Success Stories

  • Launched swacch devalaya in social media and various temples in June 2014 and Nate is living Mahatma Gandhi’s words “Be the change you want to see in the world”.
  • Nate is cheered from the sidelines by devotees, temple management, the priests and several organizations hailing his “noble” work. Nate is a familiar figure at various temples and events in Atlanta wearing a Swacch devalaya vest.
  • Nate visits near-by temples regularly at peak hours and temples far away for festivals. Nate also visits various social events in the community to network and promote awareness to discipline.
  • In the process he has met with several leaders like including the Indian Ambassador Hon. Arun Singh in 2016, the Consul generals Hon. Nagesh Singh (2015 to 2018), and Dr. Swathi Kulkarni, Dr. Subramaniam Swami, Sri Vikas Swarup (author of Slum dog millionaire), Swami Tejomayananda ji head of Chinmaya Mission, Secretary of VHPA Sanjay Mehta, Swami Vigyananand ji, Founder & Global chairman of world Hindu Foundation (WHF) and chief organizer of world Hindu Congress
  • Vishwa Hindu Parishad America (VHPA) published an article on Swacch Devalaya in the mandir vani published on the occasion of the 14th Hindu Mandir Executive conference (HMEC) and is planning to endorse and recommend Swacch Devalaya to all temples in USA.
  • Nate attended the Howdy-Modi event in Houston in Sept. 2019 and distributed the message to hundreds of people including several volunteers of the event.
  • TV Asia USA/Canada, covered the story in Dec. 2014, shot at Shirdi Sai mandir. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKMpPMGB1VQ
  • Major temples in Atlanta have embraced swacch devalaya in concept and honored Swacch Devalaya https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmud9GiQbYE (Hindu Temple of Atlanta on the successful culmination of the divine eleven day AtiRudram chanting)
  • Nate introduced Numbered Bag System to augment rack capacity.
  • NRI Pulse a local newspaper covered the story in Aug. 2014 –http://www.nripulse.com/swacch-devalaya-lets-keep-our-temples-clean/
  • Various temples & organizations have honored the work of Swacch Devalaya – North America Shirdi Sai Temple Of Atlanta, Sri Mahalakshmi temple of Atlanta, Ambhaji shakti Mandir near Atlanta, Shiv Mandir, Sanatan Mandir, Maharashtra Mandal of Atlanta, Bengali Association, Sewa-International Atlanta, Indian American Cultural Association etc.
  • Nate attends events like garba (attended by about 5000 people) and Ganesh utsav to maintain swacch, Beauty pageants, as also events organized by various regional associations to promote awareness, walking around wearing his swacch vest and distributing the flier to many.
  • Nate is blessed by his guru Swamini Svatmavidyananda, (disciple of Pujya Swami Dayanand Saraswati) for his role in promoting Swacch Devalaya. Swamini has known Nate from 2006 when he started the movement.
  • The movement to promote self-discipline and self-esteem is gaining momentum with organic change and awareness among children too for 5S (sort, straighten, shine, standardize, sustain) which is ingrained in the Japanese and western culture and corporate world, particularly manufacturing.

Nate believes in “Just Do it” (karmani eva adhikaraste, maa phaleshu kadachana ) and “Leaving the lights on for all. He opens the heavy doors for devotees at the temples to open his heart to one and all. He says he has many failings to overcome and he has a long way to go towards evolving. When asked about his spiritual sadhanas he said I don’t want to just keep dribbling the basket-ball, I want to share and pass the ball to play in God’s team.