Learn about his spiritual journey over a traditional meal cooked by Bhakti community leaders in their East Village home.
- 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.
Meet the Host
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,...More about this host
East Village, New York, NY
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Emily RubinThis was an extraordinary evening -- I highly recommend it for anyone, whether you're on a spiritual path or not. Rasanath is an incredibly engaging and interesting person.
Jesse AshRasanath is a gracious and insightful host. Conversation covered a lot of ground. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in career transitions, contemplative practice and monkhood. Food was delicious as well.
Yuyu ShenIt was a truly special experience. Rasanath shared the stories of his journey and it was really inspirational. Totally worth getting on the waiting list!
John EhrlichA great evening with wonderful hosts. Dinner was delicious.
Rachel GoldbergCan't say enough wonderful things about the experience. Rasanath is so open and transparent regarding his journey. The conversation flows from the nuances of everyday life to the deepest parts of the human experience. And not to mention, Doyal is an incredible chef. Great food, wonderful conversation -- not to miss!
Shira Schwarza nice meal and inspired conversation!
Rosemary CalderonRasanath Das was very honest, forthright, and very insightful about his spiritual growth. Very personable and relatable with all the questions being posed to him. Great evening of discussion and a meal. I would highly recommend this sidetour experience.
Any Rodriguez O'DonnellDinner with Rasanath was wonderful, and the food was delicious. I'm so glad I got to have this experience!!
Rima RabbathRasanath' sweetness, depth, realness all come through from the very moment you shake his hand. As you sit down for your meal, you can't stop but inquiring as to how he came to where he is in his life. He has so much to offer in practicality and wisdom. The two hours with him fly by. Such a treat that SideTour makes available to all of us.
Rachel MercierThis was a wonderful experience, Rasanath was a gracious host, and spoke candidly about his experience growing up in India, moving to the US to work in consulting then investment banking, and his current practice as a monk. It was eye-opening to learn about Rasanath's spiritual path, and to get a glimpse into life in the monastery. Rasanath also keeps in great touch with people he has met through Sidetour, and is encouraging of anyone and everyone to participate in events at the monastery - of which, there are many! I'm already planning a few trips back to learn more! The food was delicious. Doyal is a very talented cook, and we enjoyed wonderful samosa, vegetables and kale salad. It was so yummy! Overall, if you can snag a spot you must do this!!!