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In 1996 I received the Brahmachari Vishwanathji
Award in Mumbai, which recognized me as a Pandit and Dharmacharya.
The award came from Masur Ashram, which had five years earlier given
my Hindu name.
This award formally took me from being a Hindu to
being a Hindu teacher. It also came from Vashtas to help promote
my work further. Such ceremonies empower a person, affording the
support of a broader community so that one is not simply proceeding
on ones own.