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Decolonizing the negative meanings of an old tradition

The following is from Sanskrit Origins of Bathala and Bahala at BahalaNaMeditations.com, written around 2013 at an old blog, and excerpted in Wikipedia.

“There are many people who believe the phrase bahala na originates from the Tagalog word Bathala, which means “supreme divine being” It’s easy to see and hear why this would be because the spelling and sound of the two words are very similar, differentiated by the use of the letter and sound of “t” within the word. But in fact, the word bathala comes from the Sanskrit word bhattara


Find the patterns and connect the subtle dots of the past, present and future…

I started jotting these notes down in May 2020. I came to revisit it this December.

This is an invitation to read the following article and then find the patterns and connect the subtle dots of the past, present and future:

Polynesian Seafarers ‘Discovered’ America Long Before Europeans, Says DNA Study, By Bryan Nelson, Updated May 12, 2020

John Webber, —1793, Wikipedia

Take a moment and consider our worldviews… our ancestors’ worldviews. And allow them to tell us things about ourselves.

While reading the Treehugger post on Polynesian seafarers, I find it interesting what the history of the sweet potato tells us about the dynamics between our ancestors who crossed the oceans and seas and the difference in their worldviews.

I have Filipino…


A designer’s life

a journey from crayons to cultural activism

Hello, my worker bee name is Perla Daly. I’m driven to use visual design to transmit transformational content.

Here is my story…

Since I was a little girl, I would dream of and loved creating things.

Even though I’d stare longingly at the Arts and Crafts center at the army base in Ft. Ord but I never got to go there, luckily I had a single-mom who nurtured my yearning to create.

When she saw my crayon drawings, at 3-years old, she gave me paint, paper and clay. When she saw me use…


Subtle. Barely there.

That’s your white privilege.

Manifest destiny peeks out of your delicate gossip and sweet giggle.

Obviously those internet haters are on it. Around the world. That’s the inevitable response to white privilege showing up at a Miss Universe competition.

You only meant well. You mean that.

And so your “best intentions” of describing your fellow beauty pageant contestants with sweet, pitying care, has revealed that American wound at the international Miss Universe competition.

You shared your painful and pain-causing US of A inheritance. I call it colonizers mentality.

Your inheritance is a white, conqueror, superiority complex from…


In the Philippines, the aswang is a fiendish, supernatural creature that will drink the blood of an unborn baby. One night, my cousin was found unconscious on the ground. I think the aswang got him!!

When I was 10 years-old, we moved from the coastline town of Marina, California to Bacolod City, a little town on an island in the Philippines. While our new home was being built, we lived in the “big house” of my maternal grandparents, Lolo Pisyong and Lola Tilde. This was one of 3 big houses in the family compound. …


A Filipina yogini’s realization of how the Philippine saying means so much more

Background:

In the Philippines, the saying of “bahala na” means negative things for quite a number of people:

For some it means being part of a brotherhood in a gang.

For many others it means being lazy, irresponsible, one of the symptoms of the “Third World Sick Man of Asia.” Simply put there are those that practice it in a disempowering way whereby one relinquishes one’s personal power.


I grew up without you

Although I never got to know you, you were still able to take care of us all, even after you were gone.

Mom constantly talked of you. Spoke to you.

I know you loved mom and us. And your mom and sisters. Tita Mer and Tita Lourdes spoke of you as their handsome, big brother who, walked with them down the street, sent letters to them while you travelled the world.

I know that when you worked as a stevedore, on the piers of Iloilo, you were only 13-years-old and that you tied rope around…


A brown woman’s response to Deadbeat son is a sign of America’s failure to raise boys

Photo by Rene Bernal on Unsplash

This started out as a short Facebook post, but it began to snowball when I wrote out my full range of thoughts and feelings about what Karol Markowicz said about raising girls versus boys.

Karol Markowicz, I agree with the title of your NY Post article Deadbeat son is a sign of America’s failure to raise boys. And I’m glad you wrote it and that I read the clear points and facts. So thank you for that and making me think about this.

Here…


I began to be curious about Sanskrit words in Filipino languages when I started learning yoga and heard the words guru and mukha, which mean teacher and face, respectively, in both Tagalog and Sanskrit.

Asa is “hope” in Tagalog and asa is also hope in Sanskrit.

Bahala in Filipino means responsibility, care, onus or burden. In Sanskrit the word bhara means pressure, weight, load, burden, and also the quantity of 100,000,000.

The phrase of Bahala na in Filipino means to put trust in God or Divine Providence. In Sanskrit bharaNa means completion or sustenance.

Note that when speaking Sanskrit, the…


revisiting threads in the Pagbabalikloob YahooGroup

Jul 14, 2005

In the book The Self-Aware Universe: How Consciousness Creates the Material World author Amit Goswami describes the basis of colonial mentality:

If we could single out one historical concept that has propelled humans and their societies toward much violence and warfare, it is the concept of hierarchy.

the concept of hierarchy has given way to the belief in superiority, elitism and privilege. Privilege has given way to domination, conquering and exploitation

can other words for “colonial mentality” be “conqueror mentality”… “domination mentality”, “exploitation mentality”….

is colonial mentality like a collective superiority…

Omehra

mom, artist, writer, cultural activist—awakenings, connection, kinship, kapwa, decolonization, feminism, ancestral healing, pakikipagkapwa, & liberating madness

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