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AGENT OF CHANGE: An Agent of Change is a person who serves from inside or outside a group or organization to help transform itself by focusing on such matters as organizational effectiveness, improvement, and development. -- See Attributes of An Agent of Change.

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

BANISHMENT: To drive out or remove from a home or place of usual resort or continuance. See How Yogi Bhajan Related To Rogues And Banishment. See Tribalism.

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.

CHARACTER: The way someone thinks, feels, and behaves. A person's corrector.

Life is based on caliber, consciousness and character. If you have very strong character
you cannot be dodged, you cannot be bent, and you cannot be wiped out. It's the
character, which gives you courage, it is the character, which gives you stability,
it is the character, which gives people impression, it is the character on
which people trust, not you. You are worth nothing. -- Yogi Bhajan

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.

COMMITTMENT: The attitude of someone who works very hard to do or support something (starting with the decision to show up) See Commitment.

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

"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, elevation being the intended result), i.e., CONFRONTATION.

CORRUPTION: Dishonest, unethical, 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.

CRUELTY: A desire to cause others to suffer; the quality or state of being cruel; the opposite of COMPASSION.

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.

"People are no longer talking to each other." Barack Obama

DIALOGUE: A conversation between two or more people (see 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.

"The first thing not to do is expect that you will never run into a conflict.
Let’s face it: no matter how special you and your associates are, there
will always be ways for tension to arise. In reality, people are complex.
It takes strategy and finesse to resolve internal issues that have to
do with the emotional intricacies of human emotions. Never dealing
with a conflict through dialogue, and then allowing it to become a
ticking time bomb, which then will blow up, is the worst case."

See Monologue. See Why Goldman Sachs Encourages Dialogue About Race.

DISCRIMINATION: The recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another, e.g., "discrimination between right and wrong".

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.

Men of Diversity

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. (We must work together 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."

EGOTISM: The feeling or belief that you are better, more important, more talented, etc., than other people. See A Distinguishing Abundance of Titles And Honors. See Ego Eradicator.

"When the mind is backed by the will, the mind is always positive.
When the mind is backed by ego, the mind is always negative.
When mind is backed by your will, the hand of God will
protect you. Miracles will happen." -- Yogi Bhajan

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.

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 away. 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.

GENDER EQUALITY: Gender equality is achieved when women and men enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society, including economic participation and decision-making, and when the different behaviours, aspirations and needs of women and men are equally valued and favoured. See Women Are Much More Than This. 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."

GREED: A selfish and excessive desire for more of something (as money) than is needed.

EXAMPLE: Back in 2014, Mark Cuban, the entrepreneur who owns the NBA's, National Basketball Association, the Dallas Mavericks, spoke against the greed and overextension of the NFL, the National Football League.

In December, 2016, Cuban said, "I'm just telling you, pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they're getting hoggy. Just watch. Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way... when you've got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns on you. That's rule No. 1 of business."

Here's the damage (according to Nielsen) as of November, 2016: Monday Night Football ratings down 20%, Sunday Night Football down 18.5%, and Thursday Night Football down 21.8%. -- Source.

HIERARCHY: A group (tribe) that controls an organization and is divided into different levels.

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 RELATIONS: 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.)

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

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

KARMA: The force generated by a person's actions held in Hinduism and Buddhism to perpetuate transmigration and in its ethical consequences to determine the nature of the person's next existence. (Newton's Third Law of Motion. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.)

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', to dismiss, 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?"



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

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.

NARCISSISM: A mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of ultraconfidence lies a fragile self-esteem that's vulnerable to the slightest criticism. See More.

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.

OUTSIDER: A person who does not belong to or is not accepted as part of a particular group or organization. -- See Agent of Change.

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.

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

NO COLOREDS
Caucasian Americans

Shades of Color


Shadeism

"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

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.

PRIDE: The sense that one is more important or better than other people.

"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?"




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 Tribalism For Those Who Dare To Watch. See What's Wrong With This Picture? See Science Is Embarrassingly White.

"My race is better than your race."
This racist attitude begins as tribalism.
Both attitudes are fast becoming irrelevant.

 

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.

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.

This whole universe is just the coexistence of a working electromagnetic field.
There is no difference between us. Every magnetic field is electromagnetic;
this means that our psyches are intertwined. -- Yogi Bhajan 12/1/1986


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 canl we resonate with Grays and Greens,
when we can't relate well to Blacks, Browns and Gays?" 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.

SANTOKH JI: 'Santokh' is a Punjabi expression meaning contentment. 'Ji' is a formal, humble and reverent acknowledgement of the soul in another person.

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' of pride. 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 Antidote. See How To Relate To A Narcissist.

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, a kind of group narcissism, 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 along with a tendency to 'lawyer up' against perceived outside threats. This state of mind is a dominant factor within tribalist groups. See Incestuous Relations.

"Let's try to figure out what's right instead of what's legal." Joe Rogan

"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 biggest threat to organizations and innovation is tribal politics,
i.e., an organizational culture, which doesn't accept failure, and/or doesn't
accept ideas from outside, and/or cannot accept change." Hari Singh Bird

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. A Spiritual Teacher is a teacher who pokes, provokes, confronts and elevates others. See Life According To Yogi Bhajan. 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 inclusion of 'outsiders'.

Are you tribal in your thinking?

*TRIBALISM: The social tendency to live in loyalty to a tribe, social group, club or gang (a tribe within a tribe or tribal hierarchy, a kind of pervasive and insidious group infection) especially when combined with an unfair treatment or strong negative attitude toward marginalized people outside the group. See Hierarchy. See Tribalism For Those Who Dare To Watch. See Why Tribalism Is Such A Bad Idea.

"America is not natural. Natural is tribal." Jon Stewart

"The typical tribalist will even marginalize the Creator if
the actions of the Creator are contrary to their personal views.
The biggest threat to organizations and innovation is tribal politics,
i.e., an organizational culture, which doesn't accept failure, and/or doesn't
accept ideas from outside, and/or cannot accept change." Hari Singh Bird

"It is here that we remember that, even when hatred burns hottest, even when
the tug of tribalism is at its most primal, we must resist the urge to turn inward.
We must resist the urge to demonize those who are different." Barack Obama

“We are going to have to guard against a rise in a crude sort of nationalism, or
ethnic identity or tribalism that is built around an 'us' and a 'them'." Barack Obama

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 diversity is minimal or nonexistent and exclusion is the practice.
When there's a lot of yelling and telling, 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. See Video.

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?)

These are rare photos. They depict Diversity of
Gender, Religion, Race, Age, and Color.

A mixed group of Caucasians, Africans, and Asians representing Muslim,
Christian, Sikh and Hindu faiths posed for this photo in front of a Mosque.

This photo was taken at the Vancouver Avenue, First Baptist Church of Portland, Oregon, at
the time of the Arun Gandhi peace event, which included Native American Cherokee, Hindu,
Muslim, Sikh, Jewish, Buddhist, Catholic, and Protestant faiths, and Asians, Browns, Blacks, and
Whites. This is the only Portland church at which Dr. Martin Luther King gave a sermon. (1962)



These photos depict examples of pluralism in which people of different ages, social classes,
religions, races, etc., living together in a community, continue to have their different traditions
or interests in the belief that people of different ethnicity, religions, races, etc., should live
together in society as taught and championed by Guru Nanak, the opposite of tribalism.
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 (hierarchical tribe) especially when combined with a
strong negative attitude toward marginalized people outside the group.

We must all take care that we 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 most fanatic.
See Yogi Bhajan On The Subject of Banishment.

Beware of Religious Fanatics

"We have heard from several of our 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.
We must all take care that we 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 most fanatic."

Tribalism In The U.S. Air Force?


Also see Dominionism.

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 Elitist. 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: 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.

Greetings, Names, and Titles

Bhai Sahiba, or Bhai Sahib: Bhai means Sister or Brother. Sahiba or Sahib means Madam or Sir. These are also titles of reverence bestowed upon highly respected Sikh women and Sikh men respectively for their dedication, spiritual wisdom, insight and knowledge.

Ek Ong Kar; (13); One Creator of Creation; From One Many; Ex Uno Plures; or God and me, me and God are One. In the eyes of the enlightened student of religion, there is only One Creator; the same Creator worshipped by various religions, and known by various names and descriptions, e.g., in Islam, it's Allah; in Christianity and Judaism, it's GOD, the Generator, Organizer, and Destroyer; the I Am Who Am: in Hinduism, it's Ram; in Sikhism, it's Wahe Guru, or Akal Purkh. These are all the same Infinite Being masquerading as the diversity of creation while wearing the mask of what Sikhs, Hindus and others call Maya. See 13EkOngKar.com.

God: Think about this. You grew and developed your magnificent brain, perhaps the most complicated thing in the world without even thinking about it. A supremely intelligent Life Force of unknown origin created and sustains this wondrous miracle. This benevolent Force is what Sikhs refer to as Ek Ong Kar, the Creator of Creation, the One in charge, what Jews and Christians call God.

What is God? In reality it is your own positive self, your higher Self,
your universal Self, the Self, which knows no defeat, the Self, which can rise
again and again and again like a wave in the ocean. Yogi Bhajan 7/17/1984

Guru: Siri Guru Granth Sahib, the living and only remaining teacher of the Sikhs manifested in the form of Word. (See Most Common Words In Siri Guru Granth Sahib.)

Hari: Name for God, the creative aspect.

Karma: The force generated by a person's actions held in Hinduism and Buddhism to perpetuate transmigration and in its ethical consequences to determine the nature of the person's next existence. (Newton's Third Law of Motion. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.) See More Definitions.

Kaur: Princess. Female Sikhs are given Kaur as part of their given name. A female Sikh's given name, as in many other traditions, usually denotes some aspect of the Creator. Female and male Sikhs can have the same given name, e.g., Hari Kaur, woman, and Hari Singh, man.

Khalsa: Body of Pure Ones, i.e., "those who contemplate the Lord," from Sukhmani Sahib; who live by their inner purity and light; who are pure of heart. Sukhmani Sahib is the name given to a set of hymns divided into 24 sections, which appear in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib. Khalsa DOES NOT apply exclusively to Sikhs. The Khalsa includes ALL those who contemplate God; ALL who live by their inner purity and light; ALL who are pure of heart. Mankind must be ever mindful of the tendency to tribalism. Also see Tribal vs. Tribalism.

Mahan Tantric: "Mahan" is a Sanskrit word meaning principle, supreme, great, or high. "Tantric" is a Sanskrit word meaning one who weaves together, as in weaving together the physical and the spiritual, as in joining together the human and the divine. See Tantra Yoga. See TheMahanTantric.com.

Mukhia Jathedar: Chief (Senior) Leader; the honor bestowed upon women and men who have manifested exceptional qualities of knowledge and service to the community.

Mukhia Sardarni Sahiba, and Mukhia Singh Sahib (aka MSS): Chief Noble Lioness, and Chief Noble Lion, are ministerial titles bestowed upon women and men respectively who have manifested exemplary service to the community. Indicates an elder of Sikh Dharma International.

Naam (Nam or Name): Word-Sound; the expressed sound current by which God, the I AM; the One Creator of Creation is acknowledged, worshipped, remembered, honored, celebrated and appreciated as the One Thee-Me in EveryBody. (See Word Physiology. See Be Your Allness. See Acknowledgements.)

Sardarni Sahiba, and Singh Sahib (aka SS): Noble Lioness and Noble Lion, are ministerial titles bestowed upon women and men respectively who are ordained Sikh ministers of Sikh Dharma International. See Inspirational Quotes For Ministers.

Sat Kartar: The True Doer of all. A term sometimes used to acknowledge the reason Sikhs do not proselytize, i.e., only those whose destiny is to be a Sikh will be Sikh.

Sat Kartar: God is the Doer.

Sat Nam: Authentic Truth. Used as a greeting, it means Truth is your One Identity, your Essential Essence. In other words, you are IT, I am IT, we are IT. (Also see Sat Nam Means.)

Sat Siri (Siri or Sri) Akal: Supreme Truth never ends, i.e., our True Identity is undying.

Shakti Pad: The status or mindset of any practitioner, who knows far less than they think they know, and which fails to acknowledge same. The worst-case scenario is that one falls into the trap of convincing oneself and others that only they know the best way, and that the old ways need to change, going forward. Beware of the 'tiger's bite'! It is a normal consequence of 'riding the tiger' of pride. One must be alert to the signs in order to take appropriate action. One must surrender their ego, realizing that learning never stops. See Antidote.

Singh: Lion. Male Sikhs are given Singh as part of their given name. A male Sikh's given name, as in many other traditions, usually denotes some aspect of the Infinite. Male and female Sikhs can have the same first given name, e.g., Hari Singh, male, and Hari Kaur, female.

Singh Means Lion
The Lion sleeps no more.

Siri Sardarni Sahiba, and Siri Singh Sahib (aka SSS): Supreme Noble Lioness and Supreme Noble Lion, are ministerial titles bestowed upon women and men respectively who are religious authorities within a particular domain of Sikh Dharma International. See SiriSinghSahib.com.

Tantra Yoga: "Tantra" means woven together. "Yoga" means union.

WhaHe Guru: The Indescribable Experience of Indescribable Wisdom, which is commonly known only as 'God'.

Whahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa - Whahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh: An expression or greeting meaning that those who meditate on the Infinite (Khalsa) belong to the Infinite. And any and all accomplishments belong to the Infinite, i.e., God.

White Tantra Yoga: "White" connotes self-mastery, meaning under one's personal control as opposed to "Black", or under remote or other's control. See WhiteTantraYoga.com.

NOTE: White Tantra Yoga should not be confused with Black Tantra Yoga or Red Tantra Yoga. These forms of yoga also transform energy, but in a different way and for a different purpose. White Tantra Yoga directs the energy to self-mastery. Black Tantra Yoga directs the energy to manipulate other human beings, and Red Tantra Yoga directs the energy solely for sexual purposes.

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See Glossary of Sikh Terms. See Historical Documents. See A Comprehensive Sikh History Quiz. See Sikh Minister's Vows. See Find The Meaning of Sikh Names. See Core Issues For Sikhs. See Why Are White Tantra Yoga Classes So 'White'?



 

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