Artha Forum at Silicon Valley, California July 18 2015

Artha Forum at Silicon Valley, California July 18 2015

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Marci Shimoff is a NY Times bestselling author, a celebrated transformational leader, and one of the nation's leading experts on happiness, success, and unconditional love. She is the author of the runaway bestsellers Love for No Reason and Happy for No Reason, which offer revolutionary approaches to experiencing deep and lasting love and happiness. These books soared to the top of many national bestseller lists including The New York TimesAmazon, and the Wall Street Journal and have been translated into 31 languages.

Marci is also the woman's face of the biggest self-help book phenomenon in history, Chicken Soup for the Soul. Her six bestselling titles in the series, including Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul, have met with stunning success. Combined, all of her books have sold more than 14 million copies worldwide and have been on the New York Times bestseller list for a total of 118 weeks.

President and co-founder of the Esteem Group, she delivers keynote addresses and seminars on self-esteem, self-empowerment, and peak performance to corporations, professional and non-profit organizations, and women's associations. She’s been a top-rated trainer for numerous Fortune 500 companies, including AT&T, GM, Sears, Kaiser Permanente, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Marci inspires people with her breakthrough methods for personal fulfillment and professional success.  Marci earned her MBA from UCLA and holds an advanced certificate as a stress management consultant. She is a founding member and on the board of directors of the Transformational Leadership Council, a group of 100 top leaders serving over ten million people in the self-development market.

Marci shimoff gave a brief introduction of Radhanath swami recollecting her first meeting with Radhanath Swami after an International Yoga conference at Hrshikesh at the Airport.

She noticed Radhanath Swami standing on the other side of the Airport, and she noticed an extraordinary personality

I just walked upto him, and that time I didn’t know who he is. I just walked up to him to start a conversation. The minutes he spoke I noticed that although I don’t know who he is, however, here is a person with wisdom. After few minutes of talking, I discovered that he was from America, he was a nice Jew boy raised in Chicago. I am a nice Jewish Girl, raised in San Matae  – so I can say that. At very young age, he traveled to india, and what I was most struck was how profound was the being inside of him, and how it completely emanated. Soon, I discovered who he was, and I got the book – The Journey Home. We got on our planes while continue to talk and I read the book, while on the plane.

I highly recommend reading this book, I tis captivating, interesting and really enlivening and enlightening. So, I read as much as I could, it was short flight from Hrshikesh to Delhi. I just said, I have to know more. I gave him my card, and asked if you are ever coming to San Fransisco, and he said, as it would happen, that I will be coming to San Francisco in a few months. So I gave him my card, and asked, please, I love to see you. May I host you. And he said absolutely. So, right around this time last year, we made arrangements for him to come to my home.

So, last year, he came to my home in Marin county, and we didn’t have many people as we have this evening, but that was a beautiful gathering. And I am going to read his bio, because I don’t want to miss any thing, but mostly I wanted to speak from my experience with Radhanath Swami.

It is said that we live in very critical and important time, and I really believe that. And during these times, it is really important that we have deep wisdom and tradition from the east, and the progressive technological knowledge of the west be married. And this is what we are seeing, we are seeing jewish boy from Chicago who completely embodies vedic wisdom, and living and teaching in india throughout the world. And of course, we see all of you in silicon valley, and this is true meaning of east and west. And I feel that this is such an exquisite embodiment in Radhanath Swami, of east meeting the west. There is a saying that world is my family, and that is what I felt when ever I am around him. And this is really who he is – that world is his family. So I want to just read from his bio.

One of the thing that I was so excited about what that this is someone who grow up with my background. Probably growing up on mcdonalds food, drinking milk shakes and French fried. And he has such pure nervous system, and such pure expressions. And that gave me an hope that even though I grow up on Mcdonalds, that there was hope. Actually, I didn’t mention I have co-authored a series of books named Chicken soul for soul, and chicken soul for woman, and chicken soul for mothers. Actually, I was vegetarian since I was 17, and I always wanted these books to be named like Khichadi for the soul, or moong dal for the soul, so I have proposed that but has not happened yet, I am hoping that happens.

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