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My beloved friend, Shri Vikas Ji Tyagi, is no more. The feeling about his sudden demise is not sinking in at all. I slept in bits and pieces yesterday night. When I woke up today morning, the reality started tormenting me again. Can’t believe he’s no more. The emptiness that fills my heart, my lungs, is constricting my ability to think or even breathe. Though I am trying hard to find a meaning, the tragedy is pushing me in to the void. The experience of grief is profoundly personal.

Everything I feel seems so ephemeral and may be it is. The rug you are standing on can be pulled right out from under with absolutely no warning. Though I do know, not existentially, that death is seemingly compulsory destination for everyone, still someone deep inside me screams why at this young age! He was such an exuberant life. It reminds me of the most powerful one-line prayer “Let me not die while I am still alive”. As Sadhguru says, “There is no such thing as death. Death is a fiction created by the ignorant or unaware. There is only life, life and life alone, moving from one dimension to another, another and another”. This makes me silent.

Shri Vikas Ji Tyagi was Assistant Professor of Physics at Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences, University of Delhi. Simultaneously he was pursuing his doctorate at Delhi Technological University. He was an expert in Cosmology and Space Science. He always stuck to every tenet of a Teacher’s Dharma: Inspired hope, Ignited imagination, and Instilled profound love of learning among his students. So many of his students called me yesterday and inquired about this tragedy.

Shri Vikas Ji Tyagi was a true social worker who always put the nation first. He was born and brought up in a family dedicated to the social service. A man of impeccable integrity and sweetest voice, he was affable to everyone in all spheres of life. He was a towering intellectual and gifted orator who had great command of words and a greater depth of insight. He was a proud and dedicated son of Bharat Mata. He was indomitable. I felt extremely fortunate to have worked with him. He had enhanced my life in so many ways. My appreciation for all his help throughout knows no bounds.

To honor his life and for all the sweetness and tenderness he has shared with me, I will always cherish his memory joyfully.

May Almighty bless his soul and give strength to his family, friends and students to bear this loss.

ॐ शान्ति: शान्ति: शान्ति: ।।

Mr. Kavindra Taliyaan, Co-convener YUVA

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