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Saturday, June 20, 2009

What is freedom?

What is freedom?
Is it freedom from bondage?
Remember how "hate" is binding. Whenever someone mentions about that class mate, office mate, the parent or the ex, your blood pressure goes up, anger grips you and you go into imaginary violence.
You wish that person disappears.

Who is your real enemy? It is yourselves.

That other person is not infront of you,
nor is he or she standing with a sword,
gun or a bat to knock you down.
It is all in your own mind and
you are really bonded to that person.

How do you un-bond and get freedom?

1) You have to have a strong desire to be free
2) Your quest is solely freedom
3) Forgive the other person in your own mind and heart
4) Ask for forgiveness If you were partly responsible
5) Share the feelings with a close friend
6) Seek God's blessing if you are a theist
7) Figure out a strategy if you were to encounter him or her
8) If that person is capable of harming you, figure out a strategy.
9) Be inclined to mitigate conflicts and nurture goodwill.

When it come to your negative bonding with a group...
More tomorrow.

All you have to do is consciously drop bias, malice and streotyping towards others, and then you light the same flame in other hearts. There is so much joy in life to be had. May you be blessed with Moksha, Mukti, Nijaat, Salvation, Nirvana and freedom.

Mike Ghouse is a Speaker, Thinker, Writer, Moderator and a Blogger on Pluralism, Interfaith, civil societies, Terrorism, Peace, Islam, and India. His comments, news analysis and columns can be found on the Websites and Blogs listed at his personal website www.MikeGhouse.net . Mike is a conflict mitigator and a goodwill nurturer. The theme is consistent in his speeches, writings and workshops he conducts.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Conservatives V Neocons

Conservatives want a strong national defense to keep our nation safe, where as the Neocons want a strong national defense with the intention of threatening others. Neocons end up messing the life for every one. They are the extemists found in every faith label.

** Neocons are the extremists wearing different religious labels and believe that they have an exclusive right to exist, they believe peace comes to them by eliminating those who differ from from them.


Monday, June 1, 2009

Placing the blame

As members of the civil society, we have to find solutions for co-existence, it is not easy but our goals should be focused on it rather than get diverted to other issues.

We must continue to identify the sources of hate and conflict and figure out solutions. Almost always it is the individuals whose words prompt action, wars, and destruction of others they don’t like.

Clarity is a must in finding solutions; these individuals are responsible for prompting conflicts, and certainly not their race, ethnicity, religion or nationality. Let’s place the responsibility where it belong and not their periphery.

If there are a 1000 murders, 5000 traffic violation tickets in San Francisco;

it not the law books that are wrong, the violators, criminals and the 99.9/10th of good citizens follow the same law books,

it is not San Franciscans who are criminals,

it is not even our constitution that is wrong.

It is the individuals.

Blaming the wrong party has never produced justice in history and there is no reason it will now. We have to blame the wrong doers and haul their ass in to jails, then justice can be served.