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 Mission Statement

Communication and Cooperation Works

It is our mission and blessing to promote diversity and cultural
competency
as taught by Guru Nanak Dev Ji, thereby bringing to
the fore issues of color and gender for the purpose of uplifting people
who have a history of being marginalized, using social media and other
means as platforms to inform various communities of the life experiences
and concerns of marginalized people with regard to the necessity for social
change, dialogue, inclusion, compassion, tolerance, and cultural literacy,
and growth in our human relations going forward in order to better facilitate
the current worldwide shift in global consciousness from tribalism, instability,
and extremism, to harmony, cooperation and enduring peace. And furthermore,
we welcome and support other organizations that promote the transformation of
consciousness
as taught by Guru Nanak Dev Ji throughout his life and travels.

Our ultimate mission is to afford every person in the community
the opportunities to explore the sensitivities of the human spirit to
wit each person is inspired to (a) teach and interact with people while
maintaining a keen appreciation for their longing for inclusion, the innate longing
to belong within our human nature; (b) respond with compassionate consideration
and sensitivity to those racial, cultural, religious, ethnic, economic, political, social,
ethical, psychological, and philosophical differences that exist within every community.

Notice

Commentaries and graphics appearing on this Web site are presented as an open and
free source for the enlightenment of visitors. However, our primary aim is to stimulate
critical thinking and support for the subsequent resolution of diversity issues.

Diversity is the quality or state of having people who are of different
races or who have different cultures within a group or organization.

Question is, are we mature enough to sit down and discuss
issues of diversity, including religion, gender and race?
Without dialogue only one side of an issue is resolved.
Open dialogue with those with whom we differ is an
expression of inclusion, tolerance, and love.

Points to Ponder

"If you cannot see God in all, you cannot
see God at all." Siri Singh Sahib Ji

"The true man of God sees no man as good or evil,
no man as friend or enemy." -- Siri Guru Granth Sahib

"Every accomplishment starts with the decision to show up.
It's called commitment." M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

"Words cast spells. That's why we call it spelling." WordPhysiology.com

"If you want to make enemies, try to change something." Woodrow T. Wilson

"By going to a church one does not become Christian, by going to a temple one
does not become spiritual, but by cleaning his own temple, his own self, one does
become what one wants to be. You have to work on yourself. Self shall be tested.
You have to stand for your own self in the Age of Truth. You have to understand how to
love; you have to understand how to tolerate the other man's point of view." Yogi Bhajan

"Do not criticize anybody. Everybody is good within his own atmosphere.
Try to show your best nature. There are three types of people: Fanatic,
Liberal, and Lazy. Lazy are lazy because they are lazy. Fanatics have
got hang-ups. They do not reach anywhere because they are stuck. They
don't know what to do next. So whatever little they have, they feel it is their
kingdom; they don't want to be disturbed and they don't want to enter into
anybody's life. The Liberals of the New Age -- the Age of Truth, these people
want to know who they are, what they are, and why they are." Yogi Bhajan

"When a totally complete, comfortable, happy man touches an unhappy man,
he brings happiness. Life is a sharing. We share our sorrows and we share
our happiness. And if somebody is in sorrow, and we pour our happiness
into that person, we make him happy. For that we need clarity of the mind.
We need the strength of the soul. We need enlargement of our point
of view. We need tolerance. We need courage." Yogi Bhajan

"In life one thing you cannot get rid of and that is called challenge.
Whether you challenge the challenge or you give into the
challenge, that decides the spirituality." Yogi Bhajan

"We're all part of One, and One is part of all.
Be prosperous, be generous, be kind and
be compassionate." Yogi Bhajan

"Anyone who relates to the One Creator of Creation, Ek Ong Kar, and considers
Siri Guru Granth Sahib as their Guru is a Sikh." M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa
 

The Case For Diversity and Dialogue

WOW, THIS SAYS IT ALL

Posted by Jesus Garcia on Saturday, January 2, 2016

One Skin, Different Perspectives
"There needs to be a conversational relationship
between white eyes and colored eyes in America."


White Eyes                              Colored Eyes

More Points to Ponder

"There are many culturally illiterate Americans
who think racism no longer exists in America."

"It remains true today, in the ancient tradition of ignorance
that people of faith and otherwise good sense hasten to
ostracize and demonize any person or group whose
beliefs, lifestyle, and customs are unlike their own."

"Looking at the one and only Black Family in 3HO/Sikh Dharma
after 47 years
from my perspective as a person of color I have to
ask, why are there so few Blacks, e.g., how many White Sikh Families
versus Black Sikh Families after 47 years? Oh sure, there are a few
African-Americans
, but they are disproportionately represented.
Think about the optics from the perspective of most people of color.
Do people of color see this disparity as a positive or as a negative?
And how many Black Kundalini Yoga teachers-trainers are there?"

"3HO/Sikh Dharma needs to reach out to people of color,
not expect people of color to find 3HO/Sikh Dharma."

"Any organization that fails to maintain open communication and dialogue with
its constituency is at risk of dysfunction, loss of credibility, and irrelevancy."

"Since the election of President Obama many claim to be weary
of the ongoing conversation about racism. Think about the weariness of
people of color who have waited for centuries for substantive discourse
to occur. That conversation has only just begun." Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

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My Sikh Sense
By M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

Diversity is our heritage.
We must live it going forward.


Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

Points To Ponder

"Looking at the one and only Black Family in 3HO/Sikh Dharma
after 47 years
from my perspective as a person of color I have to
ask, why are there so few Blacks, e.g., how many White Sikh Families
versus Black Sikh Families after 47 years? Oh sure, there are a few
African-Americans
, but they are disproportionately represented.
Think about the optics from the perspective of most people of color.
Do people of color see this disparity as a positive or as a negative?
And how many Black Kundalini Yoga teachers-trainers are there?"

"Discourse about racism is not meant to stir up feelings of guilt.
Discourse is meant to drive people to action against injustice.
Question is, are we mature enough to sit down and discuss issues of
diversity, including religion, gender and race?"
MySikhSense.com

"You're not going to solve the problem if it's not being talked about."
President Barack Obama on race, December 19, 2014.

"We are all pioneers in the Age of Aquarius. No man can
give a man anything other than love. No man can give a
man anything other than hope. No man can give a man
anything but service. The only thing you can do is act
like a forklift and go into the dirt and lift the other person
and put him on track, so he can proceed." Yogi Bhajan

"I am concerned about justice. I am concerned about brotherhood.
I am concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about these,
one can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a
murderer but you cannot murder murder. Through violence you may murder
a liar but you cannot establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater
but you cannot murder hate. Darkness cannot put out darkness. Only light can
do that... And I say to you, I have also decided to stick to love. For I know that
love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems. And I’m going to talk
about it everywhere I go... [Because] I have seen too much hate…to want to
hate, myself... Hate is too great a burden to bear... I have decided to love."
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I am White, and as such, my role in ending racial oppression
must be in engaging other White people to join accountable
work for racial justice. Plain and simple." Jamie Utt

"It's obvious, given the Awtar Singh Khalsa Family being the
only all Black Family in 3HO/Sikh Dharma after 47 years,
that a more acceptable and effective way needs to be found to
relate to marginalized populations in order to be consistent with
the teachings of Guru Nanak. I suggest taking his message to the
prisons where lots of marginalized people are." Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

"Forgiveness is not forgetting, forgiveness is freedom from hate." Valerie Kaur

"Any White person living in the United States will develop opinions about race
simply by swimming in the water of our culture. But mainstream sources -- schools,
textbooks, media -- don’t provide us with the multiple perspectives we need." More.

"America must work to make diversity
an advantage." Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

"It's with curiosity, astonishment, and some degree of sadness
that I experience expressions of antipathy, even disdain for
my commentaries by family members, while unrelated people
respond with affinity, even affection." Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

"Think about this...from 1789 to 2009, one African-American out of
forty-four Presidents of the United States." Obama43To1.com

(Note: After 47 years 3HO remains disproportionately White.)

"On the American racial level, we have to approach the Black man's
struggle against the White man's racism as a human problem. We
have to forget hypocritical politics and propaganda. Both races, as human
beings, have the obligation, the responsibility of helping to correct America's
human problem. The well-meaning White people have to combat, actively
and directly, the racism in other White people. And the Black people have to
build within themselves much greater awareness that along with equal rights
there has to be the bearing of equal responsibilities." Malcolm X, 1965

"There is nothing wrong in this world if you do not hate anyone or create a
superiority complex to make anyone else feel inferior." Yogi Bhajan

"Cognitive Dissonance: The psychological conflict resulting from simultaneously
held incongruous beliefs and attitudes, e.g., supporting the concepts of diversity
and pluralism while simultaneously marginalizing people." My Sikh Sense

"He was a segregationist, but he was not a racist."
Selma Mayor Joseph Smitherman's daughter, Dianne Smitherman

"Are there even occasional conversations between White eyes and
Colored eyes regarding the issues of diversity and racism and
their impact and complexities within the American community today?
Issues to do with diversity are not going away just because we deny
their existence, or because they cause us discomfort to discuss. We
must promote pluralism as did Guru Nanak Dev throughout his
ministry. Sikh Dharma's tent needs to be as big as the Cosmos."

"The human mind was created to discriminate, e.g., make choices between up
and down, in and out, black and white, etc. We must always remain aware of our
tendency to use our discretionary abilities in order to marginalize and repress
people with whom we differ. We need to constantly see to it that we advocate for
pluralism, against tribalism, in the interest of justice as taught by Guru Nanak Dev.
Our choices are to live for each other, or to live at each other." Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

"Prison Yoga Project provides training for yoga teachers who want to work with inmates in
prisons. There are many people of color in the U.S. prison system who are in need of the
Healthy, Happy, Holy lifestyle as taught by Yogi Bhajan. 3HO's Kundalini Research Institute,
KRI, would do well to provide and require formal training for its Certified Teachers whereby
these many marginalized members of our society can be served." Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

"The job of a spiritual teacher is to poke, provoke, confront and elevate." Yogi Bhajan

"The mere act of teaching implies that one wishes the world well." Roger Rosenblatt

“A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.” Henry Adams

"It is incumbent on those who know to teach those who do not know." Hari Singh Bird

"As Ministers we are obliged to practice what we teach using only occasional
words, i.e., our actions teach louder than our words." Hari Singh Bird

Sat Nam. MySikhSense.com is sponsored by ACT, Adhoc Committee Thirteen, a volunteer social action group, whose mission it is to promote diversity* and cultural competency, and bring to the fore issues of color, especially to include feedback from People of Color (see NOTE) and others, who tend to be otherized, and whom it is hoped will utilize this forum to inform the 3HO and Sikh Dharma community and beyond of their vision with regard to cultural literacy, social justice, inclusion, compassion, tolerance, and transformational dialogue going forward (see example) in order to better facilitate the current shift in global consciousness from instability and discord to balance, cooperation and enduring peace. See Dialogue Example. (See The Fifth Estate.)

To this end, it is important that 3HO/Sikh Dharma provide a platform from which to hear the concerns and suggestions, especially those of people of color, in order to encourage and enable transformational interactions between those cultures, religions, ideas, beliefs, lifestyles, races, orientations and customs, which differ from our own. Join the conversation here or call 855-410-2700. See Forum Rules of Conduct.

Purpose

You can't understand anything from a distance.
You have to get close." Bryan Stevenson

MySikhSense.com was created to afford members of the 3HO/Sikh Dharma community and friends the opportunity to explore the sensitivities of the human spirit to where each community is inspired to conduct a Sensitivity Summit for the purpose of (a) teaching and interacting with people while maintaining a keen appreciation for their longing for inclusion, the innate longing to belong of our human nature; (b) responding with compassionate consideration and sensitivity to those racial, cultural, religious, ethnic, economic, political, social, ethical, psychological, and philosophical differences that exist within our respective communities. See The Case For Dialogue.

News Alert: Sensitivity Summit Motion Fails To Make 2015 Khalsa Council Meeting Agenda.

Join the conversation here. See List of Supporters.

"How can any organization monitor member attitudes toward diversity issues
including race, if it does not know the demographics of its organization? A
common requirement amongst governmental agencies is to regularly inquire
of ethnic and marginalized members as to their perceptions and grievances."

More Points to Ponder

"... blocks are keeping you from achieving your potential as
men. If we are not willing to talk about something, how can
we get rid of it?" Siri Singh Sahib of Sikh Dharma 1984

"You're not going to solve the problem if it's not being talked about."
President Barack Obama on race, December 19, 2014.

"Are there even occasional conversations between White eyes
and Colored eyes regarding the issues of diversity and racism
and their impact and complexities within the American community today?
Issues to do with diversity are not going away just because we deny their
existence, or because they cause us discomfort to discuss." Hari Singh Bird

This mission is a perpetual exercise by which we intend to poke, provoke, confront and thereby elevate the consciousness of those with whom we interact. (See how this works.) Along the way we may encounter obstacles and challenges due to inadequate sensitivity. In order to make corrections moving forward we need a platform from which to hear from folks such as you, especially People of Color, as to where you see our flaws or failings. We need to know how others see us.

*Diversity is that social order wherein people of diverse races and colors or who are of different cultures and religions are included and nurtured. Due to the fact that People of Color who remain silent enable White people to remain culturally illiterate, it is incumbent on People of Color to stand up and speak out in order to promote cultural competency among White populations. See What's Wrong With These Pictures.

See Examples. See 8 Things People Need To Understand About Race. See What Happens When We Fight Over Race? See Why Do Millennials Not Understand Racism? See Definitions. See Required Reading. See Americans Don't Know How Good They Have It. See I'm Tired of The Racism Conversation, Our President Is Black. See BigotDetector.com. See AllForOneWonForAll.com. See Recommended Reading.

 

"It is incumbent on those who know to teach those who do not know."

"It is incumbent on those who do not know to surrender their ego."

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MULTI-COLOREDS
African Americans, Native Americans, Asians, Latinos

Shades of Color


Shadeism

Shadeism from refuge productions on Vimeo.

"People of Color who remain silent enable White people to remain culturally illiterate.
It is incumbent on those who know to teach those who do not know." Hari Singh Bird


Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Teacher

A teacher pokes, provokes, confronts, elevates.

See how it works.

 



 

More MySikhSense.com

                                       

                                 

See SensitivitySummit.com. See Desmond Tutu's Plea To Israel.
See The Homeless Banned And Jailed In 'Christian' America.
See Let's Have 'The Race Conversation' For Real, This Time.
See More Diversity Dialogues. See Institutionalized Racism.

See Required Reading. See Recommended Reading.
See Why Are White Tantra Yoga Classes So 'White'?

See Islamic Extremism vs Christian Extremism.

See A Native American's Thanksgiving Rebuke.
See What White People Need To Know.

See Americans Need To Pay Attention.
See What's Wrong With This Picture?
See A Case Of Unjust Enrichment.
See A Classic Case of Tribalism.
See What Tribalism Looks Like.

See Guidelines For Facilitators.
See For The People Of Color.
See What Is White Privilege?
See KRI Needs To Go To Jail.
See Jon Stewart On Racism.
See The Ubuntu Philosophy.
See TheMahanTantric.com.
See Example of Tribalism.

See ACT For Diversity.
See Comments Con.
See Comments Pro.

See Obama 43 To 1.
See My Main Point.
See Definitions.
See Questions.

My Sikh Sense
By M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa


Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Sat Nam. The formal 3HO censure of Awtar Singh Khalsa during Summer Solstice 2013 (see details) is the case of a man and his family having undergone what they perceive as severe trauma. Any expectation 3HO might have for this family to be receptive to the persons and/or organization that injured them is like expecting a victim to welcome negotiating or even to contemplate associating with their perceived perpetrator. See SensitivitySummit.com.

(BTW: Awtar, Avtar, and Avatar mean the self-embodiment of the Supreme in the physical form. See Notes.)

To our knowledge, this is the one and only letter of censure
ever executed by 3HO/Sikh Dharma. See Selective Censure.



Questions: Was due process exercised? If not, why not?

"Looking at the only all Black Family in 3HO/Sikh Dharma after
47 years
from my perspective as a person of color I have to ask,
why are there so few Blacks? Oh sure, there are African-Americans
represented, but they are disproportionate in number. Do other people of
color see this disparity as a positive or as a negative?" Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

"Beware of those in power who make decisions and policies, and
think they can escape dealing with the results." Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

"...the accused shall enjoy the right to be informed of the nature and cause
of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have
compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have...his
defense." Due Process Clause, Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

A pathway must be found to reach out to Awtar Singh, his family, and other People of Color (see NOTE), in order to mitigate their sense of trauma. This will require creativity, persistence and perhaps even extraordinary efforts on the part of the 3HO/Sikh Dharma. See Detractor's Commentary. See Supporter's Commentary. See What's Wrong With These Pictures? See Selective Censure.

And a more compassionate approach must be exercised in dealing with any person's 'errant behavior' going forward. Sikhs are required, Sikhs are expected to look beyond a person's weaknesses and focus on their strengths in the spirit of the Guru, in the spirit of Charhdi kalaa, in the spirit of the Siri Singh Sahib, in the spirit of the Teachings.

In addition, 3HO and Sikh Dharma, including their respective boards and committees, need to be aware of their inevitable drift into tribalism (see example), which afflicts all organizations. It is practiced to the extreme in Iraq, today. Tribes tend to adopt an attitude of exceptionalism to the point where marginalization and exclusion of others reigns supreme. Case in point, Awtar Singh Khalsa. In this Age of Aquarius, inclusion vis-a-vis pluralism is in, exclusion vis-a-vis tribalism is out. Those that reject inclusion shall become irrelevant. (See Case of Classic Tribalism. Also see Dominionism.)

"We must be aware of our biases as the first step towards minimizing the inevitable drift
into tribalism, which runs counter to 3HO goals and the teachings of Guru Nanak."


"People of Color who remain silent enable White people to remain culturally illiterate.
It is incumbent on those who know to teach those who do not know." Hari Singh Bird

Bottom line is, the Sikh Dharma community must hear from People of Color, i.e., people of African, Asian, Native American, etc., descent, as to their perception of the organization, as it is today. Given the history of human nature, Sikh Dharma can avoid creeping into exclusivity by monitoring the perceptions of People of Color. Sikh Dharma is an inclusive as opposed to an exclusive path. As Sikhs we need to practice what we teach.

No matter what the circumstances, "It is a Sikh's sacred duty, without fear or anger to defend the weak and protect the innocent." GurdwaraSecurity.com

*Notes

Avtar, Awtar, Avatar... "The scriptures of many religions speak of a coming leader who will consummate the fulfillment of the Divine will on earth. He will manifest in His person the righteousness and compassion of God*, and He will bring about the final defeat of evil, and establish the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. An unconscious and emotional subconscious meaning of the word Avtar is made by the mind upon reading the word, Avtar. Everything, a person has ever read, about the meaning of the word, is in the mind, conscious and subconscious. Therefore, your perception is uniquely yours.

The Hebrew title Messiah - 'Christ' - in Greek means "anointed one," that person who will be specially chosen by God for this mission and empowered to accomplish it. But while the term Messiah is specific to only a few religions, prophecies that a leader will come and accomplish such a mission are nearly universal.

Religions call Him by various names: Jews long for the promised Messiah; for Christians the Messiah is Jesus of Nazareth, who has already come and ascended to heaven but will reappear (perhaps in a new guise) at His Second Coming.

Muslims also expect the second advent of Jesus, who will come as a Muslim Imam, and among Shiite Muslims there are various expectations of a future Imam Mahdi.

Buddhist sutras prophesy the coming of the Maitreya Buddha; Vaishnavite Hindu scriptures prophesy the future descent of an avatar named Kalki;

Zoroastrian scriptures prophesy the coming of the Saoshyant; and some Confucian texts speak of a future True Man who will finally bring peace to the world by perfectly instituting the Way of Confucius."

UNIVERSAL DIVERSITY
All Separately Connected

"We're all part of One, and One is part of all." Yogi Bhajan

In the eyes of the enlightened student of religion, there is only one Creator-God, which is worshipped by various religions and known by various names and descriptions. For example, in Islam, it's Allah; Christianity and Judaism, it's God; Hinduism, it's Brahmin; Sikhism, it's Sat Nam. It's the same God masquerading as the diversity of creation and wearing the mask of what Sikhs, Hindus and others call Maya.

"It doesn't really matter how you call His Name.
Allah, Jehovah, Sat Nam, it's all the same." Krishna Kaur

"Think about it. You grew your magnificent brain, perhaps the most complicated thing in the world. And you grew it without even thinking about it. A supremely intelligent, all-inclusive Life Force of unknown origin created and sustains this wondrous miracle of life. It's what we Sikhs refer to as God." -- See YouAreTheEssence.com

My Sikh Sense
By M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa


Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Sat Nam! As a follow up to my previous posting of May 31, 2014 below,* I urge the respective Board of Directors of 3HO and Sikh Dharma International to consider engaging Mr. Ben Alexander of the firm Alexander Consulting and Training or other appropriate consultant for the purpose of conducting a Light on Diversity conference at the next Siblings of Destiny gathering.

Mr. Alexander comes recommended by members of the Sadh Sangat (community) and has expressed a possible interest in facilitating such a session. Please consider this proposal at your earliest convenience.

Thank you!

Guru Rakha!

Humbly,

M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa --

*May 31, 2014 Posting:

"The Board of Directors of 3HO and Sikh Dharma International need to convene a 'Sensitivity Summit' to include the Sadh Sangat at the next Siblings of Destiny gathering with an agenda to include conversations about diversity sensitivity, i.e., multicultural competency, and how both organizations can take a higher path to becoming more inclusive and inspirational to People of Color (non-Whites see note) going forward. Any call for such Sensitivity Summit should extend a special invitation to persons of color, especially any aggrieved persons of color to speak FIRST regarding their perception of the issues. Likewise, People of Color need to speak out here about their sense of where 3HO/Sikh Dharma is with regard to Inclusion, Transparency, Compassion, Diversity, and Tolerance."

"There is a way through every block. Understand through compassion or
you will misunderstand the times. When the time is on you, start, and
the pressure will be off. Recognize the other person is you. Vibrate
the Cosmos and the Cosmos shall clear the path." Yogi Bhajan

"You're not going to solve the problem if it's not being talked about."
President Barack Obama on race, December 19, 2014.

"Sikh Dharma is an inclusive as opposed to an exclusive path.
It is our destiny to teach cultural competency, and it is our duty
to practice what we teach." M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa



My Sikh Sense
By M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa


Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Sat Nam! I recently sent a request to a small, select group of 3HO/Sikh Dharma acquaintances asking them to take a look at these videos (below) and other images. I asked them to share their impressions. (Hopefully the videos will remain available for the purpose of future conversations.) I got mixed reviews, as expected. Some think the music and images are well done and the videos well represent 3HO. Some think there is too many photos of Yogi Bhajan, while others think the frequency of photos gives the false impression that Yogi Bhajan is physically present at Solstice events. Others think there needs to be more diversity, and more dharmic, e.g., images of the Sikh gurus, the Gurdwara ceremony, etc.

Has 3HO/Sikh Dharma become tribal-like?
Is 3HO/Sikh Dharma a monochromatic organization
?


Where's the Proportional Diversity?

That quality or state of having people who are of different races
or who have different cultures within a group or organization.


 

See Commentary Europe.


Where's the Proportional Diversity?

That quality or state of having people who are of different races
or who have different cultures within a group or organization.





















Where is the diversity? Where are the colored eyes?
Do these photos depict Tribes or Tribalism.
Do you know the difference? Click here.

Can People of Color ever see 3HO as an organization that promotes Diversity
when after nearly 50 years the organization remains disproportionately White?
Where's Diversity in these pics, that quality or state of having people who are of
different races or who have different cultures within a group or organization?

"In 2013, the population of African-Americans, including those of more than one race,
was estimated at 45 million, making up 15.2% of the total U.S. population." Source.
NOTE: U.S. organizations should reflect about 15 African-Americans out of every 100.

"It remains true today, in the ancient tradition of ignorance
that people of faith and otherwise good sense hasten to
ostracize and demonize any person or group whose
beliefs, lifestyle, and customs are unlike their own."

"3HO and Sikh Dharma need to be aware of their inevitable
drift into 'tribalism' that afflicts all organizations. This is practiced to the
extreme in Iraq, today. Tribes tend to adopt exceptionalism to the point
where marginalization and exclusion of others reigns supreme. An example is
Awtar Singh Khalsa. In this Age of Aquarius, inclusion vis-a-vis pluralism is in,
exclusion vis-a-vis tribalism is out. Those that reject inclusion shall become irrelevant."

"Issues to do with diversity are not going away just because we
deny their existence, or because they cause us discomfort to discuss."

"The human mind was created to make choices, e.g., to discriminate between
up and down, in and out, black and white, etc. We must remain aware of our
tendency to use our discretionary abilities in order to marginalize and repress
people with whom we differ. We need to constantly see to it that we advocate
for pluralism and against tribalism in the interest of justice and fairness."

"People of color who remain silent enable White people to remain culturally
illiterate
. It is incumbent on those who know to teach those who do not know."
Bottom line is that the 3HO/Sikh Dharma community must hear from people of
color
, i.e., people of African, Asian, Native American, etc., descent, as to their
perception of the organization, as it is, today. Given the history of human nature,
Sikh Dharma can avoid creeping into exclusivity by monitoring the perceptions of
People of Color. Sikh Dharma is an inclusive as opposed to an exclusive path.
As Sikhs we need to practice what we teach." M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

A region where extreme tribalism is pervasive,
especially to the exclusion of women.

See Tribalism in the Middle East.


See Signs of Kali Yuga.

And then there are those who see in the above images what might be considered a contrived presentation of images of People of Color (non-Whites see note). Some see a simply regional representation of populations. Others see an undue absence of non-Whites, especially African Blacks.

Looking at the videos, how many Black faces does one actually see? And of the Blacks that one sees, how many People of Color can be counted amidst groups of Caucasians? People of Color appear in small isolated, tribal-like groups, off to themselves... images of all Blacks, no Whites... images of all Whites, no Blacks and Browns... no serious proportional mixing, and appearing tribal. And how many People of Color (non-Whites) do you see in this European video? See Commentary Europe.

As a person of mixed race heritage, my father Native American, my mother Caucasian, I see 3HO/Sikh Dharma as representing a microcosm of American culture. Some observers see the latest video as a "well-intentioned effort" at showing 3HO's diversity as opposed to the previous video. I agree that it is a step forward, but when I reflect back on my life experience as a person of color looking through colored eyes I have a somewhat cosmopolitan and different perspective that leads me to ask the following questions.

1) What is the 3HO/Sikh Dharma message?

2) Does the message include genuine outreach to People of Color (non-Whites)?

3) Is the message sensitive to the life experience of People of Color?

4) How many Black families, including born-in-the-Dharma offspring, are there within the 3HO/Sikh Dharma Sangat (community) after almost 50 years?

5) How do People of Color perceive the message? Is it seen as simply inadequate or is it seen as only a politically correct token gesture?

6) Is there an active and vigorous outreach to incarcerated populations including People of Color, therein?

7) Are there any even occasional conversations between White eyes and Colored eyes regarding the issues of diversity and racism and their impact and complexities within our American communities today?

8) Given the nature and incidence of racism, sexism and bigotry* within the American cultural experience, shouldn't there be frequent, transparent conversations in order to monitor race relation issues, which especially include prospective 3HO students and teachers of color?

9) Is there any procedure in place whereby those who have a grievance with regard to race relations can acquire resolution through Due Process, i.e., especially Due Process sans any subsequent intimidation or retribution? See SensitivitySummit.com. See More.

Ask the right questions...get the right answers.

*Definitions

"God told Guru Gobind Singh, 'Go establish a path of righteousness.
Let the human Worship the Undying Being, the Akaal Purkh, not the
dying being.' Jesus said not to worship idols, yet I have never seen a
single church where he is not hanging on the cross outside. Is that not
an idol? Moses said to love all and worship one God, yet Jews feel they
are the special chosen beings and everybody else is out (tribalism).
The Hindus were told to see God in everything. Their God is in their
temple, sleeps at a certain time and gets up at a certain time. Otherwise
everything goes berserk. That is the hypocrisy of religion." -- Yogi Bhajan

AUTHENTICITY: Real or genuine: not copied or false. "Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we're supposed to be and embracing who we are." -- Brene Brown

BIGOTRY: A state of mind as a Bigot, i.e., a person who is intolerantly devoted to his or her prejudices or biased opinions; a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc.; a bigoted person; especially a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group). See BigotDetector.com. See Tolerance. See Tribal vs. Tribalism: An Important Distinction. See ActForDiversity.com. See BroadPoints.com. See A Sikh Sense of Humor.

BLACK PERSON: A member of a darker-skinned people (any person of color), especially one of African, Native American, Asian or Australian Aboriginal ancestry; any White Eye or Colored Eye person who stands with the oppressed against the oppressor. See ForThePeopleOfColor.com.

 

CASTE: A division of society based upon differences of wealth, rank, or occupation.

CLASS: The system of ordering a society in which people are divided into sets based on perceived social or economic status.

CLASSISM: Unfair treatment of people because of their social or economic class.

COGNITIVE DISSONANCE: The psychological conflict resulting from simultaneously held incongruous beliefs and attitudes, e.g., having a fondness for smoking and a belief that it is harmful. (Or supporting the concepts of diversity and pluralism while simultaneously marginalizing people.)

COLORED EYES: Those persons who have acquired the life experience and have gained the cultural competency and perspective of people of color along with the experience of the marginalization and social otherization that come with it. See White Eyes.

COMPASSION: A sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it.

"God's fear only means don't harm anybody. "Ahimsa," compassion.
That's what it means. God's fear does not mean stand and shake.
Don't take that concept, please. God's fear means when you have a fear
of God you shall not do wrong to anyone, including you." -- Yogi Bhajan

"The mother is the only person who can teach her child tenderness and compassion.
It is this exposure to gentleness in the lap of the mother for the first seven years of life that
teaches a man to be just, tolerant, and compassionate in his dealings with others. The entire
capacity of a person for self-control is determined by the touch of a mother." -- Yogi Bhajan

CONFRONT: To act out of knowledge and awareness to deal with issues, such as a problem or danger; to confront, especially: to deal with something in an honest and direct way (as in poke, provoke, confront and elevate), i.e., CONFRONTATION.

CORRUPTION: Dishonest or illegal behavior especially by powerful people. Corruption occurs when a person in a position of power and authority acts to enhance their status at the expense of the common good.

CULTURE: The beliefs, customs, art, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time. See Example.

CULTURAL COMPETENCY: The ability to identify or relate to the language, life experiences thoughts, communications, actions, customs, beliefs, values, and institutions that are specific to ethnic, racial, religious, geographic, or social groups.

Cultural Competency comprises four components: a) Awareness of one's own cultural worldview; b) Attitude towards cultural differences; c) Knowledge of different cultural practices and worldviews; and d) Cross-cultural Skills, i.e., developing cultural expertise that results in the ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures. See Example.

CULTURAL ILLITERACY: The inability to relate to or understand and participate fluently in a given culture. See White Eyes. See White America's Racial Illiteracy. See Why White People Freak Out.

"Any White person living in the United States will develop opinions about race simply by swimming in the water of our culture. But mainstream sources—schools, textbooks, media—don’t provide us with the multiple perspectives we need." See More.

CULTURAL LITERACY: Knowledge of history, contributions, and perspectives of different cultural groups, including one's own group, necessary for understanding of reading, writing, and other media.

DHARMA: An individual's duty fulfilled by observance of custom or law.

DIALOGUE: A conversation between two or more people (example). A conversational relationship, especially with those with whom we differ, is an expression of caring, inclusion, tolerance, and love, e.g., see The Case For Dialogue. See Monologue. See Why Goldman Sachs Encourages Dialogue About Race.

Dialogue

DISPROPORTIONAL DIVERSITY: The state of having disparate percentiles representing people who are of different races or who are of different cultures in a group or organization.

NOTE:
"In 2013, the population of African-Americans, including those of more than one race, was estimated at 45 million, making up 15.2% of the total U.S. population." Source. U.S. organizations should therefore reflect about 15 African-Americans out of every 100.

Finally, Barbie makes the move.

DIVERSITY: The state of having people who are of different races or who are of different cultures in a group or organization: the opposite of uniformity. (Sikhs must work to make Diversity an advantage.) See What Diversity Is. See What Diversity Is Not. See What's Wrong With This Picture? See The Case For Diversity and Dialogue.

The Mother of All Diversity

DUE PROCESS CLAUSE: "...the accused shall enjoy the right to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have...his defense."

ELITISM: The selectivity of the elite; especially: snobbery or elitism in choosing new members from within or from without.

ELITIST: Being or characteristic of a person who has an offensive air of superiority and tends to ignore or disdain anyone regarded as inferior. See Tribalist.

EQUALITY: The quality or state of being equal : the quality or state of having the same rights, social status, etc. See Sikh Dharma International's Commentary on Equality.

EPIPHANY: That moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way.

"Ahaa!"


"I get it!"

EQUALITY: The quality or state of being equal. (Fulfillment of our intrinsic longing to belong.)

EXCLUSION: The act of shutting or keeping out: the state of being shut or kept outway. NOTE: The human tendency to tribalism and its practice of exclusion offends our innate longing to belong for which every human being yearns, and it is the core issue underlying the strife afflicting and affecting Sikhs and other people, especially in the Middle East.

FORGIVENESS: The letting go of grudges and bitterness. "Forgiveness is not forgetting, forgiveness is freedom from hate." -- Valarie Kaur

GAY: Relating to, or showing sexual desire toward another of the same sex. See Gay Marriage.

GENDER: The range of characteristics pertaining to, and differentiating between, masculinity and femininity. See Circumstance. See Sikhs and Gender Equality.

GOD: Think about it. You grew your magnificent brain, perhaps the most complicated thing in the world. And you grew it without even thinking about it. A supremely intelligent Life Force of unknown origin created and sustains this wondrous miracle of life. This is what Sikhs refer to as GOD."

HYPOCRITES: Those who claim or pretend to have certain beliefs about what is right but who behave in a way that disagrees with those beliefs. Those who assume a false appearance of virtue or goodness. See EXAMPLE 1. See EXAMPLE 2.

"Americans are more emotionally reactive than intellectually logical." – Aftab Singh

IMMIGRANT: A person that migrates to a foreign country and becomes established in a previously unknown culture. NOTE: The majority of 3HO/Sikh Dharma participants, especially those who adopted the Sikh lifestyle during the tenure of Yogi Bhajan, are immigrants/students of Sikh Dharma and are therefore new to the history and traditions of Sikh Dharma.

INCESTUOUS: Excessively close human relations that are resistant to outside influence. NOTE: This condition leads to a siege mentality, whereby systemic barriers are put in place, which in turn puts the organization at risk of becoming perverted in its policies and procedures. The organization becomes increasingly isolated and insolated, intractably resistant to change, feedback from the outside is blocked or rejected, and elitism and nepotism reign supreme.

EXAMPLE: I recently received an emotional phone call from a family member in which was made all kinds of inaccurate and negative assertions about me and my posted statements regarding what I see as unenlightened and errant behavior and policies of 3HO/Sikh Dharma that are out of line with the teachings of Guru Nanak. At the end of their comments to which I listened without interrupting, they stated they had nothing more to say. When I attempted to speak they hung up the phone saying they already know what I have to say. Again, "The organization becomes extremely resistant to change, feedback from outside is blocked or rejected."

INCLUSION: A relation between two classes that exists when all members of the first are also members of the second (all humanity). The act of including the state of being. To have (someone or something) as part of a group or total. To contain someone or something in a group or as a part of something. To make someone or something a part of something. To be inclusive is an expression of selfless compassion. NOTE: The human tendency to tribalism and its practice of exclusion offends our innate longing to belong that every human being yearns for and it is the core issue underlying the strife afflicting and affecting most nations today, especially in the Middle East.

INCLUSIVE: Covering or including everything; open to everyone (all humanity); not limited to certain people; including the stated limits and everything in between. (Acceptance of those with different views and traditions.) See Pluralism.

The life story of Bhai Ghaneya Singh is a perfect example of being inclusive. Bhai Ghaneya Singh even treated wounded enemy soldiers and served them water on the battlefield in the time of Guru Gobind Singh. (Being inclusive also fulfills our innate longing to belong. See Diversity: How We Are Connected. See Finding The Path To Inclusion.)

Tis the Age of Inclusion.
Exclusion is out. Inclusion is in.

INTIMIDATION: To make timid or fearful by or as if by threats.

ILLITERACY: The state of not having knowledge about a particular subject.

KHALSA: The Pure Ones, i.e., all those who contemplate the Lord; those who live by their inner purity and light; those who are pure of heart. NOTE: Khalsa does not apply exclusively to Sikhs. Sikhs must ever be mindful of the human tendency to tribalism. Khalsa includes ALL those who contemplate the Lord; ALL those who live by their inner purity and light; ALL those who are pure of heart. See Glossary of Sikh Terms.

LOVE: "Love is a process in which ego is lost and Infinity (Akal) is experienced." -- Yogi Bhajan

MARGINALIZE: To 'Otherize' or to put or keep (someone) in a powerless or unimportant position within a society or group, e.g., the suppression and repression of women, African-Americans, Native Americans, Asians, Jews, people of mixed race, as well as Hispanics, disabled veterans, the homeless,* the mentally ill, the criminalized, victims of sex trade, gays and lesbians, etc. See A Classic Case of Marginalization. See The Homeless Banned And Jailed In 'Christian' America video, below.

"Looking at the one and only Black Family in 3HO/Sikh Dharma
after 47 years
from my perspective as a person of color I have to
ask, why are there so few Blacks, e.g., how many White Sikh Families
versus Black Sikh Families after 47 years? Oh sure, there are a few
African-Americans
, but they are disproportionately represented.
Think about the optics from the perspective of most people of color.
Do people of color see this disparity as a positive or as a negative?
And how many Black Kundalini Yoga teachers-trainers are there?"

"3HO/Sikh Dharma needs to reach out to people of color,
not expect people of color to find 3HO/Sikh Dharma."

The Marginalized




90-year-old Arnold Abbott is arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for
feeding the homeless. FL just passed a law making it illegal to feed the
homeless in public based on the false assumption that if you feed them
they'll remain homeless. He's facing up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

*NOTE: "Thirty-three cities now ban or are considering banning giving food to homeless people --- and some are threatening to throw people in jail if they're caught feeding the hungry. These laws claim they're about preventing government-run, anti-homelessness programs from being diluted. They're really about keeping non-profits and individuals from shining a light on just how bad things have gotten for our country's poor, even as the homeless are treated like criminals (marginalized) for being without food and shelter. Charity work like sharing food with the homeless is essential in a country where protecting the poor and needy is never at the top of the list, and is found to help those without shelter get back on their feet. (See Guru Nanak's Message.) Cities think by cutting off the food source, it will make the homeless go away. It doesn't." -- PolicyMic.com


Homeless and hungry in 'Christian' America

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed
by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the
creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you
invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked
after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’" Matthew 25:34-36

More Definitions

MISOGINIST: A person who hates or doesn't trust women. Misogynist is from Greek misogynies, from the prefix miso - "hatred" plus gyne "a woman." The English suffix -- ist means "person who does something."

MISOGYNY: A hatred of women. (Can you imagine hating women, the First Teachers?)

MISSION: A task or job that someone is given to do. See OUR MISSION.

MONOLOGUE: A long speech made by one person that prevents anyone else from talking. See Dialogue.

NEPOTISM: The practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends.

NEUROTIC: Often or always fearful or worried about something : tending to worry in a way that is not healthy or reasonable.

PATERNALISM: The attitude or actions of a person, organization, etc., that protects people and gives them what they need but does not give them any responsibility or freedom of choice. This attitude is prevalent in most Piscean Age institutions, especially non-profit organizations. See KaliYugaSigns.com.

PEOPLE OF COLOR: Specifically included are African Americans, Native Americans, Asians, and Hispanics, and in a broader sense, all marginalized people.

PLURALISM: A situation in which people of different social classes, religions, races, etc., are together in a society but continue to have their different traditions and interests. The belief that people of different social classes, religions, races, etc., should live together in a society: the "no class, no caste" concept as taught and championed by Guru Nanak: the opposite of tribalism.

PLURALIST: One who believes that distinct ethnic or cultural or religious groups should exist together in society.

PLUTOCRACY: An elite or ruling class of people whose power derives from their wealth.

PREACH: To deliver a sermon or religious address to an assembled group of people, typically in church.

PREACHER: A person who gives a religious speech, especially one whose job is to do this. See TEACHER.

PREJUDICE:
a. An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge or examination of the facts.
b. A preconceived preference or idea.
c. The act or state of holding unreasonable preconceived judgments or convictions.
d. Irrational suspicion or hatred of a particular group, race, or religion.
e. Detriment or injury caused to a person by the preconceived, unfavorable conviction of another or others.
f. To cause (someone) to judge prematurely and irrationally.
g. To affect injuriously or detrimentally by a judgment or an act.

NOTE: No human being is without prejudice. The human mind was created to make choices, e.g., to discriminate between up and down, in and out, black and white, etc. Therefore, we must remain aware of our tendency to use our discretionary abilities in order to marginalize and repress people with whom we differ. We need to constantly see to it that we advocate for pluralism and against tribalism in the interest of justice and fairness. See This Is Racism.




Can you see Guru Nanak's message here?

"The human mind was created to discriminate, e.g., make choices between up
and down, in and out, black and white, etc. We must always remain aware of our
tendency to use our discretionary abilities in order to marginalize and repress
people with whom we differ. We need to constantly see to it that we advocate for
pluralism, against tribalism, in the interest of justice as taught by Guru Nanak Dev."

RACISM: Poor treatment of and/or violence against people because of their race, much of which is based on the fear of loss of financial and/or social status and privilege. The belief that some races are by nature superior to others; any action, practice, or belief that reflects the racial worldview -- the ideology that humans are divided into separate and exclusive biological entities called “races,” that there is a causal link between inherited physical traits and traits of personality, intellect, morality, and other cultural behavioral features, and that some “races” are innately superior to others.

It’s not a good feeling for someone to feel like their freedoms are being limited because of their religion, race, or even their name. Incidents of discrimination lead to trauma even if you do not understand them as an outsider. That pain is real and hard to cope with. Muhammad Zakir Khan

NOTE:
Tribalism breeds racism. See What's Wrong With This Picture? See Science Is Embarrassingly White.

"The belief that some races are by nature superior to others."



"Poor treatment of or violence against people because of their race."

RACISM was at the heart of North American slavery and the overseas colonization and empire-building activities of some western Europeans, especially in the 18th century. The idea of race was invented to magnify the differences between people of European origin in the U.S. and those of African descent whose ancestors had been brought against their will to function as slaves in the American South. NOTE: Tribalism breeds racism.

What Racism/Slavery is about.

When the missionaries came to Africa they had the bible and we had the
land. They said, "Let us pray." When we opened our eyes we had
the Bible and they had the land. -- Bishop Desmond Tutu

By viewing Africans and their descendants as lesser human beings, the proponents of slavery attempted to justify and maintain this system of exploitation while at the same time portraying the U.S. as a bastion and champion of human freedom, with human rights, democratic institutions, unlimited opportunities, and equality. The contradiction between slavery and the ideology of human equality, accompanying a philosophy of human freedom and dignity, seemed to demand the dehumanization of those enslaved. By the 19th century racism had matured and the idea spread around the world.

RACISM differs from ethnocentrism in that it is linked to physical and therefore immutable differences among people. Ethnic identity is acquired, and ethnic features are learned forms of behaviour.

RACE, on the other hand, is a form of identity that is perceived as innate and unalterable. In the last half of the 20th century several conflicts around the world were interpreted in racial terms even though their origins were in the ethnic hostilities that have long characterized many human societies (e.g., Arabs and Jews, English and Irish).

RACISM reflects an acceptance of the deepest forms and degrees of divisiveness and carries the implication that differences among groups are so great that they cannot be transcended. See Ethnic Group and Sociocultural Evolution. See Slide Show.

James Baldwin gets to The Point

 

See Muhammad Ali on Race and Religion.

"As humanity moves into the Space Age, how will we resonate with Grays and Greens,
when we can't relate well to Blacks, Browns and Whites?" ACTForDiversity.com


See Muhammad Ali on racism in America.

REACTIONARY: Acting out of ignorance and fear, relating to, or favoring old-fashioned political or social ideas.

RETALIATION: The act or an instance of responding to an injury with an injury.

SEGREGATIONIST: A person who practices a policy of keeping people of different races, religions, etc., separated from each other.

SENSITIVITY SUMMIT: A proposed 3HO/Sikh Dharma biannual conference for the purpose of promoting the inclusion and treatment of all people equally and without prejudice irrespective of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, culture, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, social or economic status, or political, psychological or philosophical persuasion, or any other Earthly consideration or distinction. See Sikhs and Gender Equality. See Sensitivity Motion pdf. See Proposal.

SEXISM: Unfair treatment of people because of their sex; especially the unfair treatment of women.

SHAKTIPAD: The status or mindset of a person, group, or institution, which knows far less than they think they know, and which fails to acknowledge same. Shakitpad is a normal consequence of 'riding the tiger,' the Path. However, as Yogi Bhajan points out, one must be alert to the signs and take appropriate actions. The worst case scenario is to fall into the trap of convincing yourself and others that only you know the best way, and that the old way needs to change, going forward. Beware of the tiger's bite! See More.

SIEGE MENTALITY: A collective state of mind whereby a group of people (especially religious organizations) believes themselves to be constantly attacked, oppressed, or isolated in the face of the negative intentions of the rest of the world. Although a group phenomenon, the term describes both the emotions and thoughts of the group as a whole, and as individuals. Typically, the result is an isolated, even insolated state of being overly fearful of surrounding people whereby feedback from the outside is blocked or rejected, and an intractably defensive attitude rules. This state of mind is a dominant factor within tribalistic groups. See Incestuous.

"Any system of human organization that does not (or cannot) respect and
value counter-opinions or dissenting voices can never be truly unified and
it will never evolve intelligently. Why is this so? Because the dominant,
prevailing viewpoint will always be required to meet and to deal with
its polarity. Polarity is a law of reality." Krishna Singh Khalsa

SOCIAL JUSTICE: The fair and proper administration of laws conforming to the natural law that all persons, irrespective of ethnic origin, gender, orientation, possessions, race, religion, etc., are to be treated equally and without prejudice.

SUMMIT: A meeting or series of meetings between two or more governments, communities or special interest groups.

TEACH: To show or explain how to do something.

TEACHER: A person who instructs or trains others, especially in a school. See PREACHER.

TRANSPARENCY: The quality of being able to be seen through; or easy to notice or understand; not secretive. Transparency is truth made manifest.

"First you have to master yourself and then you will become teachers.
Teacher is very open, a public park where anybody can walk in; so teacher
has to be very clean. Your conduct has to be crystal clear and you have to be
absolutely transparent. Only then can you be a teacher." Yogi Bhajan 5/7/1969

Transparency, i.e., intellectual honesty, along with open dialogue exercised without exposing confidential contacts, is essential in order to build trust, and to clarify and resolve conflicted issues.

Many individuals as well as organizations attempt to act in secrecy. At the same time these entities tend to covertly gather intelligence and work to keep their affairs unknown in an attempt to remain unaccountable.

The U.S. government, National Security Agency (NSA), banks, investment firms, philanthropic organizations, religious institutions, corporate sporting association leagues, like the National Football League (NFL), etc. come to mind. When left unchecked, organizations have a tendency to become opaque, exclusive, monochromatic, and eventually tribal-like.

Historically, many opaque entities have become corrupted like Unto Infinity (UI), even criminal like Federation Internationale de Football (FIFA). In this Age of Transparency opaque entities are seen by their constituents as dishonest and untrustworthy. See Signs of Kali Yuga. See DiversityDialogues.org.

Monochromatic Optics
What's wrong with these pictures?



Monochromatic optics. Where's the diversity?

Organizations tend to be tribalistic, even incestuous, i.e., when the 'gene pool'
of its members is of just one race. The organization is at risk of being perverted
in its policies and procedures. The obvious remedy is outreach to 'outsiders'.

*TRIBALISM: The social tendency to live in loyalty to a tribe, social group or gang (tribe within a tribe) especially when combined with a strong negative attitude toward marginalized people outside the group.

Tribalism is the opposite of pluralism, the no class, no caste, One Creator of Creation principle taught and championed by Guru Nanak Dev. Tribalism (institutional shakti pad?) breeds racism. The antidote to tribalism is something akin to a Sensitivity Summit in which Courageous Dialogue with and between people of color, women, and other marginalized groups can occur. NOTE: The human tendency to tribalism and its practice of exclusion offends the innate longing to belong that every human being yearns for, and it is the core issue underlying the strife afflicting and affecting most nations today, especially in the Middle East.

Question: How does one know when tribalism is a likely issue?
Answer: When dialogue between opposing parties is non-existent.
When there's a lot of telling and yelling, not enough listening and learning.

"Man is so weak that he has not created a universal system.
All he has created is a political system. A political system is an
outright system where a bunch of people rules other people. As
long as a bunch of people will rule other people, God shall never
become our ruler. As long as people will rule people, it will be difficult for
mankind to realize that God is our ultimate ruler." Yogi Bhajan 11/18/1984

NOTES: 1) Tribalism breeds nepotism and-or cronyism, which eventually leads to an incestuous association of tribes within tribes, especially religious organizations, corporate structures, charitable foundations, etc. 2) Most people belong to a family, tribe, group, or association. The question: is the group tribalistic or pluralistic in its attitude and relations? See Siege Mentality. See Science Is Embarrassingly White.

Extreme examples of Tribalism are evident in today's Israel, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria (Punjab, India?). In spite of the turmoil, humanity is moving toward pluralism albeit with much kicking and screaming. (See Where's The Love?)

Rare photo depicts a Diversity of Religion, Race and Color.
See Yogi Bhajan On The Subject of Banishment.



Those who are unable to relate to the diversity depicted in this photo are likely
the proponents of tribalism, the social tendency to live in loyalty to a tribe,
social group or gang (tribe within a tribe) especially when combined with
a strong negative attitude toward marginalized people outside the group.

Beware of Religious Fanatics

"We got feedback from several Sikh associates re the photo above
whereby they think the photo is offensive because it portrays what
appears to be Sikhs participating in a Hindu ritual. Their complaint
is ironic given that Sikhs are the group that espouses Ek Ong Kar,
the One Creator of Creation principle championed by Guru Nanak.

Sikhs must take care that they do not eventually go down the path
of the Taliban and Isis. It all starts with tribalism. According to the
Siri Singh Sahib
, religious fanatics are the worst kind of fanatics."

TRIBALIST: One who advocates tribalism, i.e., one who professes loyalty to a tribe, social group or gang especially when combined with a strong negative attitude toward people outside the group; the opposite of pluralist. See The Unspoken Message. See Siege Mentality.

TRIBE or TRIBAL: A group of people or a lifestyle that includes many families and relatives who have the same language, customs, and beliefs. See Monochromatic Optics.

NOTE: There's an important distinction between living as a Tribe, the norm, and adopting Tribalism, the perverse. All mankind is Tribal to some extent (the human race is really just one big tribe). Guru Nanak, in his teachings, instructs humanity to avoid Tribalism. Sikhs especially can avoid living as hypocrites by practicing and teaching inclusion, i.e., Pluralism. Tribalism breeds racism. The antidote to tribalism is something akin to a Sensitivity Summit in which people of color, women, and other marginalized groups are routinely heard from. See Courageous Dialogues.

"The human mind was created to make choices, e.g., to discriminate between
up and down, in and out, black and white, etc. We must remain aware of our
tendency to use our discretionary abilities in order to marginalize and repress
people with whom we differ. We need to constantly see to it that we advocate
for pluralism and against tribalism in the interest of justice and fairness."

"Exclusion breeds intolerance. Intolerance breeds tribalism.
Tribalism breeds racism. Racism is contrary to Guru Nanak's message.
Inclusion begets tolerance. Tolerance begets diversity. Diversity begets
pluralism. Pluralism is the essence of Guru Nanak's message to humanity."

"When left unchecked, organizations have a tendency to become
opaque, exclusive, monochromatic, and eventually tribal-like."

"Exceptionalism, tribalism, and elitism are mankind’s core issues.”

"This country was built on gangs. I think this country is still run on
gangs. Republicans, democrats, the police departments, the FBI,
the CIA...these are all gangs. I had a correctional officer tell me,
"We are the biggest gang in New York state." Tupac Shakur

TRUTH: Ideas, words, or actions that accurately represent a reality, a genuine transparency.

UNIFORMITY: The quality or state of being the same: the quality or state of having people who are of the same race or color within a group or organization: the opposite of diversity. See More.

WHITE EYES: Those persons, whether White skinned or people of color, who are culturally illiterate, who have not endured the hardships nor life experience of being marginalized; who exist in a culturally phobic bubble; who benefit from social privileges; who marginalize (otherize) people of different racial and cultural backgrounds; and who dwell in a perpetual state of denial in which they mostly claim ignorance when confronted with issues of race and privilege. See Colored Eyes. See Cultural Illiteracy. See Incestuous Organizations. See Was The Civil War Really About Slavery?

White Privilege


WHITE PRIVILEGE: The perks and social status acquired by White eyes as a function of their white skin. As a result White people tend to exist in a culturally phobic bubble in which they are unable or unwilling to relate to the social conditions under which most people of color, i.e., Colored eye people, exist.

"White people, who also have a race but don't always think about what it means to be White in a largely White-dominated society, sometimes struggle with the concept of White privilege. What are the benefits or the advantages to being White in a society that has historically given benefits and advantages to members of the dominant group? If you are a person who has that privilege, you don't necessarily notice it. It is sometimes taken for granted." Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D.

 "The most successful social groups are those that engage in the
practice of inclusion, i.e., pluralism." -- ACTForDiversity.com

Tribalism In The U.S. Air Force?


Also see Dominionism.

Special Note: A Sikh asked the Webmaster to remove their name from the MySikhSense.com mailing list following receipt of updated commentaries on the subject of diversity. Another Sikh leader designated the MySikhSense.com email address as a source of spam following receipt of updated commentaries. See SAAAP.org.

When one reflects on 3HO History, the Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan's lectures and yoga classes, and the teachings of the Guru and Sikh Dharma, the themes are always inspiring and full of a sense of Tolerance, Inclusion, Compassion, Service and Diversity, all focal points of Aquarian Age thinking. For example, the Sikh concept of Langar and Free Kitchen service whereby anybody can partake of wonderfully prepared food, free of fee or obligation.

"People may not tell you how they feel about you, but
they always show you. Pay attention!" BigotDetector.com

"It's with curiosity, astonishment, and some degree of sadness
that I experience expressions of antipathy, even disdain for
my commentaries by family members, while unrelated people
respond with affinity, even affection." Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

Then I reflect on those whom I see as having been marginalized by this community, especially since Yogi Bhajan's passing. I see African-Americans whom I have known for many years. There may be others. And I see what could easily appear to People of Color (see note) to be an insidious, pernicious attitude, which takes me back to my days as a mixed race child growing up in the late '30s and early '40s, and the similar experiences, which have impacted my life as an adult.

"What is so insidious about racism is that it marginalizes,
it offends everybody's innate sense of longing to belong,
and therefore marginalizes and diminishes everybody.
Racism, by its nature, is a lose/lose proposition, i.e.,
by marginalizing others, we marginalize ourselves."

Racist or sexist attitudes, and bigoted, duplicitous, arbitrary policies and practices, unilateral decision making, e.g., the failure to pursue due process, and summary actions to disqualify or dismiss persons, require full discovery, disclosure, a robust appeal process, and serious efforts at mitigation by anybody who considers they are a student (teacher/minister), following the path laid out by the Guru and Siri Singh Sahib, Master Yogi Bhajan.

"Discussion is always better than argument.
Argument is just to find out who is right.
Discussion is to find out what is right."

The Board of Directors of 3HO and Sikh Dharma International need to convene a 'Sensitivity Summit' to include the Sadh Sangat at the next Siblings of Destiny gathering with an agenda to include conversations about diversity sensitivity, i.e., multicultural competency, and how both organizations can take a higher path to becoming more inclusive and inspirational to People of Color going forward. Any call for such Sensitivity Summit should extend a special invitation to persons of color, especially any aggrieved persons of color to speak FIRST regarding their perception of the issues. Likewise, People of Color (non-Whites see note) need to speak out here about their sense of where 3HO/Sikh Dharma is with regard to Inclusion, Transparency, Compassion, Diversity, and Tolerance. See Stand By Me.

"If you cannot see God in all, you cannot see God at all." Siri Singh Sahib

Diversity
The state of having people who are of different races or
who have different cultures within a group or organization.





What do you see?

"Recognize the human race as one." Guru Gobind Singh Ji

"If you accept things uncritically and blindly, then it's clear you don't have a
love for truth. You have a love for what people tell you." Dr. Cornel West

"Any system of human organization that does not (or cannot) respect and
value counter-opinions or dissenting voices can never be truly unified and
it will never evolve intelligently. Why is this so? Because the dominant,
prevailing viewpoint will always be required to meet and to deal with
its polarity. Polarity is a law of reality." Krishna Singh Khalsa

"...the accused shall enjoy the right to be informed of the nature and cause
of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have
compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have...his
defense." Due Process Clause, Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

The job of a teacher is to poke, provoke, confront and elevate." Yogi Bhajan

'Eyes' have it!
Whether White Eyes or Colored Eyes,
all Eyes can benefit from this video.


 

More MySikhSense.com

                                       

                                 

See SensitivitySummit.com. See Desmond Tutu's Plea To Israel.
See The Homeless Banned And Jailed In 'Christian' America.
See Let's Have 'The Race Conversation' For Real, This Time.
See More Diversity Dialogues. See Institutionalized Racism.

See Required Reading. See Recommended Reading.
See Why Are White Tantra Yoga Classes So 'White'?

See Islamic Extremism vs Christian Extremism.

See A Native American's Thanksgiving Rebuke.
See What White People Need To Know.

See Americans Need To Pay Attention.
See What's Wrong With This Picture?
See A Case Of Unjust Enrichment.
See A Classic Case of Tribalism.
See What Tribalism Looks Like.

See Guidelines For Facilitators.
See For The People Of Color.
See What Is White Privilege?
See KRI Needs To Go To Jail.
See Jon Stewart On Racism.
See The Ubuntu Philosophy.
See TheMahanTantric.com.
See Example of Tribalism.

See ACT For Diversity.
See Comments Con.
See Comments Pro.

See Obama 43 To 1.
See My Main Point.
See Definitions.
See Questions.

My Sikh Sense
By M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

Personal Profile


Hari Singh Bird Khalsa
"To serve is to succeed."

My Parents

I have been blessed with the life experience
of colored eyes as well as white eyes. While most
folks see the issue of race through either white eyes
or colored eyes, I see the issue of race through both.


My sister, my father and me.


My sister and my mother.

My Heritage

See Personal Profile.

"Mukhia Singh Sahib Hari Singh Bird Khalsa is an
American Indian by birth, a U.S. Marine by choice,
a Sikh by destiny." S.S. Sat Hanuman Singh Khalsa

"Question is, are we mature enough to sit down and discuss
issues of diversity, including religion, gender and race?"

"Looking at the one and only Black Family in 3HO/Sikh Dharma
after 47 years
from my perspective as a person of color I have to
ask, why are there so few Blacks, e.g., how many White Sikh Families
versus Black Sikh Families after 47 years? Oh sure, there are a few
African-Americans
, but they are disproportionately represented.
Think about the optics from the perspective of most people of color.
Do people of color see this disparity as a positive or as a negative?
And how many Black Kundalini Yoga teachers-trainers are there?"

"Colored eyes who remain silent enable white eyes to
remain culturally illiterate. It is incumbent on those who know to
teach those who do not know." M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

Note: Many of my associates are unaware of my Native American heritage.
I make it known here in order to establish my experience with diversity issues.

      

      
Mukhia Singh Sahib Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

Childhood

My teacher, Yogi Bhajan, asked me to tell my story, so I will begin by saying I was blessed with a life experience, which taught me the meaning of these words. I was born of a mixed parentage, at home, in the late '30s. My younger sister and I were raised in a small 3-room house, which had no bathtub or shower, and no hot water heater. We were the only family I knew that had no hot running water.

         

My mother boiled water in a tea kettle and poured it into a galvanized tub in which she bathed us until we were old enough to bathe ourselves. We bathed once a week because it was a real challenge for the four of us to bathe more frequently. She boiled water in a tea kettle and used a wash board to wash our clothes until she acquired a wringer-type washer along with two rinse tubs in the late '40s. Our parents heated the house with a coal-burning stove until the late '40s when we acquired an oil-burning stove. We also used an ice box to keep food cold until the late '40s, early '50s.

   

I slept in the front room of our tiny but tidy 3-room house, my mother and sister slept in the middle room and my father slept in the kitchen. We acquired a black and white TV in the mid-'50s. We always walked to school. Our mother worked full-time at a meat packing plant to which she always walked.

My dad was a barber and served as an air raid warden for our neighborhood during World War II. I remember hearing the air raid sirens and seeing big search lights roaming the night sky during air raid drills. We had to turn off all the lights. I remember just about everything being rationed, sugar; salt; milk; bread; gasoline; etc. And we had to use tokens in order to make purchases. Life was good albeit challenging, just as it is to this day, by God's grace.

   

We lived next door to a store front where an elderly immigrant Syrian couple lived and operated an oriental rug store, and across the street from a carton factory. On the back side of the carton company was the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad that ran coal burning, steam powered, locomotives, which stopped frequently at a watering station just down the railroad tracks.

I enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, with my parent's written permission, in my junior year at a Catholic high school from which I graduated before reporting for active duty. See ForThePeopleOfColor.com. Read on.

Professional Profile

I am a native of the Midwest with an American Indian heritage by way of my father and the Cherokee and Modoc nations. I am also a Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Sikh minister, and since 1969 I have been a student of Yogi Bhajan, who is the founder of 3HO, the Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization and the master of Kundalini Yoga. I began teaching Kundalini Yoga in 1970 and directed 3HO activities in the Denver, Colorado region from 1973 to 1984. My career as an Optician began in 1958 following active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps. Although currently retired, I am an active member of the Security Advisory Team. I hold active Optician licenses in Florida and Arizona. I am certified by the American Board of Opticianry (ABO), and National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE), and I am a passionate advocate of (a) the resurgence of the Optician as a genuine Health Care Provider, i.e., highly skilled Eye Care Professional, as opposed to today's eyeglass dispensers, most of whom are trained only as merchants or online clerks, (b) the resurgence of three dimensional dispensing of prescription eyewear, and (c) most importantly, the conscientious Hands on the Patient practical training of aspiring Opticians in the design and delivery of handcrafted, form-fitted eyewear. I am currently a consultant with Opticians For Change and I conduct Hands-on Frame Fitting Workshops, which are accredited for Continuing Education by ABO and the Florida State Board of Opticians, and sponsored by POF, the Professional Opticians of Florida. See More.

Teaching Profile

I have a history of teaching since 1970 beginning at numerous prison facilities and various other locations as a volunteer teacher of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, and as a Counselor-Chaplain, which includes the Federal Prison in Littleton, CO; the Colorado State Prison at Buena Vista, CO; the Youth Detention Center, Brighton, CO; the Orange County Jail, Orlando, FL; the Florida State Prison, Bushnell, FL; the YWCA, Orlando, FL; Sikh Chaplain at the New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM; and several years as Close Order Drill Instructor for the Select Women's Rifle Drill Team at the 3HO Women's Training Camp, formerly Khalsa Women's Training Camp (KWTC), Espanola, NM, now 3HO Women's Camp.

Black Elk, Lakota Medicine Man
"Peace comes within the Souls of Men
when they realize their Oneness with the Universe.
When they realize it is everywhere. It is within each of us."

Why American Indians Keep Long Hair

A Notable Woman of Native America

Notable Women of Native America

If Your Dad Doesn't Have A Beard

Quanah Parker-Native American

All About American Indians

Native American Fry Bread

Native American War Song

A Native American Recipe

Native American Women

The Cherokee Language

A Native American Hero

Recommended Reading

The Cherokee Peoples

America The Beautiful

The Indian Motorcycle

Required Reading

Obama43To1.com

My Main Point

Definitions

Questions

Think about it.
From 1789 to 2009
only one African-American
out of the forty-four POTUS
and even fewer First Americans.





What do you see?

"It remains true today, in the ancient tradition of ignorance
that people of faith and otherwise good sense hasten to
ostracize and demonize any person or group whose
beliefs, lifestyle, and customs are unlike their own."

"3HO and Sikh Dharma need to be aware of their inevitable drift
into 'tribalism' that afflicts all organizations. This is practiced to the
extreme in Iraq, today. Tribes tend to adopt exceptionalism to the point
where marginalization and exclusion of others reigns supreme. An example is
Awtar Singh Khalsa. In this Age of Aquarius, inclusion vis-a-vis pluralism is in,
exclusion vis-a-vis tribalism is out. Those that reject inclusion shall become irrelevant."

"People of Color who remain silent enable White people to remain culturally
illiterate
. It is incumbent on those who know to teach those who do not know.

Bottom line is that the 3HO/Sikh Dharma community must hear from people of
color, i.e., people of African, Asian, Native American, etc., descent, as to their
perception of the organization, as it is, today. Given the history of human nature,
Sikh Dharma can avoid creeping into exclusivity by monitoring the perceptions of
People of Color. Sikh Dharma is an inclusive as opposed to an exclusive path.
As Sikhs we need to practice what we teach." M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

President Obama visited the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Nation
in Cannon Ball, N.D. on June 13, 2014, marking only the fourth
time in history that a sitting president has visited Indian country.



What do you see?

And still I Rise

My Sikh Sense
By Jenny Depper


Jenny Depper

Chris Rock Talks Racism

Comedian Chris Rock is trading in his silly quips in favor of a serious stance on politics and racism.

The 49-year-old actor sat down for an interview with New York Magazine recently and addressed racism in America today, dismantling the idea of Black progress and instead calling it White progress.

"When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it's all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they're not as crazy. To say that Black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before," Rock explained.

Rock then turned his focus to President Barack Obama.

"To say Obama is progress is saying that he's the first Black person that is qualified to be President. That's not Black progress. That's White progress," Rock mused.

And while he seemed to be supportive of the president, he didn't shy away from pointing the finger at the president's efforts in office.

"I'm trying to figure out the right analogy," Rock said. "Everybody wanted Michael Jordan, right? We got Shaq. That's not a disappointment. You know what I mean? We got Charles Barkley. It's still a Hall of Fame career. The president should be graded on jobs and peace, and the other stuff is debatable. Do more people have jobs, and is there more peace? I guess there's a little more peace. Not as much peace as we'd like, but I mean, that's kind of the gig."

Rock pointed out that President Obama has tried to please the majority of the masses, which could have lead to recent ill sentiments.

Rock said that President George W. Bush "operated like a cable network" and "only served the people who voted for him," while Obama was "a network guy" and tried to "get everybody."

"I think he's figured out, and maybe a little late, that there's some people he's never going to get," Rock said. --

My Sikh Sense
By S.S. Guru Fatha Singh Khalsa


Guru Fatha Singh Khalsa

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Sat Nam, brother! Thanks for sharing the videos. There is so much that can be said here, though I'm sure much of it would fall short of the mark as empty words.

You have felt the crushing impact of racism and I have not. What could I possibly have to say? The only people of colour I met until I left home were the Chinese people at the restaurant we would visit only rarely on special occasions. My parents, for their part, were brought up with the dogma that Jews and Gypsies are bad, which they still believed - though my dad in his role as an intrepid and successful insurance salesman did reach out to the Mohawk and Chinese communities in the course of his business. Actually, that expressed racism was one reason I decided at sixteen to leave them and strike out on my own. I instinctively felt something wasn't right with my parents.

Here in Toronto where I partake in occasional multi-faith events it is customary to have a smudging first or to give the First Nations representative the first turn at speaking in recognition of their historic role as the first-comers to this land. I don't see that kind of representation however in the video and I don't think anyone in 3HO has made an effort to acknowledge the First Nations since Siri Singh Sahibji's passing.

In going through the video once, I was looking more for cultural than racial Diversity. Maybe that is a reflection of where we live. Toronto is one of the most multi-ethnic cities in the world, multiracial too. A lot of brown and yellow and a fair bit of red skin can be seen on the streets here too. So when I saw some Chinese and Middle Eastern representation (very rare for 3HO), I rejoiced. But reflecting on your email, I realize your dynamic is so Black and White and Red, a stark, crueler narrative of oppression than our own. Yes, absolutely there is and has been racism here,* but we did not have Indian wars here (the palefaces signed and broke treaties instead) and slavery was abolished rather earlier.

As for the 3HO story, I think you are closer to the centre and more connected with individuals than I am. You would be more sensitive I am sure and more knowledgeable also about the bigotry in our ranks - and I naturally defer to your expertise.

I have couple of excellent students who happen to be of colour whose stories are relevant here. One comes from South Africa. They both intimately know prejudice on a personal basis and carry its wounds with them. Both are very uncomfortable with the idea of wearing a turban, which would draw attention to them. They would rather not be noticed for a change. Of course, they are aware of the predominantly Caucasian milieu that we are, in 3HO and, no, they don't feel all that comfortable with us. Would rather be with their own people, which I didn't get at first, but makes sense to me now. See Commentary Europe.

I feel that many people of colour in the West may have the same reservations about joining this "White group." Why, we even dress all in white (like the Ku Klux Klan)! Not that inviting. They have their own narratives, their own pride of place and I'm sure most are very sensitive to prejudice within our ranks.

For what it's worth, that is my feedback. Yes, indeed it did occur to me that there were a lot of pictures of Yogiji in that video. Too many, but what do we do with the folks that are running the PR machine? They don't want to present anything deep, just to have a happy, smiley video. It seems it was the best way they could figure out to tie everything together - our spirituality, our dharmic roots, etc.

Thanks for being thoughtful and not a little brave. We need you. Guru Ram Das loves you. -- More.

*RACISM IS CANACISM IN CANADA

The Komagata Maru Incident
Read Me First
 

Sikhs aboard Komagata Maru, 1914

A flyer recently distributed door to door in
Brampton Ontario, a suburb north of Toronto.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Komagata_Maru_incident

http://komagatamarujourney.ca/intro

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/komagata-maru/

http://www.mysteriesofcanada.com/BC/komagata_maru_incident.htm

http://sikhpioneers.org/komagata%20maru.htm

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/05/05/canada_post_
to_unveil_komagata_maru_commemorative_stamp.html

My Sikh Sense
By M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa


Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

Been there, done that.

Sat Nam! As a person of Native American heritage, I think what you are about to see looks very familiar. It looks like redundancy double over twice of what took place here, in America, i.e., we've seen it all before. Watch the video and see what you think. Wait for video to load.

 

My Sikh Sense
By Ravitej Singh Khalsa


Ravitej Singh Khalsa

Sat Nam. OK! You asked for it.

We all have our perceptions. To me, yours is a fair evaluation of where 3HO is right now, and has been in the past. These are people that have always been 3HO, Healthy, Happy, Holy, Organization; yoga; meditation based on the sound current language Gurmukhi; and values based on the old Sikh values, which doesn’t exist in the Punjabi world, just a few actually live the life according to the teachings.

Is it racist? Sure, but not by design or choice. The world is racist. Black and Brown people are not comfortable hanging with White. I am a Rotarian and each issue of the magazine I look for brown and black shades of people. What I have seen is people who are being served and helped by few that are actual Rotarians. Yet, at the same time some of the world leaders of Rotary are African, from Africa. These are quite upper level Rotarians. But the magazine is designed and printed in the U.S. and not so many of these leaders are profiled. The magazine people are not used to including Black and Brown people to do the work. As one person said, "Rotary is a bunch of rich White people who want to help brown people so they can feel better about being rich and exclusive." An interesting take, and not at all what the Rotary rules say, or the founders of said.

I am one of the only Sikhs in Rotary on the West coast. I walk into a room and people wonder who and what I am. I don’t have any friends or cohorts. I see them when we all do something. Is that my problem, feeling excluded. And remember, I am White, Austrian decent, but I'm wearing a turban with a beard. I don’t fit in, and I feel uncomfortable most of the time.

My insurance agent is Black. He has lots of stories about racism in Oregon. We know how racist the past was. But does racism still exist? Yes, absolutely. We are simply not used to brown. And when I took this man to Rotary to see if he wanted to join, he felt really uncomfortable. No other Black faces. People stared at him. Did they stare because he was Black or because he was a tall good looking Black man impeccably dressed? I think the latter. I have asked Rotary leaders about this. And they replied that efforts are made constantly to bring in “Diversity.” It’s part of their creed. But People of Color don’t feel comfortable. It’s the way it’s been for so long, that change is hard for both sides of the color issue. In my club we just had an African man return from Kenya. He was a member for a time and then had to return to Kenya to manage his family orphanage. Yesterday he was back, and everyone was quite happy to see him.

I see a similarity in this 3HO video. Krishna Kaur is taking yoga to Africa and African-Germans, African-Americans, etc. People of Color (non-Whites) tend to cluster. It feels safer and more comfortable. And some of the “all Blacks” are from areas of the world where that is the norm. But here, they are doing Kundalini Yoga...Muslim women doing yoga, Africa herd tenders doing yoga. And there is a sprinkling of Black and Brown faces throughout. More than I have seen in the past. Yeah, it's still mostly White. But better than it was. What I see is a reflection of how the world is changing, but still very much White oriented. White people have been told for so many centuries they are superior, it’s in their DNA. And brown people have been told they are inferior for so many centuries, it’s the same. But little by little it’s changing. One can see change in the videos.

It's About Color
Where's the Diversity?
The state of having people who are of different races
or who have different cultures in a group or organization.



Unfortunately for brown people, the responsibility for integration lies with them, as I advised my insurance agent. He and his family have to put themselves in uncomfortable places. Put their Black faces in front of people. The U.S. is still racist, of course. But now we see generals, presidents, Secretaries of State, more rich and more respected Black woman. Everyone loves Oprah, except a few racists who make it messy for everyone else. Black is becoming more acceptable.

Punjabis can be some of the most racist. They don’t relate to 'White Sikhs', or Black people, or Hispanics. Amazing. Almost as bad as the Japanese. But this is changing, as well. Many Punjabis see us as the saviors of the faith. Inclusion will come to them, or they won’t survive.

I don’t see any deliberate exclusion in the 3HO video. I see the way things are. A refection of a norm we need to change. But how does one change something that has become part of the culture everywhere, not just 3HO? What would the Siri Singh Sahib say in reply to any racism in the videos? I think he would tell us to blend more, and stand out.

Two years ago I saw the Guru Gaddi day celebration in Espanola. There was one Black woman with her kids in a room full of Whites that included former Christians and Jews. She was alone with her kids, participating, but not a part of the culture. It was a little sad. I don’t think anyone was trying to exclude her. But there it was.

 
Siri Chand Singh Khalsa

Then, we have Awtar Singh's twin boys. I saw one of the them being interviewed about being a Sikh by a Punjabi. It was very well done and Siri Chand, or his brother, Lakhmi Chand, can't remember which one did it. It was brilliant. The comments written below the video were so telling. Young Punjabis were writing that they want to be as courageous, capable and handsome as this Gursikh, nothing about being Black, just about being a righteous Sikh, living with confidence and standing tall.

Now, as far as the 3HO 'old guard' goes, I feel excluded. I have always been an “outsider." In 1978, after taking Amrit, a community leader told me there was a party coming up, but even as an “outsider” I could attend. This really stuck with me. After 40 years of serving the Dharma, KRI, 3HO – mostly behind the scenes – I remain an outsider. So it’s not just brown or Black that feel excluded. I know many feel the same way. I'm not sure why they stay, now that the Siri Singh Sahib has passed. So if there were Black and Brown people that were not part of it then, do you think the old guard can change enough, now? Not really. It’s the next generation, and the next generation, that will see the change.

I liked the video. I liked the fact that there were Black faces and Black groups doing yoga. It is a huge step in the right direction. I think complaining about not enough integrated brown is not the answer. I think the Siri Singh Sahib would say the video is “Greeeaaatt,” and he would say something like, "it's nice to see so many brown faces," and then, “are they allowed to mix more?” Innocent questions that wake people up, praise with a question. It's always the way. So I see the video as great and it shows us how much more we can do to make inclusiveness a reality, and love all the Black faces, and love all the brown faces.

3HO 47th birthday photo collage...



...but still only ONE (1) ALL BLACK FAMILY after 47 years.
How many White Families are there after 47 years?

I also think the videos could have been done better. Just from a technical standpoint. But then I have a television background and do videos myself and I understand skill levels and working with poor quality photos. If it were done just a little better, it would be more effective. But there it is, at least they're trying. And that, I applaud, and I say Grrreeeeeaaaat! 

The video is a genuine reflection of what 3HO was and is. And it shows a glimpse of what it could be. Lets look at what could be, and bring that into our daily lives. Then, check the next video to see if anything has changed, eh? -- More.

Stand By Me

 

My Sikh Sense
By M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa


Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

"The process of self-discovery is not pretty or comfortable. This is
why White people resist conversing on the subject. But think of the
discomfort People of Color have endured for centuries while awaiting the
evolution of White people to experience the epiphany of their self-discovery."

The Optics of Color...
Where's the Diversity?

The state of having people who are of different races
or who have different cultures in a group or organization.


First reason People of Color may not relate to 3HO/Sikh Dharma's message.


Second reason People of Color may not relate to 3HO/Sikh Dharma's message.


Third reason People of Color may not relate to 3HO/Sikh Dharma's message.


Fourth reason People of Color may not relate to 3HO/Sikh Dharma's message.

Sat Nam. Here are my thoughts regarding where I see today's 3HO/Sikh Dharma as an organization.

It is obvious, given the Awtar Singh Khalsa Family being the one-and-only-of-its-kind Black Family in 3HO/Sikh Dharma after 47 years, 3HO needs to find a more acceptable and effective way to relate to marginalized populations. Change can occur only by way of soliciting and then quietly listening to People of Color express their life experiences. Of course, this procedure can be uncomfortable, even painful. This is why White people resist conversing on the subject, even amongst themselves. But think of the discomfort and pain People of Color have endured for centuries while awaiting the evolution of White people to experience an epiphany of consciousness. See The Case For Dialogue. See Sensitivity Summit. See The Obama Phenomenon.

"Question is, are we mature enough to sit down and discuss issues of
diversity, including religion, gender and race?" Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

The Ahaa Moment


"I get it!"

Guru Nanak's teachings regarding caste, class, women, inclusion and tolerance were considered extremely radical in his day and it appears his ideas remain just as radical today for many White people especially. 3HO/Sikh Dharma must engage itself in a meaningful introspective process of self-examination, i.e., Sensitivity Summit, when it comes to understanding diversity sensitivity. It's an important conversation for White people and People of Color alike to have in our progression of consciousness. That is, it is an opportunity for both 3HO/Sikh Dharma and Persons of Color to learn and practice tolerance, compassion, pluralism and service, towards each other. Guru Nanak's message to all people of the Earth is, "Recognize the Divine light within all. Do not consider social class or status; there are no classes or castes, hereafter." -- See Is This What Tribalism Looks Like?

My Sikh Sense
By S.S. Aftab Singh Khalsa


Aftab Singh Khalsa

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Sat Nam. The video shows that 3HO is a happy place and it is a fine piece for promoting that image. Beyond that, the underlying message is that its outreach is mostly targeted at the 'haves' and less so at the 'have-nots'. What I see from it is that it is more profitable and easier to market our services and products to the 'haves' - those people who do not need them as much - compared to the 'have-nots', who desperately need them. Unfortunately, in our society, Africans and other people of 'color' fall into the category of the 'have-nots' more so than do others.

There is one Black senior female teacher who is trying to change that, and I am sure that if she succeeds in any way our "spiritual outreach" will then be focused there too, but for now the potential return from minorities is somewhat low. This is, however, improving in the Latin and Asian countries, so we can expect more of those faces in the next video. -- Back to Beginning. More.

My Sikh Sense
By Ravitej Singh Khalsa


Ravitej Singh Khalsa

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Sat Nam, Hari Singh!

One morning, when a new teacher of "Introduction to The Rights" class entered the Law School classroom, the first thing he did was to ask the name of a student seated on the front bench.

“What is your name?”

“My name is Juan, Sir.”

“Leave the classroom immediately and I don't want to ever see you in my class!” screamed the teacher.

Juan was bewildered but, when he got hold of his senses, he got up quickly, collected his belongings and left the classroom.

All were scared and angry but none did or said anything.

“Well…,” said the new teacher, “whom do our enacted Laws serve?”

All were afraid to reply but slowly gained confidence and began to answer his question.

“So that there is order in society.”

“No!” the teacher responded.

“To accomplish them."

“No!”

“So that the people who wrong others pay for their actions?”

“No! Does nobody here know the answer to this question?"

“So that there is justice,” a girl said timidly.

“At last! That’s it... so that there is justice! And now, what is the use of justice?”

All began to feel uneasy with such a rude attitude, but followed on, answering, “To safeguard human rights...”

“Well, what more?” asked the teacher.

“To differentiate right from wrong... to reward the good...!”

“Ok... not bad, however... answer this. Did I act rightly when expelling Juan from the classroom earlier…?”

Nobody answered.

“I want a decisive and unanimous answer!”

“No!" Everybody replied in unison.

“Would you say I committed an injustice?”

“Yes!”

“And why did nobody do or say anything about that? Why do we have or need Laws and Rules if we don't have the will needed to practice them? Each and every one of you has the obligation to complain when you witness injustice. Remember, each and every one of you! Do not stay quiet… never again! Now, go and call Juan back,” he told a student.

That day, all received the most practical lesson ever in the entire Law course.

When you don't defend your Rights, you lose your dignity. Your dignity is never negotiable! -- More.

My Sikh Sense
By M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa


Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

"I came to create teachers,
not to gain followers." Yogi Bhajan

"Teacher is not a great popular person. They teach
what they know and make people better than them.
Teacher must create a student better than him or her.
Otherwise that person is not a teacher, but a preacher.
Teacher doesn't take help. Teacher is the help." Yogi Bhajan

Question for 3HO Students/Sikh Dharma Ministers.
Are you preachers or teachers?
Preachers create followers.
Teachers create teachers.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Sat Nam! I heard these statements expressed in recent weeks:

“I can’t work with him because he was obnoxious and disrespectful.”

“Their meeting process is totally flawed. After so long, I quit until they get it together.”

“I quit teaching because only a couple of students showed up and I can’t make a living at it.”

I am reminded of these Siri Singh Sahib, aka Master Yogi Bhajan’s pronouncements:

"The job of a teacher is to poke, provoke, confront and elevate."

"It’s not the life that matters... It’s the courage you bring to it."

“I have come to create teachers, not to gain students.”

“You must be ten times greater than me!”

How many challenges do you think the Siri Singh Sahib faced when he attempted to teach those who do not know? I can’t recall him ever giving up on anybody. He never put anybody down, or out. He always carried them up and over.

It is incumbent on those who know to teach those who do not know. Our obligation as teachers is to keep up, not to give up. It doesn’t matter what choices people have made, what color they are, what weaknesses they have, what little remuneration we receive as a teacher, or if anybody likes us, or whether anybody respects us. Our duty is to serve. --

My Sikh Sense
By Ravitej Singh Khalsa


Ravitej Singh Khalsa

Speaking of Racism
Follow the Money Trail

Sat Nam. We hear about ideology driving much of what is wrong with the world. This video points out that the true reason for conflict and slavery (of any kind including minimum wages) simply can be found by following the money trail. -- More.

Check it out.

 

My Sikh Sense
By M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa


Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Sat Nam!

I agree and I wish to emphasize caution regarding any inclination to thinking that there is any emergency that cannot happen even at Ram Das Puri.

I suggest that we give some serious reflection and thought to the Oak Creek incident of 2012 and Operation Blue Star of 1984, both revisited at GurdwaraSecurity.com. The worse thing that can happen is that anybody adopt or even consider the mind-set that Guru, or Guru Ram Das or other will mitigate any emergency or disaster. This kind of thinking prevents us from being prepared to step up and make Security a matter of personal responsibility. All security is local!

Let's remember Guru Gobind Singh's admonition that Guru is Sangat, Sangat is Guru.

God takes care of those who take care of themselves.

Guru Rakha! --

My Sikh Sense
By Ravitej Singh Khalsa


Ravitej Singh Khalsa

"Sat Nam! Many years ago, we had put together a marketing campaign for WahGuru Chews as a survival food. And included a packet of George Washington’s future visions in it. As we progress further into this new Gurdwara in Eugene, OR, the concept of making WahGuru Chews is also returning. Interesting, eh? We had a large crowd this last Saturday looking at the facility. And everyone agrees it would be perfect for the resurrection of the Eugene Gurdwara and Yoga School.

Also saw in the newspaper today about other countries and even Muslims up in arms about the captured young women and girls in Africa. And the article went on the further mention that “experts” thought that intervention by the global community might fire up the radicals even more. That’s a daunting thought. And brought up to me the old story of George Washington’s vision of the future.

George Washington had several visions of war. He saw every major conflict the U.S. was involved with. Every one of them. And the last was the worst and ended up on U.S. soil. And much more so than even the civil war. His last vision started in Africa and spread worldwide including onto U.S. soil. It is the most horrible of all the conflicts. But America is saved by an Army in white. At the time we all thought maybe that was us and it was over consciousness. With today’s news, I think there may still be the possibility of some kind of world conflict. And if it seems to involve these radical Muslims, might be some form of holy war. The worst kind.

So it’s hard for the international community to watch what is happening in Africa right now. Even Muslims are not liking it. Something is going to happen over this one. Intervention of some kind. And it’s going to stir up the radicals who are most probably going to retaliate. And if they do have dirty bombs or even nuclear, it might be very messy. Imagine a few of those ending up in the U.S. That would change everything. Martial law first. Then persecution of anyone who looks “wrong,” turban, brown skin.

Remember that Hispanics suffered after 911 because they were brown. And anyone looking anything but WASP-like, might be suspect and even seen as the enemy. This is starting to feel like George Washington’s vision. Africa catches on fire. Smoke pours out of Africa. Then this “angel” pours water on America and the fire and smoke is here. And all is conflict and fighting. Flashes in the smoke. And then the warriors in white descend and quell it all. And that’s where the story ends. Like, it’s an age of peace after that.

So if you believe George Washington’s vision, start to follow this current world crises over the captured women and girls. The world is not going to take this sitting down this time. But the consequences might be cataclysmic.

Interesting thoughts for Mother’s Day, eh?" -- More.

My Sikh Sense
By M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa


Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

Happiness is the Truth

 

Happiness is the Truth in ASL

 

"Happiness is your birthright. It cannot be taken away from you. But you act as if it is not your birthright. You begin to wish for happiness rather than accept it and express it. When you wish for happiness, you also wish indirectly for unhappiness, just as night and day follow each other. When you wish, every happiness is followed by sadness and every sadness by a happiness. You are not happy because you make comparisons and compete with something over which you have no control. You have no control over Infinity—the vast, creative essence of life and consciousness. If you have no control over Infinity, don’t try and control it. Flow with it and you can reach anywhere! Fight with it and you’ll be unhappy. There’s nothing to it. The only problem is you have not consciously developed your mental caliber, meditative mind, and the attitude of gratitude and contentment." Yogi Bhajan

My Sikh Sense
By S.S. Guru Fatha Singh Khalsa


Guru Fatha Singh Khalsa

Sat Nam! Have you been to Europe? The colour divide there is much more alive than we have here. It is no wonder there are few People of Colour (non-Whites) depicted. There are less people of colour to begin with and they are generally more ghettoized than in North America with very, very few elected representatives. There are a handful in Britain I believe, and Germany just got an ethnic Turk in its Cabinet. The Italians got a Black federal minister a few months back with a lot of controversy. To my knowledge, that is about it. Racial integration - with tens of thousands of Africans illegally crossing the Mediterranean each year and languishing in refugee housing - is a long haul for the Europeans.

I deeply appreciate your intention, your fighting spirit, your everything on this, but I don't think you appreciate the dynamic of racism in Europe...

On reflection, I graded the success at racial integration in Canada and the U.S. and I give Canada a grade ranging from 3 to 6 on a scale of 10. In Europe, I would give them a grade of 1 to 3, so there is a problem there, a big problem, but I think you are missing some of the fundamentals which I will briefly outline for you.

1) North and South America have a horrific history of conquest, subjugation of native peoples and subsequent slavery. The native peoples still exist in the Americas usually in degraded conditions, as do the descendents of the original slaves in large and significant numbers. While Europe was instrumental in all this, outside of Lapland, there are virtually no Aboriginals or descendents of slaves.

2) The dynamic with Africa and Africans is very different. Many immigrants are Muslim and have no desire to assimilate. Moreover illegal immigration of Blacks from Africa is both a perceived and a real threat to the island of prosperity which Europeans have created for themselves. This is not racism in itself, but economic self-interest.

3) There are so few people of colour in 3HO Europe. I am not sure I saw any when I was at the yoga festival a couple of years ago. The Blacks I met were from Africa. What do you want the folks in 3HO Europe to do then with their advertising? Import a few Blacks from the U.S. to do a photo shoot? Hire Black models and fake it?

4) Every country in Europe has a different dynamic. Britain is perhaps the most integrated, but they have a terrible class system still based on their aristocracy. They also have ethnic and racial ghettos.

That being said, have a look at this initiative from the Sikh community in the U.K. By their seva, they are winning the respect of pink-skinned people wherever they go. See KhalsaAid.org.

Racial integration in Europe will come with a more equitable global economy and less travel restrictions than exist at present. Perhaps in a generation or two they will have it. -- More.

See What Diversity Is. See What Diversity Is Not. See Diversity At Summer Solstice.


What do you see?

My Sikh Sense
By Anonymous I*

Sat Nam, Hari Singh! I’m just sort of curious.

How many Mexican faces does one actually see?

How many Chinese faces does one actually see?

Can I assume that you at least thought about putting information up on these other groups (and there is more, of course)?

I just don't quite resonate with not having some sort of comment, something on these other groups. Because I don't think you have any Mexican Sikhs or Mexican Kundalini Yoga teachers, students.

Now that a conversation has been opened and is public, I think there needs to be something else said on other groups.

Just thinking, really nice page, reading it was interesting. I really liked the one on Europe. It’s something else to think about. I also enjoyed Awtar Singh Khalsa's photos and music. Very nicely done. --

*NOTE: The author of this commentary has requested anonymity for reasons of possible retaliation and/or recrimination by those persons who wish to maintain the status quo within the 3HO/Sikh Dharma organization.

"It's difficult to get a person to understand something when their paycheck depends on their not understanding."

My Sikh Sense
By M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa


Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

Sat Nam. The colors of faces does not matter. It's People of Color, which includes all... Colorless, Red, Yellow, Coffee, Black. I think you are referring to ethnic groups as well, which of course is covered in my challenge. I do not think it's necessary to go into any more detail for the purpose of initiating conversation. If folks can't figure out racism and bigotry as it's defined in the commentary, we won't move forward.

The point being that we have entered the Age of Inclusion whereby Compassion, Tolerance, Diversity and Service are in. Racism, bigotry, sexism, and the denigration of not only women but any persons are out. It is incumbent on 3HO/Sikh Dharma to now be fully engaged and emerge from denial just like all other organizations of this Age. -- More.

My Sikh Sense
By Anonymous II*

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Sat Nam, Hari Singh!

With regard to the emergency guidelines for the upcoming children's program Summer Solstice it is very good to have a document that makes clear to all the kids and volunteers our plan of action in case of any emergency situation. I have a hard time believing that anything like that could happen on the sacred land of Ram Das Puri but I can see that if I didn't have this document I might not make the best choice of action in a moment of panic. I really agree with the wildfire action plan. The open space idea really would cover us. In fact it should be considered for the whole camp if that space is large enough. Thank you to those of you putting together this plan of action. --

*NOTE: The author of this commentary has requested anonymity for reasons of possible retaliation and/or recrimination by those persons who wish to maintain the status quo within the 3HO/Sikh Dharma organization.

"It's difficult to get a person to understand something when their paycheck depends on their not understanding."

My Sikh Sense
By Anonymous III*

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Sat Nam, Hari Singh!

A good question to ask also is how many of us include People of Color in our yoga classes? How many of us target People of Color with any literature on these teachings? How many of us have friends that are People of Color? Personally, I am color blind? I never look at color and decide if I am going to include this or that person as a friend, student, client, colleague, etc. What may be more important for some is how to reach out to a more diverse group of people. In other words we need to understand different cultures (see example) in order to reach out to them. Just some thoughts on this very important issue. I did notice that there are not very many People of Color (non-Whites) in the pics, etc. --

*NOTE: The author of this commentary has requested anonymity for reasons of possible retaliation and/or recrimination by those persons who wish to maintain the status quo within the 3HO/Sikh Dharma organization.

"It's difficult to get a person to understand something when their paycheck depends on their not understanding."

My Sikh Sense
By Anonymous IV*

Sat Nam, Hari Singh! I was just thinking about my past conversation with a Kundalini Yoga Sikh teacher a few years ago, in which it was stated that Yogi Bhajan had said "no classes could ever be taught on the Internet." My memory may not be precise on what was said, but all discussion ended with, "Yogi Bhajan said."

I asked if it was possible that the Internet would change to such an extent that classes could be held as webinars? I asked if being in a webinar in which I can hear everything in the class, and you all can hear me counted. Or did it not count because it was coming through a computer on the Internet? No answer.

It seems to me, that there is this 'mind set' that unless Yogi Bhajan left directions on how to do stuff, or how to react, or what steps to take, that it all just stops there. No one seems to be taking into account that Yogi Bhajan gave his understanding at that time, his understanding of the Self-Sensory Human and the times that we are in -- that this is the information he was able to pull through 'at that time' and if he had lived longer, he would have brought more information out and given it, as it became available to him, but he transitioned.

So others such as the 'Kryon channeling' are now bringing through similar information, and more of it. And this 'flow' will increase with time. This information dovetails with what Yogi Bhajan said, and eventually it will all go beyond him to an extent. We have to go with it. We have to go with the Reality of the latest, newer information, still keeping Yogi Bhajan's teachings in mind. Yes, some of it will always be way ahead of us, or so it is said. (500 years into the future?) I can't comment on that.

But as far as I know, no one is thinking about this. No one is addressing it. No one is saying, wait a minute, you have to be open minded, you have to open up to what is happening and what is coming. People need to be reminded over and over, all the time. So many of the teachers and students of Yogi Bhajan and Kundalini Yoga are stuck in their mind set, probably the same mind set that teaches soon-to-be teachers at KRI, 3HO, Sikh Dharma. Think about it. --

*NOTE: The author of this commentary has requested anonymity for reasons of possible retaliation and/or recrimination by those persons who wish to maintain the status quo within the 3HO/Sikh Dharma organization.

"It's difficult to get a person to understand something when their paycheck depends on their not understanding."

*Important Notice: "With grateful appreciation for the above contributor's observations and with no offense to the contributor intended, Yogi Bhajan never issued any statement declaring classes could not be taught on the Internet, nor any other media platform of which Super Health is aware. This, according to Super Health staff members. Fact check: White Tantric Yoga was taught for several years by Yogi Bhajan using video technology during his tenure as Mahan Tantric, and is currently being taught using electronic media." M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

My Sikh Sense
By M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa


Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

Sat Nam, my dear friends! I think your views have merit. But again, they are your views based on your life experience, and my views are based upon my life experience. My views are also inclusive views, inclusive of yours and every person in our organization.

I expect the majority of folks within the 3HO/Sikh Dharma organization to favor your views more than mine and to perhaps even reject my views for reasons that I indicate in My Sikh Sense piece. Looking in the mirror is never easy. I don't know anyone who sees themselves as racially insensitive. Too painful and requires more humility than most have.

To be honest, I think the big difference, at least in how I see things, is that my life experience is similar to that of our brothers and sisters of color, which of course cannot be truly or completely shared with 'colorless' folks. "You had to be there!"

However, this is the issue ACT is addressing. The closest the elderly White people in our organization can come to being there is to permit a platform to be created for People of Color to share their experience. (See Sensitivity Summit.) This is for them apparently too heavy a load and too long a carry for all kinds of reasons, a sense of guilt, ignorance, fear, intimidation, etc., etc.

This is mostly the reason there is the push back and continued denial at all levels of our social structure. We see it throughout the media. It hurts. And I think it's the reason the Siri Singh Sahib never really got into it. His life was too short. But again, I ask, how much pain have People of Color experienced given the status quo of the last few hundred years? Think about it.

There's no way White people can avoid the pain of transition into this Age of Inclusion. "They can run, but they can't hide!" Just as Yogi Bhajan stepped up to meet the challenges of his teacher Sant Hazara Singh and became victorious, we must suck it up and meet the challenge of our teacher Guru Nanak and become victorious. See Americans Still Lie About Slavery.

"Recognize the Divine light within all. Do not consider social class or status; there are no classes or castes, hereafter." Guru Nanak Dev

I think you need to continue expressing your views, but understand that the tone of your views are more in line with the majority of White folks who are living in their comfortable bubble of denial. Makes me wonder what poke, provoke, confront, elevate means to our organization.

Again, at some point, hopefully sooner than later, our organization must come to grips with this reality, the issue of the one and only all Black Couple with progeny after 47 years. The starkness of this reality is going to require some real guts to deal with. "If not us, who? If not now, when?" -- See The Obama Phenomenon. See Selective Censure. See Back to the Beginning.

"People of Color who remain silent enable White people to remain culturally illiterate.
It is incumbent on those who know to teach those who do not know." Hari Singh Bird

My Sikh Sense
By M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa


Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

Sat Nam, my dear friend! You are a competent and capable marketing professional. But consciousness is not marketable. Figures do not work. You can't use figures to figure it, i.e., consciousness. Consciousness, the state of being, cannot be measured. Figures won't work and if you can't measure it, how can you market it? How do you measure quality or quantity of being? These can only be perceived by each person from within looking in, no figures, no quotas, no estimates, no charts, no graphs, no costs, no polls. How do we measure a person's consciousness, a person's perception or not of Guru's teachings, a person or organization being the teachings?

A Supreme Court justice once remarked when asked how he could know what pornography is, and what pornography is not. He said, "I know pornography when I see it." Likewise, we know expressions of consciousness, character, caliber, courage, compassion, tolerance, service, etc., or unconsciousness expressions, when we see it, when we experience it.

My answer to your question is that we must continue our efforts for equality, tolerance, inclusion by living it ourselves, within 3HO/Sikh Dharma, knowing it's Guru's mission with the knowledge that it's Guru's set up and we are here to serve Guru's mission, whatever it is. And we will know Guru's work when we see it, when we experience equality, tolerance, inclusion within ourselves, within 3HO/Sikh Dharma. Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh! -- See More Details. See Sensitivity Summit.

"People of Color who remain silent enable White people to remain culturally illiterate.
It is incumbent on those who know to teach those who do not know." Hari Singh Bird

My Sikh Sense
By Singh Sahib Giani Gurubachan Singh Khalsa


Giani Gurubachan Singh Khalsa

 
Sahib Jathedar Singh Sahib Giani Gurubachan Singh,
Jathedar of Akal Takhat, addresses Sangat at evening
program at Khalsa Council Meetings, October 6, 2014.





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See The Homeless Banned And Jailed In 'Christian' America.
See Let's Have 'The Race Conversation' For Real, This Time.
See More Diversity Dialogues. See Institutionalized Racism.

See Required Reading. See Recommended Reading.
See Why Are White Tantra Yoga Classes So 'White'?

See Islamic Extremism vs Christian Extremism.

See A Native American's Thanksgiving Rebuke.
See What White People Need To Know.

See Americans Need To Pay Attention.
See What's Wrong With This Picture?
See A Case Of Unjust Enrichment.
See A Classic Case of Tribalism.
See What Tribalism Looks Like.

See Guidelines For Facilitators.
See For The People Of Color.
See What Is White Privilege?
See KRI Needs To Go To Jail.
See Jon Stewart On Racism.
See The Ubuntu Philosophy.
See TheMahanTantric.com.
See Example of Tribalism.

See ACT For Diversity.
See Comments Con.
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See Obama 43 To 1.
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