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My Sikh Sense


Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

Self-Discovery

"Looking at the one and only Black Family native to SDI/3HO/KRI
after 49 years
from my perspective as a person of color I have to
ask, why are there so few Black Families? How many White Families
vs. Black Families are there after 49 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?
Isn't it time for there to be some serious mixed-race, adult dialogue?

Detractors: Kindly answer questions before vilifying the messenger.

The key indicator that organizations have come of age is when steps
are taken to permit open dialogue on the issue with people of color.
BTW: When asked if one Black Family after 49 years is an issue
of concern, some Sikh Dharma ministers agreed. But when asked
why the issue is never discussed, they were unable to answer.
Discourse 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 race, religion, and gender?"

Diversity Not


3HO Summer Sostice Sadhana 2017 Staff

Definitions

“When the adversity will hit, the communication will break. Never break
the communication. Neither with an enemy nor with a friend…
Keep communicating. That’s what God does. Just understand,
communication is vibration. Keep vibrating, but positively.
Never listen to negativity.” Siri Singh Sahib 7/10/85

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.

 

BUNKER MENTALITY: A state of mind especially among members of a group, or tribe (or religious organization) that is characterized by chauvinistic defensiveness and self-righteous intolerance of criticism. Also see Siege Mentality.

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

CENSURE: A judgment or sanction involving condemnation; the act of blaming or condemning sternly.

Letter of Censure

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: Compassion means to “suffer with,” 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.

CONVERT OR CONVERSION: Use of the term convert especially in relation to latter day Sikhs is inaccurate. Sikhs do not convert, they transform. One does not simply convert to or adopt another spiritual path. Those who choose Dharma, i.e., adherence to a righteous duty or path, which is fulfilled by the observance of custom or law with conformity and commitment to one's righteous duty and nature, as in Sikh Dharma, experience a true transition, a real transformation of consciousness.

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 APPROPRIATION: Circumstances wherein a dominant group adopts cultural elements of a marginalized people; often framed as cultural misappropriation, e.g., in the West, the Sikh turban or dastaar is commonly connoted with “terrorism”. Many Sikh women and men have been physically, emotionally, and socially attacked for their dastaars. But the moment they are claimed by the powerful, white elite, they become celebrated artifacts. For instance, high fashion runway models don turbans and usher in statements like “turbans are the hottest spring statement”. See More.

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 or religion. 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 or religious groups, including one's own group, necessary for understanding of reading, writing, and other media.

"The real purpose of religious literacy is to remove dangerous ignorance.
Prejudice thrives on ignorance and leads to irrational hate. We all know that
in a fog or mist, even normally familiar objects like a tree or bush can assume
sinister or threatening proportions. It is the same with people of different religions or
cultures when we see them in a mist of ignorance and prejudice. Remove the fog or
mist of ignorance and we see them as fellow human beings." DiversityDialogues.org

DHARMA: An individual's righteous duty, which is fulfilled by the observance of custom or law with conformity and commitment to one's duty and nature, whereby one experiences a real transition, a transformation of consciousness, not simply a conversion to or the adoption of another spiritual path.

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

DIALOGUE OR DISCOURSE: 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.

"Mankind’s greatest achievements have come about by talking,
and its greatest failures by not talking." – Stephen Hawking


Now, include a few people of color.

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.

"You must understand when somebody talks to you, if you are not willing to
hear them out, you are foolishly going for an unsuccessful future. The first
principle of success is when somebody is talking hear it. Do not interrupt.
Let them complete their point; hear them properly. When they are done and
you are asked to speak, don't answer the question if you cannot uplift them.
If your answer uplifts that person, you shall be prosperous." -- Yogi Bhajan

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.

Only 2 African-Americans (people of color) out of 38 total. Do the math.

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 ACT For Diversity. See What's Wrong With This Picture? See Khalsa Youth Camp Lacks Diversity. See The Case For Diversity and Dialogue.

The Mother of All Diversity

"We have gotten somewhat better at diversity.
The challenge now is inclusion." -- Hari Singh Bird

DUALITY: An instance of opposition or contrast between two concepts or two aspects of something; a dualism. Ego: that state of wanting to be known but not wanting it known that you want to be known. See DualityOptics.com. See Why Don't Sikh Women Tie Turban?

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. Shaktipad is a state of egotism in which a person is far less experienced, knows far less than they think they know, and who fails to acknowledge it. The worst case scenario is the one who falls into the trap of convincing themselves and others that only they know the best way, and that other's ways need to change. Beware of the 'tiger's bite'! Shaktipad is the consequence of 'riding the tiger' of pride. One must ever be alert to the signs of Shaktipad, and hopefully realize that learning never stops. One can always improve ones self. See A Distinguishing Abundance of Titles And Honors. See ItsAllAboutMeNotAboutYou.com. 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.

EPIPHANY: That 'aha' moment in which one suddenly sees or understands something in a new or very clear way. A sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something; an intuitive grasp of reality through something, such as an event, usually simple and striking; an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure.

An old sage once recounted how in a state youthful shaktipad
he sat in meditation and decided to see if he could move a nearby
mountain. In a sudden flash of enlightenment he discovered that he
had placed the mountain there and therefore had no desire to move it.

EQUALITY: The quality or state of being equal. The quality or state of having the same rights, social status, etc. The fulfillment of one's intrinsic longing to belong. See Commentary on Equality.

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 the innate longing to belong for which every human being yearns. It is the core issue underlying the strife that afflicts and affects Sikhs and other religious groups, especially in the Middle East.

FAUSTIAN BARGAIN: A pact between a person and Satan, or lesser demons, in exchange for things like wealth, fame, and power, and where morality, spiritual values, and civility are sacrificed in the interest of riches, high status, and influence. See Kali Yuga Signs.

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. See Same Sex Marriages And LGBT Issues Part I. See Same Sex Marriages And LGBT Issues Part II.

A Sikh view of same-sex and other relationships

GENDER: The range of characteristics pertaining to, and differentiating between, masculinity and femininity. See Circumstance. See Sikhs and Homosexuality. See Why Don't Sikh Women Tie Turban? See Harpreet Singh On Why Sikh Women Don't Tie Turban.

Equally different.


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 behaviors, aspirations and needs of women and men are equally valued and favoured. See Duality Optics. See Sikhs and Gender Equality. See Women Are Much More Than This.

"Given the very positive and growing public awareness of Sikhs,
Sikh women manifestly express their parity with Sikh men when
they wear turban, thereby advocating gender equality. Without
the turban the perception persists that Kaurs are not true Sikhs.
Singhs are perceived to be the genuine, even dominant gender.
Women wearing a turban makes gender equality more apparent.

Sikh women make a powerful statement about gender equality
when they tie turban. It is a graceful and effective way of putting Sikhs
and other communities on notice. It says, "We are who we are in support
of everyone's human rights irrespective of gender." DualityOptics.com

See any Sikh women?


What's wrong with this video?

Nishkam from the source project on Vimeo.

GENDER INEQUALITY: Gender inequality refers to unequal and/or abusive treatment, or the perceptions of individuals wholly or partly due to their gender. See DualityOptics.com. See These Sikh Women Tie Turban. See Why Don't Some Sikh Women Tie Turban? See Harpreet Singh On Why Sikh Women Don't Tie Turban.

    
         
        
                                  

GENUINE: That which is real or true. Persons, places, objects, and actions, which pass the test of time. See Commitment. See Sadhana Guidelines.

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.

HUMILITY: Freedom from pride or arrogance.

 

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: Some time ago I heard about a senior Sikh parent who received an emotional and hurtful phone call from one of their adult children at which time the parent was berated for their personal views and affiliations; chastised with negative and inaccurate assertions about their activist interests; and scolded for their frequent and provocative commentaries regarding the hypocritical practices of Sikh community members relative to the teachings of the First Master, Guru Nanak, and the directives of the Tenth Master, Guru Gobind Singh.

"One of the most painful things that a family can go through other
than losing a child to death, is for that child to become an adult and
then disown and estrange themselves from their parents." Source.

The estranged parent reported that at the end of their adult child's monologue, to which the parent patiently listened without interruption, the child stated that they had nothing more to say. When the parent attempted to respond in an attempt to have a dialogue the child hung up the phone after proclaiming that they already knew what the parent would say.

The adult child's unfortunate behavior brings to mind how especially tribal-minded one can be after associating with tribal-lke narcissistic organizations, which are extremely resistant to change and where meaningful discourse is impossible whereby feedback from outside the tribe is blocked or rejected. The parent/child relationship now remains estranged to the point where only the parent's love from a distance is possible, and retaliation from the child is expected instead of opportunity for enlightened and open dialogue. Stay tuned. See Partners Not Parents. See African American Critiques 3HO History.

INCLUSION: A relationship 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 the innate longing to belong for which every human being yearns. It is the core issue underlying the strife that afflicts and affects 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.

INTELLIGENTSIA: Intellectuals who form an artistic, social, or political vanguard or elite. (Those intellectuals who are educated beyond their capacity.) See MoreThanYouCanKnow.com.

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

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

KAKISTOCRACY: Government by the worst persons; a form of government in which the worst persons are in power.

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. For every proposition there is an equal and opposite opposition. See Law of Polarity.

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.

LAW OF POLARITY: Nothing is one-sided; everything contains its opposite. There's no up without a down, no front without a back. There's no darkness without light, no day without night, no construction without destruction. This is the essence of the Law of Polarity. Any action has an equal and opposite reaction; any social condition begets an equal and opposite social condition; you get what you give; forces come in pairs. See Karma.

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

"Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled." -- The Kybalion

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.

MEDDLING: To interest oneself in what is not one's concern. Here's an example. An otherwise qualified candidate for election is arbitrarily and summarily advised by a corporate executive that they are unfit for election to the board of directors solely because their name was discovered in a disparaging e-mail thread authored by a person the corporation considers to be persona non grata. See More.

"The major drivers in all societies are the divisive and
protectionist narrow majoritarian interests." -- Nirmal Singh

"Looking at the one and only Black Family native to 3HO/KRI/SDI
after 49 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 49 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 Mental Health Professionals Have A Duty To Warn. See More.

NATIONALISM: An extreme form of patriotism, especially marked by a feeling of superiority over other countries. See TRIBALISM.

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.

OPTICS: Aspects of an action, that relate to public perceptions.

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 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 native to SDI/3HO/KRI
after 49 years
from my perspective as a person of color I have to
ask, why are there so few Black Families? How many White Families
vs. Black Families are there after 49 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?
Isn't it time for there to be some serious mixed-race, adult dialogue?

Detractors: Kindly answer questions before vilifying the messenger.

The key indicator that organizations have come of age is when steps
are taken to permit open dialogue on the issue with people of color.
BTW: When asked if one Black Family after 49 years is an issue
of concern, some Sikh Dharma ministers agreed. But when asked
why the issue is never discussed, they were unable to answer.
Discourse 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 race, religion, and gender?"




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."

        
  
            

PROSELYTIZE: To induce someone to convert to one's religious faith. See Example.

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."
Racism as an attitude begins as tribalism.
Both attitudes are fast becoming irrelevant.

"You're the color of poop."

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


Prior to his assassination, the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover sent
MLK this letter, attempting to blackmail him into committing suicide.

Muhammad Ali on Race and Religion 

Muhammad Ali on Racism in America 

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

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.

SELF-MASTERY: The power to control one's actions, impulses, or emotions proposed. See Kundalini Yoga By Yogi Bhajan.

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 An African American Critiques 3HO History. See Sikhs and Gender Equality. See Sensitivity Motion pdf. See Proposal.

SERVICE OR SEVA: Those human actions, which contribute to the well-being of others, i.e., anything done to lighten somebody's load.

“In any form, shape, or projection, if you can elevate a person’s
consciousness, his spirit, his self, his environments, his life, then it is seva.
You are here to serve, here to lift, here to grace, here to give hope and action,
to give the very deep love of your soul to all those who are in need.” Yogi Bhajan

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

SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Unsolicited advances (typically of women by men) in a workplace, or other professional or social situation, involving the making of unwanted sexual advances or obscene remarks.


An unsolicited advance

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. Also see Bunker Mentality.

"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, sexual 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 tribalist, 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'.

Tribalism, for those who dare.

*TRIBALISM: The social tendency to live in loyalty to a tribe, social group, club, clan 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 tribe. Religious organizations are particularly prone to tribalism. The Shiite vs Sunni of Islam, and the Baptized vs Non-baptized of Sikhism are just two examples. See Notes.

BTW: Discourse on these subjects is not meant to stir up feelings of guilt. It is meant to drive people to action against injustice. Question: Are we mature enough to sit down and discuss issues to do with tribalism, racereligion, and gender?

"Guru Nanak, reflecting on the wide spread suffering in 15th century India,
fearlessly declared that the one God of us all, looks beyond the supposed
superiority of birth or tribe; that we all belong to the same one human family
of equals; that each person deserves the same rights. God, he taught, has
no interest in religious or other labels, but in what we do in service to humanity.
The world of sport may at times be fractious and has its share of issues, but in
the world of sport generally, there is genuine respect for different teams, as well
as for members of different faiths within teams. The world of sport readily accepts
what is called: the ‘dignity of difference’, and has a lot to teach the world of politics."

MySense


Hari Singh BIrd Khalsa

Sat Nam! My experience is whenever the subject of tribalism comes up in conversation many people, especially Sikhs, relate to it as if tribalism is a four-letter word. 'Tribalism' often evokes a negative response, a psychological reaction, an emotional squirming, if you will. If you are one of these folks, I challenge you to watch this video, to look within, and to come face to face with your sensibilities.

 

Also see One Is The Answer. What Is The Question? See SikhTribes.com. See 'Tribes' The Movie. See The way out of tribal thinking. See PartnersNotParents.com. Hear How Tribalism Is Destroying American Democracy.

MySense


John R. Boyd
See Boyd's OODA Loop.

The Alienation of Tribal Members

Studies of human behavior reveal that the actions we undertake as individuals are closely related to survival, more importantly, survival on our own terms. Naturally, such a notion implies that we should be able to act relatively free or independent of any debilitating external influences—otherwise that very survival might be in jeopardy. In viewing the instinct for survival in this manner we imply that a basic aim or goal, as individuals, is to improve our capacity for independent action.

The degree to which we cooperate, or compete, with others is driven by the need to satisfy this basic goal. If we believe that it is not possible to satisfy it alone, without help from others, history shows us that we will agree to constraints upon our independent action—in order to collectively pool skills and talents in the form of nations, corporations, labor unions, mafias (tribes), etc.—so that obstacles standing in the way of the basic goal can either be removed or overcome.

On the other hand, if the group (tribe) cannot or does not attempt to overcome obstacles deemed important to many (or possibly any) of its individual members, the group must risk losing these alienated members. Under these circumstances, the alienated members may dissolve their relationship and remain independent, form a group of their own, or join another collective body in order to improve their capacity for independent action. More.

The way out of Tribal Thinking.
What is Tribalism?

"Man’s greatest achievements have come about by talking,
and the greatest failures by not talking." Stephen Hawking

"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


Christianity, Islam, and Judaism are tribalists in their practices, but they are
not alone as evidenced by what's happening in this, the depths of Kali Yuga.

See 4 Reasons For Ongoing Conflict Between Shia And Sunni. See A Classic Case of Tribalism. See Nationalism. See Hierarchy. See Racism. See Tribalism, For Those Who Dare. See Why Tribalism Is Such A Bad Idea. See One Is The Answer. See Gurdwara Watchdogs. See Life According To Bishop Desmond Tutu.

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 for which every human being yearns. It is the core issue underlying the strife that afflicts and affects 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 (tribe) 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

.) 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 the tendency to use this discretionary ability 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.

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

.) Open dialogue between conflicted parties is the only pathway to resolution. Discourse 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 race, religion, and gender?

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

ACT FOR DIVERSITY

We gladly accept all, and we shall exclude none, for after all,
we are the same - we are all One.
Guru Gobind Singh

"The temple and the mosque are the same, there is no difference between Hindu worship and Muslim prayer; all human beings are really the same; their differences are illusory.

The Gods, Demons, Yakshas, Gandharvas, Turks and Hindus; come from different countries and seem different because of their garb.

However, their eyes are the same, their ears the same, their bodies are the same and their habits are the same; after all, they are all an admixture of the elements; earth, air, fire and water.

The Allah of Muslims and The Abhekh of Hindus are the same, the Puranas of the Hindus and the holy Quran of the Muslims are the same; all have the same beautiful form and have been created by the One Lord." Guru Gobind Singh from Dehra Masit Soee

Below are rare photos. Each depicts Diversity
of Gender, Religion, Race, Age, and Color
in the spirit of Guru Gobind Singh Ji.

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.


Tribalism withIn 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. See Gurdwara Watchdogs.

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. See Duality 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.

Curtailing the exercise of passion over principle including the practice
of 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

TROLL: To antagonize (others) online by deliberately posting inflammatory, irrelevant, or offensive comments or other disruptive content.

TRUMPIAN: The bombast, egotism, and lies, or anti-establishment, authoritarian, bigoted ideologies that some associate with the language, conduct, and viewpoints of President Donald Trump.

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

TURBANATORS: Sikh men and women who are dedicated to the termination of injustice including bigotry, tribalism, racism, and misogyny, who live by the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev, and who fearlessly wear a turban as directed by Guru Gobind Singh are called turbanators. See Turbanators.com for more.

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.

WARRIOR: Anyone who fights the good fight, whether in war, politics, or on the job. WIMP: Anyone who fails to do or complete something as a result of fear or lack of confidence. See Women: Worriors or Wimps.

WHITE EYES: Those persons, whether Caucasian, i.e., white skinned, or even people of color, who are culturally illiterate, who have not endured the life experience nor hardships of being marginalized; who exist in a culturally phobic bubble; who benefit from social privileges; who marginalize or 'otherize' people of different racial and cultural backgrounds; who transform their greed into gallant heroism; invasion of lands into adventure; displacement of natives into saving the savages; theft and self-enrichment into ingenuity; and who dwell in a perpetual state of fluffy 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 eyes, exist.

"You have to use your privilege to serve other people." -- Me Too founder, Tarana Burke

Greetings, Names, and Titles
See Dictionary of Sikh Names.

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 LeftOfMaya.com.

See You Don't Exist. See OneIsTheAnswerWhatIsTheQuestion.com. 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. See OneIsTheAnswer.com.

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. 'Har' is the primal name/sound of the Creator. 'I' is the active 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. *See Example.

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.

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

Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa - Wahe 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.

See Definitions. See Sikh Definitions. See Glossary of Sikh Terms. See Sikh Minister Requirements. See Sikh Dharma Training Manual 1980. See Greetings, Names and Titles. See Siri Guru Granth Sahib Protocol. See Sikh Wedding And Gurdwara Protocols. See Sikh Dharma Ministerial Manual. See The Rising Spirit Lecture of 11/19/1989. See SikhsShine.com. See TheMahanTantric.com. 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'?



 

See MySikhSense.com.

Pages And Points To Ponder

                                          

                                 

Why Don't Sikh Women Tie Turban? 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 An African American Critiques 3HO History.

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?
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