December 13, 2021 • ISSUE 601
Integrating Knowledge with the Self
MIU student Sunpreet Chohan came to the United States from India as a child with his family, who settled down in Long Island, New York. Sunpreet began a career in banking at the age of 16 and worked his way up from teller to investment banker while earning a bachelor’s degree from Saint John’s University, New York City.
Although he spent 15 years in finance, Sunpreet says he didn’t enjoy his profession and often found it stressful. In his free time he had been pursuing the study of Jyotish, Indian astrology, which has been part of his family lineage.
When he lost his job due to the the COVID pandemic in 2020, he decided to focus all his attention on the study and practice of Jyotish. One day he saw an ad for MIU on social media and in February 2021 he enrolled in the online MA in Maharishi AyurVeda® and Integrative Medicine Program. Six months later, he became an on-campus student.
“Taking the online courses and practicing TM every day sparked something in me,” he said. “I needed to seek the highest first, come to MIU, and enroll in the Maharishi Vedic Science℠ program.”
Practicing the Transcendental Meditation® technique has helped Sunpreet discover deeper layers of Jyotish through his experience of higher states of consciousness. “I always knew something was missing,” he said. “You have to establish yourself in the Self before taking action.”
One of the reasons Sunpreet came to MIU is to complete the TM-Sidhi® program, which he began in early December. Since he became a student, his parents have also learned the TM® technique. “After all their sacrifices as immigrants, this is the best way I can repay them,” he said.
Sunpreet enjoys sharing his knowledge, and his goal is to enhance the knowledge of Jyotish and help raise collective consciousness through the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs, including Yogic Flying®.