Chinmayi Shaligram - Nashik, Maharashtra


Exactly 11 months ago I was introduced to MRA center for the first time. Totally clueless about what is going to happen here in next 7 days, but at the end of this conference I received something which was never expected and experienced before. A place which taught me to connect with my soul. Asia plateau is one of the most silent place I have ever visited in my life, indeed not a silent one because the “inner me” had millions of things to say.

On my journey of life in these past 11 months, things have really not changed a lot. But my attitude and approach towards them has definitely given a radical twist, which has surely made a difference in my life. People come and go in my life, giving me better and bitter experiences. Earlier I used to complain a lot about things which go wrong with me or something which goes off-track of my comfort zone. This place has taught me to ACCEPT things and proceed in life. Start ACCEPTING and stop EXPECTING was my biggest take away from lmad.

Even today I am not satisfied with my own behaviour and performance. I decide many things but at the end of the day I am unable to do all of them. In order to fix things out I do practice quiet time, but I fail to do it daily. Only when utter need of my inner voice is required, I genuinely do it.

Even after 11 months, it feels like I have returned from the conference yesterday. This is because the PHUL principles are helping me out to be even better in my life. People here, volunteers here and every single person I met here is missed, an extended family indeed. Can’t even put into words what this place has given me.

I rethink of this quote everytime I recall it:
”Meaning of life is to find its gift & purpose of life is to give that gift away.” Every time I get different answers. I am really blessed to have such amazing parents and bunch of few friends who have made my life wonderful within. Never before I had thanked them for what they have done for me. I used to take people for granted. I mean, I used to think these are common and such basic things which are not worth thanking. But after listening to different stories which people had to tell at MRA, I started realizing how lucky I am to have all what I have.

I wish to do something for my Nation, but I am not getting in which way can I contribute towards its success. Wish to contribute in making this world a better place to live in. Well helping some NGOs and giving some contribution in college social activities wont help me achieve my goal. I want to give some major contribution for India’s progess and make my parents feel proud. No worries though, cause my quiet time will give me a solution to this question as well.

Also I want to attend the LMAD conference this year as well. But I have few internship plans and being a to be Final year student, its very necessary from my carrer point of view. I wish to meet you soon ! Thankyou Sir for creating such a platform for the Ignited minds in the nation to be the person they desire to be.

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