I would like to share the story of a young american couple, Charu and Salil, who got married in a simple ceremony at Sadhana Sangama Trust Ashram near Bangalore on Dec 27, 2010. They laid the foundation stone of the school library. They are supporting the library project. They donated all the money received as gift from relatives to the school project. Dr Charu Chaudhry is a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., where she conducts research on the molecular mechanisms of a class of proteins in the brain. She graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received a doctorate in biophysics from Yale University.
Salil Mehta is the director of analytics in the Office of Financial Stability at the US Treasury Department in Washington. He leads a group that provides analysis on how the $700 billion Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, passed by Congress in 2008, has affected the economy. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and received a master’s in mathematical statistics from Harvard University.
Instead of a typical expensive marriage ceremony, the couple decided to get married in a spiritually vibrant atmosphere of the ashram in a simple ceremony attended by few close relatives and in the presence of Guruji Shri Pattabhiram and Mrs Jyothi Pattabhiram. Being a school day, the school children participated in the foundation laying ceremony of the library. Their mid-day lunch of the day was a special lunch served by the relatives of the young couple.
By getting married in the ashram and supporting the school project, the young couple has set an example. Charu and Salil are a source of inspiration for all of us.
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