Yoga and meditation were at one time considered recreational activities for the youth or the sole domain of the elderly. But now things have changed
Nikita (26), was an alumnus of NIT Warangal. She went ahead and completed her masters from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and topped her University. Soon after this, she was offered a job with the US energy department. After working for a while, she quit her job and is today preaching the teachings of Iskon in Chicago.
“It’s really surprising how she quit everything and is leading such a simple life. Not just Nikita, but her younger sister too, who is an architect, quit her job and is now preaching spirituality in Chicago, as a full time career,” said one of the family members.
Just like Nikita and her sister, there are thousands of Indians who have chosen not to just follow but also teach spirituality. Last week, thousands of Americans performed yoga at the Times Square in USA. What else can be a better example of how, yoga and spirituality have spread all over the world. Perhaps, this could also be a reason why so many youngsters are choosing this as a full-time career and are travelling across globe to teach yoga.
Most people turn to spirituality after an incident affects their life,” said Subrahmanyam who is fondly referred to as Subbuji. He teaches meditation and follows Somanatha Maharshi. “I had a lucrative carrier of interiors until I
suffered three major heat attacks in 1990. After this incident I was asked to practice yoga and meditation,” he says.
“After some time, I realised that there is much more to Yoga than just practice. There is some power and I wanted to pursue that real power. It’s an inner journey. To find out who is that man who is called god. It is this thought that changed my life. I have travelled to more than eight countries. I have stopped people from committing suicide and brought people out from depression. What else can be better than this”
When asked about his financial needs he says, “The universe has provided you with your needs. I don’t charge my students, they pay what they can. However, I have also been teaching at a corporate firm and from them I charge fees.”
Suteja K, a teacher at Isha foundation says that she never looked at spirituality as a career option.
“I have not chosen this path to earn money. I realised that as a teacher, I have a deeper understanding of spirituality. It opens up new direction in a scientific method. My purpose is to reach to a larger audience and make a difference in people’s lives.” Suteja was working in one of the leading companies and gave that up to become a full-time teacher of mediation and yoga.
Teaching spirituality does come with a certificate or an exam. Most believe that only a selected few have the power to transform lives.
“One should have the courage to take up spirituality as a career. Honestly, it’s the best job. Unlike other jobs where one gets stressed, here you get paid to teach how to distress,” said Gauri P, an Art of Living Teacher.
“It was not easy, it was a very difficult decision. I was a banker but I quit years back and now I am teaching mediation, all over the country. Even on this path one has to work to succeed. One needs to have the ability and should be ready to take up challenges,” adds Gauri.
For a few, spirituality has been a platform to serve the society with out changing their field. For Abhiram Vishwanathan it was indeed a perfect blend. “I realised that the vision of the organisation coincided with mine, so why choose another path? Spreading knowledge about India and spirituality is the coolest thing to do and using my skills as a film maker is even more fun, yet challenging.”Social responsibility, transforming life’s, making a difference, spreading knowledge and mythology; the reasons may be different but the end product is the same — building brand India and promoting yoga.
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