead the way.” Spending all of this time on learning Vedantic principles and reading Gurudev’s and Guruji’s precious texts has really cleared up a lot of the dirt in my life. Those four years of high school/samsara really confused me as to what I should do with many years ahead of me and what Kind of person I should be. This confusion was easily replaced by clarity in these two months. Along with clarity, there is a strong amount of conviction. The conviction was provided mostly through all of these questions answered by all of the Acharyas within these two months. And the commitment part is what I decide based on how strong the clarity and conviction are. I plan on continuing my Sadhana for years to come and I already have planned out my seva for this year. I may not have been able to meet Gurudev in his body, but I have always felt his presence since joining the Mission in 2003. After these two months, I now have a tighter grip on my beliefs in Pujya Gurudev’s methods of conquering life.

Nirav is a sophomore at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is currently running a CHYK study group at UMBC.