Skip to comments.Ex-banker turned Hindu monk urges Wall Street to meditate
Posted on 11/18/2011 9:24:04 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Rasanath Das, a former New York investment banker who gave it all up to become a Hindu monk, was recently spending his Sunday afternoons leading Occupy Wall Street protesters in meditation until police cleared their camp at Zuccotti Park this week.
The 32-year-old monk isnt sure now where his next session will be. Hell keep following the protesters to offer meditation sessions, though, convinced they will only roll back the inequality they see around them if they find equanimity deep inside.
Anger wont solve anything, he told Reuters. We have to work from the heart there is so much distrust now.
Das has been a discreet presence at the protests, leading sessions of only 5 to 7 minutes before making way for other religious leaders to preach at a weekly interfaith service. What he doesnt tell is an unlikely life story that explains how he ended up in Lower Manhattan.
A native of Mumbai, Das studied at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) there and moved to the United States in 2000 to work as a consultant with the accounting firm Deloitte. After earning a masters of business administration (MBA) at Cornell, he started at Bank of America in 2006.
His specialty was the technology, media and telecoms sector and he dealt in so-called structured products, including mortgage-backed securities the things that blew up, the toxic products as he put it in a telephone interview.
As world markets began to crumble in 2007, a superior told him: You have to realise this is a game of musical chairs when the music stops, the person or bank that has the assets sitting on his books loses.
Das had studied this market but remained baffled by it even after he began trading.
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I think some of ows protesters confused that with masturbate
A broker took a vacation retreat at a monastery which he liked so much that he became a monk. Hilarity ensues.
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In Mel Brooks’ version of Occupy This. A pie from off screen hits him in the face right after he calls for meditation.
What is the sound of one hand clapping? Who cares? The other hand is going for your wallet.
Wow...America must be in awful shape if we now have Indian missionaries visiting us.
I guess India is all fixed up...now he has time to help correct our country as well.
Imagine the rage if an American was politicking in India while attacking their institutions. Luckily, India is so clean, prosperous, educated, and well fed that there is nothing in need of attention there.