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Rasanath Dasa Rasanath Dasa full-time monk. compassionate mentor. instrument of growth.

Rasanath Dasa went from being an investment banker on Wall Street to being a monk of the Bhakti tradition. He draws his spiritual wisdom from a wide range of personal experiences. [www.gitanyc.com]

When I was in my second year as an investment banker on Wall Street, I felt the calling to become a full-time monk. I quit banking and dedicated my life first to personal transformation and then to becoming an instrument for helping others with their own transformation.

The calling to become a monk started almost a year before I quit banking, but when faced with making such a drastic decision, I had to combat deep-rooted fears. A big component of that fear was about giving up a prestigious job to live a life with no money and no assurances. I had to get into touch with my own insignificance.

As I played out my fears and dreams, I began to see firsthand that money really doesn’t buy happiness. That realization didn’t come easily. I had to be very honest with myself about my motivations. My personal experience has been that insecurities come from unclean motivations disguised as clean ones.

When I was finally honest with myself, I could see things for what they were. Then I was able to work from a place of modesty and true grounding. Because I’d hit the ground, I could walk.

Feelings give us very strong clues to our underlying motivations. Once we can feel our true motivation things become very clear. I was fortunate to have a mentor with an open heart and delicate balance. In a caring and compassionate way, he guided me through my transformation, though he never told me what I should do.

Transformation is very personal. Our decisions need to come by choice, through our own realizations. Although no one can tell us what we need to do, a mentor can be crucial in helping us question our thoughts and feelings. When we open our hearts to a trustworthy person, we get to see our feelings outside of ourselves. When we speak our thoughts out loud, clarity sets in.

The love and compassion of a mentor can help us learn to accept things as they are. We learn to see the situation for what it is. Then we can be completely present in it without expecting to squeeze something out of it. That’s when we come out of a situation having learned more about ourselves. That’s when we truly transform.

– Rasanath Dasa

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