Dandapani is a well trained Hindu priest, an entrepreneur, and a former monk. After graduating university with a major in Electrical Engineering, he left everything behind to become a monk under the guidance of one of Hinduism’s famous spiritual leaders of our lifetime, Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.
Dandapani’s Decade in Training
For 10 years he lived a life of personal discipline, training at his guru’s Hindu monastery in Hawaii.
After his vows expired, he chose to journey out into the world, ultimately making New York City his home. His life mission is now to help people live a life of purpose and happiness by empowering them with the tools and teachings that have been used by the Hindu monk for thousands of years.
He works with successful entrepreneurs across the planet and major companies such as Nike, Fortress Investment Group, and Trivigo. He made an appearance on TEDx with over 2.9 million views. Also, both of his GoalCast videos gathered over 75 million views in only five months.
Dandapani and his wife also share a new passion. They now own a 33-acre Hindu sanctuary and a fruitful botanical garden in Costa Rica to further their mission.
Dandapani and Tatiana live in New York City and spend their free time designing and planning Siva Ashram. They both travel to Costa Rica twice a year, alongside a small team of dedicated locals, to plant thousands of plants that will one day make up a beautiful botanical garden.
This garden will also feature local plants, exotic fruits, healing herbs, and an organic garden open to the public.
Manifesting Dreams Together
Neither Tatiana or Dandapani come from a wealthy background.
They both believe that people can manifest big dreams if they practice with a well-disciplined and methodical approach.
They live in a humble apartment in Queens. After their living expenses, they put all of their money towards the creation of Siva Ashram.
Self Realisation and Hindu Priest Lessons
It was an eye-opening experience chatting with Dandapani for the second time. When looking for a purpose in life, or even seeking true joy, his teachings and work are sure to put you on the right path.
We covered a lot of interesting subjects and I’m certain you will learn a lot from this episode with Dandapani.
00:00 | Trailer
02:40 Brian’s thoughts on the episode
04:00 Brian’s introduction
04:37 Continuing the conversation
05:37 What Dandapani has been doing over the last two years
07:22 Dandapani’s typical client and what they are looking to him for
10:03 Approaching his teaching with the wrong mindset under misconception that there is a quick fix
13:45 How Dandapani approached his own learning and the challenges he faced
16:11 Dandapani describes his 10 years in a monastery
27:06 Serve humanity and the environment, but you can’t serve if you are always thinking of yourself
29:34 The three qualities it was important to cultivate as a monk
34:40 These are the traits of a good human too
37:13 What most people mean by taking time for themselves, to be alone with their self
39:20 Living a life that leads to no regrets on your deathbed,44:16 There has to be a purpose in life
55:54 In the monastery how the mindset was broken to allow a new way of being
59:12 Dandapani’s three affirmations
1:04:30 Belief in reincarnation
1:14:49 The fundamental necessity of learning to concentrate thus facilitating mindfulness and meditation
1:34:41 Our selfishness and inability to see beyond ourselves to see how we are harming the environment
1:41:41 Concentrate daily on making yourself a better version of yourself and learn to serve
1:50:32 Dandapani’s future personal aims and plans for others at Siva Ashram in Costa Rica
1:52:43 Why he wants to make as much money as possible
2:04:46 Why do people think that making money and spirituality do not go together
2:21:05 What scares Dandapani
2:23:09 What we would be surprised to learn about Dandapani
2:25:11 What keeps him awake at night
2:28:48 Phone call to the 20 years old Dandapani
2:33:09 Success secrets
2:33:43 Brian’s summing up.
"Of the People, By the People, For the People"
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