WORLD DIVIDED BETWEEN TWO CASTES:

Politically the world is divided between two castes. The Leftists and the Rightists. As these are ideologically known and understood. And within these two castes are the sub-castes of Extreme Leftists and Extreme Rightists.  The people in the middle are politically a casteless society. They are the victims when RIghtists' or Leftists' agenda is delivered … Continue reading WORLD DIVIDED BETWEEN TWO CASTES:

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Building Divine Residency More Relevant Than Knowing God He or She

By Promod Puri If God or the Supreme Being is He, She or It; residing in heaven, up there in the sky or just omnipresent in the known or unknown universe. Do we need to indulge in this debate? Not really. Rather we create our own god based on noble thoughts, ethics, and good karma. … Continue reading Building Divine Residency More Relevant Than Knowing God He or She

MANUSMIRITI AND WOMEN

(From the book Hinduism Beyond Rituals, Customs And Traditions by Promod Puri) Since bias knows no boundaries, Manusmriti not only expounds the social distance between the upper and lower castes, but it also delineates the status of women by curbing their rights. It lists guidelines for men in selecting marriage partners and puts a stamp … Continue reading MANUSMIRITI AND WOMEN

WELCOME

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What does Trump have to do with the Hindu sacred syllable, om?

  Republican nominee Donald Trump was recently invited to a fundraising event organized by a conservative group of Hindu Americans, the Republican Hindu Coalition. A poster from the event, which describes the group as “Hindus for Trump,” portrays the candidate in a posture much like that of a yogi in deep meditation. It shows Trump, … Continue reading What does Trump have to do with the Hindu sacred syllable, om?

TOLERANCE OR ACCEPTANCE

Jagessar Das M. D. President  Kabir Association of Canada People all over the world talk about tolerance, such as racial tolerance, religious tolerance or cultural tolerance, when they have to live in a society made up of people of different backgrounds. And this tolerance is often thought of as being a virtue. Let us try … Continue reading TOLERANCE OR ACCEPTANCE

From The Pen Of Baba Bulleh Shah

Parh parh Alam te faazil hoya Te kaday apnay aap nu parhya ee na Translation: You read to become all knowledgeable But you never read yourself You read so many books to know it all, yet fail to eve… Source: From The Pen Of Baba Bulleh Shah

Why it’s easier for India to get to Mars than to tackle its toilet challenge

By Shyami V. Ramani In 2013, India became the fourth country in the world (after Russia, the United States and the European Union) and the only emerging nation to launch a Mars probe into space. Bu… Source: Why it’s easier for India to get to Mars than to tackle its toilet challenge

From The Pen Of Baba Bulleh Shah

Parh parh Alam te faazil hoya Te kaday apnay aap nu parhya ee na Translation: You read to become all knowledgeable But you never read yourself You read so many books to know it all, yet fail to eve… Source: From The Pen Of Baba Bulleh Shah

From The Pen Of Baba Bulleh Shah

Parh parh Alam te faazil hoya Te kaday apnay aap nu parhya ee na Translation: You read to become all knowledgeable But you never read yourself You read so many books to know it all, yet fail to ever read your heart at all. Bhaj bhaj warna ay mandir maseeti Te kaday mann apnay wich … Continue reading From The Pen Of Baba Bulleh Shah

Why it’s easier for India to get to Mars than to tackle its toilet challenge

By Shyami V. Ramani In 2013, India became the fourth country in the world (after Russia, the United States and the European Union) and the only emerging nation to launch a Mars probe into space. But it remains part of the group of 45 developing countries with less than 50% sanitation coverage, with many citizens … Continue reading Why it’s easier for India to get to Mars than to tackle its toilet challenge

WORDS OF WISDOM:

“In the United States, we know what happens when we start dividing ourselves along lines of race or religion or ethnicity. It’s dangerous,” he said. Not just for the minority groups that are subjec… Source: WORDS OF WISDOM:

Museum Of Sikh History

By Promod Puri The place is called Virasat-E-Khalsa. It is also known as Khalsa Heritage Complex. But for the local and ordinary folks the unique monument in Anandpur Sahib near Chandigarh is simply known as "Ajuba". And it certainly is a wonder. With the help of latest in sound and information technology along with impressive … Continue reading Museum Of Sikh History

WORDS OF WISDOM:

“In the United States, we know what happens when we start dividing ourselves along lines of race or religion or ethnicity. It’s dangerous,” he said. Not just for the minority groups that are subjected to that kind of discrimination or, in some cases in the past violence, but because we don’t then realize our potential … Continue reading WORDS OF WISDOM:

American Election Scene

Let us dump Trump and not see his face again. With American politics at an all-time low, it’s no wonder that game developers are taking to their art to express their discontent with the presidential race. The last time we had a presidential race, social media wasn’t nearly as popular as it is today, but … Continue reading American Election Scene

“NANAK DUKHIYA SABB SANSAR SO SUKHIYA JIS NAAM ADHAAR”

A universal truth Agony, misery, pains or sufferings, both physical and emotional, and in all degrees of intensity, are the realities of life. These are the experiences faced by all without exception. Life means jitters of distress, grief and worries going along with moments of peace and pleasures. Stresses and strains in our lives for … Continue reading “NANAK DUKHIYA SABB SANSAR SO SUKHIYA JIS NAAM ADHAAR”

“Koi bole ram ram; koi khudae….

One of the spiritual gems of Guru Nanak Devji, which portrays the essence of all religions: "Koi bole ram ram; koi khudae...." Here is the English translation of shabad: Some call the Lord ‘Ram, Ram’, and some ‘Khuda’. Some serve Him as ‘Gusain’, others as ‘Allah’. He is the Cause of causes, and Generous. He … Continue reading “Koi bole ram ram; koi khudae….

Hindu Swastika Exhibits Tolerance, Fortune and Auspiciousness

By Promod Puri Despite being stigmatized as Nazi emblem of anti-Semitic, hate and violence, Swastika, the world’s most recognized sign, represents an auspicious and sacred symbol in Hinduism. Swastika is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘svastika’ which simply means ‘lucky’. The geometric pattern of Swastika is believed to have its origin over 10,000 years ago … Continue reading Hindu Swastika Exhibits Tolerance, Fortune and Auspiciousness

By Jai Birdi

OBJECTIVE,FAIR,CRITICAL YET RESPECTFUL Very objective, fair, critical, yet respectful observation. Hinduism- “it stimulates and encourages debate, protest, amendments and even deletions of those doctrines or beliefs which are senseless, derogatory, and far from truth” is probably the definition of Hinduism that I could find. The challenge in my view is to create the will, the … Continue reading By Jai Birdi

By Dr. Sanjay Grover

FRESH PROSPECTIVE “It is a very concise book and every statement is like an aphorism that needs to be contemplated upon to appreciate its depth and width”. This review is from: Hinduism: Kindle Edition Promod Puri has presented fresh and new perspectives to an ageless philosophy and religion.The book presents the topic of Hinduism as an … Continue reading By Dr. Sanjay Grover

By Purva Grover

Amazing!!excellently written book in a simple way on a complicated subject Hinduism is not a religion,it is a science in itself Must read book for all Great job done by the author Dr Sandeep Dhavan Gastroenterologist, Chandigarh, India A JOURNEY OF SELF DISCOVER By Purva Grover, Editor Indian Trumpet, Dubai Often, we’re not introduced to … Continue reading By Purva Grover

By Brenda Maxwell

GREAT INFORMATION Even if you are not a Hindu this book has a lot of great information in it and I recommend highly. “Hinduism…” by Promod Puri was an eye opening and inspiring book with a positive message, even if some of the text was complex and almost scholarly at times… it is what makes the … Continue reading By Brenda Maxwell

By Darla Ortiz

TO LEARN ABOUT HINDUISM THIS IS A MUST READ I think anyone who wants to learn more about Hinduism, or just being inspired to expand their level of awareness of the religion should definitely read this book. Even though I am not a Hindu I do have some friends/acquaintances who are, and I thought reading … Continue reading By Darla Ortiz

By Steph Coleman

NEW IDEAS PRESENTED IN A NEW WAY I have read several books on theology and sometimes I get the sense that most are just recycling old information. Well, for this book it seems like I read a lot of new ideas presented in a new way. I will start by saying this is a wonderful … Continue reading By Steph Coleman

by Gillian Hancock

WRITTEN WITH GREAT KNOWLEDGE It is very engaging and the author writes with great knowledge and passion as he takes on certain aspects of Hinduism in a way I’ve never read before, and I was so impressed with the depth of Puri’s detailing on his reports and the way he is able to explain so … Continue reading by Gillian Hancock

By Essie Harmon

I think anyone who wants to learn more about Hinduism, or just being inspired to expand their level of awareness of the religion that so many follow, they should definitely read this book. I was very impressed by the high quality writing and research that went into this book, “Hinduism-Beyond Rituals, Customs, and Traditions” by … Continue reading By Essie Harmon

By James Masters

The way he writes and puts it all together is very educational, eye-opening, and ultimately transformative. This book, “Hinduism: Beyond Rituals. Customs and Traditions” by Promod Puri was actually far more interesting and insightful than I first expected it to be (no offense to the author). I just wasn’t sure what I was getting myself … Continue reading By James Masters

EXPLORING MEANING OF HINDUISM

Review by Ashok Bhargava The principal idea pursued by Promod Puri’s is to explore meaning of the term ‘Hinduism’ and thereby to understand the Hindu identity in a wide-open structure both traditionally and in the modern world. I have often heard people saying that Hinduism is so vast and deep that many seers have spent … Continue reading EXPLORING MEANING OF HINDUISM

DETAILED BUT CONCISE OVERVIEW

By Naveen Gopal Vice President Pacifica Partners Financial Services Most of us who grew up practicing Hinduism in our daily lives often understand the religion through rituals (poojas), mantras, stories (like the Ramayan) and a series of rules and obligations. We often wonder how we’d teach these customs to our kids in the age of … Continue reading DETAILED BUT CONCISE OVERVIEW

by Acharya S.P.Dwivedi

Promod Puri is a distinguished Canada-based South Asian journalist and prolific essayist. In his book- “Hinduism…..” he tried to cover the historical evolution of Hindu dharma and its major philosophies, theistic doctrines, social codes, rituals and practices. As far as methodology is concerned Puri has applied analytical approach. He interprets everything rationally and denounces irrational … Continue reading by Acharya S.P.Dwivedi

Aditi Garg, Tribune India

  Some say Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world and one that is still widely followed. Others say it is more than a religion, a way of life, as those following other religions also practice yoga in one form or the other. It is not just about one God or a set of … Continue reading Aditi Garg, Tribune India

By Vishal Bheeroo

Introduction: Religion is the opium of the people, Karl Marx said. Since times immemorial, various school of thoughts debated on the role religion plays in our lives to strengthen order and unify society rather than being a divisive force. Author Promod Puri’s book ‘Hinduism beyond Rituals, Customs and Traditions’ doesn’t pose as mere religious tokenism … Continue reading By Vishal Bheeroo

Manusmriti And Violation Of Human Rights

“The methodology involved in science, including the social sciences, for logical argument and rational proof when adopted by religion helps it to seek sense and truth. It stimulates and encourages debate, protest, amendments and even deletions of those doctrines or beliefs which are senseless, derogatory and far from truth. Although, it is a utopian attempt … Continue reading Manusmriti And Violation Of Human Rights

History

The foundation of Hinduism possibly began without one single founder Archaeologists say the Indus Valley Civilization, along the Indus River in the present-day north-west parts of Pakistan, started around 7000 BC. It reached its pinnacle of that period in 2000 BC with emergence of a fully matured society. The Hindu way of life was part … Continue reading History

Rituals

The pathways to divinity are infused with words of morality and ethics, principles and noble deeds. Rituals facilitate the walk The liberalism in Hinduism has encouraged a maze of ritual genesis. From religious point of view ritual is a symbolic and sacramental repetitive activity which provides manner and order in performing revered service. Rituals and … Continue reading Rituals

Liberalism in Hinduism

Numerous Hindu gods and goddesses though all are the manifestations of God, hold their respective portfolios in the decentralized regime of the Divine Empire. Being a Hindu is a rational and fascinating involvement in spiritual knowledge and in its practices offering comprehensive choices. It is also an engagement in philosophies for analytic stimulus to debate … Continue reading Liberalism in Hinduism

Significance of Om

It is indeed a subject of astronomical acceptance that from the very sound frequencies of Om the building blocks of the universe are evolved The myriad journey of Hindu divinity begins with a simple and pure sound of Om. Om is also spelt as Aum with subtle phonetic articulation. As per Hindu spiritual thinking, Om … Continue reading Significance of Om

HAVE A GOOD TIME WITH STAIRS STEP BY STEP

By Promod Puri/Georgia Straight The fun in life includes some simple recreational activities in our daily life. And the one I like the most is just a few steps away as part of my everyday up and down commute. These are the stairs leading up to our apartment. Over the years I have done this … Continue reading HAVE A GOOD TIME WITH STAIRS STEP BY STEP

LIFE IS A GAME OF SOCCER

By Promod Puri All our thoughts and actions are influenced and regulated by the consciousness of the landscape of reality around us. In this landscape one makes a selection of his or her own space in life’s play field. And the game starts. It is a collective game, a team game. There is no absolute … Continue reading LIFE IS A GAME OF SOCCER

My Canada Day Salutation Goes:

1. To all the volunteers who strive for dedication and devotion preparing the divine langar and washing dishes in Gurdwaras and Mandirs for the devotees and visitors, as well as for sharing the meals among hungry and homeless people irrespective of their faiths. 2. To those poor and destitute trash collectors who carry shopping carts … Continue reading My Canada Day Salutation Goes:

MAHATMA GANDHI’S PERSONAL PREFERANCES

By Promod Puri While Mahatama Gandhi’s nonviolence activism got him international fame and many followers, an important part of his personal life and preferences has been revealed in a very unknown small book by Mr Kris Tangri. Kris Tangri in his ’90s lives a retired life in Victoria, Canada, after a very successful academic career … Continue reading MAHATMA GANDHI’S PERSONAL PREFERANCES

Uncles and Aunties

It is smart, respectable and even practical. Uncles and aunties designations have become popular among younger generation of South Asians to address their parents’ friends or older contacts. Instead of calling them by their first or last names, with prefix Mr. or Mrs., the unrelated nephews and nieces develop a kinship with the choice of … Continue reading Uncles and Aunties

Time To Replace Cricket With Football

Cricket has been a national obsession in most of the developing an  Third World countries. It is about time that the game should be dropped from the status of being the most publicized event. Rather football, aka soccer, must be promoted as the most favorite sport. Despite generating millions of fans in countries like Afghanistan … Continue reading Time To Replace Cricket With Football

Bliss of Chajju Ka Chobara

Back in 1972, when I immigrated to Canada and made my first home in Winnipeg, Manitoba, that I happened to know a very helpful and friendly person by the name of C. R. Bector. He was a distinguished professor of mathematics at the University of Manitoba. And out of respect, as being elder to me … Continue reading Bliss of Chajju Ka Chobara

Singer Jagjit Singh

By Promod Puri In his 40 years of entertaining and alluring singing career, late Jagjit Singh’s soft and “silky” voice created a vast following not only in India but among thousands of his fans settled all over the world as well. Jagjit Singh, who died in October 2011, created a niche for his thick-pitched but … Continue reading Singer Jagjit Singh

Agree to disagree

By Promod Puri “Agree to disagree” is a declaration of face saving justification. It happens when two or more parties or individuals after an argumentative discussion fail to agree. And in all civility, the agreement results in agree-to-disagree compromise. With that declaration egos remain intact, but time wasted. Nothing is lost, nothing is gained either. … Continue reading Agree to disagree

Magsaysay Award For Fighting Manual Scavenging

An Indian activist who helped to set up a human rights group campaigning for the eradication of manual scavenging, a euphemism for disposing of faeces by hand, was awarded Asia’s equivalent of the Nobel prize on Wednesday. The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation named Bezwada Wilson one of six winners this year, citing his “moral energy … Continue reading Magsaysay Award For Fighting Manual Scavenging

Is God A Brahmin

IS GOD A BRAHMIN…: “As all beings are the creation of God, and He or She represents all of them, then in response to Manu’s caste stratification a question arises. Is God Himself or Herself a Brahmin, Kashtriya, Vaishya, Shudra or the touchable Untouchable? The understanding is that God assumes none of these titles. Or … Continue reading Is God A Brahmin

Trump Has Great Plan For America

  (Wamiq Misbahi in NY Times)Trump is a man with a vision for America, not a specific vision, a great vision…the best vision…Trump has a plan to make this country great again….What plan??….a great plan…a plan that will work because it’s the best plan…..Why???… because Trump knows good people…which people???….the best people….people that are not … Continue reading Trump Has Great Plan For America

MEDITATION IN ACTION

A work or an activity performed with devotion and concentration of mind is an acceptable Hindu meditative practice. In this focused regime the tools of meditation may be different but the meditator achieves the same spiritual and tranquil experiences. The statue of dancing Nataraja in additions to its other attributes, also symbolizes meditation in action. … Continue reading MEDITATION IN ACTION

Grouse Grind Meditation

  Grouse Grind Meditation/ as posted in Tripadvisor Climbing the 2.9 km steep Grouse Grind mountainous hike in North Vancouver, BC, beside a strenuous workout on ” Mother Nature’s Stairmaster”, is also a sort of kinetic meditation of about 90 minutes. The focus has to be on the uneven steps and the rough ground underneath … Continue reading Grouse Grind Meditation

STUDIES IN HINDUISM:

In its antiquity, narratives and parables, philosophical depths, diversity in beliefs, rituals, myths and interpretations, the studies in Hinduism seem like a world of confusion and contradictions. But it is not. With open and liberal mind the exploration despite being adventurously bumpy, is extremely interesting and engrossing as well. Read more about Hinduism progressivehindudialogue.com promodpuri.com

KARMA IS DHARMA:

“When the reasoning is established in all its sincerity karma develops into prayer. For a practicing Hindu karma is dharma”. Read more about Hinduism – Hinduism: beyond rituals,customs and traditions.

HINDUISM IS A DEMOCRACY

“Hinduism is a democracy of conflicting, contradicting and controversial thoughts and theories. It is a recognition of diverse, secular and mature philosophies. The religiosity has brought forth a treasure of obsolete, contemporary and topical hypothesis”. Read more about Hinduism

LIVING IN THE PRESENT

By Promod Puri This brief article is inspired by widely acclaimed Vancouver-based spiritual writer Eckhart Tolle’s “Power of Now”. It is not an attempt to give a motivational advice. But coming up with an idea, in line with the basic theme of the “Power of Now” in realizing, accepting, capturing and enjoying every moment happening … Continue reading LIVING IN THE PRESENT

THE OLYMPIC SHOW

A multi-million-dollar sports carnival of athletic strength and spectacle by physically super human beings has started in Rio De Janeiro amidst the sharp realities of poverty, Zika threat, foul waters and the on-going political instability in Brazil. The show must continue every four years to thrill the interested watchers worldwide if one does not switch … Continue reading THE OLYMPIC SHOW

President Donald Trump On The Phone With…….

Trump: Yes, yes Warren, it is me, Donald Trump, the President of the Untied States of America. Warren: Oh, thank you Mr. President for attending to my phone call. I was just wondering how it is going so far. Trump: Things should be going smooth soon. A pile of files is sitting on the presidential … Continue reading President Donald Trump On The Phone With…….

“Time Flies”

Life goes by very fast The fact is recognized when looking back at past events. The future events often seem far. But “Time flies”. -Promod Puri,  promodpuri.com

Sports Is Show Business

The basic reason to involve oneself in sports is to seek and maintain healthy body. Recreation comes next. But in the contemporary society social, cultural, competitive, big business and even political aspects dominate the field of sports. Olympics, world cricket and world soccer events are the prime examples of this phenomenon. Mass participation in sports, … Continue reading Sports Is Show Business

Bitterness Is Healthy

It does sound sweet that our fruits and vegetables are getting sweeter. The bitterness in some of the known bitter fruits and vegetables is far less or almost non-existent. Examples are grapefruit, Brussels sprouts and bitter-melon (karela). The natural chemicals involved in creating bitterness are called phytonutrients which are responsible for imparting health benefits in … Continue reading Bitterness Is Healthy

Hinduism, Diwali and swastikas: Explained

Published on: November 1, 2016 | Last Updated: November 1, 2016 1:33 PM PDT Douglass Todd With Canada’s 500,000 Hindus celebrating Diwali throughout this week, the awkward topic of the religion’s swastika symbol has again arisen. One young North American Hindu has confessed in a revealing, tender-hearted piece how he often tries to convince his … Continue reading Hinduism, Diwali and swastikas: Explained

An Overview of the American Election Scene

Following the American election is like watching a live theatrical performance of wit and idiocy. The ongoing show besides its elements of great entertainment and fuel for discussion, reveals the left-right extremes of current American political thinking and behavior. No doubt the most colorful and watched character in this spectacle is Donald Trump who impulsively … Continue reading An Overview of the American Election Scene

Evolution Of South Asian Canadian Designation

By Promod Puri Insensitivity and ignorance have been part of Canada's racist history. Immigrants, especially from the "visible minority" communities, not only faced racial discrimination in most aspects of their lives in Canada, but they could also discern reflections of bigotry and segregation in their epithetic labelling. In early part of the twentieth century immigrants … Continue reading Evolution Of South Asian Canadian Designation

Left Vs Right Ideologies

By Promod Puri What is swaying the world for the past several decades is the binaries of left and right ideologies with elements of power, ego and greed. These elements have been part of both left and right regimes from Cuba to China and Russia to the USA along with its allies in Europe, and … Continue reading Left Vs Right Ideologies

How To Win Elections Trump Style

By Promod Puri Unless a celestial intervention takes place the next spectacle of the American election will be the pompous entry of Donald Trump as Republican nominee in the presidential race. In his march toward clinching the party’s nomination Trump has revealed the very landscape of America which is still extensively dotted with xenophobic swamps … Continue reading How To Win Elections Trump Style