It is a well-known principle of life that the more women you receive, the more it has been deeply experienced by our worldwide community of Transcendental Meditation teachers.
We are incredibly grateful to all of our teachers for dedicating their time and resources to obtaining certification through our 5 month residency TM teacher training course, and for dedicating themselves either full time or partial, to help others find peace. and inner happiness. Without our network of trained teachers, we would not be able to share this beautiful technique with the world.
In our last interview we connected with a new MT teacher, Utsav Bajgain, who, like many others, made a drastic change of career to pursue the dream of helping others by teaching Transcendental Meditation.
– What motivated you to leave your successful career at Panasonic to become a TM teacher?
Before learning the MT technique, I was experiencing exhaustion, anxiety, and depression. I was dealing with alcohol and chain smoking. After MT, not only did anxiety, depression, and exhaustion go away, but I also had a lot of energy and creativity to work wonders at work, and I became very creative and a very dynamic problem solver. . I found clarity and purpose in life. In essence, my life changed forever. And I heard this call to share this transformative tool with everyone.
Everywhere I go, I see people suffering from high stress, anxiety, and mental health symptoms. First of all, I couldn’t help but think how I could bring this technique to those who need it. Second, until recently, my life was about taking on situations and circumstances. But then it became more like giving. So, with my desire to return to communities and help people overcome mental health challenges, I decided to become an MT teacher.
– How long have you been practicing the technique of Transcendental Meditation and what inspired you to learn?
I have been practicing the MT technique for over 8 years. My mother had been doing different types of meditation for a long time until she learned TM in 2010. I was very intrigued when my mother became accustomed to her practice of TM. I was inspired when he expressed how easy the technique is. Then I saw some videos of Maharishi, the founder, online. His emphasis on conscience and his contagious laughter attracted me to listen to him more. The more I listened to him, the more meaning he gave to life: life is happiness.
– What was your general perception of meditation before taking the MT course? Did this perception change after the first meditative experiences?
Meditation is a familiar term in Nepal and India. Everyone knows this, but ironically, few practice it regularly. He also took it for granted. I understood meditation as a very difficult process in which the mind must be emptied and only inmates, sages, saints, monks, hermits and those who have become detached from social and family life could do so.
When I attended a TM introductory talk, my teacher, Jos Jacobs, said it was very easy and effortless. The word effortlessly took me home. Then, after practicing TM only 20 minutes twice a day, it gave me an idea of what monks experience while maintaining my work and family life. The MT technique gives me a very deep and powerful experience twice a day, and it is very easy. I never thought that meditation could be so easy, practical, and feasible in everyday life.
– Talk about the biggest failure you’ve ever had. What did you learn?
My biggest failure in life was not prioritizing personal care and my own mental health. I wish I had learned the MT technique when I was a teenager. If I had, I could have avoided the anxiety and depression I experienced. From these failures I learned to never stop prioritizing my mental health and personal care. You can only donate when your own cup is full. The most important thing you can give to the world is your best self, original and authentic.
– What has been your biggest success and what have you learned from it?
Being a Nepali immigrant to the United States and Japan seemed like a salmon swimming against the current, with grizzly bears waiting to attack you. Despite obstacles in the form of prejudice, discrimination, and harassment in the workplace, I rushed, persisted, and found creative ways to get a managerial position with a six-figure income in a Fortune 50 business.
I attribute this success to my philosophy of continuous improvement. That is, I make small organic improvements every day, and in retrospect, I realize I’ve come a long way without making too much of a fuss. In this way I move forward despite the obstacles. I learned that no achievement is easy. Whatever change I want to make, whatever originality it develops, whatever unique value proposition I want to offer the world, there will be many obstacles. But, I have learned that obstacles become the way when I have a tool like the MT technique that gives me the experience of an infinite and unlimited consciousness.
“What do you want to achieve next?”
I want to be one of the most influential advocates of mental health awareness. We are going through a phase transition, and there could be no better time than this to reorganize and prioritize sustainability, holistic health, and an emphasis on awareness above the unbalanced accumulation of wealth. The first, immediate and critical step should be to make everyone aware of their mental health problems. In addition, removing the stigma of mental illness is also of great importance. This vision could materialize as a start-up of wellness consulting and / or a wellness company that offers health solutions based on consciousness, integrative medicine (naturopathic medicine and ayurvedic medicine), transcendental meditation, etc.
Coming from the automotive industry, I also want to be an advocate of car electrification and autonomous driving. This vision could materialize an emerging company that manufactures electric cars for a niche market segment such as low-speed neighborhood pods.
– What are your 3 favorite “tools” for a healthy and happy life?
Meditation: This is extremely important for me to anchor myself to pure consciousness and not get stuck in the stress of life.
Balanced and nutritious foods: As my body and mind influence each other, healthy, balanced and nutritious foods give me the optimal energy to immerse myself in action and be more creative. We are what we eat.
Physical activity: The most useful thing for me is to walk a couple of miles through the woods every day. This integrates the deep silence of meditation twice a day and allows me to focus clearly on my creative work.
After more than 10 years of reaching the top of his field as a business consultant, Japanese companies such as Panasonic, Utsav Bajgain realized that there was a more satisfying path to life as a teacher of transcendental meditation. He is now a full-time certified MT teacher based in Everett, WA and aims to bring inner peace and happiness to MT technology to corporations, veterans organizations, hospitals and universities. If you would like to connect with him, you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or the EverettTM Center.
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