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COLLECTORS’ EDITION 2019

In this wonderful collection, Daaji explores Yogic Psychology in the light of modern-day science and psychology, and shares some simple yogic practices and approaches that support mental health and joyful living. Daaji is a changemaker for the unification of all spiritual paths and seeking hearts.

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In pursuit of a dream

In pursuit of a dream
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I have French genes, but my appearance is the only European factor about me! I was born in Tamil Nadu and have spent most of my life in the south of India being chased by cows. I think I have had a very “blended” upbringing – a concoction of European and Indian influences that has shaped my worldview in a unique way.

My passion for languages probably developed first from the fact that I lived in a bilingual household, and also in a country where most people speak at least two or three languages. The environment sharpened my ear to hearing, interpreting and recreating unknown sounds. When I started interacting with a sea of international people, it irked me not to be able to communicate with them in their own languages, and it seemed unfair that they were the only ones putting in effort to be understood. So, I started picking up any language I could get my hands on and ended up trying Spanish, Tamil, Hindi, Mandarin Chinese, German, Russian and Italian. I have varying grasps over these languages and it is tough to remember them when there is no one to practice with.

When I do have the opportunity to practice, I enjoy it so much, and when I don’t have a class or language partner, I use websites or texting applications to practice with native speakers. I really need to feel the drive from inside to sit down, learn and improve myself.

My current vision is to work at the UN, a multicultural and multilingual environment. It took me a while to realize that I could use my passion for languages as more than a hobby, and now I’m ecstatic that this is a possibility.

I haven’t really felt a compulsion towards any one career path, so I don’t have fixed career plans, and I am open to living in any country and culture. Given that, there is one thing that I know I couldn’t do without, and that is meditation. Keeping that part of my life has proved challenging, especially in the West – being a 20-year-old who is vegetarian and doesn’t drink is already enough to set me apart. I have had a hard time balancing out that spiritual side with my everyday life, so much so that the discrepancy between the two has sometimes shocked me into stopping my practice. That isn’t the solution though, as I have found that being less centered makes it harder to deal with conflicts and stressful situations.

So, although I don’t have a specific dream to follow, I know it will pan out in time. I try to remind myself to focus on developing myself in the present so that I will be ready for any situation that arises along the way.





Article by ALINE NICOLAI



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COLLECTORS' EDITION 2019