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The Fine Line Between Winning and Losing

Life is competitive. Most things are defined in black and white, good or bad, winning or losing. But are things that simple? Life can be a tough game with lessons that will challenge you to rise above and be better. Sometimes you get hurt, sometimes you lose and sometimes you lose in a way that you think the world is ending.

Between the elation of victory and the heart-ache of loss, runs a fine line – your opportunity to redefine winning and losing and to redefine yourself. Life is lived between the lines not outside as a spectator. The question is not whether you are playing the game, but how you are playing and what you are doing in the game.

Join us as we explore the fine line between winning and losing and redefine success.

My Journey

Growing up in the outskirts of London, Anantadev found himself surrounded by poverty, crime, and segregation. He understood that the world around him was not quite right, but for years, he simply watched, feeling helpless. This was his adolescence, and although he may not have known it at the time, all his rough-and-tumble experiences were preparing him for a higher calling. Every time he faced something traumatic, he was also facing his inner growth, and slowly but surely, questions arose within him – deep, meaningful questions that would guide him towards his path. Seeing the suffering and struggles of the people around him, Anantadev felt deeply moved to make a difference in the world, but he just couldn’t understand how. An inner sense, that grew stronger with time, spoke to him - do not strive to become someone in this world, strive to become someone for this world. With this thought at the forefront of his mind, the seed for a spirit of service was planted in his heart.

Moved by a deep spiritual calling, Anantadev dedicated his formative years to a life of contemplative practice and service joining an ancient monastic order in the bhakti tradition​. Throughout the next decade, Anantadev became deeply immersed in ancient practices of meditation and the study of timeless vedic wisdom, which allowed him the opportunity to share knowledge, mentorship and leadership to communities across the world.

In time, Anantadev felt called to make another shift. He was moving from his twenties to his thirties, and entered the next stage of his journey by leaving monastic life. Giving up the lifestyle of a monk was one of the most difficult decisions of his life, but he sensed that it was the right thing to do. Just a few meager possessions, no money to his name, and technically homeless, he went back into the world, trusting in the calling from within.


Although finding his feet presented new challenges, he quickly found the spirit of service he developed continued to be the foundation on which he would build his life. Today, Anantadev has wholeheartedly devoted himself to personal development, and teaching. He serves as a thought leader in the field of inner transformation, and is also a Bay Area CEO, on the forefront of philanthropy and social change. Although his journey has been atypical, he has found his experiences instructive and insightful for those he serves, unveiling for them the fullness of their own potential. Anantadev is also a husband and a father. He remains dedicated to a life of spiritual practice and feels inspired and invigorated to continue serving, ready for whatever comes next, ready to answer his higher calling wherever it may lead him.

What is Bhakti?

Bhakti comes from the sanskrit root word “bhaj” which means devotion, belonging, selflessness and ultimately culminating in love (prema). It is the spirit of selfless service and seeing the divinity in everything. Bhakti is love for the sake of love - and there is no force more powerful. Bhakti is the foundation of a life of meaning. It elevates the mind, aligns intentions with a higher calling and is the key to profound wisdom. Bhagavad Gita 9.2 raja-vidya raja-guhyam pavitram idam uttamam pratyaksavagamam dharmyam su-sukham kartum avyayam

Bhagavad Gita 9.2
raja-vidya raja-guhyam
pavitram idam uttamam
pratyaksavagamam dharmyam
su-sukham kartum avyayam

This knowledge is the king of education, the most secret of all secrets. It is the purest knowledge, and because it gives direct perception of the self by realization, it is the perfection of religion. It is everlasting, and it is joyfully performed.

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