“The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. It may look paradoxical to you, but it is not. It is an existential truth: only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core of the other person - without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, without reducing the other to a thing, and without becoming addicted to the other. They allow the other absolute freedom, because they know that if the other leaves, they will be as happy as they are now. Their happiness cannot be taken by the other, because it is not given by the other.”—Osho (via lovepassiton)
“Perfect love casts out fear. If fear exists, then there is not perfect love.”—A Course in Miracles, written by Dr. Helen Schucman and Dr. William Thetford, describes a purely non-dualistic approach to spirituality. (via royaltieentertainmentpoetry)
“Somewhere, on the edge of consciousness, there is what I call a mythical norm, which each one of us within our hearts knows “that is not me.” In america, this norm is usually defined as white, thin, male, young, heterosexual, christian, and financially secure. It is with this mythical norm that the trappings of power reside within this society. Those of us who stand outside that power often identify one way in which we are different, and we assume that to be the primary cause of all oppression, forgetting other distortions around difference, some of which we ourselves may be practising. By and large within the women’s movement today, white women focus upon their oppression as women and ignore differences of race, sexual preference, class, and age. There is a pretense to a homogeneity of experience covered by the word sisterhood that does not in fact exist.”—Audre Lorde, “Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference,” 1980 (via dirtsky)
In support of the less fortunate victims involved in the Oak Creek Sikh Temple shooting…
The nation, and in particular the Sikh community of Wisconsin, is still recovering from the recent tragic shooting at the Oak Creek Sikh Temple. In an effort to direct the many offers of support towards something concrete, we launched this website to help the families of the less fortunate victims. Please donate now by entering your donation amount above.
This website was set up by the family of Temple President Satwant Singh Kaleka, who was shot and killed while heroically attempting to take down the shooter. None of the donations received, however, will benefit the Kaleka family. Instead, 100% of all contributions will go directly to lower-income families who lost loved ones, those injured in the shooting, and to repairing the temple.
Six members of the 400-person congregation were shot and killed at the Oak Creek Sikh Temple on Sunday, in what officials are treating as a case of domestic terrorism.
“In this hour of grief, we thank the thousands of people around the globe who have offered their support and their prayers, and we encourage them to support those victims and families who are most in need. Together, we must work to repair our community and finally address the epidemic of violence in America,” said Amardeep Kaleka, who is the son of Satwant Singh Kaleka and founder of the website.
This website serves to raise support for needy, affected families as they stand in the wake of this horrific hate crime. Please donate now.
News about WeAreSikhs.com and other fundraising efforts in place.
“Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself-and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to-letting a person be what he really is.”—Jim Morrison
“A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower. You didn’t have to struggle to make your face different than anyone else’s on earth. It just is. You are unique because you were created that way. Look at little children in kindergarten. They’re all different without trying to be. As long as they’re unselfconsciously being themselves, they can’t help but shine. It’s only later, when children are taught to compete, to strive to be better than others, that their natural light becomes distorted.”—Marianne Williamson (via shetakesflight)