Dine with an Investment Banker Who Became a Monk

Learn about his spiritual journey over a traditional meal cooked by Bhakti community leaders in their East Village home.

Dine with an Investment Banker Who Became a Monk
  • Rasanath Dasa is an acclaimed speaker and spiritual leader who has practiced Bhakti Yoga for over 14 years
  • Hear Rasanath’s fascinating story and partake in an open conversation
  • Enjoy a delicious home-cooked vegetarian dinner prepared by former monks

When Rasanath Dasa saw the movie “Wall Street” in high school, he was immediately drawn to the image of a high-powered executive negotiating trades, and set his professional sights on investment banking. But in the midst of pursuing his path on Wall Street, he simultaneously found himself on a spiritual quest, seeking answers about the meaning of life and his relationship to the world. His search led him to the practice of Bhakti Yoga, and his conflicting desire to succeed in his personal ambitions came face-to-face against a deep calling to pursue monasticism.

The contrast between Rasanath’s initial career path and ensuing devotional path makes him one of the most captivating community leaders in the city. Having worked as an investment banker for Bank of America and as a strategy consultant for Deloitte, he went on to immerse himself in Bhakti Yoga, which he has practiced for over 14 years. His experiences in the banking world, transition into the monastery, and eventual return to civilian life have inspired Rasanath to promote integration of the physical, psychological and spiritual components of living.

Discuss his incredible journey in an intimate, open setting, where the conversation can flow from stories of Rasanath’s life to broader metaphysical subjects. Rasanath provides a comfortable environment where all are encouraged to engage, ask questions or simply absorb the experience. Relax in the comfort of his home and enjoy a hot vegetarian meal prepared by former monks from the Bhakti tradition.


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Rasanath Dasa - Former Monk, Speaker

Rasanath Dasa

Former Monk, Speaker

A disciple of the renowned spiritual leader Radhanath Swami, in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, Rasanath Dasa has been practicing Bhakti Yoga for over 14 years. He has taught eastern philosophy at universities (Cornell University and the University of Albany) as well as in various yoga schools,...

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