Rachel came to the Isha Institute to spend a week in a "peaceful and relaxing atmosphere" , "I can forget about my daily routine, and focus on meditation and yoga practice" she said. We sat down on one sunny afternoon, and had a really nice talk. I've asked her if I could share her story, she agreed, and that's how my first interview was born.
Q: Rachel, how did you get on to spiritual path?
A: "When I was 16 my brother died in car crash. We were very close. At that point I made a conscious decision to be in as much pain as I possibly could. I was trying to show my brother I missed him. He was definitely still around. He was 19 when he died.You are generally back to normal within 2 years after the death of an immediate family member, but for me it didn't change, I was still at the beginning even after 4 years.At that time I came across Paramhansa Yogananda."
Q: Would you say that, because of your brother's death, you've became spiritual seeker ?
A: "Yes. It helped me to change the perspective, and see outside of the illusion. It helped
me to seek god. Right now I'm in peace with all this."
Q: Where did you hear about Isha?
A: "I have been studying under Parmhansa Yogananda,but it wasn't quite enough, I was still searching for more. I had this idea of going to India.I understood that what I want is there in a big way. Then one day my
friend brought over to her house her friend Jason (Jason is currently a permanent resident here at the Isha Institute *). Than he started to talk about Isha and I was like OMG Ashram?! in Tennessee ?! it was crazy, it was insane! I was really excited about it.I never understood why I was put in Nashville, but then when I find out about Isha I was like OMG, I’m so blessed. I felt very lucky. Than I took IEO.
Q: How about your IEO experience?
A: "I really enjoyed the classes. Especially the guided meditations at the beginning and at the end. I actually took notes even though we are not supposed to, and I'm enjoying it even today. I mean, he said some really powerful stuff. At the same time it was hard for me. I had little of inner turmoil because of my previous
master. It takes someone pretty amazing to scoop in. I don't let just anybody in. When I came to IIIS it was pretty radical. My teacher felt like she was channeling Sadhguru all the time. She talked like him and her body moves were just like his too. Sadhguru being able to channelize somebody seemed pretty amazing and made me really excited about this new thing in my life. I didn't really have any question, the practice part of it was very clear to me.Volunteers make sure get every little detail. It was cool to be coming up to IIIS, you guys made this place so beautiful. It was really special, I felt comfortable, it was like coming home. I was really excited about knowing there is this whole thing going on where I can be my self."
Q: What do you see as the ideal vision for people in the world and particularly in the USA?
A: "If people could not to pay too much attention to what's happening around them,but what's going on within themselves,and just listen to their inner voice,I think that it self would do so much.I think one important aspect is Isha Meditators living outside the Ashram.They need to live as a example for others and make them thing "what does hehave that I don't have?"
Q: What is the direction you think Isha Foundation should head in USA?
A: The American watch so much TV! I think more appearance on the TV would make a big impact on people living here.
Q: If there is someone out there interested in taking the on-line course, but is not sure, what would you tell him?
A: Just go for it!!! There is nothing to loose, you can only gain!!!
Q: Last question, If you were given one wish,anything you can make happen, what would
A: I would make people to become more aware of the beauty of the existence.
* author's note