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Gadadhara Pandit Dasa (also known as Pandit) is the author of Urban Monk: Exploring Karma, Consciousness, and the Divine.

Pandit currently serves as a lecturer and the first-ever Hindu chaplain of Columbia University, New York University, and Union Theological Seminary. He teaches courses on the the Bhagavad Gita and other Hindu texts combining their messages with popular Hollywood movies. He leads workshops on mantra meditation and delivers lectures at the nation's leading universities and yoga studios. Pandit spoke at a recent TEDx conference and was featured in the NPR piece “Long Days and Short Nights of a Hindu Monk.” He has also appeared in a PBS documentary on the Bhagavad Gita, as well as The New York Times. For more from Pandit, check out his website at nycpandit.com.

Entries by Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

The Mind: Your Life's CEO

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 6:33 PM

Do we find ourselves, needlessly dwelling on negative situations for long periods of time, unable to detach ourselves from our thoughts? This is a problem shared by all of humanity. The mind is an equal opportunity misery provider. When a troubling thought gets stuck in "instant replay" mode in our...

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Humility in Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 5:51 PM

Our gut response might be "humility and leadership can't possibly go hand-in-hand. They blend as well as oil and water." Generally, when we hear the term "humility," we imagine an individual who lacks confidence, is weak and unsure of themselves and in general is a pushover. It's true that if...

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A Spiritual Solution to Religious and Racial Violence

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 2:00 PM

In theory, the solution to the violence is very easy. However, the application is very difficult because it deals with shifting one's consciousness and learning to see beyond all the external designations of an individual - race and religion. This shift in consciousness is proposed in the fifth, sixth, and...

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Before You Hit 'Send': 5 Tips for Thoughtful Communication

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 6:44 PM

Hasty communication can break relationships and ruin careers. Too often we write an email or send a text without double-checking the content or being mindful of the tone of the message. We have no idea how that message will get interpreted. Once you hit the "send" button, it's kind of...

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Krishna: The Original Avatar

(3) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 3:05 PM

Hundreds of millions of adherents of the Hindu faith will gather together, around the world, in temples and homes, to celebrate the advent of God on Earth. This festival of the birth of Krishna is known in Hinduism as Janmastami. According to the popular understanding, Krishna took birth in the...

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Reincarnation and Karma: How It All Works

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 2:44 PM

Do we only live once? It all depends on one's perspective. If you think we're nothing but chemicals with no soul, then yes, it is the end. If you believe in only one life and then it's heaven or hell, then no. It's especially not the end if you happen...

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Got Stress? Here's Why

(5) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 4:00 PM

Ever wonder why you're feeling so stressed? There are several reasons why we may be feeling overwhelmed. The American Institute of Stress suggests that our stress factors are divided up in the following way:

46 percent -- Workload
28 percent -- People issues
20 percent --...

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Revenge or Forgiveness: Which Road Do You Walk?

(3) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 3:22 PM

For many, the first option might seem to be the most satisfying. After all, it provides immediate justice. It allows us a chance to see the other party suffer and that can bring us some level of pleasure. Seeing people suffer for the wrongs they have done makes us feel...

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Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi: The Liberating Power of Non-violence

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 3:40 PM

It's no big secret that Martin Luther King Jr. took great inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi in pushing forward his Civil Rights Movement. Although the two never met personally, Dr. King was introduced to Gandhi's teachings while at Crozer Theological Seminary. His first application of the non-violent campaign came in 1955...

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Ten Spiritual Resolutions for 2014

(2) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 3:44 PM

New Year's resolutions are hard to maintain. We are very familiar with the routine where we feel Gung-ho about a change we want to make and a few weeks into the New Year, the resolution is already slipping away. Even having the desire to make a change, in my opinion,...

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Do We All Worship the Same God?

(89) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 11:47 AM

I would like to think so. Something tells me that heaven isn't divided up into a Hindu, Christian, Muslim and Jewish heaven. I would like to think that, up there, we are united regardless of our faith here on Earth.

Sure, while on Earth, we have been given...

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Hinduism's Suggestions for a Peaceful Coexistence

(35) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 3:42 PM

We all want to become free of stress and anxiety and live peaceful and happy lives. We try so hard to avoid anxieties, but somehow they find themselves into our lives. It is very natural for us to hanker for and work towards a perpetually happy existence. Rest assured, this...

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Urban Monk: Exploring Karma, Consciousness, and the Divine

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 1:45 PM

Most of the time, when people think of monks, they imagine someone living in a monastery on top of a mountain or in the forests practicing silence or sitting in meditation. My monastery is located in the East Village of New York City, surrounded by nightclubs, restaurants, tattoo shops and...

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Shri Chaitanya: The Golden Avatar of Love

(98) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 1:00 AM

The word "avatar" conjures up images of blue human-like beings with tails from James Cameron's popular science fiction movie. However, "avatar" is a Sanskrit word that describes the Supreme being or God when He descends to Earth. "Ava" means "down" and "tr" refers to "cross over." Thus it refers to...

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Bridging the Gap Between Hinduism and Christianity

(109) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 11:57 AM

Growing up in a Hindu family in Los Angeles while attending a Christian high school for four years, I was never able to make any connection between the two traditions. In fact, they seemed worlds apart. My Christian friends were monotheists, worshippers of one God, with no images other than...

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A Splinter in the Mind: The Matrix Through Hinduism

(183) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 4:06 PM

"Something is wrong with this world, you've known it all your life, you don't know what it is. It's like a splinter in your mind ... driving you mad." -- Morpheus, the Matrix

I didn't hear about "The Matrix" until five years after it had come out in theatres. I...

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The 33 Million Gods of Hinduism

(108) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 10:54 AM

Why Hindus worship so many gods and goddesses is a real mystery for most people. In the West, where the mass majority of people are part of the Abrahamic faith tradition with one God, the concept of polytheism is nothing more than fantasy or mythology worthy of comic book material....

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Fast Food Spirituality

(29) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 12:50 PM

Americans don't like to waste time. We've got so much going on all the time. Even children have incredibly busy lives. We live in a culture where we like to get things done fast! We don't like waiting around for anything.

On the freeways, we have "fast lanes" and...

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Is God a Person? A Gaudiya Vaishnav Perspective

(211) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 10:23 PM

For many, the immediate response would be a resounding "no!" Within the theistic traditions of India and within the theistic traditions of the world, there are varying opinions on the subject. For some, it's not too difficult to understand the energy and presence of God in nature and even in...

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Bhagavad Gita: You Are Not The Body

(412) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 6:07 PM

When I first came across this concept, in the Bhagavad Gita, about 20 years ago, I was immediately fascinated by it. Not being subjected to birth, old age, disease and death got my attention. It's safe to say that no one is looking forward to these aspects of life.

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