48 hours since I posted my article on Medium and it has 26K views - highest ever I got on Medium. It's mindboggling - the emails/messages I'm getting from people who wish to start their own gaushalas or contribute to Texas Gaushala. (1) medium.com/age-of-awarene…
Some say they broke down and cried while reading my article. Some want to simply drive down to Texas Gaushala. I have no idea how Abhinav or Pratibha are going to handle this flood - but I am sure Krishna will show them the way. (2)
Many non-Indians have appreciated & highlighted portions of the article which you can yourself see. These are people who recognize that the Vedic framework is so broad it goes beyond dichotomies of east-west, human-animal & every other dichotomy to embrace the whole universe (3)
It's as if barren land waiting for rain is now awash with showers and is singing a prayer of gratitude. But, don't you miss something in this whole story? What about a tirade against Sati, caste system and Brahmin hegemony from Hindu-haters? (4)
Haha don't worry that ingredient is also present. Read the comment by Sophia Nynnat under my article. Seems like the worm came out to get some sun. (5)

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20 Nov
On World Toilet Day I am thinking of Ram Krishn Prasad the cab driver who drove me home from Delhi airport in 2018. He was such an amazing son of India that I requested him to come inside and allow me to record his message. (1)
How much he has learned by listening & observing even though he never went to school! He built a toilet for his house in the village at a total cost of 75,000 Rs. It's probably a twin pit latrine with pour-flush system. The stabilized waste is used as manure in the fields. (2)
Additionally, he made arrangements for grey water (bathwater, kitchen wastewater etc) to be filtered and used in the fields. He also reuses some water for cleaning indoors. He says he got the idea to reuse water when he stayed at the house of a Mukhia in Rajasthan. (3)
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8 Oct
Friends, do you know that each time you buy from Amazon you can ensure that 0.5% of the eligible price goes to your favourite charity? Right now Amazon has partnered with Christian missionary charities like World Vision. (1)
Why not let your money go to organizations like @IshwarSewa working with Hindu refugees from Pakistan to develop their skills? All you've to do is go to smile.amazon.com and select Ishwar Sewa Foundation as your charity to support with yr Amazon purchases. (2)
Then make sure that when you buy from Amazon next time, order via smile.amazon.com (it goes to the same Amazon) & check that ISF is the beneficiary. Send some joy to people who have suffered great humiliation in Pakistan and moved to India to rebuild their lives. (3)
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12 Jul
Shocked to learn that Sri Tapan Ghosh is no more. I will never forget that powerful moment when I met him in Houston in 2015. I knew I had to write about him. It was eye-opening to learn about his work in rescuing Bengali Hindu girls who were becoming victims of love-jihad. (1)
Until I met Tapan Da I'd never heard 1st-hand information about Bengali Hindu girls being kidnapped, raped & converted. Tapan Da had names of girls, kidnappers and even police stations where the crimes were reported. He was able to marshal facts to present a cogent narrative. (2)
@SwarajyaMag kindly agreed to publish my piece in 2015. I remember how happy Tapan Da was. He thanked me profusely for giving international visibility to the radical ideology that was devastating Bengal. (3) swarajyamag.com/politics/benga…
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23 Jun
I learned that in ancient times Hindus followed a kind of lockdown called Chaaturmaasya. It was during an auspicious period of 4 months starting frm Ashadha Shukla Dashami to Kartika Shukla Purnima which basically includes entire monsoon season (1) Photo: sathish_artisanz/Pixabay
During this time people did not travel and mostly stayed indoors. Sannyasis who generally travelled otherwise would spend these four months of Chaaturmaasya in one place. Of course, that would be a blessing for people who got to listen to some amazing spiritual discourses. (2)
Certain kinds of food were prohibited in this period (like milk, spinach etc) while other kinds of food were recommended. I am quite sure there were scientific, environmental or humane reasons for most of them. Many people gave up some favourite food as a way of penance. (3)
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8 Apr
Happy Hanuman Jayanti! Let's not forget the role of Guru Vyasatirtha in popularizing the worship of our dear Hanuman. It's the longest article I've ever written but I really needed to string all the gems of information that I found into a necklace. indictoday.com/long-reads/vya…
According to many, it was Goswami Tulsidas (1532 -1623) who made Hanuman very popular with his Ramcharitmanas and Hanuman Chalisa. While the role of these two outstanding works in magnifying the popularity of Hanuman in northern India cannot be denied, the truth is that (2)
long before Tulsidas, there was Madhvacharya (1238-1317) who gave an extraordinary place of honour to Vayu and his avataras Hanuman and Bhima. The tradition of honoring Hanuman (and Bhima) as a symbol of strength, protection and wisdom started by Madhvacharya was taken to (3)
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2 Apr
The vanishing culture of India. Devotional singers like this man would go from house to house ostensibly to beg for alms but actually, they were keepers of our beautiful, ancient culture. I saw them in Bengal, I saw them in Karnataka; actually, I saw them all over India while (1)
growing up. The songs were different, the languages too but a delicate golden thread seemed to bind them all together. I never thought they would start disappearing from cities one day. But I will not take them for granted any more. (2)
When I visited Bengaluru recently I kept my eyes and ears on the street. To my delight, I heard this man from a distance and waited with mobile phone in hand. He was taken aback to see me standing at the gate instead of averting my glance & pretending I had not seen him. (3)
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