Urban Monk

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

This segment originally aired live on the Brian Lehrer Show on December 10th. An edited version was included as part of a best-of episode on December 26. The unedited audio is posted here.

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa, monk, lecturer, first-ever Hindu chaplain for Columbia University, New York University, and Union Theological Seminary, and the author of  Urban Monk: Exploring Karma, Consciousness, and the Divine (Conscious Living, LLC, 2013), talks about his spiritual journey and what it’s like being a Hare Krishna monk in NYC.


Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

Comments [6]

Cynthia Lilley from Upper West Side, NYC

I find this very upsetting. The Hari Krishnas have been responsible for recruiting and separating members from their families and friends. They put their own children into a school which eventually was closed because of sexual abuse of the children. This is a cult, and you do no service by giving this man air time without questioning what his sect has done over the years.

Dec. 12 2013 05:24 PM
Shama Sharma from Toronto

He is an impressive speaker as well as an excellent writer. So good to listen to him on the show. I really like when he says that we all are looking for answers in all walks of life and Bhagwad Gita is a book which has timeless knowledge whose teaching hold as much importance as they had when it was spoken in the battlefield! Combining Entertainment and spirituality is an amazing way to help a common man understand the philosophy in an light way and learn the art of living one's life. Please keep up the good work!

Dec. 10 2013 12:43 PM
Chris from Wayne, NJ


We use a Norfolk Island pine, in a pot, as our tree. It cost us about $8 6 years ago and we keep it as a houseplant. That saves on other trees - and the tree is its own reward as it keeps growing each year. We gave away a 7 foot Norfolk pine earlier this year as it was getting too tall!


Dec. 10 2013 12:03 PM
Tab in NYC from NYC

Pretty snarky and inappropriate and offensive comment about Catholics. Not good.

Dec. 10 2013 11:58 AM
oscar from ny

..there's a legend back in Japan of some ppl that learnt and hid the ark and of some who opened it without realizing what they were doing and the consequences were two atomic bombs detoning the god of plutonium was realize..
Now since its transfer its hidden around chamber st and also was the fury if I tell to myself a monk has to know or adapt to the knowledge of the unknown and master its evil..specially an urban one

Dec. 10 2013 10:44 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Wonderful. If you're going to interview religious leaders, why not interview Cardinal Dolan? He's great fun.

Dec. 10 2013 08:09 AM

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