A Prayer for Dark Folk

Remember, O God, thru’out the world this night those who struggle for better government and freer institutions…Help us to realize that our brothers are not simply those of our own blood and nation, but far more are they those who think as we do and strive toward the same ideals. So tonight in Persia and China, in Russia and Turkey, in Africa and all America, let us bow with our brothes and sisters and pray as they pray for a world, well-governed–void of war and caste, and free to each asking soul. Amen. The day has dawned when above a … Continue reading A Prayer for Dark Folk

The Bronze Legacy (To a Brown Boy) – Effie Lee Newsome

‘Tis a noble gift to be brown all brown Like the strongest things Up this earth, Like the mountains grave and grand, Even like the very land, Even like the trunks of trees – Even oaks, to be like these! God builds his strength in bronze. To be brown like thrush and lark! Like the subtle rain so dark! May, the king of beasts were Brown: Eagles are of the same hue. I think God then, I am brown. Brown has mighty things to do Jacob Lawrence, The Migration Series, Panel no. 11: Food had doubled in price because of … Continue reading The Bronze Legacy (To a Brown Boy) – Effie Lee Newsome

Poem: The Rosenbergs, June 1953 – W.E.B Du Bois

From floods of wrath, avenging God, Pour down the curse on us the murderers, who crucify the Jews! Hammer home the nails, thick through our skulls; Crush down the thorns; Rain red the bloody sweat, Thick and heavy, warm and wet. We are the killers, hurling mud! We the witch hunters, drinking blood! To us shrink all the lynched, the thousands mobbed, the millions dead in useless war. But this, this shameless deed we do this day, the senseless blasphemy of mother and child, Fills full the cup! Hail hell and glory to damnation! Oh bloodstained nation, Stretch out your … Continue reading Poem: The Rosenbergs, June 1953 – W.E.B Du Bois

Freedom of the soul

To be more free is the goal of all our efforts, for only in perfect freedom can there be perfection. This effort to attain freedom underlies all forms of worship, whether we know it or not…It is because freedom is every man’s goal. He seeks it ever, his whole life is a struggle after it…This longing for freedom produces the idea of a Being who is absolutely free. —Sw. Vivekananda, What is Religion? Continue reading Freedom of the soul

“Our Greatest National Sin” by Sw. Vivekananda

In this essay, Swamiji enjoins Indians to unite in loving brotherhood in protection of their sisters, wives, and daughters. He emphasizes that the uplift of India is impossible so long as the nation’s leaders ignore the inherent worth of women and the poor. The causes of their ongoing oppression lie in foreign conquests, the dishonoring of womanhood (shakti), the abuse of caste, and above all, materialism. The “don’t touchism” of puritannical untouchability is the bane of India’s progress, Swamiji argued; “The chief cause of India’s ruin has been the monopolising of the whole education and intelligence of the land, by … Continue reading “Our Greatest National Sin” by Sw. Vivekananda

Nirvanashatakam or Song of Self-Realization

If night and day are but the wink of God’s eye, A million calyxes have opened and closed in a single wink. Desire blinds and bewilders memory of love, like the slow torpor of heat escaping a tormented earth the wrath that follows is a midnight howl, a bloodless gash in the soul of man, wrought in the anvils of lust, ever gluttonous bitterness, ever paralyzing, now violent now lecherous, a pestilential torrent beating against the castle of the soul, sullen like a devil who cannot wet it. Sorrows only end when we become perfect witnesses and he who no … Continue reading Nirvanashatakam or Song of Self-Realization

Mahatma Gandhi in Sudan

“In 1935, Mahatma Gandhi stopped over in Port Sudan (on his way to England through sea) and was welcomed by the Indian community there. In 1938, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru stopped over in Port Sudan on his way to Britain and was hosted through a function at the home of Chhotalal Samji Virani. The Graduates General Congress of Sudan formed in 1938 drew heavily on the experience of the Indian National Congress.” “British Indian troops fought alongside Sudanese in Eritrea in 1941 winning the decisive battle of Keren (Bengal Sappers won a Victoria Cross for mine clearance in Metemma, now on … Continue reading Mahatma Gandhi in Sudan

Ahimsa as a Science Of Love and Social Action

Impure means result in an impure end. Hence, prince and the peasant will not be equaled by cutting off the prince’s head, nor can the process of cutting off equalize the employer and the employed. One cannot reach truth by untruthfulness. Truthful conduct alone can reach truth. —Gandhiji The artist of this untitled piece, K.H. Ara, was a satyagrahi who was imprisoned for his participation in the famous Salt Satyagraha. The production of salt, a dietary staple, was heavily taxed by the British colonial administration. Satyagrahis marched for nearly a month on foot to the sea. More than 80, 000 … Continue reading Ahimsa as a Science Of Love and Social Action

The Moral Government of the World: On Faith, Reason, and Truth

I. THE SOUL-FORCE IN HISTORY In his spiritual message to the world, notable because it is one of the rare extant speeches Mohandas K. Gandhi gave in English, the satygrahi remarked that There is an indefinable mysterious power that pervades everything, I feel it though I do not see it. It is this unseen power which makes itself felt and yet defies all proof, because it is so unlike all that I perceive through my senses. It transcends the senses. God is indescribable and ominpresent for Gandhi, capable of being sensed without manifesting physically. Love is perhaps the most important … Continue reading The Moral Government of the World: On Faith, Reason, and Truth