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Dandapani – Master Your Mind

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.

00:00 Trailer.
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.

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This was amazing! Absolutely loved it. Will need to bookmark this video and watch it again to make sure I fully get it. I’m sure I got distracted during the interview. Need to learn to focus. Thanks Dandapani!!


This was an amazing interview, simple, straight from the heart, very practical and so easy to understand. And this breaks so many myths about Hinduism, monastic life and life in general. Thanks Brian for really great questions and Dandapani for simply amazing, genuine answers..!! Truly grateful.


what a great interview. very insightful. lots learned. thank you Brian!


One word – WOW!
Thanks Brian for this


I have been looking for a guy like this! Thanks 🙂


Wow, super guest and interview. Thanks, Brian and the London Real Team. Happy holidays, everyone.


Truly inspirational!


Great interview!


He makes me think a lot about Peter Sage. Very insightful and inspirational. Thank you Brian and Dandapani for an amazing interview!


By far the best interview you’ve done so far! 🙂


audio is dropping again and again..


Such a great place to learn about life. I was searching for Anita Moorjani’s videos and ended up to LondonReal. This site is has something in it which attracts you, not too jazzy, and especially the style in which they shoot. From India :):)


love it a lot to learn.
a first step for me is to learn to focus on 1 thing at a time. learn to focus


Brian, you have done amazing interviews… But this one is beyond great. Thank you!!!

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