Learn about Rasanath Dasa's spiritual journey over a traditional meal cooked at the Bhakti Center.

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Over vegetarian entrees, samosas, and dessert, a former investment banker tells how he discovered the Bhakti philosophy and became a monk

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What You'll Do

Like a Hollywood blockbuster, the story of Rasanath Dasa's life is full of unexpected twists and turns. Over dinner, the acclaimed speaker and spiritual leader shares with you his journey from ambitious student to Wall Street investment banker to devotee of Bhakti. Rasanath reveals what drew him to the monastery and why he became a monk, encouraging an open dialogue.

  • Hear About the Journey from Investment Banker to Monk
    Rasanath reveals what inspired him to enter a monastery and study the Bhakti tradition, which he has practiced for more than 14 years

  • Ask Questions
    Rasanath encourages you to ask questions and participate in an open dialogue

  • Vegetarian Dinner
    Former monks cook four vegetarian dishes, samosas, and dessert

Each event is capped at 40 participants; each event requires a minimum of 10 participants in order to take place.

Your Host

Rasanath Dasa Rasanath Dasa
Former Monk, Speaker

Rasanath's dreams of becoming an investment banker were already cemented by high school, when he saw the movie Wall Street and idolized the high-powered executives negotiating trades and conquering the financial world. After earning an MBA from Cornell University, he achieved his dream and became an investment banker for Bank of America. But then something happened. Rasanath found himself with questions that a stock ticker couldn't answer. His search for answers led him to practice Bhakti yoga and philosophy under established spiritual leader Radhanath Swami, and soon Rasanath traded in his tailored suit for a monk's habit. Since then, Rasanath has become a spiritual leader in his own right, sharing his insights on Eastern philosophy at yoga schools, universities, and TEDx talks.

Scheduled Dates

  • Wednesday, November 20 at 7 p.m.
  • Monday, January 6 at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 18 at 7 p.m.


The word Bhakti doesn't have one simple definition. Of its several meanings, Bhakti might refer to the practice of yoga, the study of sacred spiritual texts, or the perfected state of consciousness brought about by Hinduism. All of these definitions come into play at Bhakti Center, a nonprofit cultural-arts center focused on the Bhakti philosophy. The center offers spaces to practice yoga, areas for the study of literature, and a temple where members can reconnect with their spiritual side.

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