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Facebook small chat!

Posted by Khaled on November 30, 2008

Eslam: Hi .. No problem . Thank you for adding me. You’re Khaled from Global, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

Khaled: Salam Eslam,
Ex-Global ๐Ÿ™‚
Last week was my last, I now joined Taameer Kuwait.

Eslam: mabrook!!! 3o’balna ya Rabb ๐Ÿ™‚

Khaled: Allah yebarek feek, 7a2ool lommi ted3eelak ๐Ÿ™‚

Eslam: Thanks! Ay 7add yed3eeli.. I’m not that picky ๐Ÿ™‚

Khaled: Depends how serious you wanna leave?
I mean if you want to leave in 2008 we have to put my mom on it, if your plans are flexible we can use our next door neighbor. LOL

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Ramesh Balsekar

Posted by Khaled on November 30, 2008

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A commerce graduate from the University of London, Ramesh S. Balsekar worked as the General Manager of a leading nationalized Bank and retired as its President in 1977. Even during his working life, he always felt he was enacting some role in a play that must, and would, end soon. Deep within, he believed that there had to be more to life than merely getting ahead of the other man.

What was he seeking? The answer came soon after his retirement when he had an encounter, which soon led to daily meetings, with the well-known sage, and his Guru, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. The total understanding that ‘no one does anything’ happened in 1979. Ramesh began translating most of the daily talks held by Nisargadatta Maharaj. He himself began teaching in 1982. The ‘command’ to talk was given by his Guru. These talks or ‘conversations’ began on the day when an Australian man showed up at his door early one morning. The next day, this Australian returned with a few of his friends. Gradually, the number of visitors who came to listen to Ramesh began to grow. Since then, he has written over 20 books and held several seminars in Europe and the USA and, while he is in Mumbai, the talks continue every morning at his residence. As Ramesh says, “No one is invited, and everyone is welcome.”

Recognized as one of the foremost contemporary sages and considered a Master of pure Advaita around the world, Ramesh, who is married and a father of three children, is widely regarded as a ‘householder’ Guru. He elaborates his own concepts with those of his Guru Nisargadatta Maharaj, the Buddha, Ramana Maharshi, selected Hindu scriptures as well as the teachings of Taoist Masters and Wei Wui Wei. All serve as pointers to the Truth – The Ultimate Understanding.

“What is the Ultimate Understanding?” asks Ramesh, and answers it by saying, “That there is no one to understand anything.” He emphasizes that everything he says is a concept and, moreover, it does not matter whether the concept is accepted or not. “Whether the acceptance happens or not is the Will of God, and the destiny of the individual concerned.” According to Ramesh, many spiritual Masters instruct their disciples to “kill the ego” which results in a lot of confusion. In striking contrast, the point of his teaching is that it ‘converts’ the ego. With this teaching it can be observed, from one’s own personal experience, the simple truth as enunciated by the Buddha that “Events happen, deeds are done, but there is no individual doer thereof.”

Ramesh further points out that the main confusion arises with the question “Who seeks what? What is the ego and what is the ego seeking?” The ego wants self-realization and the ego can only be satisfied with something that can be understood and appreciated in this life. Self-realization is simply the realization by the ego that the ego itself is not a separate doer, that the doing is merely a happening through a human mechanism or instrument. This understanding annihilates the guilt and shame, pride and arrogance that accompany the sense of personal doership. The result is an enormous sense of freedom, of peace and harmony.

The teachings that emanate from Ramesh are pure Advaita: ‘Consciousness is all there is’. The impact of the teachings is fuelled with the force of his ‘Total Understanding’. From his own life experiences, Ramesh makes the teachings relevant – for the here and now.

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Happy Thanksgiving :-)

Posted by Khaled on November 26, 2008

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

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Medical Insurance Companies in Jordan

Posted by Khaled on November 24, 2008

Salam all,

Ok so it seems like The move to Jordan is getting closer by the day. I think I’m going with Bunatalghad school in Jbaiha and in regards to the apartments I will be looking for one in Khalda.

Now I still need to find medical insurance coverage for my family. I have Kuwait Qatar Insurance Co. but not sure if it is accepted in Jordan. If not, What are the top Insurance Companies in Jordan?

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Obama’s Victory:Why We Celebrate By Dr. James Zogby

Posted by Khaled on November 10, 2008

Washington Watch

November 10, 2008

Obama’s Victory:

Why We Celebrate

Dr. James J. Zogby (c)

President

Arab American Institute

On many levels the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the U.S. represents a transformative moment in my nation’s history. I realize that there are some cynics and critics who will find reason to dismiss the significance of this victory, but they are wrong – and I want to share some personal reflections and vignettes from the campaign that describe this moment’s meaning for so many Americans.

During the past year my travels across the U.S. provided an extraordinary opportunity to experience at first-hand the concerns and expectations of so many Americans. There were many memorable experiences along the way, here are just a few:

I began the Sunday before the election by addressing a Bangladeshi-Yemeni rally for Obama at a United Auto Workers union hall in Hamtramck, Michigan. Among the newest members of our nation’s immigrant communities, these two groups have been hard hit by a double-whammy: the economic downturn and the anti-Muslim bigotry on the right and left. Looking into the eyes of the young people from both communities and listening to their words made clear how important this campaign has been, and how their belief in the American Dream would be restored with an Obama victory.

The notion that “you, too, can grow up to be President” had, for many Americans, become a mere banality. But not for those assembled before me. For these new immigrants that expression, and its deeper meaning of acceptance and opportunity, still resonated.

I ended the day at the Annual Hungarian Dinner at a church in Toledo, Ohio. Most of Northwest Ohio’s Democratic Party operatives were gathered there to get energized before the final push to the election. These European ethnic immigrants, who have for a century been the bedrock of the Democratic Party, were the “white middle class” voters whose support Barack Obama had to win in this election. And from the excitement I saw, it was clear that he had. After a few generations in the U.S., these communities felt that they had secured their place in the great American middle class; but now they could feel it slipping away and some feared that the “Dream” was getting beyond their children’s reach.

Scenes like this were nothing new to me. They replayed what I had witnessed over the past year, from as early as October of 2007 in Iowa to this, the final Sunday before the election. And what the scenes spoke to me of was what Barack Obama had achieved – a renewal of hope and a belief in change that had crossed ethnic, racial, religious, and generational lines.

On election day, waiting in a long line to cast my vote, I would again sense the power of this moment. Having been a part of the Jesse Jackson for President campaigns in 1984 and 1988 I knew how many diverse minority communities, and most especially African Americans, understood this day. For those of my generation, and older, the flood of history swept over us. We recalled, in our lifetime, the harsh reality of segregation and racist laws that had prohibited African Americans from using the same accommodations, attending the same schools, and even denied them the right to vote. We had participated in the movement to change our laws, and to open our political process. We had seen ย many pay the price along the way. Now we saw the fruits of these labors rewarded. We had, over forty years, made a long journey – and here we were in line, waiting to vote for the first African American who could be President.

Watching the results come in with my family gathered around, we wept as Obama’s victory became clear. In some ways we had expected this win, but were still overcome by its reality. And when the Obama family came on stage, announced as First Lady and President-elect, one chapter in America’s history was closed, and another opened. In this regard, the Obama victory represents a potentially transformative moment. We will now be able to see ourselves differently, and the world will see us differently as well. John McCain in his concession speech called the election a great moment for African Americans. He was half right: it was a great moment for us all.

In his remarkable speech in Chicago’s Grant Park on election night, Obama made clear that he understood the importance of all this. He also correctly cautioned America and the world to temper their expectations, and understand that all will not be made perfect. There will be disagreements over appointments made and decisions reached. But none of that diminishes the significance of the moment, nor should it dampen the belief in the real changes in policy and direction that will, undoubtedly, occur.

Washington Watch is a weekly column written by AAI President James Zogby.ย  The views expressed within this column do not necessarily reflect those of the Arab American Institute.
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I’m goin going to Jordan Jordan(Advice needed)

Posted by Khaled on November 8, 2008

Well, since my back migration from the states I have been trying to reside in Jordan but could not find a supporting advice.

Now I am moving to Jordan thank the Lord. It will be a gradual move, me first then the kids and thier mom after they are done with their schooling.

So here are few Questions to you out there:

1- School for the kids, I’m more concerned about academics & social, not looking forward for the British format though, Arab or American only.

2-Which area in Amman is suitable for a family of 4? looking for a 3 Bedrooms Apartment.

3-Cars, I have asked around and I think the most affordable way to get a car in my case is to buy one from an individual for now.

Thanks in advance.

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“OBAMA 08” I’m proud to be an American!

Posted by Khaled on November 5, 2008

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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 their captivity.

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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 an exile in his own land. And so we’ve 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. And so, we’ve 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. And 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. And 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 always 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 self-hood and robbed of their dignity by a sign 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.”ยน

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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. And some of you have come from areas where your quest — 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.

And 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” — one day right there 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, and 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.”ยฒ

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I 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.

And this will be the 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 Pilgrim’s pride,

From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

And 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 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, 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!ยณ

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