On Thursday, June 15, 2017 Radhanath Swami spoke at Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park, Silicon Valley, in California. Sixty employees attended a talk on the subject “Keys to Inner Fulfillment – Wisdom from Ancient Yoga Texts”.
He began the talk by saying how Facebook is offering the technology to connect billions of people around the world yet still there are so many disconnections. Real satisfaction comes when we connect to our inner roots. He spoke of his visit to Muir Woods where he learned that the strength of the mighty Redwood trees was passed on by how they all connect together on the root level.
Speaking of who we are and the nature of real life, he said that when we connect to our true self, we realize that we all have the potential to love. “When we water the root, it naturally extends to the branches, etc. Similarly connecting to our inner self, naturally extends to all beings. Everything comes from an origin. We all have forgotten that. In giving we receive and in giving we nourish our hearts. Great people in history have lived by this principle.”
He shared the idea that the real key to inner fulfillment is to connect to our real self and that this can be done through three essential principles of sadhana (regular spiritual practice), satsang (good association) and sadachar (good behavior). He explained the practical aspects of these principles. “However small we are, we can make a big difference – through our own way of living, we can be the change we want to see in the world. All the good changes in the world have come from sincere people who wanted to make the change.”