Inspired by Ek Ong Kar = 13 = Ek Ong Kar
One Creator Creation
Ex Uno Plures
From One Many Akal Committee 13 (ACT) evolved from an ad hoc, limited-focus group,
to a social action group with unlimited scope and undying commitment. Visit us at either AkalCommittee13.com or AkalCommitteeThirteen.com.
ACT's mission is to promote chardi kala (state of bliss) throughout the world. Our
scope of service includes promoting diversity and cultural competency as taught
by Guru Nanak Dev, thereby bringing attention to issues of color and caste, for the
purpose of uplifting people who have a history of being marginalized. ACT uses social
media and other means as platforms to inform people about the life experiences and concerns
of marginalized groups and individuals, and bring awareness regarding the necessity for social
change, social justice, inclusion, compassion, tolerance, cultural literacy, and growth in our
human relations, in order to better facilitate the current worldwide shift in global consciousness
from tribalism, instability, and extremism – towards harmony, cooperation and enduring peace.
Our vision is to advocate and teach Kundalini Yoga, as directed by
Yogi Bhajan, for which we seek the assistance of organizations not only in
the United States, but also in India and around the world. To achieve this goal
ACT uses social media, teacher training, and more. Our commitment is to
afford every person the opportunity to explore the deepest potentials of his or
her human spirit. To fulfill our vision, we inspire each person to: (a) maintain an
awareness of everyone’s longing for inclusion, and their innate longing to belong
within our global family; (b) respond with compassionate consideration and sensitivity to
differences of gender, race, culture, religion, ethnicity, economic conditions, social status, psychological challenges, and philosophical differences that exist in all human interactions.
Your reliability will give people the courage to trust you.
Their trust will give you the power to carry a situation. A leader
carries and serves people. Learn to lead as a Seva, to sacrifice your time
and resources for the benefit of others without wanting anything in return.
People will love you, and you will continue to expand.
-- Yogi Bhajan
The secret of happiness is in your action, not in your reaction. If you
want to progress in your life and grow, act, do not react.
-- Yogi Bhajan
The Siri Singh Sahib frequently expressed the challenge that he
expects his students to be 10 times greater. Therefore, we must
expect, and be willing to work with 10 times the difficulties. It's
the Law of Polarity. It's our challenge as his students. -- ACT
.) On numerous occasions the Siri Singh Sahib, aka Yogi Bhajan, directed his teachers in the U.S. and the West to teach Kundalini Yoga technology to the people of India and the East. At the same time he directed the Sikhs in India to teach the principals of Sikhism to the people of the U.S. and the West.
.) The word AKAL (Akaal) is derived from Gurbani, meaning Undying. Akal appears in the Siri Guru Granth Sahib of the Sikhs. Akal implies a state of being, which is ageless, infinite, immortal and timeless, the true state. The word Akal describes ACT's undying mission, which is based on the principal that it is incumbent on those who know to teach those who do not know. Akal literally means timeless, immortal, non-temporal, a term integral to Sikh philosophy. Akal is seen extensively in the Dasam Granth hymns by Guru Gobind Singh. See Example.
.) The words EX UNO PLURES are derived from Latin, meaning from the One comes the many,
the concept championed by the 15th century Sikh Master, Guru Nanak. On the other hand, E PLUIBUS UNUM, as seen on America's money and America's Great Seal, means from the many comes the One, thereby placing the One as secondary.
"It's time for a shift in world consciousness.
It's time for Sikhs to get their shift together.
It's time for Sikhs to be genuine agents of change.
It's time to promote more chardi kala around the world.
It's time for those who know to teach those who do not know.
And it's time for those who do not know to surrender their ego."
"For wheresoever are the
Pure Ones dedicated to God,
there my presence shall always be." Guru
It is important for ACT to hear the concerns and suggestions of marginalized women and people of color to encourage and enable truthful, transparent, and transformational dialogue and interactions between those cultures, religions, ideas, beliefs, lifestyles, races, sexual orientation and customs, which are different from their own. Need more information or want to join the ACT mailing list? Click here to provide your name and e-mail address or call 855-410-2700.
NOTE: Toearly Christian Gnostics, the owl is associated with Lilith, the first wife of Adam, who refused his advances and control. More.
.) Upliftand Empower minority and underprivileged communities and individuals worldwide to experience personal development, social advancement and economic prosperity, and religious freedom.
.) Promote safe water sanitation practices in under developed communities. Support various NGO’s and other organizations involved in humanitarian services and relief operations.
.) Develop, Nurture and Promote peace and dialogue among the diverse religious communities worldwide, and work towards the cessation of wars and other conflicts around the world.
.) Eliminate discrimination by color, race, religion, caste, gender and ethnicity. Promote gender equality and education, and foster friendships within diverse cultures.
.) Empowerand Motivate individuals and communities to a deeper appreciation of religious freedom, social justice and equality for all. Foster an empathetic understanding towards all creeds, faiths and traditions. Click here for more.
.) DevelopEducational Technologies for spiritual and lifestyle practices using social media, web sites, print, video and other formats to allow intellectual space for those interested to study and experience yogic traditions and lifestyles.
.) Createand Operate Educational Centers and provide ongoing scholarships including educational and vocational programs.
.) Foster understanding and goodwill towards all creeds, religions and faiths to further peace in the world.
.) Empower and elevate the status of women. Advance the security and wellbeing of children and the less privileged in the world.
The word-symbol (13) is derived from Gurmukhi, meaning One Creator of Creation; From One Many, or Ex Uno Plures, meaning all things come from One Source, i.e. all mankind comes from One Creator as championed by the 15th century Sikh Master, Guru Nanak. When stylized in English characters, is represented by the number 13, as in Akal Committee 13, or more simply, the acronym ACT.
NOTE: 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, Destroyer); 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 More.
Diversity: The quality or state of having people who are of different races or who come from different cultures within a group or organization.
Truthful:Words, ideas or actions that accurately represent a reality, a genuine transparency.
Transparent: The quality of being able to be seen through; or easy to notice or understand; not secretive. Transparency is Truth made manifest. Transparency is intellectual honesty. Transparency can be exercised without exposing confidential contacts. Transparency is essential in order to build trust in relationships, and to clarify and resolve conflicted issues.
Transformational: Having to do with life-changing practices or events.
Many individuals as well as organizations attempt to act in secrecy and with false intentions. At the same time these entities tend to covertly gather intelligence and work to keep their affairs unknown in an attempt to remain unaccountable.
"When left unchecked, organizations have a tendency to become
opaque, exclusive, monochromatic, and eventually tribal-like."
"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.
Any organization that fails to maintain open communication and dialogue with
its constituency is at risk of dysfunction, loss of credibility, and irrelevancy."
. ACT has in fact made several attempts to include Sikh Dharma International, 3HO, and KRI in proposed activities over the past three years, so far without success.
. ACT remains hopeful that by Guru's grace we can join harmoniously with the above mentioned organizations to serve the Mission of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and the Mission of the Siri Singh Sahib, and to teach the technology of Kundalini Yoga to Sikh brothers, sisters, and others throughout India and the world.
"What is hate? When love is not maintained, when
people don't stand
under." --Yogi Bhajan 8/6/1975
"As humanity enters the Space Age, how will we resonate with Greens and Grays
when we can't relate well to Blacks, Browns and Gays?" -- Hari Singh Bird
"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
Ang Sang Wahe Guru
Ang Sung Wahe Guru celebrates the realization that there is no piece or part of ourselves,
no action, and no life that is not already the living vibration of the Infinite. ITis allGod.
We are all one unified, pluralistic field of Diversity. See YouAreTheEssence.com.
"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?"
"Since the election of President Obama many Americans claim to
be weary of the ongoing conversation about racism. Think about the
weariness of people of color who have waited for centuries for any
substantive discourse to occur. That conversation has just begun."
"Are there 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?
Issues to do with diversity are not going to go away just because we
deny that they exist, or because they cause us discomfort to discuss.
We must promote pluralism as did Guru Nanak throughout his ministry."
"The human mind was created to discriminate, e.g., make choices 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, 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
It is incumbent on those who know
to teach those who do not know.
The quality or state of having people who are of different races
or who have different cultures within a group or organization.