“Despite the challenges that I know we will all have to face, the world of samsara is no match for knowledge that we have gained, nor our growing commitment to the Mission.”
-Srinivas Simhan

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When I first saw the flier for the YEP course, I thought to myself “this is probably just another way for our parents to get us out of the house for a few summer months in an environment that they trust.” I believed that through this program, I would be able to learn more about our Hindu scriptures. Looking back two months ago, I decided to come to YEP based on my sister’s influence. Her passion and dedication to the Mission inspired me to register. To gain a clear focused mindset was my goal, and on our first day, Swami Sarveshanandaji made that statement very clear that discipline was mandatory to gain this focused mindset. Waking up by 5:30 and running by 6:00 almost every morning was the first step to recharging our intellects in a sattvic manner, and shaping up our bodies, in order to control our mind and build a sense of dedication to ourselves. If we wish to help change the world through the Mission, we must be able to change ourselves for the better.
Throughout this course, we have been exposed to various texts that have taught us many ideas that in a tactile manner, we can use to make goals. The lessons we’ve learned through several workshops will help us effectively impact each of our CHYK centers from all across America. The communication skills that we have practiced through sports and seva assignments have made it easier for us to relate to those older/younger than us by about 12 years in a way where we can still relate our current issues with their past experiences. As a team, we have learned that we are only as strong as the weakest link. After the Hanuman Chalisathon, our developed abilities became apparent. The mind is only as strong as we allow it to be. We learned how to be respectful in the presence of our acharyas. We learned how to read and write in Sanskrit which can help us understand the meaning of some shlokas better. We learned how to bring the best our of ourselves and out of everyone else in the best way that we can. Recently, we learned how to properly set up a playbook and how to run workshops and camps. This knowledge that we have gained from our acharyas will help us make a strong CHYK America in the long-run. By learning more about how we can discipline our mind and ourselves, we can help the Mission grow exponentially.
I came to YEP to understand more about my culture and its history. The things that we have learned have opened up many windows of clarity. After the YEP course, I find myself looking back on what I’ve learned here to help make my future decisions ones that I won’t regret. Despite the challenges that I know we will all have to face, the world of samsara is no match for knowledge that we have gained, nor our growing commitment to the Mission.

Srinivas is currently a sophomore at University of Michigan – Dearborn. He has been actively involved in Chinmaya Mission Ann Arbor. He is going to be involved in Web Data Consolidation as well as the Musical that will be performed during the Jyoti Yatra.