“During my first day at YEP, I went through a rollercoaster of emotions and feelings. We had just gotten to learning our first mantra in Vedic chanting, and I was asked to just say it in front of the batch. I messed on every other word, the book was literally shaking in my hand, and my embarrassment was radiating all over Chinmaya Mangalam. Later that day, I remember going into my room alone and thinking, “What have I gotten myself into? What am I supposed to do here for two whole months?” I was petrified of this new challenging environment. Before YEP I was always the type of person who never really did anything I wasn’t good at. Being in an environment where I was forced to overcome a challenge, big or small, every single day helped me build that much more character, confidence, and inner strength. By the third week of YEP, Vedic chanting became something that I looked forward to doing everyday and by the last three weeks, I found myself practicing and doing Vedic chanting whenever I got a chance during our breaks. Without going through this course, I would have never found the courage in myself to grow and truly step out of my comfort zone. They say that the best way to learn from the guru is to live with the guru, and YEP was essentially just that. To be living and learning from such wise and wonderful acharyas, despite how ruthless they can get while playing sports, was an amazing experience and blessing. Now that it’s over, I not only have this newfound confidence and love of learning new things but also a close knit community of people I can rely on and acharyas that are willing to guide me along my spiritual journey!”
Tarjani teaches Balavihar at Chinmaya Saaket and assists with National Junior CHYK Camp and Yuva Rhythms.