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Dandapani is a Hindu priest, speaker on self development and an entrepreneur. Of Sri Lankan ancestry, he grew up in Australia and after graduating university with a degree in Electrical Engineering he left it all behind to become a Hindu monk under the guidance of one of Hinduism’s foremost spiritual leaders of our time, Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. For 10 years he lived a life of serious personal discipline and training at his guru’s cloistered monastery in Hawaii.
02:18 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
05:54 Brian’s Introduction.
07:24 Seeking the right guru from an early age.
08:41 Early attraction to being a monk.
12:13 Seeking enlightenment.
13:06 Meeting his guru Suvaya Subramuniyaswami.
16:39 Learning a tool set for life.
18:17 Burning bridges to have 10 years in a monastery.
19:52 Why the need for a Hindu monastic life.
22:20 Is it going to be about levitating and going through walls?
24:17 Daily life in his monastery.
27:13 The pain of being with yourself and what your learn from that.
30:04 What Dandapani’s guru said to him when he struggled.
32:07 Taught how to do the basic things of human life.
36:04 Learn to create a lifestyle to support meditation.
40:17 Happiness is not a goal.
41:07 Ask people what their purpose is in life and they don’t know.
44:49 The process of getting to know yourself.
51:19 An unsettling time in the monastery after his guru dies.
54:39 The trauma of leaving the monastery for Los Angeles.
1:00:12 How to use affirmations beneficially.
1:07:53 “Where awareness goes, energy flows”
1:09:24 Life for an ex monk in New York.
1:11:39 Learn to simplify your life.
1:16:56 How employers should deal with their employees lack of concentration.
1:20:17 How we can learn to concentrate.
1:21:32 A traumatic event can be an amazing opportunity for change and growth.
1:24:59 Reason for building an Ashram in Costa Rica.
1:27:40 How does Dandapani judge his own success?
1:33:46 How he judges successful people and uses them as role models.
1:36:01 Dandapani’s unmissable daily practice.
1:37:24 Success secrets.
1:40:05 Is celibacy hard?
1:42:56 What he has changed his mind about in the last year.
1:46:18 Phone call to the 20 year old Dandapani.
1:47:14 Best advice ever received.
1:49:14 Advice to the young person trying to find out what they want to do in life.
1:51:56 Brian’s summing up.