SPEAKS & WRITES ABOUT:

  • Pluralism
  • Interfaith Movements
  • Politics
  • Cohesive Societies
  • Islam
  • Justice & Peace
  • India
  • Spirituality
  • Foreign Policy
  • Inspiration/ Motivation

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Public Speaker
  • Public Writer
  • Public & Media Relations
  • Conference Organizer
  • Teacher, Workshops 
  • Events Management
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Training & Motivating Staff
  • Community Outreach
  • Conflict Mitigation
  • Goodwill Nurturance
  • Financial & Budget Services
  • Fund Raising
  • Beyond Interfaith relations
  • TV Show Production
  • Radio Broadcasting
  • News Paper Publication
  • Home Building & Remodeling
  • Property Management
  • Home Building & Remodeling

EDUCATION

  • M.B.A., Univ. of Dallas
  • M.Com., Bangalore Univ.
  • B.Com., Bangalore Univ.

APPRECIATIONS

OTHER PROFILES

CIVIC BLOGS

We have to build a cohesive America, where no American has to live in anxieties, discomfort of fear of the other. We cannot let the issues of the day pit one American against the other.  

9 Civic & Political Blogs


PLURALISM



Our mission is to encourage individuals to develop an open mind and an open heart toward their fellow beings. If we can learn to respect the otherness of other and accept the genetic uniqueness of each one of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge.

2
Pluralism Sites & 10 Blog

ISLAM



To be a Muslim is to be a peacemaker, one who seeks to mitigate conflicts and nurtures goodwill for peaceful co-existence of humanity.
Mission

3 Islam Sites &  10 Blogs 

DISCUSSIONS 

- Pluralism
- Muslim Agenda
- Dallas Indians

COMMITMENT TO PEACE

Mike consciously chooses his words and actions to reduce conflicts and nurture goodwill amongst people of different affiliations. He walks the middle path and gets to work with the right wingers as well as the ultra-left. His work for peace and co-existence is reflected through the workshops, radio shows, speeches, discussion forums and writings.


 

EVENT ALBUMS

 Unity Day USA 2009

 Unity Day USA 2008
 
Unity Day USA 2006
 
Unity Day USA 2005

 Holocaust & Geno 2010
 
Holocaust & Geno 2009
 
Holocaust & Geno 2007

 

BUSINESS BACKGROUND

Currently Mike manages real properties and business consulting (2006-Now).
 

In different Managerial capacities, Mike has successfully managed subdivisions of Home building companies from ground breaking to building and moving families into the neighborhoods. Ryland Homes (1984-86); Grand Homes (1997-98); Drees Custom Homes (1998-2001); Bluffview Builders (2004-2005). Has won many awards including community Manger of the year at Ryland (1985) and Top three with Grand Homes (1998) and the # 1 Market Manager at Drees (1999) Custom Homes.
 

As Vice President of Lewis Fire Protection, Mike was responsible for successfully turning around the ailing company into a profitable one. Lewis fire was one of the largest Fire protection companies in Dallas (1981-83).
 

As Deputy Controller of Finance, Mike was responsible for the financial operations of Fluor Arabia in Dhahran, a subsidy of Fluor Corp developing Natural Gas gathering & Liquefaction plants in Saudi Arabia. Supervised over 120 employees and managed 5 satellite projects with a $5.1 Billion budget. It was one of the largest NGL facilities in the world at that time (1977-80) and Fluor was the largest Engineering Company.


FAMILY

Mike was born and raised in Yelahanka, a suburb of Bangalore, India.

Dallas, Texas is his home town for the last thirty years.

Mike's Father (1914-1977) was a Mayor (1952-53) of the town of Yelahanka . His election symbol.

A Tribute to M. Abdul Rahman.
   
Mother was a Muslim religious advisor (1930-2002) - Mom Dad 

A Tribute to Khairun Nisa

Grand mother (Dadimaa) died at 96 in the Mid seventies, she was a fiercely independent woman. It was her story that inspired Mike to name his daughter Jasmina.

Yasmeen (Wife)
Medical Doctor 
Practicing Nursing Manager

Jeff  (Son)
Attorney
J.D. SMU (2010)
M.S. Accounting UTD (2007) 

Fern (daughter in-law)
Engineer,
M.S. Engineering UTD (2008)

Jasmina (Daughter)  
UTD majoring in
Psychology 

The Sister and 3 brothers
sister in laws.

Maheen (Yasmeen's Daughter) Son in Law Phillip & Grand Kids Jalen and Isaiah. Family pic

Dadsky Everett Blauvelt 
The man who was the reason for me to the in the United States
    
Life Time Friends
Saleh Shariff

Adil Khan  
  
D. D. Maini
Father figure Friend
  
Najma (Wife 1947-2008)
A Tribute to Najma
  
PEOPLE I ADMIRE 

Rev. Bill Matthews

Dr. Harbans Lal
Dr. Basheer Ahmed
Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk
Len Ellis
Imam Zia Sheikh
Dilshad Noor


BORN & RAISED

Mike was born and raised in Yelahanka, a suburb of Bangalore, India.

His father M. Abdul Rahman's inherent disposition to treat people with dignity has influenced him a great deal. He was India's freedom fighter and the Mayor of the Town of Yelahanka [1952-53]. He taught the pluralism embedded in every religion and cited a verse from Quraan more often than any other thing he taught, his favorite reading was on gratitude, Sura Rahman from Quraan and it is Mike's favorite too.

His Mother Khairun Nisa was a pluralist in every aspect of life and has simply inspired him to be who he is today. Her death in 2001 had the greatest impact on him, as she left a large lesson of tying loose ends of life before departing the world. Indeed she wrote a note three days prior to her death about it and left a handwritten will for the family with perfect clarity. Mike reached home four hours after she had passed away. He sat by her not knowing whether to smile or to cry and finally chose to smile all the way until after she was buried and cried when he visited her three days later at her grave.  He smiled because she led a good example of bringing conclusions to every thing and cried because he won't see her again.

Mike grew up enjoying and celebrating Hindu, Muslim, Jain, Parsee and Christian Festivals. He is grateful to his parents for the exposure he was given. "My family has come to believe that all festivals are meant to celebrate and share the joy with the people you know." Years later Mike produced a Radio show called "Festivals of the World" where the essence and significance of every festival was shared on Saturdays and it continues today with his news letter.

WHOLEHEARTEDLY

Mike says, “No matter what you do in life, do it wholeheartedly” as it brings joy to oneself and the others who will consume the work. "I thank God for blessing me with the passion to do everything with my heart and soul in it. My life has become Pluralism in general and Religious Pluralism in particular."

Mike speaks at educational, religious and civic organizations on Pluralism, Religious pluralism including multiculturalism and Indian Culture.

INSPIRATION

The lives of Prophet Mohammad, Mahatma Gandhi, Jesus Christ, Mother Theresa, Gautama Buddha, Krishna, Guru Nanak, Martin Luther King Jr., father Abdul Rahman, mother Khairun Nisa and maternal grand father Shaikh Hussain have profoundly inspired Mike. President Obama is becoming a Mentor as well, as he connects with him and his thought process. 

"My kids Jeff and Mina have excited me with their fresh perspectives on life and God. All my inspirers have frequently helped me see the world from another point of view, i.e., respecting all creation and "live and let live" point of view.  My intuitive pluralism and ZERO prejudice has it's origins in Islam, Hinduism, Jainism and Christianity, many consider me to be a Baha'i. I was pleased to hear some one called me a Jew as well and I have been said by people of different faiths that I belong to them. Thanks to my  father for unlocking me from a singular cell and opening multiple windows of knowledge for me."

Mike has always cherished Abe Lincoln's statement "with malice towards none", "practicing this gives me peace." "A good Muslim is a good Hindu, is a good Christian, is a good Jew and is a good human being, the truth of goodness is the same. Reading Lincoln is my next project, as Obama is a follower of him."

"The people who continue to impart wisdom to me are; Dale Carnegie, Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Karen Armstrong, Jiddu Krishnamurthy, H.H. Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King Jr., H.H. Aga Khan, Reverend Moon, Allama Iqbal, Guru Nanak, Rabbi Gordis and a few others.  Let me clarify this, the simple reason for these particular names is my exposure to their work. I am open to learning from every possible source."

Mike has learned profound things from his bosses and friends over the last forty years and he always acknowledges them.  Ed Nesbit, Kathy Joplin, Mike Davis , Harbans Lal and his grade school teacher Abdul Hakim.

The ultimate in learning is when you become Brahma, to borrow from the Hindu philosophy, whence you do not have a barrier between you and what surrounds you. That is precisely what Qur'aan means when it asks you to submit to the will of God, Krishna means, surrender to him or Jesus, when he says follow me, you cannot go wrong with their advice and the wisdom of all other beautiful religions.

"Each one of the holy books nourishes me in my quest for the truth.  It is quite inspiring to open each book and draw an enormous amount of wisdom from it."

Discussions with his teachers during college days has formed the foundation for his outlook; the calm Shia-Sunni discussions between his father and Hussain Ali, or his grand father; and the passionate Hindu faith of A. Ramachandra, his English teacher; the irresistible logic of Mohamed Fakhru, his weaver friend. And interacting with wise people in Dallas has enriched him tremendously. The open mindedness of Swami Nityananda Prabhu of Hare Krishna Temple;  the comprehensiveness of  Imam Yusuf Zia Kavacki of Dallas Central Mosque reinforces his belief in how God is assessed and in the last few years, his friendship with Imam Zia Shaikh is nothing but a joy. 

Each one of them is all about affection for life, non-discriminatory caring, non-favoring one over the other for the heck of it other than good deeds, which Prophet Muhammad [pbuh] described as the good you can do to other beings, the goodness you bring to God's creation.


MIKE'S FAITH

"I believe, each one of us is created by the same creative process, with a singular source [GOD] for such creation.  I believe that respecting each one of its creations is the best form of praising, worshipping and honoring that creator. I believe knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to acceptance and appreciation of people with a different point of view.  If we can learn to accept and respect the God given uniqueness of each one of the 6 billion of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge."

"I have freed my God from religious confinement and believe that the divine's presence belongs to every one, and he/she/it is everywhere. I see God's greatness in every which way and in every place of worship. I don't like to lock up God in any singular spot or limit him into a form.

No one owns Jesus, Krishna or Mohamed: "Ram is not the property of Hindus, he belongs to all, Christians don't own Jesus, and Mohammed and his message belongs to all". I feel that none of us should bottle up the great teachers into small cells, their teachings are universal and they belong to all. "Don't let prejudice stop you from learning all the good you can learn from all religious teachers”. I believe Learning about other faiths simply enhances one’s search for the truth."

"I am a Muslim and blessed to be one and I pray every one feels the same about his or her individual faith. My faith connects me with my Creator and answers the purpose of life, death, accountability and results. The Islam I know  is what the majority of Muslims practice around the world, it is universal, all embracing and pluralistic. I relate with every faith and see the same essence and beauty in them as I see in Islam. I am comfortable with every beautiful way people have come to worship the divine.  We do not have to undermine other faiths to make our faith better, faith is beyond comparisons. Faith brings humility to oneself and not arrogance."

"I believe that the connection with the Creator is inversely proportional to the ego. Greater the ego, (arrogance); lesser the connection. On the other hand, greater the humility, greater the spirituality. I am grateful to that the creator has helped me learn to respect and honor all faiths, and my faith teaches me never to denigrate other beliefs.  Islam is my path and am honored to travel on it."

As beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, Mike says "religion is in the heart of the believer." Each faith is beautiful to the believer and we should honor that.

"I honor cherish and respect every which way people have come to praise and worship the almighty, including but not limited to the Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Judaism, Sikh, Wicca, Zoroastrian and several indigenous systems of belief. I am committed  to defend the divinity of every faith with no exception and it is in no conflict with my faith, which is Islam."

Mike's chosen path is
Islam and here he summarizes about Islam in a few words;

To be a Muslim is to be a peacemaker, one who seeks to mitigate conflicts and nurtures goodwill for peaceful co-existence. God wants us to live in peace and harmony with his creation;  that is indeed the purpose of religion, any religion.

OFFICE ADDRESS

2665 Villa Creek Dr, Suite 206
Dallas, TX 75234 - USA
(214) 325-1916

 

SUMMARY

Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker, writer, initiator, organizer and activist committed to building cohesive societies, and offers pluralistic solutions to the media and the public on current issues. He is available to speak at places of worship, workplaces, schools, seminars, workshops, conferences and public events.

Mike is a frequent guest on Fox News, “The Hannity Show”, and on nationally syndicated radio shows along with Dallas TV, print and radio networks, and occasional interviews on NPR.

He has spoken at international forums including the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne, Australia; the Middle East Peace Initiative in Jerusalem; and the International Leadership Conference in Hawaii, Chicago and Washington.

He is a member of the Texas Faith panel at The Dallas Morning News and writes about issues facing the nation every week. He writes for the Huffington Post regularly, and occasionally for the Washington Post and other daily newspapers and magazines around the world. In 2011 Mike published over 300 articles on a variety of subjects. Two books are poised to be released this year on Pluralism and Islam in America.

Mike was a commissioner for the City of Carrollton and president of many organizations including Home Owners Association, North Texas Cricket Association, and a board member of several non-profits such as the Dallas Peace Center.  

Mike is a collaborator and much of his work revolves around the subjects of pluralism, interfaith movement, politics, justice, cohesive societies, Islam, India, hope and world peace.  Mike’s work is reflected in four websites and 30 blogs indexed at www.mikeghouse.net, and he writes daily at www.TheGhouseDiary.com 

He has been managing the
Foundation for Pluralism for over a decade and will continue championing the idea of co-existence through respecting and accepting the otherness of others. On a personal level, he is committed to nurturing  pluralistic ideals embedded in Islam.  

Mike has established several annual public events to bring Americans of different religions, ethnicities, and races together on common ground to build a safe and secure America.

Concerned by the political, civil and economic divisiveness, Mike has initiated and formed the America Together Foundation (ATF), a non-profit entity committed to building a cohesive America, where no American has to live with anxiety, apprehension, discomfort or fear of the other. One must be free to live his or her life to the fullest in pursuit of happiness. The ATF is in the developmental stage now and invites participants, sponsors and volunteers.

He believes that if we can learn to respect the otherness of others and accept the God-given uniqueness of each one of the 7 billion of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge.

Mike starts each day with a commitment to build a cohesive America and pluralistic societies with a strong faith in one Creator God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

To engage Mike in a dialogue, conference or a talk, write to Ghousespeaks@gmail.com


MIKE GHOUSE IN THE MEDIA  
Offering pluralistic solutions on issues of the day

   1. Dallas Morning News (Weekly) - write pluralistic solutions on issues of the day in Texas Faith column.
   2. Hannity Show ( Monthly) - Both on Fox TV Show as well as his Nationally syndicate Radio Shows
   3. Huffington Post ( Bi-Monthly) - Articles on Pluralism, Politics, interfaith, India and Islam.
   4.
You Tube - Videos of activism, speeches etc, a whole lot more to be uploaded
   5. Google - Search by name, MikeGhouse or Mike Ghouse, Interfaith Speaker or Muslim or Pluralism Speaker
   6. Facebook - Facebook.com/MikeGhouse (5000 Friends) Facebook.com/MikeGhouse2 (1200) & Speaker
   7. Twitter - 2000 +Tweets, 1900 connections

   8. Linkedin - 750 connections

   9.
Yahoogroups - 25,000 connections
   0. Blogger - 27 Blogs

WEBSITES  

   America Together Foundation| Political Blogs | Unity Day Holocaust
   Foundation for Pluralism | 2 Pluralism Sites & 10 Blogs
    I
slam Together Foundation| 3 Islam Sites &  10 Blogs 

SPEAKER PROFILES  

   Interfaith Speaker
  
Muslim Speaker
   Motivational Public Speaker
   
Speaker Topics 
   Profile Pictures


MIKE GHOUSE' CONTRIBUTION TO AMERICA

The success of Mike’s community service is an outcome of adhering to the plans and the goals. All the events are mainstream events initiated by Muslims. The programs are attended by people of every faith, race, ethnicity, culture, and background. We gather to express our commitment to co-existence, unity, prosperity and well-being of our nation.

It is the Muslim commitment to become participants and contributors in building a cohesive America. They have been super beneficial to the Muslim communities, which is included in the additional information. This initiative was driven by Verse 49:13 of Qur'an; to know each other.  In each one of the events below, except two,
we the people of the United States of America of every  faith, race, ethnicity, culture and background will gather to express our commitment to co-existence, unity, prosperity and well being of our nation.

 

o   The Annual Unity Day USA is a main stream event commemorating 9/11 for seven years . It is a purposeful event to bring Americans together. The UNITY DAY USA has become a symbol of unity among Americans. On this Unity Day, we the people of the United States of America of every faith, race, ethnicity, culture and background will gather to express our commitment to co-existence, unity, prosperity and well being of our nation. It is an initiative to come together to stand up for the safety, security and cohesiveness of America. Every year we recognize five individuals who have made a difference in their communities, the trophy calls them Pluralist in their field.

o   The Annual Holocaust and Genocides event has continued for the last five years.  We have to learn and to acknowledge and reflect upon the terrible things we have inflicted upon each other and have to commit to ourselves to resist the temptations to be prejudiced and stereotype others. We cannot demand peace unless we are peaceful ourselves. Our safety hinges on the safety of others around us, and it behooves us to work for the safety and security of others on this little planet. We have to be continuously aware of the Holocaust and Genocides and prepare us to avert such tragedies. It is a Muslim commitment to be contributors in building a cohesive America.

o   The Annual Thanksgiving Celebrations & Awards were carried out for over ten years and due to overlapping of Unity day, it is done on a very small scale now. The purpose of celebrating this event is to thank God for helping us learn to accept, respect and appreciate each other’s uniqueness with a focus on culture.

o    Quraan Conference was held on December 5, 2010 in Dallas to demystify the myths about “troubled passages” from Quraan. With 10 Non-Muslim clergy panelists and 5 Muslim Imams. Quraan copies and Imam Feisal’s books were supplied by CAIR and ISNA (2010).

o   Workshops on “Understanding Religion” comprising 12 workshops from “Atheism to Zoroastrianism and every religion in between” (2006-2008).

o   520 Hours of Talk Show Radio on Understanding each one of the religions on AM Radio 1150 (2003-2005).

Commemoration of the loss of Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003. (full story)

 

OTHER

o   Pratham USA, committed to literacy for every child in India raised funds, organizer and was a founding director in the first two years of its inception. Bill Gates foundation has finally funded $6 Million to the project (2004-2005).

o  The Zindagi Trust USA, a Shahzad Roy initiative for Pakistani children, who will be paid to learn. Mike successfully organized and raised funds for the Trust (2005 and 2007).


SERVING THE COMMUNITIES

Mike has earned the goodwill  from among different faiths, races and ethnicities across America by serving and contributing towards the overall good of America. He makes a conscious effort to reach out to every representation of America.

o   Commissioner at the City of Carrollton (2007-2010) he has close relations with the civic leadership, local community and politicians. He not only served the city at large but also hosted candidates forum shaping the politics of Carrollton. The Mayors and Council members have participated in Annual events.

o   President, Indian Creek HOA - His leadership skills to pull diverse people together provided him the opportunity to serve as the President of one of the largest Home Owners Associations in Dallas area for two terms. 

o   President, North Texas Cricket Association – Mike’s leadership changed the outlook for Cricket in the USA, bringing together 16 Cricket grounds, raising from 6 to 32 teams and winning an international award for the best overall Cricket development in the western hemisphere.

o   Founding director, Memnosyne Foundation - He was a founding director for the Memnosyne Foundation reaching out to Native Americans across the continent 

o   Ambassador for Peace, Universal Peace Federation, and through the Universal Peace Federation he has reached to the African American clergy and has been a part of the Middle East Peace Initiative and has spoken a conference in Jerusalem.  

o   Director, Dallas Peace Center. As a director with the Dallas peace center he has faced immense criticism for standing by HLF and demonstrations against Gaza.  It is not easy being a peace activist.

o   Registrar, Women’s III International conference in Dallas 2005, handling 3000 registrations to the conference from across the globe.

o   Several more to be listed


ACTIVISM

Mike Just cannot sit quite when he feels he can raise his voice. He was inspired by Prophet Muhammad’s quote that when you see injustice, the least you can do is to speak up.  Martin Luther King Jr. is one of Mike's mentors, "Injustice anywhere is a a threat to justice, whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly". Reverend Moon insists that the world would be a better place, if we all care for each other and the Native American Chief Seattle said something to this effect. We are merely a strand in this world wide web, if we mess one, we mess the others. Mike's Grand father and his father inspire him to be an activist.   

  • Fred Phelps anti-Semitism: Phelps was protesting in front of the Dallas Holocaust Museum, Texas Jewish Post, Akiba Academy, several Synagogues, St. Mary's Guadalupe and the GLBT church. Mike was there standing with the Jews, immigrants and Catholics. Assuring them that we are all in this together. He pulled the Holocaust Survivors together in the Museum and prayed for the well being, he was on the street (July 2010).
     

  • Immigration Rally down town Dallas: Mike was asked by the Lulac and the Spanish leaders to join the March in downtown with the community leaders to demand immigration reforms, where he gave one of his famous speeches at Dallas City Hall.
     

  • Immigration protest at Farmers Branch: When the Farmers Branch City undertook to undermine the Federal Government on the Immigration, Mike was there walking with the group to Mayor's office. Dallas Morning News printed Mike's picture on the top front page, which was repeated in 200 dailies across Latin America that produced a barrage of hate mail from the non-law-abiding citizens.
     

  • Gaza Protest: In December 2009, during Gaza Siege, Mike represented Dallas Peace Center as a director at the Grassy Knoll, Downtown Dallas where JFK was shot. There was a Jewish man having arguments with a few Palestinians, the police was chasing him for causing distress, I stood up for him against the police demand, and when they decided to arrest me, the other guy walked away and they backed off.
     

  • Gujarat Rally: Nearly 1000 Indian Muslims were massacred in the mayhem in Gujarat, Mike organized a Rally was held in downtown at the court house.
     

  • Aids Walk: Mike has participated in the Aids walk in South Dallas
     

  • Anti-War Rally: Participated in Anti-War rallies down town Dallas several times.
     

  • Gay March - World War II witnessed the massacre of Gays and the march was organized in Oak Lawn which Mike participated

  • Aid's Awareness Walk
     

  • Gandhi Walk, an Annual event that I have been participating
     

  • Partnership Walk, an Annual event since 2000.
     

  • Need to list several other activities
     

Have written petitions, called people and wrote about the mistreatment of Atheists, Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindus, Jains, Jews, Pagans, Sikhs, Wicca, Native Americans, Zoroastrians and of course Muslims.  

ORGANIZER

Mike is an organizer of events, conferences, workshops and lectures to impart the values of pluralism at work, places of worship and the society at large, He is a conflict mitigater and a goodwill nurturer and believes that by learning to respect the otherness of others and accepting the God given uniqueness of each one of the seven billion of us, conflicts fade and solutions emerge.

He has dedicated his time to work with the leadership in offering insights and solutions to effectively managing the multi-religious, multi-ethnic, and multicultural societies.

Pluralistic solutions have the power to sustain and take us into the next century with relative security, peace and prosperity. We cannot have peace and security when we do injustice to others.


Mike Presides the
Foundation for Pluralism championing the idea of co-existence through respecting and accepting the otherness of other; he is committed to nurturing the pluralistic ideals embedded in Islam through the World Muslim Congress; a board member of the Dallas Peace Center and an Ambassador for peace with the Universal Peace FederationMike was also one of the founding board members of the Memnosyne Foundation, as well as former commissioner at the City of Carrollton.

 

INITIATOR

The following events were initiated, organized and established with the theme of bringing diverse people together to learn and to know about each other.

Annual reflections on
Holocaust and Genocides since 2007;
The mission is to create awareness of the inhumanity in us and find solutions for peaceful co-existence.
Mike believes that, "we cannot be safe, unless others around us are not" ( TJP - DMN 2009 - DMN 2006 - Survivors-Jewish Post - Fox TV )

The annual Unity Day USA took root in 2005, on this Unity Day USA, we the people of the United States of America of every faith, race, ethnicity, culture and background will gather to express our commitment to co-existence, Unity, safety, prosperity and well being of our nation with liberty and justice for all. 

The Annual Thanksgiving Celebrations began in 1993 to bring immigrant, indigenous and born Americans together. The purpose of celebrating this event is to give thanks to the creator for the blessings of precious life while enjoying the cultural heritage of each ethnic group.

Talk Show Radio (196-20001) on AM 1150
 

Cricket (in Cricket section below)

EDUCATOR

"Wisdom of Religion" - all the beautiful religions of the world was an hourly Radio talk show broadcasted daily.  Over 700 hours of educational programming was relayed learning about religious, humanistic and the pluralistic traditions. 

"Festivals of the World" was a weekly Radio program on Saturdays, where the essence of every festival was shared, so we all can have an idea of how other people celebrate or commemorate their holidays. (more on right panel)  

Workshops titled “Understanding Religion – every beautiful religion” were conducted for two years.  

Mike's purposeful presence in the media is to foster critical thinking.  He is blessed to have been given the time on national and local TV, Radio and Print medium to share pluralistic solutions on the issues of the day.

MEDIA RELATIONS

Mike has appeared on Public Television, Fox News, CNN, ABC, NBC and other channels and has been on NPR, KERA, KRLD, WBAP, Progressive Radio and several other Radio talk shows. The theme is for people to see and value a moderate point of view.

Mike is a frequent guest on Fox TV's Sean Hannity Show as well as the nationally syndicated Radio shows.  In December he was on the on Australian TV and in January he was National Public Radio between 3-4 pm on Monday. Link

 "Wisdom of Religion, all the beautiful religions" was a Radio program from 2004-2006, where he explored the essence of every faith as well as Atheism and the natured based traditions like Wicca. Over 100 hours of learning was presented with experts, pastors, Rabbis, Imams and Pundits from every tradition. A total of 520 Hours of Radio programming on Religions of the world.

As a hobby Mike initiated the Radio Programs for the Asian Americans in 1993 which has blossomed into two Desi Radio Stations in Dallas; Fun Asia Radio and  the Salaam Namaste Radio. Mike is perhaps the first Asian American Radio talk show host in Texas and the microphones was open to all points of view. He believed if a nation has to make a decision on any issue, all points of view must be heard, no matter how liberal or conservative they may be. 

Mike produced and anchored had a Sunday Morning TV show on channel 52 in Dallas in 1996 for 25 weeks.

Mike also published a News paper called Asian News, which was renamed as Asian American Journal from 1993- 2000, it was a journal of the Subcontinentians, i.e., the people of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

MODERATOR

Mike moderates several discussion groups numbering nearly 6,000 members, among them are the Foundation for Pluralism, World Muslim Congress, Dallas Indians and other groups.

Facebook has earned him over 7000 friends between three discussing issues that face us daily.

The Journal of pluralism reaches over 25,000 people around the world.

Parliament

Jerusalem Conference

Radio Shows

STANDING UP FOR OTHERS - Link

Serving blindly was a clarion call by his Grand father and regularly reinforced by spiritual leaders from across the spectrum of religions and traditions. Mike feels blessed that God has created a speck of a space for him to fulfill that mission.

Mike has stood up and spoke for Immigration reforms at Farmers Branch and Downtown Dallas. He has participated in the Gaza Rally  and moderated the Interfaith Prayers for Goodwill in Gaza and has deplored the rockets into Israel. Joined in the organizations for Darfur and speaks up against the and persecution of minorities, He will stand up with Jews, Gays & Lesbian and the Mexican immigrants in a rally against them in Dallas.

He was involved in the cause of
persecuted in Japan, spoke out against the destruction of a Church in Jakarta; a ban on Hindu festival in Italy; desecration of a Hindu temple in Malaysia, Moscow, Trinidad, Lahore and other places. Spoke out against the suffrage of the Kashmiri Pundits, the massacre of Muslims in Gujarat, the burning of Hindus in Godhra, burning of Godhra and rape of Nuns in India. The forced conversions of Hindu in Pakistan and the harassment of Dalits and Christians in India. Please note these are the representative items and by all means not all. Mike also joins with Native Americans in their quest for a Heritage day to celebrate their contribution to America. 

Mike has condemned the
vandalism at Holocaust Museum, spoke out against anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and consistently fights the anti-Ahmadiyya prejudices, He made a painful acknowledgement of the atrocities we commit in different names.

He feels blessed to have the ability to touch every one of the human beings and partnering with each of the religious traditions, He has done a Radio Program on each on every one, each one at least 25 times and few over 100 times and has presented workshops on each one of them. In six Unity day events, three Holocaust and Genocide event and over ten thanksgiving celebrations and host of other events, he has painstakingly brought every one together.  

Links will be added at
Standing up for others

 

FESTIVALS OF THE WORLD

As a part of education Mike continues to write about the essence of festivals from several religions and traditions, so we can connect with the other people.

From 1993 - 2000 Asian News Magazine published a short summary on essence of a given festival from Bahai to Zoroastrians and every one in between. The same was repeated on the Radio on Saturday Mornings from 1996-2001.

Since 2001 it has continued on the Yahoogroups and Mike's large mailing list, several blogs including the Foundation for Pluralism and Facebook continue.
 

FUND RAISER

Mike is blessed to introduce Pratham USA in Dallas and was one of the founding directors and an  organizer to do the fund raiser. The organization has brought literacy to more than 5 million children and adults in India and continues to grow. Thanks God for the vision, Bill Gates is now funding the organization with a motto of literacy for every child.

He
was pleased to take the responsibility to do a similar program for Pakistani children. It is a Shehzad Roy initiative called 'I am paid to learn.' under the name of Zindagi trust. We have raised substantial funds twice now. 

About 20 Major events and conferences have been organized under the banner of the foundation for Pluralism and World Muslim Congress and will continue under America Together Foundation.

 

COMMITMENT TO PEACE

The theme of conflict mitigation and goodwill nurturance is consistent in his speeches, writings, events and workshops he manages. He is committed to peace and balance.

Mike consciously chooses his words and actions to reduce conflicts and nurture goodwill amongst people of different affiliations. He walks the middle path and gets to work with the right wingers as well as the ultra-left. His work for peace and co-existence is reflected through the workshops, radio shows, speeches, discussion forums and writings.

 

ON CREATION AND RELIGION

  1. that something caused our existence; those who are religiously oriented, generally call that causer the God, and others simply call it the logic of creation.

  2. that regardless of evolution, creation or the big bang theory, we exist and that is a fact;

  3. that universe is broadly composed of life and matter;

  4. that matter was created with a built-in balance-seeking mechanism, while humans (life) were created (caused) with the capacity to think and bestowed with a free will to find their own balance and harmony;

  5. that there is accountability for everything we do, every transaction of life has a giver and a receiver ultimately ending in a balance. If the balance is not witnessed in one's life time, religiously oriented people believe the creator God will make it happen in the imaginary here after or will happen with the idea of reincarnation. Remember humans seek balance.

  6. that the creator loves his (her or its) creation just like the mother loves her children and has guided the creation through peace makers, prophets and the messengers to guide tem to co-exist in harmony. 

  7. that the causer, creator, sustainer is not definable, not imaginable and not reducible to definitive entity as it is different for each one of us.

  8. Diversity is intentional, among humanoids we have accepted 7 billion unique thumb prints, unique DNA's and it is time we honor the uniqueness of beliefs as well.

Mike states that the purpose of religion is to bring spiritual balance to one and balance with what surrounds him or her. A good Hindu is a good Muslim and a good Muslim is a good Jew, a good Atheist is a good Christian...  the bottom line of religion is to facilitate co-existence and harmony.

That the purpose of all faiths is to spiritually connect the humans with the divine, simply meaning understanding existence, the beginning and the end and be in tune with the universal energy. This brings peace of mind [release from misery] to the individuals and order in the society.

He strongly support the goodness of each Religion. The political motivations have deliberately ascribed the wrongs of the world to religions, it is his commitment to identify the individuals responsible for it and uphold honor of each faith.

"To be religious is to be a peace maker, one who mitigates conflicts and nurtures goodwill."

 

DIVERSITY

As the stars in the universe are unique and as each snow flake is different, we are blessed with similar uniqueness. There are nearly seven billion of us and each one of has a different thumb print and an unique DNA combination which we accept, we need to extend that to our belief as well. Let there be seven billion beliefs, let's learn to accept that as we do with the thumb print and let the otherness of other be not a source of conflict. Diversity is intentional and beautiful.

CONFLICTS

There are three sacred elements that nestle a human being; one’s space, sustenance and nurturance, messing which will create real conflicts. All else is dialogue-able and not the real conflict.

MEDIATOR

Mike is blessed to have been a mediator for many a community and family conflicts - a few of them are doing remarkably well.

FREEDOM 

Mike considers himself to be  “ a free person ” and enjoys the God given boundlessness of his life. God has blessed him with a mind that simply does not allow any prejudice to crawl into his heart towards fellow humans. "This is the wealth we will find in our discoveries of truth,  Zero prejudice brings Salvation, Mukti, Nirvana, Moksha or Nijaat; it is indeed true freedom, try it, it is priceless."

MIKE GHOUSE, THE NAME

A few people from the subcontinent of India are conditioned to think a certain way about names of the individual. My Name is Mike Ghouse

COMMUNICATIONS

One of Mike's  talents is communicating precisely what needs to be done each step of the way. He believes in writing down every thing for clear communications.

His thoroughness, simplicity and a calm focus inspires peace of mind and assures a clear sense of direction for the people who come in contact and or do business with him.

He is patient and sees another point of view to finding sustainable solutions.

FULL ATTENTION

As a customer or a client, you will get Mike's full attention. You'll benefit from his rich experience in finding solutions to your real estate needs. Whatever he does, he will do it wholeheartedly and will dedicate his time to you and expect the same commitment from you, one Customer at a time.

RELATIONSHIPS

Mike has been exposed to and has been a part of many a World Cultures, and has developed the sensitivities and skills to understand and appreciate the uniqueness of each individual. No matter where you are from, you'll feel right at home with him. His inclination to provide thorough information and facilitate decision-making is appreciated by the people he serve in his business.

MIKE'S MEDIA INITIATIVES

Mike hosted a Radio program called "Wisdom of Religion, all the beautiful religions" from 2004-2006, where he explored the essence of every faith as well as Atheism and the natured based traditions like Wicca. Over 100 hours of learning was presented with experts, pastors, Rabbis, Imams and Pundits from every tradition.

As a hobby Mike initiated the Radio Programs for the Asian Americans in 1993 which has blossomed into two Desi Radio Stations in Dallas; Fun Asia Radio and  the Salaam Namaste Radio. Mike is perhaps the first Asian American Radio talk show host in Texas and the microphones was open to all points of view. He believed if a nation has to make a decision on any issue, all points of view must be heard, no matter how liberal or conservative they may be. 

Mike also published a News paper called Asian News, which was renamed as Asian American Journal from 1993- 2000, it was a journal of the Subcontinentians, i.e., the people of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

WISDOM OF RELIGION - RADIO PROGRAM (2004-06)

Learn the wisdom of all the beautiful religions of the World. It is broadcasted on weekdays at 6:00 AM  on AM Radio 1150 KBIS in Dallas/Fort Worth and world wide you can log onto www.RadioSuno.com.

More about Foundation please navigate to Foundation on the website www.mikeghouse.net . A website is in the making called www.FoundationforPluralism.com. All ideas are welcome.

The Program will celebrate its' first anniversary at the end of July 2004. This program was however commenced in August of 1995 in 15 minutes segments on the Saturdays. Now we will be completing one full year with one hour program each. In this period of time we have done 52 Hours of Each - Christianity, Hinduism and Islam = 156 Hours & 12 Hours each of Baha'i, Buddhist, Jain, Jewish, Sikh, Zoroaster and interfaith = 7 x 12 = 84 Hours + 9 Hours of general conversation. I.e., a total of 259 Hours of wisdom of Religion. I missed 1 hour in the entire year.

  Monday  Christianity   
  Tuesday   Jainism - 1st Tue
 
Judaism - 2nd Tue
  Baha'i - 3rd Tue
  Buddhism - 4th Tue
  Open
  Wednesday   Sikhism - 1st Wed
  Zoroastrianism - 2nd
  Interfaith - 3rd
  Open - 4th Wed
  Open
  Thursday   Hinduism
  Friday   Islam

The following schedule gives the specific dates.
http://www.mikeghouse.net/Calendar-WisdomofReligion.htm

SEPTEMBER 11 - UNITY DAY USA 

Mike has made a commitment to dedicate this day very year to 911  and work on learning and sharing it's impact on the world from a moral, religious, economic and social points of view.

  • September 11, 2005 - Creation of Unity Day USA - 14 faith representation, 650+ individuals, 6 Mayors, FBI and DOJ attended the event. The civic Officials proclaimed it as UnityDayUSA 

  • September 11, 2004 - 4 Hours of Radio Talk Show - I do plan to bring the experts  to share the impact of this event on elections, world relations and much more.

  • September 11, 2003 - 4 Hours of Radio Talk Show - Bring out the experts in to share the impact of the this event on Politics, history, world relations, multi-faith relations and the economy.

  • September 11, 2002 - 8 Hours of Radio Talk Show - Bring the experts from all over the United States to talk about the impact the event had in every sphere of life.

  • September 11, 2001 - 8 Hours of Radio

Played leadership role in Dallas on the day of September 1. 2001

Two competing radio stations invited me to man the radio stations, which were simulcast from 10:30 AM thru 5:00 PM.

  • My first goal was to bring a sense of clarity and direction to the public. Then pave the way for a sense of purpose, a sense of what needs to be done. I repeated the same thing on its anniversary.

  • By the end of the day a clear sense of direction was developed followed by : I) Multi-faith prayers ii) donate blood ii) donate money. The Blood centers had to close down due to the people’s overwhelming response.

  • The fog was clearing up – I) Osama bin Laden was the bad guy ii) Muslims had nothing to do with Osama iii) Declaration of war against Osama.

Spiritual leaders from all faiths joined the talk show ; Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islam, Jain, Jewish, Sikh and Zoroastrian. Area City Mayors, community and business leaders joined in an effort to bring a sense of direction.

CRICKET

The "Annual Cricket Tournament- the Mike Ghouse Gold Cup" was established in 1996, which has paved the way to year-round cricket. Mayor Kirk declared Dallas as "The Cricket City of America". Mike was instrumental in putting Dallas on the World Cricket Map and has a dream of bringing an International cricket game to Dallas before 2005. Mayor Evan's Proclamation. 

Mike and his leadership brought the prestigious international award for the "Best Overall Cricket Development in America's" by the International Cricket Council.

Professional continuing education programs of no match in the nation. Over 3rd of our players are certified umpires, a record in the sports leagues.

Proclamation by Hon. Mayor Pat Evans of Plano on June 18, 2004 - Plano as Cricket City of America

Under his leadership NTCA hosted the first East-West USA conference - Hosted Under 15 Trials in the US

MOTIVATIONAL WORDS THAT HAVE INFLUENCED ME MOST

Ray Bradbury "Until one is committed, there is hesitancy... Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.… Whatever you can do or dream that you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now."

and this "If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down."

Dr. Abdul Hamid Abusulayman "There is a clear distinction between doubts and problems. Doubts provoke obstruction, frustration and discouragement, where as problems inspire motivation, action and diligence

Mike Ghouse " Whatever you do in life, do it wholeheartedly, there is joy in it for every one around including ourselves"
If we can learn to accept and respect the God given uniqueness of each one of the 7 billion of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge.