Saturday, August 27, 2016

I have a Dream by Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King's I have a dream speech August 28 1963

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we've come to our nation's Capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.

This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check; a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check- a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.

Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?”

We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. 

We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities.

We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one.

We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating "for whites only."

We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote.

No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, that one day right down in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I will go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.

With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning, "My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrims' pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. But not only that; let freedom ring from the Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

Friday, August 26, 2016

108 Names of Lord Skanda Kumāra

Śrī Subrahmanya Ashtottara Śata Nāmavali: Nandikeswarar instructed this incantation to Sage Agastya
  1. Ōm Skandāya namaha
    Hail Skanda! Vanquisher of the mighty foes!
  2. Ōm Guhāya namaha
    Praise be to the Invisible Lord—He who abides in the hearts of devotees true!
  3. Ōm Shanmukhāya namaha
    Praise be to the six-faced one!
  4. Ōm Bālanetrasutāya namaha
    Praise be to the Son of the Three-Eyed Siva!
  5. Ōm Prabhave namaha
    Praise be to the Lord Supreme!
  6. Ōm Pingalāya namaha
    Praise be to the golden-hued one!
  7. Ōm Krittikāsunave namaha
    Hail to the Son of the starry maids!
  8. Ōm Śikhivāhanāya namaha
    Hail to the rider on the peacock!
  9. Ōm Dvinadbhujāya namaha
    Hail to the Lord with the twelve hands!
  10. Ōm Dvinannetrāya namaha
    Hail to the Lord with the twelve eyes!
  11. Ōm Śaktidharāya namaha
    Hail to the wielder of the Lance!
  12. Ōm Pisidāsaprabhajanāya namaha
    Praise be to the destroyer of the Asuras!
  13. Ōm Tārakāsurasamhārine namaha
    Praise be to the slāyar of Tārakāsuran!
  14. Ōm Raksobalavimardanāya namaha
    Praise be to the Victor of the Asuric forces!
  15. Ōm Mattāya namaha
    Praise be to the Lord of felicity!
  16. Ōm Pramattāya namaha
    Praise be to the Lord of bliss!
  17. Ōm Unmattāya namaha
    Hail Oh passionate One!
  18. Ōm Surasainyasuraksakāya namaha
    (Suralangasya Rakshithre Namaha); Hail Saviour of the Devas!
  19. Ōm Devasenāpataye namaha
    Hail Commander of the Heavenly hosts!
  20. Ōm Pragnya namaha
    Hail, Lord of Wisdom!
  21. Ōm Kripalave namaha
    Hail Compassionate One!
  22. Ōm Bhaktavatsalāya namaha
    Lover of devout ones, Praise be to Thee!
  23. Ōm Umāsutāya namaha
    Son of Uma—Praise be to Thee!
  24. Ōm Śaktidharāya namaha
    Mighty Lord—Praise be to Thee!
  25. Ōm Kumārāya namaha
    Eternal youth—Praise be to Thee!
  26. Ōm Krauñcadharanāya namaha
    He who reft asunder the Krauñca Mount—Praise be to Thee!
  27. Ōm Senānye namaha
    Praise be to the Army Chief!
  28. Ōm Agnijanmane namaha
    To the effulgence of Fire, all Hail!
  29. Ōm Visakhāya namaha
    To Him who shone on the astral Visakha—All Hail!
  30. Ōm Shankarātmajāya namaha
    Thou Son of Sankara—All Hail!
  31. Ōm Sivasvāmine namaha
    Thou Preceptor of Siva—All Hail!
  32. Ōm Ganaswāmine namaha
    On Lord of the Ganas—All Hail
  33. Ōm Sarvasvāmine namaha
    On Lord, God Almighty, All Hail!
  34. Ōm Sanātanāya namaha
    Oh Lord eternal, Praise be to Thee!
  35. Ōm Anantasaktaye namaha
    Thou potent Lord, Praise be to Thee!
  36. Ōm Aksobhyāya namaha
    Unsullied by arrows art Thou—Praise be to Thee!
  37. Ōm Parvatīpriyanandanāya namaha
    Thou beloved of Parvati, Praise be to Thee!
  38. Ōm Gangasutāya namaha
    Oh, son of Goddess Ganga—Praise be to Thee!
  39. Ōm Sarodbhutāya namaha
    Thou who did'st nestle in the Saravana Lake!
  40. Ōm Atmabhuve namaha
    Thou Unborn Lord!
  41. Ōm Pavakatmajāya namaha
    Thou who art born of Fire!
  42. Ōm Māyādharāya namaha
    Energy Art Thou—Praise be to Thee!
  43. Ōm Prajrimbhāya namaha
    Praise be to thee Auspicious One! (Blissful)!
  44. Ōm Ujjrimbhāya namaha
    Praise be to the Invincible One!
  45. Ōm Kamalāsanasamstutāya namaha
    Praise be to the Lord extolled by Brahma!
  46. Ōm Ekavarnāya namaha
    The one Word art Thou—All Hail!
  47. Ōm Dvivarnāya namaha
    In Two Art Thou—All Hail!
  48. Ōm Trivarnāya namaha
    Thou Art the Three—All Hail!
  49. Ōm Sumanoharāya namaha
    Thou Stealer of pure hearts—All Hail!
  50. Ōm Caturvarnāya namaha
    In four Art Thou—All Hail!
  51. Ōm Pancavarnāya namaha
    In five letters Art Thou—All Hail!
  52. Ōm Prajapataye namaha
    Father of all Creation—All Hail!
  53. Ōm Trumbāya namaha
    Praise be to Thee, Oh Peerless One!
  54. Ōm Agnigarbhāya namaha
    Thou who dost sustain the fire!
  55. Ōm Samigarbhāya namaha
    Hail Thou who arose out of the Vanni flame! (Fire of the Suma tree)!
  56. Ōm Visvaretase namaha
    Thou glory of the Absolute Paramasivam, All Hail!
  57. Ōm Surarighne namaha
    Oh, Subduer of the foes of the Devas, All Hail!
  58. Ōm Hiranyavarnāya namaha
    Thou resplendent One, All Hail!
  59. Ōm Subhakrite namaha
    Thou Auspicious One—All Hail!
  60. Ōm Vasumate namaha
    Thou Oh Splendour of the Vasus— (a class of Gods) All Hail!
  61. Ōm Vatuvesabhrite namaha
    Praise be to Thee, Oh lover of celibacy!
  62. Ōm Bhūshane namaha
    Thou Luminous Sun—All Hail!
  63. Ōm Kapastaye namaha
    Thou Effulgence divine, All Hail!
  64. Ōm Gahanāya namaha
    Thou Omniscient One—All Hail!
  65. Ōm Chandravarnāya namaha
    Thou Radiance of the Moon—Praise be to Thee!
  66. Ōm Kāladharāya namaha
    Thou who adorns the crescent—Praise be to Thee!
  67. Ōm Māyādharāya namaha
    Engergy art Thou—Praise be to Thee!
  68. Ōm Mahāmāyine namaha
    Great Artist of Deception too art Thou, Praise be to Thee!
  69. Ōm Kaivalyāya namaha
    Everlasting joy of attainment—Praise be to Thee!
  70. Ōm Sahatatmakāya namaha
    Art all-pervading—All Hail!
  71. Ōm Visvayōnaye namaha
    Source of all Existence—All Hail!
  72. Ōm Ameyatmane namaha
    Oh, Supreme Splendour, All Hail!
  73. Ōm Tejonidhaye namaha
    Illumination divine—All Hail!
  74. Ōm Anāmāyaya namaha
    Savior of all ills—All Hail!
  75. Ōm Parameshtine namaha
    Thou art Immaculate Lord, Praise be to Thee
  76. Ōm Parabrahmane namaha
    Thou Transcendant One, Praise be to Thee!
  77. Ōm Vedagarbhāya namaha
    The Source of the Vedas art Thou, Praise be to Thee!
  78. Ōm Viratsutāya namaha
    Immanent Art Thou in the Universe, Praise be to Thee!
  79. Ōm Pulindakanyābhartre namaha
    Praise be to the Lord of Valli, the Vedda belle!
  80. Ōm Mahāsarasvatavradāya namaha
    Praise be to the source of Gnosis
  81. Ōm āsritā Kiladhātre namaha
    Praise be to Him who showers grace on those who seek his solace!
  82. Ōm Choraghnāya namaha
    Praise be to Him who annihilates those who steal!
  83. Ōm Roganasanāya namaha
    Praise be to the divine Healer
  84. Ōm Anantamūrtaye namaha
    Praise be Thine whose forms are endless!
  85. Ōm ānandāya namaha
    Praise be Thine, Oh Thou infinite Bliss!
  86. Ōm Shikhandīkritagedanāya namaha
    Praise be Thine, Thou Lord of peacock banner!
  87. Ōm Dambhāya namaha
    Praise be Thine, Oh lover of gay exuberance!
  88. Ōm Paramadambhāya namaha
    Praise be Thine, Thou lover of supreme exuberance!
  89. Ōm Mahādambhāya namaha
    Praise be Thine, Oh Lord of lofty magnificence!
  90. Ōm Vrishakāpaye namaha
    Thou who art the culmination of righteousness—All Hail (Dharma)!
  91. Ōm Karanopātadehāya namaha
    Thou who deigned embodiment for a cause—All Hail!
  92. Ōm Kāranātita Vigrahāya namaha
    Form transcending causal experience
  93. Ōm Anīshvarāya namaha
    Oh Eternal peerless plentitude, All Hail
  94. Ōm Amritāya namaha
    Thou Ambrosia of Life—All Hail!
  95. Ōm Pranāya namaha
    Thou life of life, Praise unto Thee!
  96. Ōm Pranāyamaparāyanāya namaha
    Thou support of all beings—Praise unto Thee!
  97. Ōm Vritakandare namaha
    Praise unto Thee who subjugates all hostile forces!
  98. Ōm Viraghnāya namaha
    Thou vanquisher of heroic opponents, Praise unto Thee!
  99. Ōm Raktashyamagalāya namaha
    Thou art Love, and of crimson beauty— Praise unto Thee!
  100. Ōm Mahate namaha
    Oh Consummation of glory, All Praise to Thee!
  101. Ōm Subrahmanyāya namaha
    We praise Thee, Oh effulgent Radiance!
  102. Ōm Paravarāya namaha
    Oh Supreme (Sovereign) Goodness, Praise unto Thee!
  103. Ōm Brahmanyāya namaha
    We praise Thee, luminous wisdom serene!
  104. Ōm Brahmanapriyāya namaha
    Thou who art beloved of seers—Praise unto Thee!
  105. Ōm Loka Gurave Namaha
    Oh universal Teacher, All Praise to Thee!
  106. Ōm Guhapriyāya Namaha
    We praise Thee, Indweller in the core of our hearts!
  107. Ōm Aksāyaphalapradāya namaha
    We praise Thee, Oh bestower of indestructible results ineffable!
  108. Ōm Śrī Subrahmanyāya namaha
    We praise Thee, most glorious effulgent Radiance!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Obama: One Voice

Obama's Victorious Speech

Dinner with Barack and Michelle

Published on Sep 24, 2012

Four couples had the chance to have dinner with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Over dinner, they talked about policy, family life, personal values and the importance of getting involved in this election.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

What does $2,000 mean to you?

As published on Dec 2, 2012

For more than 19 months, President Obama campaigned on the idea that if we're going to be successful, every American has to do their part and pay their fair share.

taxes should not go up on the middle class.

Right now, President Obama is asking you to think about what $2,000 a year means to you and your family.

Grandma Stories

Clever Cap Seller 
Clever Donkey 
Clever Thirsty Crow 
Crow Who Pretended 
Fox & Crow 
Fox & Grapes 
Greedy Dog 
Hare & Tortoise 
Lion & Cows 
Lion & Mouse 
Monkeys Justice 
Two Beggars 
Two Crows 
Two Silly Goats 
Ugly Tree