“Where do I even start? I was conflicted on whether I wanted to register for YEP or not, but I am undeniably, incredibly, unbelievably, thoroughly glad I did. YEP was the turning point in my life. It yanked me out of my mundane existence and gave me a direction, a purpose. Even after Balavihar, I didn’t really understand the point of Vedanta, and how immediately applicable it was in my life. But YEP revealed a whole world of people, places, experiences, knowledge, abilities, and energy that I didn’t even know existed. I discovered the joy of guru-bhakti as my perception of Gurudev went from “the guy who founded Chinmaya Mission” to “my personal guide and life-coach.” I learned so much about myself and this world from the many scriptures we covered, and grew in the understanding that something greater is the cause for both of these. Being immersed in such an environment of Vedanta and openness, I could no longer hide from myself or my shortcomings. YEP shoved me into a lifelong mission to painstakingly chip away at everything within me that is covering up the God inside, and gave me the tools of courage, perseverance, study, seva, and sadhana to do so. This mission, I realized, is my Chinmaya Mission.”
Akshatha is on the NSP Team, Yuva Rhythms Event Management Team, and a teacher Balavihar at Chinmaya Jyothi (San Diego).