When he was eight years old (in 2013), Rahul Kumar entered the Shri Giridhari Lal Seth & Dr AB Seth AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. “I came in touch with Mataji (Swamini Tattvajnanananda Saraswati ji) when she did a padyatra (journey by foot) in my village. She asked me if I would like to study in a hostel and I readily agreed,” remembers Rahul Kumar.
He hails from a small village in Lakhimpur district in Uttar Pradesh. Rahul Kumar’s father is a daily wage labourer while his mother is a homemaker. The family holds a bit of ancestral land in the village where wheat and rice are sown.
Rahul is now studying in Heera Lal Yadav Inter College, Lucknow (Class 9), and is looking to start his own venture in auto components some day. “Earlier, I did not give much importance to time, discipline and academics. Now, I have realised that education is my biggest asset and I am a huge stickler for time. I stick to a schedule,” says Rahul.
He loves the peaceful atmosphere at his Chatralayam. He participated in the first All-India Meet organised by AIM for Seva in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand recently. “It was really joyful and a new experience for me. I met Chatralayam students from other states and also made friends with quite a few,” he says.