On June 10th, 2015 Radhanath Swami was invited to take part in the speaker series hosted by Wedding Wire where he was interviewed by Wedding Wire CEO Tim Chi on the subject of Happiness. Wedding Wire is a young Washington DC-based company that specializes in helping couples-to-be find anything they might need to make their wedding day as perfect as possible. They are also one of the most highly recommended companies to work for in the DC area. Tim Chi helped create a culture of friendship and teamwork among his growing staff of 200+ employees and has near 100% turnout on days of company wide service to help in the local DC community.
Radhanath Swami joked about himself being an unlikely choice for a speaker. He said he doesn’t know much about weddings being a celibate monk for the last 40 years, but he went on to give practical advice about life, relationships, life’s challenges, and foundations of lasting love. He shared about the early days of the respected charity and education projects he helped build in India and the challenges they faced. He repeatedly urged the crowd to place their love for each other, for humanity and even all creatures at the center of their lives and said true knowledge is seeing everyone as a brother or sister. He encouraged the staff to see their job of supporting weddings as an opportunity to help others build relationships of deep lasting love based on the connection of the soul. “Help people use the things they get as a way to express their love for each other. If you do that, every wedding can be a celebration of real and lasting love,” Radhanath Swami said.
Radhanath Swami’s visit drew more attendance than any speaker has so far in the series. The 120 employees that came to listen to him asked questions afterwards and spent an easy hour laughing with him, gaining wisdom and reflecting on their own journey through their lives as it was reflected in the life of Radhanath Swami. Wedding Wire staff, including John Yeung who helped organize this year’s visit, expressed gratitude for his time and inquired about him coming again next time he visits the United States.