Happy Holidays, Everybody!
Sat Nam. As we enter the annual “Holiday” season let’s put everything in perspective.
Although Jesus was born over 2000 years ago, Christianity as we know it today is about 1700 years old!
Islam's Hazrat Mohammed was born about 1450 years ago, but Sunni and Shi’a split Islam after he passed. Judaism is about 3500 years old. African religious practice is diverse as there are so many cultures within the Continent, ancient practices, which date back 10,000 years!
Sikhi (Sikh Dharma) was born in 1499, Siri Guru Nanak Dev began to Teach his message of One Divine Source. He was born in 1469. 200 years later the last of human Gurus of the Sikh Path, Siri Guru Gobind Singh was born - he created the form all Sikh men and women have today in 1699 - Siri Guru Granth Sahib was installed as Shabd Guru in 1708. This makes Sikhi the youngest World Faith.
The Season, which takes place at this time of year is known as the Winter Solstice, December 21, as long as humans have been on Earth in all cultures, this period is a Sacred focus - So no matter one's faith, or no-faith - celebrate with lights, joy, and gratitude! Reach beyond tribal beliefs and realize we all have purpose and we all seek happiness. Bless all and honor all!
Sat Nam. So I'm speaking with a woman in her early 60's at Whole Foods as I leave to go home. She had a "Bernie 2016" sticker on her car. I asked her if she was at the "Bernie" rally last Sunday. She said no, she didn't do well in crowds. We spoke of how Bernie and all of us could make a real difference.
I said, yes we need a "Socialist Democrat" now! She took offense on using the "Socialist" word when describing Bernie's views on Democracy. So this is what I said: Socialism is not a dirty word. As a human being, I get social. I get, "Commons".
Then I said, FDR was a "Socialist Democrat" and we needed him 80 years ago to lead us out of the Great Depression.
Did he not give us "Social Security"? "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" is Socialism. I didn't go further with her because she was so adamant.
We have socialism in the USA, not Communism, which is State enforced. That means militaristic, autocratic, dictatorial. Socialism comes from "We the People". Roads, Interstate highways, streets, bridges, libraries, public education, K-12, colleges and universities, police, fire departments, Social Security, Medicare for the elderly, the National Mall in DC, the Smithsonian, all the monuments, all the National Parks except for the ones we pay to get in (after '62 it costs you $10 for LIFE), protected beaches and lands, rivers, streams, waterfalls, mountains, Welfare/Food stamps for the needy, and so much more I'm not listing - this is Socialism! WE need to reclaim and protect these.
This is why I am supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders from that fiercely Independent Yankee state of Vermont. He has heart and passion and he cares deeply for this Nation. GO Bernie - Let's feel the Bern! --
Sat Nam. I took a photo yesterday on a U.S. Sub birthed here in Portland, OR. On the bow is the Navy Jack from the Revolutionary War. On the stern is the U.S. Stars and Stripes. Guess what the Navy Jack says? It's a white banner with red stripes and a Rattlesnake on it with the words: "Don't Tread on Me".
Do you know what that means? First the rattlesnake is indigenous to North America and never invades another's territory. It fiercely defends its own territory. The Colonies (States) were not afraid of a government established (with a Bill of Rights) to govern.
They knew a Democratic Republic, represented government where WE THE PEOPLE ruled, was a good idea. Yes, a good idea, if WE the People VOTE, and engage in public service.
Isn't this why Ben Franklin created the first Public Library in Boston? Or decided to create the U.S. Mail? The coiled Rattlesnake on the SC, Gadsden Flag and the snake on the Navy Jack (flown from U.S. Military vessels) state today, as they did 239 years ago, WE will DEFEND our land, our homes, our Nation from any invaders. Learn the history. Ask Professor Urwin. I'll post the photo in case you need a visual.
The Second Amendment was not about being afraid (in the future) for the citizenry if the experiment lasted. It is about something we still are dealing with and have to end. I own firearms. I don't hunt. I fired more firearms in the summer of 1968 at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX, then all the years since. I've reenacted Civil War (5th New York Duryee Zouaves) for 12 years, so I even fired an 1861 Springfield musket. Watch this.
Registration of any owned firearms along with firearms safety training is required, no matter the use. Enforcing laws so that individuals who have mental challenges cannot purchase and use a deadly weapon is critical. We are a gun culture and have been since the expansion of the West after the Civil War.
So I'm sticking with Professor Bogus' theory and I am happy my dear and respected friend Professor Urwin has spoken. He's a good man. I know this is hard to digest for we White men and women, but It's something that I'd like to see you prove me wrong.
Consider the "White Militia" in Ferguson, MO (Oath Keepers). Looks like a time in our past - Keep the Darkies controlled. The Police of Ferguson are communists and can't handle our problem! Yep, Slave Patrols!
By God's Grace
Sat Nam. Okay, yes, Abraham Lincoln did say we would never be taken over by a foreign power and if it be our demise, we would destroy ourselves but he was speaking of us, WE THE PEOPLE! A government running towards Oligarchy, corporate Fascism, is the fault of WE THE PEOPLE, not a disjointed entity we call the Federal Government. So, you sir and he, are WRONG! You expect the government to do your bidding but you care very little about your land, your neighbors who look different, who worship differently, who dress differently. If we don't engage the process of Democracy, it fails! Ben Franklin, answering a citizen regarding the U.S. Constitution, "A Republic madam, if you can keep it!" There are no Saviors. Let's save OURSELVES!
So, I care, do you? VOTE, encourage others to VOTE. Money and power cannot stand against WE THE PEOPLE! Consider the New Englanders and Virginians standing against Tyranny.
By the way our Federal government invaded Canada in 1812 to get more land. This is not a Democracy. The Brits and the French weren't too happy, so the Brits on one hand came back and we fought a war. Francis Scott Key wrote his poem. Washington was burned.
The French, on the other hand, as in the Colonial War for Independence, helped our fledgling Democracy.
WE invaded Mexico in 1847. WE invaded Indian land, forever. WE invaded Iraq. WE are getting as bad as Britain, but WE THE PEOPLE can stop it! VOTE! And if you see that as futile, then yes, WE THE PEOPLE can allow the Federal Government to become something The FOUNDERS never intended. WE THE PEOPLE create by apathy and non-engagement a Frankenstein's monster. Another British-clone colonial power with free labor everywhere, financed by the AMER-INDIAN company. --
In 2007, the SALDEF annual banquet was held in Washington DC. The President of Das Mes Darbar Gurdwara in Salem, Oregon, and I flew there and spent four days. The highlight for me was the Sikh-American community honoring the President of the NAACP, Julian Bond. I was fortunate to meet him and his wife, Pamela. To meet this man who I'd admire since I was a teen in 1968 was, for me, a blessing.
Over this past weekend Julian Bond, a brave Civil Rights leader and man of the people passed from our human eyes to return HOME. Julian Bond, January 14, 1940 - August 15, 2015, job well done. --
Sat Nam. Adam equals the Soul. Eve equals the Physical. Satan equals the Mind.
Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Bisexual, heterosexual are all physical creations of the Creator. All are valid and perfect. Stop being tricked by your mind. Your Soul speaks the language of Love!
Wake up! --
Dancing to Gurbani
September 14, 2015
Sat Nam. Today I went into a new Natural Food store in Portland. I heard a gentleman say, "Sat Siri Akal," when I walked in. His name is Ajai. I asked him if he is a Sikh. He said his father is a Sikh who retired as a Colonel from the Indian Army after serving in the Sikh Regiment. He said his father is from Pakistan (Western Punjab) and wears a Daastar. His mother is a Hindu.
He then asked me if I had seen the Western born Sikhs (White Sikhs) dancing to Gurbani on the Internet. I let him know I was fully aware of this and the ramifications as Sikhs worldwide are trying to figure out what happened to this Khalsa Identity that Siri Singh Sahib Ji, aka Yogi Bhajan began in 1969?
Ajai was pleased that this issue is being addressed. I assured him this behavior is done by those of us who I view as "illiterate" and unaware of our missteps within the culture of Sikhi.
There are those who don't agree. I get that. But here's the deal. If we wear the Daastar, Kara and Kirpan, Kanga, Kesh, and Kachara of Guru Gobind Singh, and we claim to be Khalsa, Khalsa does not disrespect the Guru's Bani. (See Sikh Rehat Maryada. See Sikh Glossary.)
My daughter was born a Sikh. She is Amritdhari. She also, as many of you know, teaches Bhangra. She performs Bhangra in many settings. She has danced for charity at the University of Oregon several times. She would never dance Bhangra to Gurbani or in a Gurdwara Darbar or where the Guru is present in Prakash. I know my daughter's heart and she knows the Siri Singh Sahib's heart.
So unless you want to just go out on your own and begin some "cult of Yogi Bhajan" or another Sect of Sikhi, let's have a discussion. We have a responsibility just as any other immigrants to educate ourselves.
People all over the world are watching. --
The Biblical Evidence on Same-sex Relationships
Sat Nam. This text is an excerpt from "The Children Are Free: Reexamining the Biblical Evidence on Same-sex Relationships". It’s available from Amazon.com and directly from the publisher. Listen to Sermon.
Discussion: See Matthew 19:10-12.
From our days in Sunday school, many of us are familiar with the Gospel story where Jesus healed the servant of a Roman centurion. This story is recorded in Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10. In Matthew, we are told that the centurion came to Jesus to plead for the healing of his servant. Jesus said he was willing to come to the centurion’s house, but the centurion said there was no need for Jesus to do so -- he believed that if Jesus simply spoke the word, his servant would be healed. Marveling at the man’s faith, Jesus pronounced the servant healed. Luke tells a similar story.
Just another miracle story, right? Not on your life!
Note 18. K.J. Dover, Greek Homosexuality (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1978), page 16; Bernard Sergent, Homosexuality in Greek Myth (Beacon Press, Boston, 1986), page 10.
In the original language, the importance of this story for gay, lesbian, and bisexual Christians is much clearer. The Greek word used in Matthew’s account to refer to the servant of the centurion is pais. In the language of the time, pais had three possible meanings depending upon the context in which it was used. It could mean “son or boy;” it could mean “servant,” or it could mean a particular type of servant -- one who was “his master’s male lover.” (See note 18.) Often these lovers were younger than their masters, even teenagers.
To our modern minds, the idea of buying a teen lover seems repugnant. But we have to place this in the context of ancient cultural norms. In ancient times, commercial transactions were the predominant means of forming relationships. Under the law, the wife was viewed as the property of the husband, with a status just above that of slave. Moreover, in Jesus’ day, a boy or girl was considered of marriageable age upon reaching his or her early teens. It was not uncommon for boys and girls to marry at age 14 or 15. (See note 19.) Nor was it uncommon for an older man to marry a young girl. Fortunately civilization has advanced, but these were the norms in the culture of Jesus’ day.
In that culture, if you were a gay man who wanted a male “spouse,” you achieved this, like your heterosexual counterparts, through a commercial transaction -- purchasing someone to serve that purpose. A servant purchased to serve this purpose was often called a pais.
The word boy in English offers a rough comparison. Like pais, the word boy can be used to refer to a male child. But in the slave South in the nineteenth century, boy was also often used to refer to male slaves. The term boy can also be used as a term of endearment. For example, Jeff’s father often refers to his mother as “his girl.” He doesn’t mean that she is a child, but rather that she is his “special one.” The term boy can be used in the same way, as in “my boy” or “my beau.” In ancient Greek, pais had a similar range of meanings.
Thus, when this term was used, the listener had to consider the context of the statement to determine which meaning was intended. Some modern Christians may be tempted to simply declare by fiat that the Gospels could not possibly have used the term pais in the sense of male lover, end of discussion. But that would be yielding to prejudice. We must let the word of God speak for itself, even if it leads us to an uncomfortable destination.
*Note 19. Mercer Dictionary of the Bible (Mercer University Press, Macon, 1994), page 554.
Sat Nam. I just saw a photo of a turbaned lady sitting in front of and with her back to the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. She appears to be disrespectful of Sikhi protocol. But did anyone ever teach her the proper protocol for any person who enters the Darbar of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib? Did anyone let her know that Guru Sahib is NOT just a holy book (Koran/Bible)? Did anyone ever teach her or have other immigrants to this Dharma been taught that our Guru is a Living Guru? See Rehat Maryada, the Sikh code of conduct and conventions. See Sikh Glossary.
When Snatam Kaur performs in a church, or auditorium and plays music with excerpts from Peace Lagoon, her musicians cover their heads. Had she performed with Gurumukh Kaur and people danced while Gurumukh Kaur taught her form of Kundalini Yoga, and Snatam Kaur had accompanied her with Siri Guru Granth Sahib present in Prakash, i.e., the ceremony whereby the Siri Guru Granth Sahib is formally opened, this would not be acceptable.
The chanting of sadhana mantras is not a concert. What has happened to us? Have we forgotten what our teacher taught us? Did we forget what the Bhai Sahiba (Bibiji) taught us?
A reason I left my previous 3HO ashram was the president and the 3HO director of the training center had NO respect for the Siri Guru Granth Sahib.
They told me that Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training was to be taught in the Court of the Guru. On another occasion, Guru Gobind Singh's gurpurb (birthday), they canceled a Siri Akhand Path and informed me after the fact. Ego was rampant amongst many early 3HO directors. Most of them have since left the Path.
"It is incumbent on those who know to teach those who do not know. It is likewise
So, dance to your heart's content after White Tantra Yoga, or after your classes. But in the Court of the Guru, sit and meditate, sit behind the Guru Sahib, sit with others in Guru's Langar. Before you enter, remove your socks and shoes, wash your feet and hands, cover your head, and enter respectfully with reverence, and bow your head. When leaving, bow, and walk backwards. It's the least you can do for your Guru Sahib.
If at this point in your life, this makes no sense and you think it is meaningless ritual, then fine, thank you, God bless you. You may come anytime, but in Guru's home, we sit and pray, meditate on the Holy Naam and receive the Darshan of the Shabd Guru.
As for the Sufis and their tradition of dance, Bhai Mardarna was a Sufi, and Sheik Farid was a Sufi, Mian Mur was a Sufi and he laid a cornerstone for his Guru Sahib (Guru Arjun) over 400 years ago in Amritsar. Dance, but dance in your heart, not in your head! --
The Marketing of Kundalini Yoga
Sat Nam. An unspoken, even subconscious racial discrimination exists within the ranks of today's Kundalini Yoga Teachers.
Think back to when the only yogic practice, Transcendental Meditation, TM, was marketed around the world, mostly to the wealthy White culture in Britain and the U.S. in the 1960's. You had to pay $108 to receive an exclusive mantra, and the Teachers were all certified. That was over 50 years ago.
In contrast, Kundalini Yoga was taught for NO FEE, by Yogi Bhajan. A free will offering or a simple gift was acceptable. Teachers were mostly Sikhs who practiced daily Sadhana. There were no exclusive Yoga studios. Yogiji taught teachers to work at their business or job first, then teach Kundalini Yoga!
This is because when you make Kundalini Yoga your business and you are dependent on it for your livelihood, you tend not to teach as taught by Yogi Bhajan. You make the technology a profit-driven enterprise and your primary market is mostly prosperous communities, i.e., mostly White, upper middle-class. This may not be apparent to the teacher, but it does not go unnoticed by those who are marginalized, i.e., African Americans, Hispanics and other minorities. They perceive a 'you're not welcome' atmosphere.
In the beginning Krishna Kaur of Los Angeles took Kundalini Yoga to those who needed the teachings the most. She taught anyone regardless of color, but her main students today except for those in Africa and the Caribbean islands, and LA, are mostly upper class White people of privilege.
Are you aware that there is ONLY one all Black family in the 3HO/Sikh Dharma family after 46 years? Why do you think this is? If you teach or have taught Kundalini Yoga in the past 46 years, do you teach in diverse neighborhoods? Is Kundalini Yoga your only source of income? To whom is your marketing really aimed?
My observation is when you teach only those who can afford your fee, you attract mostly wealthy White people. You don't reach many urban or minority students.
What has developed over the years, especially since Yogi Bhajan passed, is the use of his name for marketing the technology with the target audience being mostly Whites! I suggest that the most financially successful "CERTIFIED" Kundalini Yoga teachers today have no Sadhana practice, no commitment to minority outreach, no awareness of their discriminatory mindset, and no awareness of their failure to attract marginalized minorities who can't afford their classes and/or are disenfranchised by the absence of diversity. As a result, these teachers continue teaching in a "BLISSFUL BUBBLE" of DENIAL! See What Diversity Is. See What Diversity Is Not. --
Who says this is a Christian nation?
The USA is NOT a Christian nation! It's a nation that was stolen by White privileged class 'Christians', not by true Christians!
There is a difference. The former is live a life of "entitlement", the latter are grateful to God and live the virtues of Christ-consciousness!
The 2nd Amendment is not about the "right to bare arms". It's about establishing a "well regulated militia", i.e., our U.S. Military, and Police.
Violent films don't make people kill people. Japan, France, Denmark have more violently graphic films on their TVs then we do by far, and they don't have "mass shootings" every day of the year!
'Right to Life' is code talk for controlling women! If Evangelicals and even worse, fundaMENTAList Christians believed so strongly in the "Right to Life", that love would have united the Nation after the Sandy Hook massacre two years ago, December 14th, to pass laws limiting gun ownership with UNIVERSAL background checks, closing gun show loopholes, and so forth. If "Right to Lifers" are for real, why are they not sickened by what happened to 20 elementary children? 'Right to Life' is not about abortion, its about male domination of women, pure and simple!
This historically European continent was established with that mindset. It's part of the European White man's DNA. This nation is an offspring of that cultural mindset. It has spread to other nations over 250 years of colonization. Now, all the world is infected with "male" insecurity and the fear of women!
Women are far more durable, far more intelligent, far more committed to Creation than men. Woman is W-O-MAN! Double U-Oh-Man!
Slavery, male dominance, war, control, all stem from the insecurity men feel towards the female gender. It's why many men fear homosexual men and women. See Sikhism and Homosexuality.
So, if we are to be a Christian country - we must act like Christ. Otherwise let's not speak lies and revisionist history.
The truth is we are Spiritual Beings, here on Planet Earth, for a Human experience. It's time to remember who we are. It's time! --
I agree that it's Destiny that draws a "Soul" to the "Lotus Feet" of the Shabd Guru. It's also karma, which brings each of us to the presence of our beloved Teacher (Siri Singh Sahib aka Yogi Bhajan). It is Dharma, which allows our Soul to continue, even without him physically with us.
Once an African descendent or a person of Hispanic origin is drawn to the Guru and/or the Siri Singh Sahib's teachings, i.e., the Kundalini Yoga/3HO lifestyle, they experience is a predominately "WHITE" community of so-called "Yogis", individuals calling themselves Sikhs?
How do they relate? Do they see themselves as valued or included?
This is about and experience of the Soul and its longing for the Naam. How many people of color show up in New Mexico on Peace Prayer Day or even to do White Tantra Yoga?
Karma is created by neurosis and deep rooted fear of the Other, which unbeknown to many "White eyes" on this path comes out in subtle behavior. This has repelled many African-Americans especially, from 3HO/Sikh Dharma.
I've been around and within this spiritual community for over 45 years. I lived in Ashrams from 1972-2005 - 99% White!
My closest trusted friend [was] Dharam Singh in Millis, an African American. I've seen his challenges there and within some 3HO, especially at Ram Das Puri in Espanola.
Now, recently in the larger macrocosm of politics, the U.S. Supreme Court is flirting with shutting down "Affirmative Action". The same lawyer who is brings these cases to this conservative leaning court, brought "Citizens United" and this week, in addition to a University of Texas oral argument to strike down "Affirmative" ACTION, is also proposing redistricting in States, eliminating everyone except those eligible to VOTE!
Listen and read the comments (opinion) by Scalia - they are pure Bigotry! Chief Justice Roberts, originally a lawyer in the Reagan Administration, leans towards, "We don't need these 'race' based laws because we (the Nation) are beyond that now." I am paraphrasing his sentiments, but the idea is don't focus on race and everything will be okay.
My response is "BLACK LIVES" matter! (Native People's Lives Matter - look at new PM Trudeau statements you sent out)! Latinos lives matter!
Sensitivity Summit is no more than a gathering of conscious human beings, Sikhs, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Jains, Native religions, even Humanists or Atheists to dialog on what their experiences are in a changing world.
It's the reason Colleges and Universtities have Affirmative Action. It exposes otherwise cloistered individuals and their Tribal experience to Universal experience.
When a Black child sees other Black children at Harvard Business or Law school, they see themselves with a chance. Case in Point: POTUS - Barrack Hussein Obama!
When a Sikh children see teachers wearing head coverings (Hijab or Turban) they experience a sense of inclusion. The same is true for a Muslim child.
Whites, like Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and the like are the mouthpiece for going back to the White world of the pre-1960's and Leave it to Beaver, Father Knows Best, Rawhide, Have Gun-Will Travel, Gunsmoke!
Look at the Khalsa Council. Where are the "Colored eyes"? You'll see only two, MSS Krishna Kaur Khalsa and SS Gurujodha Singh Khalsa. Look at our overall demographics.
How many Sikhs are we? 500, 5,000 or 50,000,000? Our Teacher, Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib, is not just a spiritual Teacher to the Sikh Dharma community of New Mexico, Herndon, or Los Angeles. We are Sikhs of the Guru, not just an all-White, Caucasian religious community pretending to be Sikhs. --
Why do people become Islamic Extremists?
To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney - From: Tomas Young
I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq.
I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives. I am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care.
I write this letter on behalf of husbands and wives who have lost spouses, on behalf of children who have lost a parent, on behalf of the fathers and mothers who have lost sons and daughters and on behalf of those who care for the many thousands of my fellow veterans who have brain injuries.
I write this letter on behalf of those veterans whose trauma and self-revulsion for what they have witnessed, endured and done in Iraq have led to suicide and on behalf of the active-duty soldiers and Marines who commit, on average, a suicide a day.
I write this letter on behalf of the some 1 million Iraqi dead and on behalf of the countless Iraqi wounded.
I write this letter on behalf of us all—the human detritus your war has left behind, those who will spend their lives in unending pain and grief.
I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.
Your positions of authority, your millions of dollars of personal wealth, your public relations consultants, your privilege and your power cannot mask the hollowness of your character. You sent us to fight and die in Iraq after you, Mr. Cheney, dodged the draft in Vietnam, and you, Mr. Bush, went AWOL from your National Guard unit. Your cowardice and selfishness were established decades ago. You were not willing to risk yourselves for our nation but you sent hundreds of thousands of young men and women to be sacrificed in a senseless war with no more thought than it takes to put out the garbage. I joined the Army two days after the 9/11 attacks.
I joined the Army because our country had been attacked. I wanted to strike back at those who had killed some 3,000 of my fellow citizens. I did not join the Army to go to Iraq, a country that had no part in the September 2001 attacks and did not pose a threat to its neighbors, much less to the United States. I did not join the Army to “liberate” Iraqis or to shut down mythical weapons-of-mass-destruction facilities or to implant what you cynically called “democracy” in Baghdad and the Middle East. I did not join the Army to rebuild Iraq, which at the time you told us could be paid for by Iraq’s oil revenues. Instead, this war has cost the United States over $3 trillion. (See What A Trillion Dollars Looks Like.)
I especially did not join the Army to carry out pre-emptive war. Pre-emptive war is illegal under international law. And as a soldier in Iraq I was, I now know, abetting your idiocy and your crimes. The Iraq War is the largest strategic blunder in U.S. history. It obliterated the balance of power in the Middle East. It installed a corrupt and brutal pro-Iranian government in Baghdad, one cemented in power through the use of torture, death squads and terror. And it has left Iran as the dominant force in the region. On every level—moral, strategic, military and economic—Iraq was a failure. And it was you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, who started this war. It is you who should pay the consequences.
I would not be writing this letter if I had been wounded fighting in Afghanistan against those forces that carried out the attacks of 9/11. Had I been wounded there I would still be miserable because of my physical deterioration and imminent death, but I would at least have the comfort of knowing that my injuries were a consequence of my own decision to defend the country I love.
I would not have to lie in my bed, my body filled with painkillers, my life ebbing away, and deal with the fact that hundreds of thousands of human beings, including children, including myself, were sacrificed by you for little more than the greed of oil companies, for your alliance with the oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia, and your insane visions of empire. I have, like many other disabled veterans, suffered from the inadequate and often inept care provided by the Veterans Administration.
I have, like many other disabled veterans, come to realize that our mental and physical wounds are of no interest to you, perhaps of no interest to any politician. We were used. We were betrayed. And we have been abandoned. You, Mr. Bush, make much pretense of being a Christian. But isn’t lying a sin? Isn’t murder a sin? Aren’t theft and selfish ambition sins? I am not a Christian. But I believe in the Christian ideal. I believe that what you do to the least of your brothers you finally do to yourself, to your own soul.
My day of reckoning is upon me. Yours will come. I hope you will be put on trial. But mostly I hope, for your sakes, that you find the moral courage to face what you have done to me and to many, many others who deserved to live. I hope that before your time on earth ends, as mine is now ending, you will find the strength of character to stand before the American public and the world, and in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness.
Tomas Young -- Source.
Sat Nam! Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Dharma,
I have been saddened to learn that false rumors have been circulating about Adhoc Committee Thirteen, and our Deg Tegh Fateh Yatra. There have been claims that we are acting as "rebels"; that ACT works to oppose Sikh Dharma; and that ACT is not supportive of the teachings of the Siri Singh Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji. These are absolutely false claims about which the following points aim to clarify.
. As an Amritdhari Sikh, a Minister of Sikh Dharma, and a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, I am absolutely supportive of Sikh Dharma, and I have lived as a Sikh for 45 years.
. Fellow ACT members are: Mukhia Singh Sahib Hari Singh (Bird) Khalsa, Singh Sahib Satpal Singh Khalsa, Sardarni Sahiba Simran Kaur Khalsa, Sardarni Preet Kaur Khalsa, and Singh Sahib SatHanuman Singh Khalsa. Each of us is a Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher.
. Each ACT member has studied with the Siri Singh Sahib in the years between 1970 and 2004.
. Each and every ACT member is associated with and supportive of Sikh Dharma International, SDI, the Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization, 3HO, the Kundalini Research Institute, KRI, and related organizations. ACT has never, in any way, spoken or taken any action against our teacher the Siri Singh Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji (Yogi Bhajan), nor against the teachings of Siri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the ten Gurus, nor against any of the organizations mentioned above. See our Mission Statement.
. ACT remains hopeful that by Guru's grace we can join together with the above-mentioned organizations to serve the mission of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and the mission of the Siri Singh Sahib Ji, and to teach the technology of Kundalini Yoga to Sikh brothers, sisters, and others throughout India and the world.
Sat Nam! My prayer is that every peace and freedom loving American will call upon the spirits of our forebears to assist and support us now, more than at anytime in our nation's past.
Let us call upon Alexander Hamilton; George Washington; Thomas Jefferson; John Adams; Abigail Adams; Martha Washington; Sally Hemings; Abraham Lincoln; Mary Todd Lincoln; Ulysses S. Grant. Let us even call upon the Rev. Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson.* Let us call for their guidance, now.
Let us call on the women of the Suffrage Movement who sacrificed their lives for human liberty!
Let us call on Guru Ram Das and the Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa to guide our Nation from all darkness, hate, fear, violence and bigotry.
*BTW: Anne Hutchinson, a midwife with 11 children was banished from Boston Colony in 1638 for preaching sermons in her home. She was tried and convicted on Old South Congregational Church in Boston and exiled. She founded Newport. She and Rev. Williams cofounded Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
As Anne was led out of the hearing, her best friend, Mary Dyer, stood in solidarity, the only member of that colony attending to do so. A few years later, Mary became a Quaker and she was the first woman to be hung in America, standing for Religious Freedom.
Also, Ted Danson, the actor and activist is a direct descendant of Anne Hutchinson. Steve Colbert, the comedian and late night show host is a direct descendant of Mary Dyer. Both Colbert and Danson are sixth cousins by their DNA.
POINTS TO PONDER
a woman, man is born.
I challenge you to recognize what the world scoffs at, that
beauty of woman is not in her makeup, her fashion,
a woman, you must never exploit or live in any kind
All you have taught your children is, "Get 'A' grades and become
children, not dependent children.
woman on this planet who values herself as a
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Pages And Points To Ponder
See SensitivitySummit.com. See Desmond Tutu's Plea To Israel.