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Spirituality over religion is so prevalent in South Asian culture

Spirituality over religion is so prevalent in our South Asian culture

I have probably butchered this song, but I need help translating it from Punjabi to English, so feel free to contact us at info@sawntv.com. Thank you.

Spirituality over religion is so prevalent in our South Asian culture especially in Pakistani Sufi kalam. Humanity above all else Punjabi blunt yet direct expression represents that so eloquently.

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If you found God by cleansing yourself, frogs and fish would have found God.

If you could have found God by wandering in the forests, then cows and their babies would have found God.

Only God can be found by good people.

Don’t spin too much your beads of prayers Bahoo

Why read these beads

The person who does not examine themselves

Why judge them

God does not get upset with those who know how to make up with loved ones

There is no need for God’s place, if you have your absolution by seeing your loved ones

By one .(period) an entire matter is over

You read so many books, did you ever read yourself
You run to mosques and mandir, did you ever enter your consciousness
You fight with Satan, have you ever tried to find with your own consciousness
You look for the one in the sky, but the one in your heart you don’t catch

You can bring down a moque or mandir, but never break anyones heart

Because God lives in  hearts

You have become lover of God
People call you an unbeliever, just agree with them

Some people became as priests but….

If your enemy dies, don’t become happy
Your friends are going to die too

Wake up and go see the world
If you meet someone who is forgiven, you will be have your redemption

Does ever truth stay hidden
Does ever truth can be stopped

 

 

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I am so proud of Google today

I am so proud of Google today

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Dear Google,

I was speaking with my French Canadian mother today who adopted me and is a wonderful role model by all means. She pointed out today’s logo of Google. I had looked at it, but not closely enough.

I am so proud of Google to feature a South Asian woman on their logo.

Thank you for having a South Asian woman as your logo today.

It is a cause very close to my heart and many others to advocate the well being and power of our women as part of the human collective conscience.

Our women are amazing mothers, sisters, daughters and wives, yet at the same time thinkers, achievers and geniuses in their own right.

I am so proud of Google today because I believe that it is a force that can bring about change in this world through its’ access and influence.

Thank you, thank you and thank you.

Love you Google!

P.s., You can read about the South Asian woman featured on Google – Shakuntala Devi at:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakuntala_Devi

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Genuine Intention To Assist So Stop Prank Calls

Genuine Intention To Assist So Stop Prank Calls

On this website, it is our genuine intention to assist so stop prank calls.

We have been receiving many calls during different hours of the day and night on the 1-800 number and nobody speaks.

The counselling number is provided for you to get help.

Please stop calling and being quite on the other side.

Thank you for your understanding.

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To keep up your spirits print and post

To keep up your spirits print and post

To keep up your spirits print and post by your computer or where you can see it daily. Right click and save the image and then sent it to the printer.

“Forget mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do today and do it. Today is your lucky day.” -Will Durant
There is no past that we can bring back by longing for it. The only real failure is the failure to try. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing. Nothing happens unless first we dream. We get up in the morning.  We do our best.  Nothing else matters. This is a new and different world.  The challenge is to cope with it. Not just cope but thrive. All we know about the future is that it will be different. Most things don’t work out as expected, but what happens instead often turns out to be the good stuff. Everything will be all right in the end.  If it’s not all right then it’s not the end.” Movie Script The Best Marigold Hotel.


To keep up your spirits print and post would help you remember, if anything helps to get you down.

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It is never too late to turn your life around NEVER

It is never too late to turn your life around NEVER

Is this world a “SAFE” place where you can be transparent, truthful or vulnerable? I am not sure. Some days I feel it is and some days it is not.  Lately, I am afraid to speak with anyone or even get out of the house.  It is a beautiful sunny spring day outside and there is no place I want to be or nobody I want to see. How can that happen to an active and optimistic human being like myself. As per psychology, my development took place between the ages of 0-6; my subconscious is doomed to ever change. I still choose to believe that “It is never too late to turn your life around NEVER.” You may have your own reasons; I face the following personal demons:

-Inconsistency wanting to run here and there
-shiny object syndrome -“Shiny objects are not your friend.”
-full of excuses
-looking for crutches
-believing that I am a victim of circumstances, people and my environment

I think,  study and act on different fronts and come back to the base. In this series, I will share my thoughts, struggles and learning with the readers.

Truth, courage and results are my aim.

I am afraid to do this and share it online with people “It is never too late to turn your life around NEVER.” Since there has been a regular following on this site, perhaps some of you will benefit from this.

Happy reading and let me know, if you have any comments, suggestions or want to share something.

 

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A case against materialism

A case against materialism

A case against materialism

“The object of this massive tribute died as he had always lived – a private man without wealth, without property, without official title or office. Mahatma Gandhi was not a commander of great armies nor ruler of vast lands. He could boast no scientific achievements or artistic gift. Yet men, governments and dignitaries from all over the world have joined hands today to pay homage to this little brown man in the loincloth who led his country to freedom. Pope Pius, the Archbishop of Canterbury, President Truman, Chiang Kai-shek, The Foreign Minister of Russia, the President of France… are among the millions here and abroad who have lamented his passing. In the words of General George C. Marshall, the American Secretary of State, “Mahatma Gandhi had become the spokesman for the conscience of mankind, a man who made humility and simple truth more powerful than empires.” And Albert Einstein added, “Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.” Edward R. Murrow: [at Gandhi’s funeral]

Wow

No man’s life can be encompassed in one telling. There is no way to give each year its
allotted weight, to include each event, each person who helped to shape a lifetime. What
can be done is to be faithful in spirit to the record, and to try to find one’s way to the
heart of the man . . .

 

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Reckless Driving and its impact

Reckless Driving and its impact

Reckless Driving and its impact

Despite telling men in South Asian families that their children are precious cargo and they must take more caution while driving, they still tend to speed, rush and take short cuts.

It is not only your life, but lives of others that gets impacted.

Distracted, impaired or reckless cannot be an excuse for the following consequences:

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South Asian women liberation movement

South Asian women liberation movement

South Asian women liberation movement

How did the South Asian women liberation movement worked?

  • Use their power of the vote to elect officials who would promote women’s well being or at best elect women representatives
  • Hold two day plus meetings to discuss South Asian women’s rights
  • Every year, International South Asian women’s rights convention is held
  • South Asian women take complete control of their women’s rights convention, refusing men any form of participation apart from attendance
  • Begun speaking out widely for South Asian women’s rights and issues impacting their lives and their families
  • South Asian women’s movement leaders gain international attention
  • “Ain’t I a Human?” speech electrifies the UN
  • “A Paper Devoted to the Elevation of South Asian Woman,” it is acknowledged as the first feminist newspaper of the South Asian women liberation movement
  • Present petitions bearing 100,000 signatures directly to create many issues facing South Asian women like forced marriage a crime
  • The South Asian Women Equal Rights Association is formed
  • Referenda on woman suffrage are held in many countries
  • Publish the first edition of The South Asian Women’s Revolution, which becomes one of the most important radical periodicals of the women’s movement. Its motto: “Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less!”
  • More conservative activists to work exclusively for women’s particular issues, focused on amending each countries constitutions.
  • The Anti-Violence Party is founded by wives of prominent men, including many South Asian men
  • Although women fined, prisoned for disrupting important public meetings to bring attention to South Asian women liberation movement, they continue
  •  “Declaration of Rights for South Asian Women” is introduced
  • 3,000 women supporters march in the Toronto parades, with an estimated 70,000 onlookers
  • Yearly South Asian women vigil”We will never forget you” is held for the victims
  • The day preceding President’s inauguration, 8,000 women parade in _____, organized by ___. They are mobbed by abusive crowds along the way
  • Speaking tours are organized internationally
  • Constitutions have been amended
  • A bequest from Mrs. ______ publisher of _______, puts $1,000,000 at the disposal of SAWNTV for “the furtherance of the cause of South Asian woman rights.”
  • South Asian women activist fly over President’s yacht and drop women’s rights amendment petitions
  • South Asian Woman’s Party pickets appear in front of the White House holding aloft two banners: “Mr. President, What Will You Do For Woman Rights?” and “How Long Must Women Wait For Liberty?” Sentinels remain stationed there permanently regardless of weather or violent public response, with hourly changes of shift. Arrests of the South Asian Woman’s Party pickets begin on charges of obstructing traffic. Subsequent pickets, tried and found guilty, refuse to pay the $2500 fines and are sentenced for up to six months in jail. Their inhumane treatment in jail creates a cadre of martyrs for the suffrage cause.
  •  In response to public outcry and jailers’ inability to stop the South Asian Woman’s Party pickets’ hunger strikes, the government unconditionally releases the pickets
  • President finally addresses the Senate personally, arguing for woman rights
  • In an urn directly in line with the White House front door, the South Asian Woman’s Party builds a perpetual “watchfire for freedom” in which they burn the words of every hypocritical speech President gives about democracy
  • The most prominent South Asian Woman’s Party suffrage prisoners tour the country on a train called the “Prison Special.” At each stop they speak about the need for women’s rights and their prison experiences; between stops they threw suffrage literature out the windows for communities
  • Hundreds of campaigns were held over the years on different issues

All this will happen and more, it is just matter of time. The tools, methods and tactics might be different due to the times of technology Internet, TV and Mass Media, however being “the cause” of South Asian women liberation movement is the same.

Courage, truth, perseverance and persistence are only few traits that South Asian women need to develop to unite, organize and campaign to implement their own rights.

No one is coming to the rescue, so you might as well get started now.

For more read: South Asian Feminist Revolution

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She hit me first

She hit me first

She hit me first

My friend and I were speaking last night at dinner about the phenomenon of South Asian men men claiming immediately “she hit me first” in domestic violence cases.

How do they know what to say to get out of a situation?

Do they speak with each other how to handle a situation in their defence?

We wondered, when and how this intel gets around.

A woman, especially South Asian is so distraught, traumatized and upset for even calling the authorities on her husband. Let alone to understand why her husband is making an accusation of her hitting him first.

Raising a hand on a man is almost unheard phenomenon in South Asian culture.

The forms of abuse men may go over are more psychological and emotional, not physical.

Our minds were boggled how men seem to unite at a front, when, where and how?

She hit me first is an open dialogue, please feel free to contribute.

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South Asian Feminist Revolution

South Asian Feminist Revolution

South Asian Feminist Revolution

May this story be told in few years how women united for women’s liberation.

If things were to change for South Asian women, who was going to do it?

No one else, but South Asian women themselves. It was until they themselves refused to put up with injustice and took a stand for it.

No more, not again, not my sister, not my mother, not my daughter or me.

As much as many of us enjoyed the life of a house wife and had no desire to advance ourselves beyond that.

There were women who were fired up by the issues dealing with their own safety, well being and future of their families.

It all started with few progressive activist women joining together and bringing their allies with them. They learned a great deal from the feminist revolution of the Westren World.

How did they do it?

  • Unite like minded progressive outspoken women who were brave enough to raise the issues even though facing stigma from the community
  • Advocated their issues through the media, politics and at community level
  • Handed out brochures, flyers and pamphlets to increase awareness to have people join them
  • Took their causes in peaceful rallies
  • Started treating each other with care
  • Actively taught their sons to treat women with respect
  • Trained their daughters to be independent and strong
  • Brought men brothers, father, husband and son to their own side
  • Had laws changed around women’s issues like making forced marriage, honour killings, child abuse and domestic violence a crime

Knowing women’s rights was no longer a foreign phenomenon to South Asian men or women. However due to centuries of oppression, it was almost alright to treat South Asian women as second class citizens by their own families.

These ideas are no longer radical considering that feminist revolutions had taken place in other countries and cultures.

What were the factors in South Asian women coming together to revolt?

->Their ability to unite, to get organized, to persistently and consistently promote one cause and in making head ways in betterment of their own lives, their children’s and families lives.

Their biggest challenge was thinking of their own families, community and religious organizations.

In the viral internet age, it was not difficult to spread the word like wild fire to implement a change.

Did they have it in themselves to get organized to bring about change?

Once started, South Asian feminist revolution took the life of its own and the rest was history.

Thanks to South Asian Feminist Revolution that now they enjoy free, equal and safe status with their counter parts.

The questions that were asked were are South Asian women willing to take the banners and march down the streets for their issues?

For More Read: South Asian Women Liberation Movement

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