Category Archives: Giving

Relief Needed for Sendong Victims in CDO and Iligan City

Help Sendong Victims

Residents of Cagayan de Oro (CDO) and Iligan City who were worst hit by the deluge brought on by Typhoon Sendong (known internationally as Washi) are now in dire need of relief after whole towns were washed out by raging torrents.

Philippine Red Cross counts over 652 people dead while 808 are missing as of 7 p.m. 18 December 2011, after Typhoon Sendong  dumped  over 181 millimeters (mm) of rainfall (equivalent to more than a month of rain) in 24 hours, Business World Online (www.bworldonline.com) reports.

 Maria Ressa reports on CNN

If you can extend help in any way possible, all contributions are badly needed. I have compiled information on all relief operations currently being conducted that I am aware of.  I will keep adding information on other relief operations as soon as they become available. In the meantime, below are some operations you can support.

Volunteers are needed at Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Cagayan De Oro (Masterson Rd, upper Carmen) to repack and deliver relief goods. Call mobile no. +63 906 6150095 or land line no.+63 2 858-8892. Or follow their Twitter feeds @DSWDserve

For Sendong Emergency Fund and Donations

Xavier University Relief Center is conducting a relief operation for families affected by Typhoon Sendong. They are asking for donations in:

  1. Cash
  2. Ready to eat food (noodles, canned goods, etc.)
  3. Bottled water
  4. Clean clothes, blankets, sheets, etc.

You can drop them off at the Xavier U KKP-SIO office.

You can also donate to the following agencies:

World Vision Sendong Relief

Philippine Red Cross Sendong Relief Donations

Here’s other ways you can give (from the Philippine Red Cross website):

By SMS
Text RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)

By G-Cash
Text DONATE<space>AMOUNT<space>4-digit M-PINREDCROSS to 2882

You can donate the following denominations:
Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000

Namaste!

“The divinity in me bows to the divinity in you.”

Namaste
Namaste!

When the meaning of the word ‘Namaste’ was first explained to me, it moved me quite profoundly. A single word defines in its entirety, the relationship of one person to every other being on earth.

It is both humbling and glorifying.  When a person bows in recognition of divinity’s presence in the other. It humbles the greeter as he glorifies the other. And yet, as the greeting is given back the greeter is in turn glorified as the other bows in recognition of divinity of the first greeter.

Think about it.  Here lies the formula of all perfect relationships. As soon as a person recognizes that divinity exists in all other beings, then he treats all beings with reverence. And by showing reverence for all others beings he expresses his own divinity that in turn commands for it, reverence.

If you have relationships you would like to improve, try bowing to the divinity in that person. When dealing with that person, try acting as you would, if you were in the presence of Divinity.  If you don’t know how you would act in the presence of divinity, then consider how you would act in the presence of someone you hold in very high esteem, where you would take pains to look good, talk well and be gracious.

As relationships get older, we often shed all these niceties and begin acting more like our “normal self”.  This in itself is not bad.  You know you have a really good relationship when you can be yourself without being judged. You are accepted and loved as you are, both the good side and the bad. This only becomes harmful to a relationship when we begin to believe that this is what we are entitled to, that this is what the other person owes us.

If we have this ‘entitlement’ mindset in a relationship, we demand love and respect unconditionally from the other, without feeling any duty to reciprocate.

“I am your husband, you must respect my wishes.”

“I am your father, you must obey me.”

“I am your boss, do as I say.”

“Shut up and listen to me.”

We all have had, at some point, to put up with this. Yet deep inside, we all recognize this oppression that we know we are not meant to accept. And somehow we feel a deep and painful injustice when we allow ourselves to endure it.  Even young children instinctively sense this violation, and react against the oppressiveness.

The fundamental flaw in this thinking is this: Love and respect can never be demanded from anyone.  It can only be given as a willing gift to another. The wonderful paradox is that the more you give love and respect, the more love and respect comes back to you.  The more you demand it from others the less you feel you have of it. You can shout, insult, threaten or coerce people into submission but none of this will guarantee their love  or respect.

In the end it is the giver who decides to give and no matter how entitled you believe you are to the love and respect of others, you cannot ever make anyone love or respect you. And so it goes, if you bow to the divinity in others, that is, you recognize that they are deserving of your love, respect and reverence, then it is the divinity in you bowing to the divinity in the other.

If we all took seriously to heart the wisdom behind the greeting ‘Namaste’, we would all be living in perfect harmony, divine with divine no one the lesser.