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In India (Hindu culture), women are considered the Mother Aspect of God.

On this day, have fond memories of Brother Bhaktananda (SRF) also handing a little-girl a flower as we women exited our church with our flower in hand. Thus all blessed by God via Bro. Bhaktananda:

Wishing All Women a Very Happy Mother’s Day!

(Rev. 05/14/17) Posted on my FaceBook page, 05/12/17.

© 2017 by Delores L Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post. All rights reserved.

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Love this provocative article titled: “What’s Up With Oprah and Homophobic Preachers?” by Michael Harriot of the Root.com, which discusses with humor, the issue of “homophobic preachers” being aired on Oprah’s OWN channel.

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Of course, I like Oprah, as do most of us, have been a fan since her 1986 TV premier. Weekly, I look forward to my favorite OWN shows. And dearly love the positive work that Oprah is doing toward world peace and happiness, which is poised to help a lot of people and likely does.

What I don’t like is the subject of above mentioned article about “Homophobic Preachers”.  Who, to me, gives religion a bad name along with Narrow-minded Fundamentalists (that makes you want to scream at your TV), Child Molesting Priests, Islamic Extremists, and other woefully misguided folks that misuse religion to validate their own confused beliefs.

That said, the larger question is, should we ban all misguided speakers from our public forums? Though some thoughts are so toxic that such must surely be guarded against; still, the larger answer has to be an emphatic “No”!

That is, if we want our society to remain free and open to progressive thoughts that would not be aired if left to our own flawed thinking, however right we think we are. Thanks to our free press and social media, we can continue to discuss religion openly. Of course, we can also turn off our televisions or choose another channel. The choice is ours.

Note: Oprah’s Talk Show ran for 25 seasons from September 8, 1986 to May 25, 2011.

© 2017 by Delores L Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post. All rights reserved.

 

GOOD FRIDAY: A Day of Unconditional Forgiveness

“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.” ~Luke 23:34 (KJV)

Easter Lily and The Cross, A Symbol of Death and Rebirth

For me, Jesus’ greatest lesson was forgiveness, which he ultimately demonstrated on the cross. Sadly, while experiencing such horrendous pain, Jesus still was able to let go of the intense suffering, if only for an instant, and forgive his enemies. Which still remains a mystery, even for a devout truthseeker.

Today, we still don’t know exactly how forgiveness works but it does, which is why it remains a great mystery. The thing is, I’ve learned that first we have to be willing to forgive, do it, and then our inner situation inexplicably changes. We actually begin to see things differently!

Ultimately, I would learn that forgiveness is like crossing an unseen bridge: Once we forgive, which can include our own mistakes, we immediately cross that abyss within our own mind. Once on the other side, we understand the problem, experience inner peace, and finally real happiness.

Of course, another thing that Jesus teaches us about forgiveness, which really was his central message, as the return to peace and love is its reward, is to let go of the negative thoughts (which keeps us bound to the pain) and let love continue the healing process. Of course, this is the hard part that can take a lifetime of practice; but what else is there to do?

This, I believe, is what Jesus meant by his following advice to a woman whom he had just saved from being stoned to death, as was then the horrendous custom:

“When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, neither do I condemn thee: Go, and sin no more.” ~John: 8:10-11(KJV)

In short, we must take care to learn from our mistakes, so as not to make the same mistake again!

Blessed Peace be upon us, Happy Easter, Amen!

© 2017 by Delores L Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post. All rights reserved.

Wishing all a Very Merry Christmas. And in the immortal words of Charles Dickens’ Tiny Tim: May “God bless us everyone”.

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Happy Thanksgiving and stay blessed. Let us give thanks for the good that we receive and the freedom to reject the bad that show up in our lives from time to time.

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 Protesters marching to Trump Tower in Manhattan the night after the election. Yana Paskova/ New York Times

Protesters marching to Trump Tower in Manhattan the night after the election.  Yana Paskova/ New York Times

It was not a good win.  Repeating a racist oratory targeting the negative emotions of depressed Americans, Donald Trump poisoned the mind of many and managed to suppress the vote just enough to win. While Hillary Clinton has decidedly won the popular vote, Donald Trump has more electoral votes.  Sadly, Donald Trump is now considered our president-elect thus far. Yet, before we collectively proceed down that slippery slope of human denial, and start believing that a Donald Trump, who has revealed who he really is, would actually be good for our country, lest we not forget.

Adolph Hitler Was Also Elected!

Let us remember.  Of course, Donald Trump’s deceptive success is nothing new, thus nothing to congratulate in the spirit of politeness.

In 1933 during a depressed economy in Germany, Adolph Hitler was also elected by the people on a promise that Germany would again have: its place in the sun!   Remember him?  Yep, much like Donald Trump, or so it appears, Adolph Hitler was another glib con-artist who ignored the truth, tapped into the people’s despair, blamed others for Germany’s loss of power, successfully mesmerized a large following (whom he would control absolutely), and all under the dark illusion of advancing white supremacy.

Destined to nearly destroy Western civilization while virtually promising that Germany would, indeed, be great again: thankfully, Adolph Hitler and his sick government were destroyed by resolute, allied forces; but, oh, at what cost to human life and property!

Sadly, Adolph Hitler’s leadership and racially charged dogma not only started World War II but, in the process, the Nazi regime was responsible for the notorious internment and ultimate genocide of at least 5.5 million Jews and millions of other victims whom Hitler and his followers strategically deemed Untermenschen (“sub-humans”) and socially undesirable.  Moreover, untold millions of humanity either suffered profoundly or died violently during WWII, which is still considered among the deadliest conflicts in Modern History.

Today, with the seeds of extreme racism sprouting before us like weeds in a fertile field, those in power would well remember the rise and fall of Adolph Hitler and let not his horrific tragedy take root in America the beautiful.

Racism and the Insidious Southern Strategy

Before Hilter’s strategy to gain unrestrained power and rule his world, there existed the so-called Southern strategy here in the USA that dates back to the abolishment of slavery (c.1865) and the end of Reconstruction (c. 1877).  With the Modern Civil Rights Movement of the 60s, Jim Crow finally falls leaving Blacks free to vote.  And the so-called Southern Strategy emerges, a divisive tool initially used by deceptive politicians to gain political favor in the South by appealing to the racism inherent in many White voters.

Based on the ancient “divide and conquer” rule of warfare, the Southern Strategy is but a modern form of this ancient strategy that ironically feasts on the darkest illusion of white supremacy.

What is so divisive about this ancient method, when skillfully used in a thriving democracy, is that certain voters generally don’t see such as actual warfare against them rather than the opposition.  Their candidate’s insidious rhetoric gradually increases the momentum; they become confused, and ultimately rendered defenseless against it.

Sadly, at such times, this is why blocks of depressed voters either don’t vote or vote against their own interests (such as health, education and welfare, humanity’s basic need).   Being a crime against humanity, lying or otherwise deliberately misleading the public to gain votes should also be prosecuted.  But who’s to step up and protect the public?

Enters President-elect Donald Trump, and 1000s March in Protest

Seemingly the great white hope of depressed White folks (only), Trump wins the Republican primary, much to his apparent surprise.  Running on pure anger and racial resentment, the deceptive Southern Strategy works in the general election also, and Donald Trump becomes president-elect.  Much to everybody’s shock and dismay worldwide, including the loquacious Mr. Trump.

Eventually, Trump’s ardent supporters will wake up and realize they have been hoodwinked, bamboozled or just plain lied to in general.

Meanwhile, the day after, thousands of those who could see through Donald’s toxic rhetoric hit the streets protesting into the night.  According to news reports, universal protests continue.

See a thoughtful perspective by New York Times columnist David Brooks titled, The View from Trump Tower.

See, Anti-Trump Protests Simmer Across U.S., With New Focus: “Organizers in Manhattan carried signs in English and Spanish saying things like: ‘Hate won’t make us great,’ and chanted ‘We are here to stay.”’

Also see, Day Five of Anti-Trump Protests Continued in a Number of Cities, which notes that Sen. Corey Booker, while on Meet the Press, basically says he would not be talking to Chuck Todd on TV but not for our right to protest, and then says: “God bless the protestors.”

Finally, another article about the ongoing anti-Trump protests: Anti-Trump Protests Not Letting Up For Sixth Straight Day after Election.

Impeachment Predicted

Wishful thinking perhaps?  Nonetheless, this Washington Post article by Peter W. Stevenson is interesting: ‘Prediction’ Prof Allan Lichtman, who predicted that Donald Trump would barely win the election, later makes another prediction based on an educated hunch rather than data analysis and says among other things:

“They don’t want Trump as president, because they can’t control him. He’s unpredictable…  And I’m quite certain Trump will give someone grounds for impeachment, either by doing something that endangers national security or because it helps his pocketbook.”

Knowing the Donald, he probably would cause his own impeachment or resign given his well-known lack of self-discipline when challenged.

In David Brooks’ above cited column titled, The View from Trump Tower, the veteran journalist shared this observation concerning the likely impeachment or resignation of Donald Trump:

“Trump’s bigotry, dishonesty and promise-breaking will have to be denounced. We can’t go morally numb. But he needs to be replaced with a program that addresses the problems that fueled his ascent.  After all, the guy will probably resign or be impeached within a year. The future is closer than you think.”

Millions Petition the Electoral College

According to credible news reports, including this one titled: Millions Sign Petition Urging Electoral College to Elect Hillary Clinton, by Michael Walsh, Reporter for Yahoo News, many have renewed hope despite the odds. Though a long-shot, as such has yet to happen in American politics, there is always a chance given the bizarre outcome of this election season.  Americans and the world deserve a good U.S. president.  The Electoral College is set to vote on December 19.  And so we continue praying for our country.

My Humble Advice to Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and the Rest

Given Hillary Clinton’s willingness to do the right thing and work extra hard to gain the necessary experience to offer her services and high intellect as president of the United States, I say hats off to this great woman of proven integrity who took the job seriously, endured years of the Republicans relentless attacks on her character, and yet, in the end, graciously conceded after unfairly losing the election.  Right now, it is America’s loss my dear Mrs. Clinton (not yours) and we miss hearing your eloquent command of the English language in particular.

My advice to you Hillary is simple: Forgive yourself, if you haven’t already, for any mistakes you think you may have made in the process and continue moving forward.  Thanks for hanging in there on our behalf.

“We Don’t Want to Go Back to Hate”

To Donald Trump, one day, hopefully before it’s too late, you will find that you really are not yet ready for the job of President of the United Sates that takes, among other things, the ability to be humbly guided by the willingness to do the right thing.  It takes a long, long time to realize the importance of this spiritual power, and that’s with deliberate effort on our part.  Donald you done wrong by exploiting hatred and racism in order to win votes, which disregarded the moral intent of our U.S. Constitution.

Hence, why thousands of anti-Trump protestors are still marching in the streets, poignantly saying: “We don’t want to go back to hate.”

My advice to you Donald is to first accept the fact that the adoration you so obviously need cannot be realized by a demanding spirit, and that’s just the way it is.  Next, the greatest thing that you can do to right this horrible wrong is to resign now, and let your opponent take her rightful place as our next U.S. president.  Otherwise Donald, you’re on your own. And it ain’t looking good for the Trump brand right now. Please be advised and thanks for listening.

As to The Rest

Namely, to the Republicans and Democrats: You both made terrible mistakes as well and have been doing so for a long, long time.  But you can also do better before it’s too late!  In fact, you must if our country is to get back on its proper course and survive.  You know what to do: Start by putting the people’s health, education and welfare first, even before your own careers and finances, and the rest will surely follow.  And just that’s the way it is in a real democracy.

Meanwhile, let us remember to carry in our hearts and mind, these instructive words from one of our country’s central founders:

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”  ~President John Adams, c. 1798

In peace and harmony, let us pray constantly for the preservation of our American democracy!

© Delores L. Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post 2016. All rights reserved.

“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”  ~Pres. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, January 20, 1961

Sen. Bernie Sanders & "Birdie" Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders & “Birdie” Sanders

Monday, July 25: Having watched the Democratic National Convention today and enjoyed the many well-meaning speeches, including those of Michele Obama and Elizabeth Warren, I couldn’t be more pleased than with Bernie Sanders’ speech. It was the last speech of the day, yet still filled with the vim and vigor of the morn that only the Truth can bring.

Through it all, Sen. Sanders has managed to stay truthful, on message, and finally give a robust endorsement of his former rival as well.  Thus, Bernie Sanders is truly a man of good character and a great politician, in my opinion.

After watching his interview with Chuck Todd shown Sunday on Meet the Press, that I had recorded, I had to admit that Bernie had shown me why I should vote for Hillary Clinton who’s poised to be the Democratic nominee. Despite my misgivings about Hillary’s willingness to actually promote the progressive Democratic Platform that Bernie and Company had worked so hard to get after the primaries ended, I now understand and see some good reasons why voting for the Democratic nominee would be better for our country, given the GOP’s agenda.

Bernie’s Vision of a Political Revolution Continues

Though some in the media, but not all, tend to mock Bernie’s concept of a political revolution during the primaries, and afterwards, I and the rest of Bernie’s supporters understood immediately, particularly after hearing Bernie speak.

In his DNC speech tonight, glad Bernie reminded us of our noble cause as follows:

“Together, together my friends, we have begun a political revolution to transform America and that revolution – our revolution – continues. Election days come and go. But the struggle of the people to create a government which represents all of us and not just the one percent – a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice – that struggle continues. And I look forward to being part of that struggle with you.”

Seems, Bernie Sanders’ dream of a political revolution is not so farfetched after all. Since this is what we all should be doing whenever our society loses it way and corrupts our government.

Perhaps in advising us to ask what we can do for our country, President Kennedy basically said the same thing some fifty-five years ago, during his inauguration address, when he reminded all Americans of our responsibility as citizens of a free democratic society to take an active part in our government.

Thus, as American citizens, we must also do our part to keep our government free of corruption in all its varied forms. So we can truly enjoy “the blessings of liberty” for ourselves and our children, as stated in the Preamble of our U.S. Constitution.

A Nobleman Among Us

As Bernie spoke, the camera scanned the audience that was filled to capacity according to reports.  Many were crying, likely for the loss of a great leader, or so I felt.  Sadly, way too many voters missed the important messages that Bernie brought to the primaries.

Sadder still, is the sorry apology the DNC announced Monday for interfering with the election process.  Now, too little, too late, this apology means nothing as the damage has already been done! Moreover, the apology was only made after the “Emails From the DNC WikiLeaks Dump” exposed the DNC’s intent to undermine Bernie’s credibility.

Though his credibility is still intact, the real tragedy is that all Americans have been deprived of a noble leader in the likes of Bernie Sanders, particularly when needed the most.  Perhaps behind all of our tears as Bernie graciously exits the campaign trail, is the heartbreaking fact of knowing what might have been. For rarely does such nobility appear among us and ready to serve.

The good news is, many more Americans are awake now, thanks to Bernie Sanders’ good works on the campaign trail.  Who knows what the morrow will bring.  After all, tomorrow is another day (to paraphrase Scarlet O’Hara, our protagonist in Gone with the Wind)!

Meanwhile, we’ve placed the future in the Hands of God. Keep the faith. And may God bless us all!

© 2016 by Delores L Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post. All rights reserved.