Essentially, religion is a code of conduct for a civil society. It all started from here. With society’s progression, the code of conduct also evolved resulting in its expansion and formalization. As civilization started taking roots management of the society began. Origin of religion can be traced as part of human evolution. Ancient religious orders basically were a set of laws and principles for some acceptable behavior in an emerging civil society. Later all aspects of human cultures, including presumptions and myths, and overwhelming elements of nature were covered in one order. In all these developments social unity and coherence … Continue reading ORIGIN OF RELIGION
By Promod Puri The sign on the front door read, “please remove your shoes.” It was not a Hindu temple, Gurdwara or a mosque, where such is the custom or a religious edict. But the newly-build home of a friend who had a house-warming party a few years ago. When we arrived, there already was quite a spread of shoes and sandals all over the front entrance. The four-word notice was polite, but terse in its message. The host did not want the new flooring and expensive carpeting inside to be spoiled by any soiled footwears of the incoming guests. … Continue reading “Please Remove Your Shoes”: Is It Custom, Hygiene Or Both
Besides the devotional practices at dedicated places like temples, home or public shrines, a striking and environmental sensitive and gratifying feature of Hindu worshipping practices and reverence is the deification of natural landmarks like rivers, lakes, and mountains. There is divinity in all elements of nature as well as in plants and animals. The belief is that gods and goddesses manifest in them. And their adoration is part of Hindu ritualistic practices. Continue reading HINDU WORSHIPPING
By Promod Puri 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 every day up-and-down commute. These are the stairs leading up to our apartment. Over the years I have done this personal “Grouse Grind” hundreds of times. Although my experience with stairs is quite extensive, still I would not call myself a stair-master. But as a veteran of the stairs, I have learned some techniques and some dos and don’ts of going up and down. These know-hows are … Continue reading Stairs Excercise Controls Blood Sugar And For Healthy Heart
By Promod Puri I confess a feeling of guilt erupted within me after buying a pair of pant the other day. This despite the fact, in my otherwise sparse closet, there are enough pants to last till next five to six years or more. But I purchased it anyway with disregard to my needs. Adding to our collection of clothing is an obsession which most of us have. And the fashion industry exploits this urge by offering the latest in designs. Moreover, we have an inborn appetite for newness in our passion for clothing. How much wardrobe is essential to … Continue reading Passion For Buying New Clothing, But How Much We Need
By Promod Puri Some action is better than no action. But this action is a big one, shaking the very status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The dillydallying over the Kashmir problem for over 70 years got some kick from the government of India with the announcement that Article 370 is removed from the Constitution. This very article gave special status within the union of India. This special status meant significant autonomy to J and K, that no other state in India has. Besides the abrogation of Article 370, the Indian government has also bifurcated the state into … Continue reading Will Removal Of Article 370 Solve Kashmir Problem?
by Promod Puri In my warm tribute to accomplished Indian music director Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi, popularly known as Khayyam, who died in Mumbai August 20, here is one of my most favorite songs composed by him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXdJJvpgTvw It is sung by versatile singer Asha Bhonsle who won several awards for her classical presentation under Khayyam’s direction. The song was performed on the screen by talented actor Rekha. The wordings were penned by Aligarh University Urdu scholar and poet Akhlaq Mohammad Khan ‘Shahryar’. Khayyam was one of the few music directors who in the real sense were composers. Famous … Continue reading REMEMBERING MUSIC DIRECTOR KHAYYAM
By Promod Puri In today’s real estate many homes and even apartments in the world’s big cities, including Vancouver, are priced over five million dollars. Now moving backward over a century ago, the US bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million in 1867. Still a bargain at $125 million in today’s dollars for 370 million of acres of pristine land rich in oil and other resources, and a major tourist destination. However, the entire Alaska region now is a vivid scene of deteriorating climate change thru its fast-melting glaciers. At some of the places, the climate change effects are so remarkable … Continue reading ALASKA: A REAL ESTATE BARGAIN AND ITS ENVIRONMENTAL FUTURE
The word Rita originated from the Sanskrit word ‘rta.’ In contemporary Hindi, the vocal ‘r’ of Sanskrit gets changed into ‘ri.’ Hence the term Rita, which has been a popular female name in India. Rita is a concept according to the Vedas, the ancient sacred scriptures of Hinduism. It is a natural order of the universe that governs, for example, the sun and moon making their journeys across the sky. Or the regulation of seasons in their rotating order. Logistics of the universal phenomena are under this conception. Rita is an eternal and cosmic order. At the same time, it is … Continue reading Natural Order of Universe Falls Under Concept Of Rita In Hinduism
by Promod Puri The revocation of Article 370, which covered the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir by giving it significant autonomy, has been received with protests from the Kashmir region while both Jammu and Ladakh are quieter over the issue. Did not Jammu and Ladakh savor the special status too? Of course, they did. But the tranquil scene in these two regions has a message in it. However, that message is insignificant. What is significant and newsworthy is the hostile and volatile atmosphere in the Kashmir region. The international media and political pundits in both the academic and journalistic … Continue reading Article 370: Its Future In J & K, And For Rest Of India
Apple and oranges don’t mix. They grow in separate regions and in separate climates. They have separate shapes and separate tastes. Jammu grows oranges, sweet and juicy. Kashmir grows apples, luscious and crispy. Put them together in a box. And market it as a product of Kashmir. That is simply deceptive labeling. It should be marked as a product of Jammu And Kashmir. That is the same subtle difference when Kashmir and Jammu are packaged together linguistically, socially, and politically. And the entity is stamped as Kashmir. For example, Jammu does not speak Kashmiri, and Kashmir does not speak Dogri. … Continue reading Separation Of Jammu from Kashmir Will Prune Kashmir Problem
Historically the present geopolitical formation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir happened in the middle of the 19th century. Sikh ruler, Maharaja Ranjit Singh annexed the territories of Jammu region in 1819, and then sold it to his Dogra commander Gulab Singh in 1820, and crowned him the King. In 1834 Gulab Singh annexed the kingdom of Ladakh, and in 1846 the Kashmir region was ceded to the Dogra king under a treaty with the British government, who then was ruling most of the sub continent. Dogra dynasty ruled the state for almost a hundred years. Under the Dogra … Continue reading J & K NEEDS SPLITS AT PRE-DOGRA RULE STATUS
Armies are meant to defend leaders who create wars to engage the armies and arouse nationalism and patriotism by generating hysteria to justify their leaderships. Except to help people in natural disasters, do we need armies and spend millions, billions and trillions of dollars in the name of “defense”, from whom? Except for the defense of leaders. -Promod Puri Continue reading DO WE NEED ARMIES
Some news from South of the border do not interest me anymore: 1.Trump rhetorics (senseless) 2. Gun violence (American culture) 3. US-China trade talks (drag-on) 4. The US-Iran verbal war (stale) 5. Mueller report (waste material for archives) 6. The Trump wall (Humpty Dumpty) –Promod Puri Continue reading No-more Interest!
By Promod Puri Some action is better than no action. But this action is a big one, shaking the very status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The dillydallying over the Kashmir problem for over 70 years got some kick from the government of India with the announcement that Article 370 is removed from the Constitution. This very article gave special status within the union of India. This special status meant significant autonomy to J and K, which no other state in India has. Besides the abrogation of Article 370, the Indian government has also bifurcated the state into … Continue reading Will Removal Of Article 370 Solve Kashmir Problem?
My eldest brother, late Balraj Puri, who died in 2014 at the age of 86, was a social and political activist all his life. In his activism he was a journalist, contributing writer to various newspapers and magazines and author of several books. He was a human rights crusader, organizer of many peace rallies and actively involved in politics. His scholarly and progressive rationales evinced in his writings and lectures which influenced and impacted contemporary India’s intellectual, academic, and journalistic community. His debut in writing started, surprisingly, at the very tender age of 12, when he launched his own Urdu-language … Continue reading THE GENIUS OF MY BROTHER – BALRAJ PURI