“If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.”
~ Lao Tzu
A Statement of Allyship from Love Serve Remember Foundation
“Silence is itself an act of acquiescence to a system.”
– Ram Dass
Love Serve Remember Foundation is committed to a just and compassionate society. We condemn the brutal murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police. We stand in solidarity with the Black community and protesters across the US and the world against systemic anti-Black racism. All officers involved in these violent actions must be held accountable.
We stand in solidarity with all victims of police brutality and white supremacist violence, including the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and the many, many other Black victims of violence.
In 1983, Ram Dass, in a teach-in with Dan Ellsberg, said:
“Even though we find ourselves afraid, and not feeling peaceful, and less than fully loving and compassionate, we must act. There is no way you can be in an incarnation without acting. We cannot wait until we are enlightened to act. We all hear the way in which our silence is itself an act of acquiescence to a system. That is as much an action as walking.
Since we must act, we do the best we can to act consciously and compassionately. But in addition, we can make every action an exercise designed to help us become free. Because the truth that comes from freedom, and the power that comes from freedom, and the love and compassion that come from freedom are the jewels we can cultivate to offer to our fellow sentient beings for the relief of their suffering.”
Separation is an illusion