On Friday July 8th, 2016 the Santa Monica Bergamot Art Gallery hosted a book launch for Radhanath Swami’s latest book “The Journey Within”. The event was organized by Sridhar Silberfein, the Executive Producer of Bhakti Fest, an annual yoga, dance and sacred music festival that celebrates the path bhakti. The venue features a gallery housing modern art pieces from local artists as well as a movie screening room where some of Hollywood’s movies are exclusively screened for private gatherings.
The evening began with kirtan led by the local singers of the Los Angeles ISKCON Temple. Radhanath Swami then spoke on “The Journey Within” to a gathering of 50 people from diverse backgrounds, citing examples of compassion and human spirit. His anecdotes invoked a joyful mood and guests were inspired to ask him questions at the end of his talk. This was followed by more kirtan and finally the signing of books that were purchased by the guests. Light refreshments including cookies and herbal tea were served to the guests as they mingled and conversed with Radhanath Swami and each other.