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


Hari Singh BIrd Khalsa

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

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

To the Board of Directors of Siri Singh Sahib Corporation,
And the Board of Directors of Sikh Dharma International:

Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh!

Sat Nam. A proposed Motion* for consideration has come before the Khalsa Council to convene a biannual Sensitivity Summit.

The focus of the Summit is to raise and monitor our awareness of prevalent issues to do with diversity, and expand the Sangat's capabilities in cultural competency and cross-cultural skills. This timely Motion promotes the pluralistic teachings of Guru Nanak Dev and Sikh Dharma as a global religion, so we can better promote and practice tolerance and inclusion, and thereby uplift all people, 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 considerations or distinctions that tend to 'otherize' people.

This Summit is not something Sikhs can choose not to do. Our communities, our nations, and our world face complex social, political, economic, and interpersonal challenges. Diverse experiences, complex approaches, and critical thinking are assets that we need to develop, as we learn how to value the experience and understanding that other cultures possess. Valuing diversity is essential to our vitality, our strength and our mission, and the maintenance of our communities, and our world.

I therefore urge all members of the Siri Singh Sahib Corporation Board and especially the Sikh Dharma Board to step up and encourage the Sadh Sangat to actively support the enactment of this Motion, before and during the upcoming Baisakhi Khalsa Council meetings (April 22-25, 2015) by way of their active vocal and media support, as well as their physical attendance at the meetings. Our past and recent history dictates that Sikh Dharma’s role as a leader is critical, and exemplary demonstrations of our commitment to inclusion and justice for all people can help light a path for many others.

*THE MOTION: "THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Khalsa Council of Sikh Dharma shall convene a biannual 'Sensitivity Summit' to include 'Light on Diversity' conversations with people of color in joint session with the Siblings of Destiny."

In other words, the Khalsa Council and the Sangat will sit together in joint session for the purpose of dialogue with people of color and others who tend to be marginalized, and for the purpose of promoting and monitoring Guru Nanak Dev's directive and teachings, "Recognize the Divine Light within all, and do not consider social class or status; there are no classes or castes, hereafter."



 

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My Sikh Sense
By Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D.


Robin DiAngelo

The Dynamics of White Fragility

White people in North America live in a social environment that protects and insulates them from race-based stress. This insulated environment of racial protection builds White
expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress, leading to what I refer to as White Fragility.

White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate White racial equilibrium. -- More.

See Women Are More Than This.

My Sikh Sense
By S.S. Siri Bandhu Kaur Khalsa


Siri Bandhu Kaur Khalsa

Secrets For Choosing The Right Partner

Sat Nam.

. If the person you want to marry treats you well and treats everyone else badly, he or she will eventually treat you the same as everyone else. “You can fool some of the people all of the time…”

. If your family and friends disapprove, hear them out; they may have a point. “…but not all the people all of the time.”

. If the person you have chosen treats everyone else nicely and treats you badly, this will continue. As well, he or she will treat your children badly too. “Read the writing on the wall.”

. Are you both open to change? Change is essential to a thriving relationship. At times you may need outside advice. Don’t hesitate to find help; there are people specifically trained to solve a couple’s problems. “A stitch in time saves nine.”

. The way you treat yourself is how everyone will treat you. “You are the God.” Yogi Bhajan

. Always be kind to each other. Life is hard enough as it is. Kindness costs little and reaps big benefits. “Do onto others as you would have them do unto you.” Golden Rule

. Rejoice in your differences. They will widen your vision and experience. “We are the world. We are the children.”

. See the humour in your relationship and in the life around you. “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.”

. Count your blessings together, and they will multiply. “Ang Sang Wahe Guru.”

. Always grow both as individuals and as a couple. This will give you three times the growth in the same amount of time. “Group consciousness works.”

. Take your time with sex. It is a hook, and you need to know what kind of fish you are landing before you put it in your boat! “Every date has a pit.” Yogi Bhajan

. Settle only for “the one” that your meditative mind knows is right for you. If you have even the shadow of a doubt, forget it. “Don’t sell yourself short; you deserve the best.”

. If your Potential Partner is addicted to anything, drugs, alcohol, negativity, sex, gambling, addiction will come first. You will always come last. No excuses. Limit your loss and move on, now! --

See Women Are More Than This.

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


Hari Singh BIrd Khalsa

ACT II

Sat Nam. Good morning!

ACT II, is a mixed-color group of junior members of 3HO/Sikh Dharma. We met last night. (February 4, 2015)

Here's an interesting statement by an African American who was present. "3HO does not come (reach out) to me, I have to go to 3HO." Related statements concerning 3HO/Sikh Dharma and diversity issues were made by every other person of color in attendance.

It appears that more needs to be done in order to reach out to minority groups, i.e., people of color and other groups, when you consider the following statement from 3HO's literature.

3HO Foundation is a global community of people who practice and share the teachings of Yogi Bhajan so that they may serve, inspire, and empower humanity to be Healthy, Happy, and Holy." (Contact me here for out reach suggestions.)

BTW: Due to the fact that many of my postings have to do with diversity issues, I expect a stiffening of resistance. To those who do not relate well to these matters, I refer you to my statement at the bottom of my emails, and I advise you to follow direction. See What Diversity Is. See What Diversity Is Not.*

I remember Yogi Bhajan advising, when you know your cause is true, "push, push, push."

Be well.

HSB

*"Looking at the one and only Black family in 3HO/Sikh Dharma
after 48 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 48 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?"

"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."

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

*"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 reflect about 15 African Americans out of every 100.

My Sikh Sense
By Anonymous V*

My Response To ACT II

Sat Nam, brother. I appreciate your hammering away at this vital issue.

Yes, there are inadequacies, blind spots, and prejudices inherent in today's 3HO culture. But have you ever thought that if the current, predominantly Caucasian leadership truly embraces diversity and 3HO becomes a really global community with much wider representation from other people of all races, creeds, and nationalities, the so called "White Americans" will shrink to a small minority of the whole? I'm sure this must be inspiring to some, frightening to others, and just difficult to imagine for a third group.

If we are to grow to fulfill our promise as a truly global family, we must cultivate the inspiration, shed the fear, and open our minds to grand new possibilities. A better world is possible. --

*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.

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

My Sikh Sense
By Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D.


Robin DiAngelo

Why White People Implode When Talking About Racism

I am White. I have spent years studying what it means to be White in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet is deeply divided by race. This is what I have learned: 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. Yes, we will develop strong emotionally laden opinions, but they will not be informed opinions. Our socialization renders us racially illiterate. When you add a lack of humility to that illiteracy (because we don’t know what we don’t know), you get the break-down we so often see when trying to engage White people in meaningful conversations about race.

Mainstream dictionary definitions reduce racism to individual racial prejudice and the intentional actions that result. The people that commit these intentional acts are deemed bad, and those that don’t are good. If we are against racism and unaware of committing racist acts, we can’t be racist; racism and being a good person have become mutually exclusive. But this definition does little to explain how racial hierarchies are consistently reproduced. Social scientists understand racism as a multidimensional and highly adaptive system—a system that ensures an unequal distribution of resources between racial groups. Because Whites built and dominate all significant institutions, (often at the expense of and on the uncompensated labor of other groups), their interests are embedded in the foundation of U.S. society.

While individual Whites may be against racism, they still benefit from the distribution of resources controlled by their group. Yes, an individual person of color can sit at the tables of power, but the overwhelming majority of decision-makers will be White. Yes, White people can have problems and face barriers, but systematic racism won’t be one of them. This distinction—between individual prejudice and a system of unequal institutionalized racial power—is fundamental. One cannot understand how racism functions in the U.S. today if one ignores group power relations. -- Source.

More.

"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?"
Hari Singh Bird

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

So you're sick and tired of hearing about racism?

My Sikh Sense
By Anonymous VI*

Dear Hari Singh --- I have looked through your website content, and want to let you know how heartened I am that you are addressing issues of social justice and holding an open door to dialogue about topics that sorely need to be addressed in our society at large. As a former member of the 3HO community who left due to, among other reasons, a sense that the community was way too into itself, it's egoic self image as saviors, and it's wealth, it is good to see that the topics of diversity and seeking solutions to ongoing racial and religious tensions finally have a dharma based forum online. I will be interested to see how your web site, and the vital issues you are attempting to bring to consciousness evolve over the coming times. Kudos and blessings! --

*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.

"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

June 15, 2015

Dear Dr. C.T. Vivian,

My name is Hari Singh Bird Khalsa. I am a senior level minister of Sikh Dharma. I live in Winter Park, Florida.

I am extremely happy to learn of the award and recognition being proffered to you and your life's work at our annual Peace Prayer Day and simultaneously have misgivings about our community's need for greater awareness and competency in diversity.

In regard to your upcoming presentation at Peace Prayer Day in Espanola, New Mexico, I humbly request that you direct special attention to the local as well as global issue of disproportionate diversity.

My main concern is that 3HO/Sikh Dharma, in the U.S. especially, does not represent a proportionately diverse mix of people of color. Our outreach to diverse communities is insufficient for which there are probably numerous reasons. Please see quotes here from the Web site MySikhSense.com regarding the only all Black FAMILY visible in 3HO/Sikh Dharma after 48 years. (3HO was founded in the U.S. in 1969.)

Also see SensitivitySummit.com, which reflects an effort on the part of some associates and myself to focus attention on disproportional diversity within our organization.

BTW: My life experience as a child of biracial parents, father Native American and mother White, includes diversity issues to do with racial discrimination.

Thank you for your attention!

Respectfully,

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

See the Dr. C.T. Vivian video from Peace Prayer Day 2015 here, https://vimeo.com/137024484.

See more Peace Prayer Day 2015 videos here: https://vimeo.com/131685615, and https://vimeo.com/131714170, and https://vimeo.com/132215549, and https://vimeo.com/132346358. --

*"Looking at the one and only Black family in 3HO/Sikh Dharma
after 48 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 48 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?"

"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."

Watch Tribalism For Those Who Dare.

My Sikh Sense
By S.S. Sat Hanuman Singh Khalsa


Sat Hanuman Singh Khalsa

America's Original Sins

Sat Nam. The United States of America brought forth four original sins:

. The State and Religion are as one. This is the reason many people think America is a "Christian nation".

. Slavery, i.e., racism and indentured servitude.

. Subjugation and control of Native lands and Native peoples.

. Capitalism ("Free Trade"), which spins off slavery and free labor.

Slavery was supported by Christian clerics from the 1600s (really by the Spanish -- from the 1500s).

Capitalism is a driving force for slavery, indentured servitude, and the stealing of Native lands. Again supported by the original sin of religious tribalism -- this behavior is purely European.

Slavery permeated the American culture from the 17th Century until the early 20th Century. Its residue finished the 20th Century and is now infiltrating the 21st Century.

Within cultures prejudice can become bigotry, which then slips into tribalism. Then fears turn to hate and the tribe becomes even more convinced of its superiority. Then violence is used to subjugate those seen as inferior. Then tribalists employ slavery for their own self-aggrandizement (capitalism). Slavery (racism) then, is tribalism at its worst. (Watch Tribalism For Those Who Dare.)

Religion, slavery, racism, annihilation of Native culture and its people, capitalism, all come together in the fire of the nation's sins -- gun violence, war!

States in America, supported by religious zealots, built an economy based on slave labor, and controlled by 'guns'. But when people turn to love, selflessness service and a fearless commitment to stand for Truth, then the 'weeds' of State sins cannot permeate the 'garden of faith'.

We are passing through the cusp of the Age of Aquarius whereby those attached to the previous Age (see Kali Yuga Signs) will pass on due to irrelevancy. This is the Age of tolerance, love, kindness, service, inclusion, equality, honor, and Truth through experience. There is no room for exclusion or subjugation. No room to intimidate or control others through fear and guilt. Europe gave birth originally, culturally, to America, and Americans are the neurotic progeny.

The hope we now have is that our souls are awakening to the True Nature of our Being. --





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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.
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