When angels visit you – a true story of how we planned our baby

Soon after we were married in November 2014, my wife Juliana and I decided to have a baby in 2015. We planned to conceive the soul during our visit to Nepal in April, considering that high up in the sacred Himalayas would be a good place to attract a pious soul to her womb. The…

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Why do some vegans hate children?

The title of this blog is somewhat cutting, but I do qualify it by saying “some”. Certainly, not all vegans or partners without human children hate children. But sadly, there are some vegans that do actually hate children. Considering the fundamental reason for being a vegan is to respect all life, I find it incredibly odd…

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Grant writing and Social Entrepreneurship for Non-profit survival – My story

1994 during my travels through the Former Soviet Union When I started my non-profit management career back in 1989 at the New Gokula Farm in the Hunter Valley, NSW, I had absolutely no training or experience when it came to fundraising or public relations. I learned the hard way – trial and error with a…

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2016 is over — Welcome 2017 — the rise of the citizen journalist

2016 has got to go down as one of the craziest years of our times. Instead of regurgitating all that was wrong with 2016, I will highlight just a couple of things and then look at the positives and how this is tied to the numerology of the year. One thing that stood out to…

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Giving praise to others is enriching to your soul

Praise goes a long way. We need to work harder to see the good qualities in others and let them know how much we admire and appreciate them. We’ve become accustomed to finding faults in others, because it takes the focus away from our own faults. This is the same reason why bad news sells.…

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You and I are being manipulated by a biased media

Too many people these days use Facebook’s timeline feed as their primary source of information. Although the idea is convenient it fails dismally on credibility. For one thing, our newsfeed is based on past likes and our faith in our network of friends to share news of value. The problem, however, is that this means…

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Traveling is not all Pina Coladas and Chocolate

October 16, 2013 – travel diary in Brazil. My hosts in Brasilia had to work on the day I was to fly out so they left me on my own in their apartment. It was very kind of them and they were really nice hosts, however, I soon realized that I was on my own…

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Vegan KFC drumstick recipe (Krishna-Feel’n Crispies)

When I was a monk, one of the favorite things we looked forward to were the cauliflower pakoras at the weekly Sunday feast. Pakoras are a traditional part of North Indian cuisine and are deep fried battered vegetables, usually cauliflower, onions, peppers, or potatoes. The North America (non-veg) equivalent of pakoras is “Buffalo wings” and…

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When you know Angels have your back

Dionne Big thumbs up to Delta Airways customer service reps at JFK, Dionne, and Omar. I am on my flight to Slovenia, via Paris. Here is what happened. To start with, the taxi from New Jersey to JFK too way longer than I anticipated (2 hours) and then the driver dropped me off at the…

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I was Hugged by a Saint

I had not seen Radhanath Swami since the time I was living in New York in 2010. He has always been very kind to me and even back then when I was probably at my lowest point in life, he extended his compassionate hand to me. At that time I had decided to deconstuct everything…

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