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Happy Anniversary Juliana – POEM

On the occasion of our first wedding anniversary (November 22) My dearest Juliana, I can hardly believe — a whole year has past, like a lightening rod — it went so fast,  You captured my heart — in the blink of an eye,  As the clouds parted — revealing a starry sky. And when a…

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A poem for Dana – the Rebel with a heart.

There’s a young maiden called Dana — with Latin origins like Santana,  Who turns 18, on this very day! She is shy to the bone — and happy to be alone,  But if you called her, she’d say, “hey” Walking by your side — with a confident stride, She dances with music in her ears,  A…

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Complete Welfare – POEM

NOTE: I wrote this poem when I was a monk to capture and explain the essence of what Food for Life was. Yes, I have been with the charity a long time, beginning in 1983. A Vaisnava’s compassion knows no limit, it is said, “Oceanic and sweet—distinguished as gold, not lead. Such compassion you’ll not find in…

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So today it’s my birthday – POEM

(Sung to the tune of John Lennon’s, “So, this is Christmas“)  So, today it’s my birthday, So what can I do? I’m now one year older…and I want to boohoo, But it’s time to be happy, A time to rejoice, A day to remember…that I have a voice, To express my opinions, To say what…

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Why are people afraid to donate even one dollar?

I have been running charities since 1989 when I registered by my first non-profit in Australia, called Hare Krishna Food for Life Hunter Valley. Back then I was a monk and while full of enthusiasm, I had much to learn when it came to donor relations. You can’t just expect people to give without asking…

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Let’s cut to the chase on why there is Animal Abuse

Today I was asked by an 11th-grade student the following: I am currently taking part in doing the Research Project for my school and would like to know if you would be interested in answering the following questions for my research. It is based on animal rights and my question is “should it be illegal…

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Keep cursive writing alive and here is why

I’ve always been a fan of cursive writing and at age 18 I took a course in caligraphy. I was the youngest person in the class at the time, so even back then, 1981 the art form was dying out and becoming uncool for teenagers. With the ushering in of the computer age and the…

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My interview on Sacred Space TV in Australia (4 part series)

This is part 1 of 4 parts of an interview I gave in Australia at the Melbourne Hare Krishna temple. Forgive the background noises, especially the occasional plane and coughing and kirtan, I did not realize at the time and boy I wish I had. There is one thing I misspoke in part 4. Correction:…

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Talk at the World Vegan Summit 2015

The mission of the charity I direct, Food for Life Global, is NOT, “feeding the poor” but to UNITE the WORLD THROUGH PURE FOOD. This objective is universal and is based on the principle of spiritual equality as the ultimate solution to poverty and hunger. The inspiration behind Food for Life Global, Srila Prabhupada, told us…

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ISKCON: An insiders look and how it can heal

The following essay is both for the devotees and followers of Srila Prabhupada within ISKCON and also to give outsiders an inside look at the challenges faced by the ISKCON institution with a hope to facilitate dialogue for the greater good and find solutions. ————– In 1983, I became a practitioner of Krishna consciousness and…

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