Tulsi Gabbard by Michael Mamas | Thursday, January 9, 2014 | World View | 20 comments Hawaiian Congresswoman’s YouTube video speaks for itself. © Michael Mamas. All rights reserved. Share this blog...FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinemail 20 Comments Naomi on January 9, 2014 at 9:10 pm Really beautiful and inspiring. Thank you Nancy C on January 9, 2014 at 11:49 pm Beautiful ! Aloha to my Mount Soma family, Nancy C Claudi on January 10, 2014 at 12:27 am Wow! I had no idea someone like Tulsi existed in big-league politics. It gives me hope that she was elected in spite (or maybe because) of being so very different. Tracy on January 10, 2014 at 9:47 am It has been mentioned in class that there are not a lot of role models for the feminine aspect. I think she fits the bill. Beautiful. Michael Brandon on January 10, 2014 at 1:08 pm This was beautifully presented and I agree with Claudi however some of what she said I am struggling with. Most of what she said I feel was true and powerful. What I am working with is how much she focused on the written word and “he” (Lord Krishna). Even though she quoted “abandon all varieties of religions” it sounded religious at times. Something is not going in smoothly so I will work on it. Thank you Brahmarshi Marion on January 10, 2014 at 3:24 pm I think she is very beautiful and soft-spoken which is nice. However…I’m missing the depth behind the words. I don’t think it has as much to do with WHAT she is saying, but rather where she is coming from. To me it sounds as if she is presenting yet another dogmatic approach under the disguise of “transcending” all religions. “Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender onto me…” …”Always think of me, become my devotee and offer your homage onto me…” The feeling I’m getting when I listen to her is that she is taking those words literally. Having said that, if she would explain those quotes for what they really mean, I would be impressed because I do believe the true meaning of them is transcendental. I might be wrong here, but I don’t think Krishna calls for the abandonment of all religions in the literal sense. I think it rather means abandon your identity with/and projections onto the teachings (no matter what religion) and just surrender onto me i.e. the transcendent which Krishna is a personification of. Michael Mamas on January 10, 2014 at 3:29 pm Michael B, I would love to have the opportunity to chat with her at some point. It would be fascinating. I intend to write her a note. Nancy C, It is very good to hear from you. Michael Brandon on January 10, 2014 at 10:20 pm To be there if and when that could happen would truly be exciting. To have someone in the arena of politics that would be willing to take her understanding deeper through you as her resource…wow! I felt the deepest sadness that I have ever felt for the state of our politics as I listened to the report on the Chris Christie investigation. It feels like I want to laugh and cry at the same time. She could be an influence and although it seems like the task would be too great.. it could be a start. Dave on January 11, 2014 at 1:57 pm I got the chills watching this video. Needless to say, Tulsi could be a revolutionary figure in politics, regardless of the depth of her understanding. I sure hope she makes it to Mount Soma some day. She could do the world a lot of good. I have been wondering about the “Year of Manifestation.” Will 2014 will be a worldwide year of manifestation? I am confident about Mount Soma, but sometimes the world seems so far out of balance. Tulsi and her video make me feel optimistic about 2014 and what could happen to our world. Jai Guru Dev! Billy Benge on January 11, 2014 at 4:46 pm Like some of my friends teenage daughters often say: ” Really…? Seriously…? “ Billy Benge on January 11, 2014 at 4:57 pm ” …I want to warn everyone in the press and all the voters out there…..if you demand expressions of religious faith from politicians, you are just begging to be lied to. …They won’t all lie to you but a lot of them will and it will be the easiest lie they ever had to tell to get your votes. ” — Alan Alda playing California Republican Senator Arnold Vinick on The West Wing Full quote from his performance: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=104×3459291 Cory on January 11, 2014 at 6:16 pm Interesting stuff. Not sure if I’d call it it an echo of depth or an early distant warning… Stacy on January 11, 2014 at 6:23 pm Well it does feel like that Maui / Hawaiian flavored spirituality to me. I guess I still prefer the old time southern religion. Thanks y’all for sharing! Did anyone notice how beautiful she is too…? Wow! Michael Mamas on January 11, 2014 at 7:51 pm I am enjoying and fascinated by the broad spectrum of opinions on this. Are we perceiving or projecting on to? Who has insight here and who is making assumptions? Who is viewing her through the bias of their own indoctrination… their own conditioning? Who is coming from their wisdom? Who may have a bit too narrow of a perspective? Who may be naive? Who may be innocent and pure of heart? For sure her message was sweet and simple. It would be interesting to talk with her. For now, why not just stay open, wait, and see? Who knows? Tom Loker on January 12, 2014 at 11:14 am I was asked by a good friend to view this video. As Billy Benge said, one always needs to be skeptical of people in politics. Regardless, she has a remarkable background and many accomplishment that lead to dedication to good works for others and on behalf of others. Have these been truly selfless acts? Few are because they come from within us as flawed beings. Having spent quite a bit of time in Washington and in other capitals attempting to make a difference by wading in the cesspool of politics, I can say time will tell the true character of her soul. Her message is meant to uplift. She clearly spent a lot of time in crafting her words and practice in her delivery. When one does not act in the moment but with planning, even the most sincere message can get diluted because the soul is not the fountain of the delivery. As such it will never ring quite as clear and true. So good counsel is to wait and see and gauge by actions while holding to the tenant that we should also give grace as we observe. My one criticism of her focus passages, is the same as have concerned others in the request to forgo other commitments to the one true commitment, in this case to Krishna. In this passage, as in many religious writings a paradox comes to the surface. A paradox perhaps derived from the limitations of communication and understanding. I have always felt that the difficulty in understanding is in asking the wrong question. For me, and I cannot speak for others, I seek only the journey to enlightenment and understanding. In the journey of learning every day is an adventure. Tom Loker on January 12, 2014 at 11:15 am For clarification, both Billy Benge and Michael Brandon are my friends. It was Michael Brandon who led me to this video. Thank you Michael! Michael Mamas on January 12, 2014 at 3:15 pm Hello Tom, I enjoyed your comments. If you are in the Bay area in April, consider coming to class as my guest. Billy or MIchael could fill you in on the details. As a seeker of ‘the journey to enlightenment and understanding’, you may want to give it a try. I hope to see you there! Joy Anna on January 12, 2014 at 8:22 pm I loved the verses she quoted from the Gita. I found her speech and presentation rather scripted and coiffed though. My sense is that there is real sincerity and intelligence and beauty, while she also knows how to pitch herself and her messages to the general public. I would love to hear her speak candidly. Aloha Nancy C! Dave on January 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm I have been thinking about this video and these comments a lot the past few days. I really noticed how much of a tendency there is for many of us to look through a critical and skeptical lens. This observation led me to think about the concept of a “spiritual ego”, which I think almost all of us have developed to some degree. When I was watching the video for the first time, one of the questions that came to my mind was whether or not Tulsi was a member of the Hare Krishna movement. And even though I have no real understanding of this movement, there was a little judgement involved in that thought. I think it is important for all of us to realize just how fortunate we are. Very few people have the extreme good fortune of having their lives blessed by the presence of an enlightened master, and far fewer have the opportunity to work with such a being on an ongoing basis. I hope with all of my heart and soul and Tulsi and many others in the near future have their lives blessed by Brahmarshi and the Knowledge . In that sense, Brahmarshi is ultimate “Servant Leader”… A true Servant of humanity… and Tulsi is right, the word needs more Servant Leaders. Tom Loker on January 17, 2014 at 10:10 am Michael, I will try to keep my schedule clear and attend. I look forward to meeting you and having a discussion. Michel and Billy, I am sure can tell you about my background.