Aloha and Namaste,
2020 is certainly a year that will not soon be forgotten. For most, if not all, of us, it has brought about many unexpected changes. Changes to our daily routines, our work, and even our relationships.
Whenever we’re put into difficult situations, it gives us the opportunity to take shelter in the loving protection of the Supreme Lord, our Supreme Friend. It propels us to reflect upon and draw upon the lessons we've learned from the past and also to consider what changes we can make to live a better life, now and in the future. So if we take the opportunity to slow down and connect with what really matters, we can enjoy a gentler, more meaningful existence.
The challenges we face today, both as individuals and as a society right now, are tremendous. The uncertainty that this year has brought has made me personally reflect upon the time I spent deployed in the Middle East. That too was a time in my life when there was danger at every step. Each day brought new uncertainties, and likewise, many lives were lost. My shelter then and now, has been the Bhagavad-gita, which means “Song of God”.
The Bhagavad-gita, spoken by Sri Krishna, is full of transcendental wisdom that is as relevant today as it was 5000 years ago when it was spoken. On this holy day of Janmashtami, when we celebrate the appearance of Sri Krishna in this world, it is the perfect time to reflect on His sublime instructions, which are like a transcendental lifeline.
When we are blown here and there by the strong winds of change, when giant waves are crashing upon us, when we are feeling unsteady, lost, adrift, the Bhagavad-gita offers us guidance and hope. Looking at our problems through the prism of eternality, rather than merely identifying with our temporary, material circumstances, gives us an anchor that offers great peace, purpose, and stability through even the most trying of times.
May we always be blessed with remembrance of Sri Krishna, His unconditional love and His transcendental appearance in this world.
Jaya Sri Krishna!
When I first ran for Congress in 2012, I knew that we needed to bring our troops home from Afghanistan and made that a central focus of my campaign. After two decades of fighting in a war that has no clear objective, cost thousands of lives, and continues to cost taxpayers at least $4 billion a month, most Democrats and Republicans want to continue this war. This is why I voted against this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) - a $740.1 Billion defense bill that disproportionately benefits the military industrial complex, continues to escalate the new Cold War, and needlessly continues our decades-long war in Afghanistan.
Unfortunately, this bill passed the House with bipartisan support.
Nevertheless, as a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, I fought hard to get many provisions added to the bill, including:
We have much work ahead of us. I will continue to do all I can to bring our troops home from Afghanistan, work to end the new Cold War and nuclear arms proliferation, and ensure the safety, prosperity, and well-being of the American people and our planet.
Now, it’s time for Congress and this Administration to do the same.
Mahalo and be well,
For so many people, the continued COVID-19 pandemic has put life on pause. Important life events and well-earned vacations have been interrupted. Graduations and weddings have been postponed.
Meanwhile, selfless Americans across the country have continued to work tirelessly on the front lines since day one, putting the well-being of others ahead of themselves. For months, they have risked their lives in service to their communities in the face of constant shortages and uncertainty.
Because of you, we are able to support these individuals by partnering with Direct Relief, a global humanitarian organization that provides medical services without regard to politics, religion, ethnic identity, or ability to pay. Proceeds from your recent TULSI2020 store purchases are going to help the courageous men and women who show up every day to defeat this virus.
The Direct Relief team has been working in overdrive to get protective gear and critical care medications to as many health workers as possible.
These courageous and selfless individuals are proof that we can persevere and overcome this crisis together, as Americans.
We encourage you to visit Direct Relief, learn more about their mission, and follow them as they continue to support those who need it most right now.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Wishing you all a safe 4th of July! #IndependenceDay
Today is International Yoga Day, and with all that is happening in the world, this celebration is a great opportunity to come together, pause, and remember the powerful impact yoga can have on each of us as individuals and on the world.
Yoga inspires me daily, and today I’d like to share that inspiration with you. Let us honor this day and come together in a spirit of selfless service, love, and respect. And if there’s someone in your life who inspires you to put service above self, please share this video with them.
Jai Sri Krishna! Tulsi Gabbard
More than a million of our brothers and sisters who served in the military are suffering every day as a result of being exposed to toxic burn pits during their time overseas. This is the Agent Orange of our post-9/11 generation of veterans. Yet, the Department of Defense and the VA have so far failed to ensure every veteran and servicemember dealing with health issues related to their exposure to these toxins gets the care and benefits they deserve.
This is why I’ve introduced H.R.7072 — the SFC Heath Robinson Burn Pit Transparency Act — and other legislation to prevent another generation of veterans from suffering in the way that our brothers who served in Vietnam did.
Heath Robinson was one of too many servicemembers who deployed to the Middle East, only to come home and fight another battle — for Heath, a 3-year battle with lung cancer. A father, husband, and patriot, he recently lost that battle with cancer and died as our nation's leaders failed to acknowledge the link between his diagnosis and his toxic burn pit exposure.
This is an egregious failure to those who serve. Our veterans deserve better. Their families deserve better. Our veterans deserve care, compensation, and disability benefits.
It is too late for some like Heath, but more are suffering and more need help. Congress must act now.
~ With love and aloha,
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