PUNJABI HUMOR FOR ALL OCCASIONS

Punjabis have a great sense of humor. And the people from both sides of the border between India and Pakistan share this personality trait as the blood in their veins. Recently while watching a TV talk show from Lahore, on the serious issue of donkey meat being sold as goat or beef in the country, … Continue reading PUNJABI HUMOR FOR ALL OCCASIONS

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BREXIT: STUPID MOVE PUTS UK IN LIMBO

It was the most stupid decision Britishers made in its recent history to leave the European Union, and in which many among the whiter than the white immigrants joining the xenophobic racists. The nation is now stuck in the limbo as it cannot go back, and it can't move forward. In the meantime, many multi-nationals … Continue reading BREXIT: STUPID MOVE PUTS UK IN LIMBO

David Sidoo, A Sacrificial Lamb

It is a case of compromising with ethics and risking his own reputation for the sake of securing a good future for his sons. This could be a sacrifice for the kids, but the laws are blind when decorated businessman and celebrated donor to the University of British Columbia, David Sidoo was arrested in the … Continue reading David Sidoo, A Sacrificial Lamb

Changing World Needs Changing World Orders

Many rituals, customs, and traditions related to our religions need a review for their practicality in our ever-changing world culture.Moreover, in progressive development, the call of humanity seeks to re-evaluate each of our religions, rituals, customs, traditions, social and political institutions, including Left and Right isms, which impart values and behaviors impacting our societies.   … Continue reading Changing World Needs Changing World Orders

Apples, Oranges & Kashmir Problem

BY Promod Puri 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. … Continue reading Apples, Oranges & Kashmir Problem

No Basis Why Indian Sub-continent Divided 72 Yrs Ago

Flip the coin and on one side India and Pakistan seem to be combating with each other forever. On the other side, they are sharing the same bread of common roots, common cultures, languages, and traditions. This love and hate relationship between the two neighbors is both as a result of natural and historic bonding … Continue reading No Basis Why Indian Sub-continent Divided 72 Yrs Ago

Leader of Choice

His image may be soiled by the media-branded “explosive” testimony of ex-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould recently, Prime Minister Justine Trudeau is still my choice of being the leader of the Liberal Party to win the next federal election in Canada. The alternative of the Conservative Party with its leader Andrew James Scheer is politically and … Continue reading Leader of Choice

MANUSMRITI AND WOMEN

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 of their superiority by creating gender inequality. In chapter 3 with numbered … Continue reading MANUSMRITI AND WOMEN

Kashmir: India and Pakistan’s escalating conflict will benefit Narendra Modi ahead of the election

Sita Bali, Staffordshire UniversityTensions in the Kashmir region were already building after more than 40 Indian troops were recently killed by a suicide bomber. India’s “pre-emptive strike” over the disputed border on Tuesday – the first of its kind by India since it went to war with Pakistan in 1971 – has escalated the situation … Continue reading Kashmir: India and Pakistan’s escalating conflict will benefit Narendra Modi ahead of the election

DEADLY ATTACK BRINGS BACK KASHMIR ISSUE

Another targeted deadly attack in Kashmir. And that brings back the unresolved Kashmir problem up-front again. All the present and the past regimes in both India and Pakistan have not been able to untangle the issue. Perhaps, for the simple reason the ruling leaderships of both the countries don’t have the will to tackle the … Continue reading DEADLY ATTACK BRINGS BACK KASHMIR ISSUE

Corridor Of Peace Between India And Pakistan

By Promod Puri It is hailed as a “Corridor of Peace” between India and Pakistan. The Kartarpur Corridor to be ready by November of this year is also a long-awaited and welcome historical development for Sikhs worldwide. The much-desired Corridor will connect the border town of Dera Baba Nanak from the Indian side and Gurdwara … Continue reading Corridor Of Peace Between India And Pakistan

COMPLAIN, SHOULD WE OR SHOULD WE NOT!

by Promod Puri I may be a complaint type of person. So are some or perhaps most of us of this nature. Actually, I have not done any google research to find statistics about the extent of this addiction among us. The reason is even if I shovel to dig for the numbers these would … Continue reading COMPLAIN, SHOULD WE OR SHOULD WE NOT!

A Love Story Hacked By Mahatma Gandhi

This story is not an attempt to downgrade his personality, but it reveals how Gandhi became from ordinary to an extraordinary human being. He learned from his experiences, moved on, and became one of the great leaders of the world in the contemporary history of the world. by Promod Puri While Mahatma Gandhi's nonviolence activism got … Continue reading A Love Story Hacked By Mahatma Gandhi

What Happened When India Became A Republic

India adopted its own constitution on January 26, 1950, and became a republic. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was the law minister who was the principal author of the nation's constitution. Among the most significant features of the constitution was declaring untouchability unlawful. "After centuries of hitherto unchallenged and illegal authority relating to human rights violations, Manusmriti … Continue reading What Happened When India Became A Republic

Nepal’s Menstrual Huts

Nepal's menstrual huts: what can be done about this practice of confining women to cow sheds? Sara Parker, Liverpool John Moores University and Kay Standing, Liverpool John Moores University The tragic recent deaths of a mother and her two sons in a chhaupadi hut in Nepal has again brought the issue of this exclusionary practice … Continue reading Nepal’s Menstrual Huts

ON WHAT GROUND LEFTISTS BACKING VENEZUELA’S DICTATOR

Why the political Left must always support the dictatorial and one-man authoritarian regimes with the bogus tags of being socialist. This time it is Venezuela where the fraudulent dictator Nicolas Maduro is ruling the nation with the same style as his predecessor Hugo Chavez. Simply because of another aspirant to the presidency has been approved … Continue reading ON WHAT GROUND LEFTISTS BACKING VENEZUELA’S DICTATOR

A Bird’s Eye View of India On Its 70th Republic Day

By Promod Puri Republic Day on January 26 is an official colossal event in India every year to celebrate the adoption of its constitution marking the nation as an independent democratic republic. How the country looks after all these years since its Independence from the British Raj in 1947! Although, the statistics have changed as … Continue reading A Bird’s Eye View of India On Its 70th Republic Day

NOOR JEHAN’S VOICE KNOWS NO BOUNDRY BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN:

Audibly residing forever in the hearts of Hindi filmy music lovers is Noor Jehan’s renditions of Aawaz de kahan hai (a duet with Surendra); Mere bachman ke sathi muje bhool na jana, dekho dekho hase na zamana; and Jawan hai mohabbat hasin hai zamana, lutaya hai dil ne khoshi ka tarana (film Anmol Ghardi). Malika-e-tarannum … Continue reading NOOR JEHAN’S VOICE KNOWS NO BOUNDRY BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN:

Anarkali Offers Most Melodious Songs

Anarkali (1953) offers a bonanza of most melodious songs with superb poetic depths. C. Ramchandra composed tuneful and forever popular music of the film. A maestro in musical compositions, he liberally delivered his art in Anarkali. It was one of the very few films in which all the songs, without exception, were hit numbers for … Continue reading Anarkali Offers Most Melodious Songs

SABARIMALA TEMPLE CONTROVERSY

A Renaissance in South Indian Hindu Tradition “the entry of two women, including a Dalit woman – Bindu and Kanakadurga – into the temple in the early hours of January 2, 2019, stands as a symbolic historical corrector that marks a small victory reminding one of the colossal efforts ahead to take many such remarkable … Continue reading SABARIMALA TEMPLE CONTROVERSY

Meet Kamala Harris, U.S. Presidential Candidate

Kamala Harris was born on October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California, to a Tamil Indian mother and a Jamaican father. Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, was a breast cancer scientist who immigrated to the US from Madras (now Chennai) in 1960. Her father, Donald Harris, is a Stanford University economics professor who emigrated from Jamaica … Continue reading Meet Kamala Harris, U.S. Presidential Candidate

Ganges: sewers could be making water quality of India’s great river worse

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Kumbh Mela: It Is All Ritual And Politics

By Promod Puri Ritualistically inspired and politically promoted by the Hindutva regime of India’s Uttar Pradesh province, the world’s largest religious congregation, the Kumbh Mela, began January 15 until March 4, 2019, in the city of Praygraj, formerly Allahabad. Devotees come to the historic city where Hindu sacred rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati confluence. … Continue reading Kumbh Mela: It Is All Ritual And Politics

Story Behind Lohri Song Dulla Bhatti Wala, Ho…

Lohri is a traditional Punjabi festival of pure secular nature. It is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims, and Christians. January 13th every year is the marked date for the festival in both India and Pakistan’s Punjab regions, and all over the world where Punjabis are settled. They say it is a celebration to mark the end … Continue reading Story Behind Lohri Song Dulla Bhatti Wala, Ho…

Addiction

Addiction to being right is a commitment towards mindset views on any issue. -Promod Puri

ADDICTION

ADDICTION: Some people are addicted to being right, all the time. -Promod Puri

Hukam Razai Chalna, Nanak Likhyea Naal – Part 2

By Promod Puri   In this part two of my interpretation of Guru Nanak’s divine message Hukam Razai Chalna, Nanak Likhyea Naal, we take another aspect of the edict. But first, let me briefly recap what was presented in the first discussion. In the previous viewpoint, the perception was when we are facing an unjust or grave situation that … Continue reading Hukam Razai Chalna, Nanak Likhyea Naal – Part 2

MOON TRIP: Leaving Walls And Borders Behind

Moving forward a few decades from now, two friends took their first journey to the moon. Upon landing on their dream destination, they had their first encounter with a local. “Welcome to the Moon, where are you guys from.” “I’m from America, and this friend of mine is from Mexico.” “Oh! Never heard about these … Continue reading MOON TRIP: Leaving Walls And Borders Behind

Sounds From The Wandering Bowl

  By Promod Puri A holy man in saffron stole proclaims: “close your eyes, forget the hunger meditate for transcendental wonder.”   Heard from a nearby mosque, “Allah is great,” get blessed from the devout place.   More cordial and sacred invites: Buddhists, Christians, and other lights.   In our woeful sail, we put on … Continue reading Sounds From The Wandering Bowl

Hukam Razai Chalna, Nanak Likhyea Naal

Perhaps the most relevant message of Guru Nanak Dev as we usher into the New Year and make fresh resolutions in the conduct of our lives, is Hukam Razai Chalna, Nanak likhyea naal. In its simple meaning, as usual addressing himself, Nanak says: it is inevitably written that we conduct ourselves according to the will of God. … Continue reading Hukam Razai Chalna, Nanak Likhyea Naal

January 1st Should Be Declared Broken Promise Day:😃😃

Happy New Year, and along with it comes to my annual ritualistic list of do’s and don’ts. Over the years I, and I’m sure most of us, must have made hundreds of New Year resolutions. And if a fraction of them had been accomplished all these resolutions would have created a revolution in our lives. … Continue reading January 1st Should Be Declared Broken Promise Day:😃😃

New Year Celebrations And Lonely Folks

While most of us are getting into the joyous mood of New Year eve celebrations in the company of friends and families, some folks are lonely and ending the last few hours of 2018 just being alone. In the company of their own self, they are away from society, families, and friends in the confines … Continue reading New Year Celebrations And Lonely Folks

PARTY IN MY LONELY ABODE!

I have company in my lonely abode Arriving and departing, the door is open and revolving The guests come, some offer bloom, others gloom. They’re the memories, family, and friends, Karmas’ notes, complaints, and compliments Environments, weapons, wars, and fights Politics, poverty, religions, and human rights Cherishing hopes, jokes, and anecdotes In this lively, and … Continue reading PARTY IN MY LONELY ABODE!

Poet Shailendra

In simple words, he wrote great poetry with deepest thoughts, feelings, and emotions. He dared to lodge his genuine complaint to God, duniya banane wale kaya tera mann main samai, kahe to duniya banai. Poet Shailendra, film producer Raj Kapoor, singer Mukesh, and Music director duo Shanker Jaikishan together became the most dominating combination in … Continue reading Poet Shailendra

Politics Of BJP Damaging To India’s Democratic Institutions

  By Promod Puri It is the institutional damage which is a primary cause of concern for the survival and functioning of democracy in India. And that is the major contrast between the years of governance by the Congress Party along with its united front allies, and the present ruling power politics of Bhartiya Janata … Continue reading Politics Of BJP Damaging To India’s Democratic Institutions

Genes Determine Our Health-related Fate

GURU MANEYO GRANTH

As Guru Gobind Singh does not believe in the blind following, he stresses on rational acceptance in his abiding declaration of “Guru Maneyo Granth.”

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The 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, close to his death, sealed the continuity of human gurus. He declared that henceforth the holy book Adi Granth would be the eternal Guru of Sikhs.

The hymn composed by him for that declaration encourages a devotee to study, research and contemplate on the enlightenment contained in the sacred book.

The hymn says:

Agya bhai Akal ki tabhi chalayo Panth
Sabb Sikhan ko hukam hai Guru manyo Granth
Guru Granth Ji manyo pargat Guran ki deh
Jo Prabhu ko milbo chahe khoj shabad mein le
Raj karega Khalsa aqi rahei na koe
Khwar hoe sabh milange bache sharan jo hoe.”

While the first three lines of the hymn translate like this: the Sikh Panth (meaning a path) was created by the orders of the Supreme Being whereby all Sikhs are asked to accept the Adi Granth (Sikh holy book) as their Guru…

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Nationalism & Patriotism Are Inept For Contemporary Global Societies

By Promod Puri I have been an anti-national ever since I understood the nature of its allegiance to the country one belongs to. At the same time, I am not a patriot either with its blurred image as it is often a consequence of nationalism. Patriotism and nationalism have obscure borderline between them. It is … Continue reading Nationalism & Patriotism Are Inept For Contemporary Global Societies

Over 56% of Calgarians voted against hosting ’26 Winter Olympics

Over 56% of Calgarians have voted against hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics in a recent poll conducted by the City. Olympics, especially the Winter Olympics, are elite sports only the rich nations can adequately participate in them hauling most of the medals and at the cost of enormous expense involved in building the facilities. There … Continue reading Over 56% of Calgarians voted against hosting ’26 Winter Olympics

34) Beauties of 7 Musical Notes

This essay explores the nature of Indian classical music and Saint Tyagaraja immense contribution toward the Carnatic music of South India.

Hints to the Ancient Wisdom

Saint Tyagaraja, one among the grand musical trinity of the Carnatic (South Indian) classical music, was a composer of very high order. The legend says that he was bestowed with the wisdom of “SĀMA Vēda” by the very sage NĀRADA. His compositions are filled with divine romance, literal articulations that melt our hearts, the musical structure (The Rāga, Tāḷa, Laya, etc.) that makes us spellbound. Many of his compositions are lost in the abyss of time. But those that are available, reminds us of his eternal existence and attune us into the domains of divine romantic ecstasy in which he was once immersed!

In this article, I choose one of his songs “Śōbhillu Saptaswara …” that extol the beauty of the 7 musical notes (Sa, Ri, Ga, Ma, Pa, Da, Ni). It is composed in Jaganmōhini Rāga and set to Rūpaka Tāḷa. There is also…

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TRAVEL ADVISORY: India Changing Names Of Its Major Cities

It is the case of old wine in new bottles. And a lot of new bottles are needed by some provincial governments in India when it comes to filling up with new names to the ancient cities and towns in the country. While they can’t change the historical and cultural character of the cities, but … Continue reading TRAVEL ADVISORY: India Changing Names Of Its Major Cities

Celebration of light

Diwali, the celebration of light In this light there is hope. Diwali, the celebration of sharing In this sharing there is caring. Diwali, the celebration of love In this love, there is compassion. Diwali, the celebration of faith In this faith, there is bliss. –Promod Puri

SEEKING SOLACE AMID POVERTY AND HUNGER

Convert us, We’re adaptable But we’re poor. We’re hungry too. Passing by a temple, a man of god advised “come on in, become Hindu, and be happy and wise.” So, we put on the Hindu hats. “Now close eyes to forget the hunger.” “Meditate for transcendental wonder.” Then a voice was delivered from a nearby … Continue reading SEEKING SOLACE AMID POVERTY AND HUNGER

Honours For LINK Newspaper Founder Promod Puri!

"Promod Puri has stood tall like a lighthouse shedding light, guiding and linking communities within a community without passing personal judgement, prejudice or taking sides. Without fear he has promoted what is just and what is right. He founded The Link Newspaper and served as its Editor for almost three decades. He is a beacon … Continue reading Honours For LINK Newspaper Founder Promod Puri!

BARBARIAN RULERS CREATE BAD IMAGE OF MUSLIMS WORLDWIDE 

“Muslims are savage.” And that is the unrealistic image many non-Muslims have worldwide. Muslims rulers in the Arab countries led by Saudi rogue autocrats are the ones who are mainly responsible for creating this misleading impression. In this age of social media, when news spreads very fast, the brutalities and killings in their kingdoms and … Continue reading BARBARIAN RULERS CREATE BAD IMAGE OF MUSLIMS WORLDWIDE 

PUMPKIN’S KARMA

As Halloween is approaching October 31, I would say that the most abused and wasted vegetable of the season is the most gigantic and nutritive pumpkin. As these are left out in the chill of autumn nights, pumpkins rot and finally dumped. Is that his or her karma carved by custom and tradition! -Promod Puri

TIME FLIES

LIFE GOES BY FAST WHEN LOOKING BACK AT PAST EVENTS AS IF THEY "HAPPENED ONLY YESTERDAY" AND FUTURE EVENTS OFTEN SEEM FAR --------BUT TIME FLIES.

Understanding Physics of 2018 Nobel Winners

by Promod Puri We are quite familiar with tweezers, the small nippers for plucking out unwanted hairs or extracting splinters. But when these little tools are made of light beams to hold very tiny objects in scientific and medical fields, the optical tweezers play quite a significant role as technical aids in the studies of … Continue reading Understanding Physics of 2018 Nobel Winners

DEMOCRACY AND TRAFFIC LIGHTS

Democracy should operate like traffic lights with controlling signals assuring the equal right of way and smooth flow of all the traffic including pedestrians. -Promod Puri

LEARNING FROM SUNFLOWER IN PRAYERS TO SUN GOD

by Promod Puri Surya Devta or Sun god enjoys a unique status in Hindu iconography as the visible divine personality emerging from the horizon every day. But when it is not seen because of rain or cloudy sky, a devotee can learn from the devoutness of sunflower towards the Sun. Sunflower is a true devotee … Continue reading LEARNING FROM SUNFLOWER IN PRAYERS TO SUN GOD

WORDS AS BRICKS, WRITING IS A CONSTRUCTION JOB

By Promod Puri “words are the tools of writing.” But not quite so! Words, in fact, are the bricks and mortars we select and gather to build a structure. Its architecture and construction are based on our thoughts, opinions, and feelings, perceptions and impressions, or sharing of information, knowledge, and experiences. In our learning faculty, … Continue reading WORDS AS BRICKS, WRITING IS A CONSTRUCTION JOB

“Adarsh Bahu” University Certification

“Adarsh Bahu,” that is not the title of an old Hindi movie or a forthcoming Bollywood release. But it is a newly-introduced three-month study offered by a university in Bhopal, India.   After the completion of the “Adarsh Bahu” curriculum, a certificate will be handed to the “Adarsh” (ideal) graduates.   Unlike most other courses … Continue reading “Adarsh Bahu” University Certification

Concept Of Truth In Jeopardy

Have we lost our grip on the truth? Shutterstock Arie Kruglanski, University of Maryland The concept of truth is under assault, but our troubles with truth aren’t exactly new. What’s different is that in the past, debates about the status of truth primarily took place in intellectual cafes and academic symposia among philosophers. These days, … Continue reading Concept Of Truth In Jeopardy

26) The Glory of Ganesha

Hints to the Ancient Wisdom

Hi! Today is the festival day of our beloved lord “Gaṇēśa”. A special thing today is that I am uploading, for the first time, a song played by me on my flute! It is a carnatic song on Gaṇapati, composed by Sri Muttuswami Dīkṣitār – “Vātāpi Gapati …”.  I will be commenting on  that song in this article, bringing out the subtle aspects of Ganesha to the light. Enjoy listening and reading 🙂

The Composer:

Sri Muttuswami Dīkṣitār is one of the trinity musicians in the Carnatic style of Indian music. He composed almost all his songs in Sanskrit. His father was the inventor of the “Rāga – Haṃsadhwani” of the present song. Muttuswami is known to have had direct blessings of the goddess Saraswathi who presented him his Vīṇa, which still exists in his home town, even today. Whatever the legend may be, his songs show his uniqueness in…

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The Symptom And Cause Theory Of 9/11

It is 9/11 today. The anniversary date of a major terrorist attack on the American soil September 11,2001. 9/11s have happened before and after. These are still occurring all over the globe. It befell on Vietnam, Iraq, and continues in Afghanistan and Syria. 9/11s erupts every now and then in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Call … Continue reading The Symptom And Cause Theory Of 9/11

RIGHT TO CHANGE RELIGIOUS VEHICLE

Religion basically is just a vehicle for delivering goods of spirituality, ethics, and morality. If the vehicle fails to deliver the desired goods or it is loaded with unethical and immoral junk by its operators, the recipient can refuse to accept that delivery. And rightfully seek another vehicle which only delivers the good stuff. In … Continue reading RIGHT TO CHANGE RELIGIOUS VEHICLE

THE PUN IN BEING AN INTELLECTUAL

By Promod Puri Sometime back my nieces and nephews along with a few of their aunties and uncles formed a family group on the social media and named it “The Intellectuals.” The idea was to stay in touch with each other wherever we’re globally settled. Since its formation, the group, despite being calling itself as … Continue reading THE PUN IN BEING AN INTELLECTUAL

Back Lane Environmentalists

My salutation goes to those poor and destitute trash collectors who carry shopping carts or plastic bags collecting refundable empty beer, liquor, soda bottles, cans and juice containers while picking up the litter for a cleaner environment.   Monday is our garbage, compost and recycling pick up day.   The back lane becomes a goldmine. … Continue reading Back Lane Environmentalists

What’s Hindutva And Why It Conflicts With Hinduism

By Promod Puri The expression Hindutva emerged from Hinduism which simply means a state or quality of being a Hindu. However, going through its etymology Hindutva sought a wider demarcation to move free from Hinduism but keeping a bonded identity with it as well. The Hindutva ideology was first introduced in 1923 by Maharashtra-based Hindu … Continue reading What’s Hindutva And Why It Conflicts With Hinduism

When Immigrants Become Anti-immigrants

By Promod Puri With compassionate temperament, an immigrant is not expected to be an anti-immigrant. But without that sentiment, immigrants can be anti-immigrant. Or they are selective in their prejudiced choice of immigrants. The sentiment of humanism over time fades as mindset attitudes toward fellow human beings based on religion and ethnicity take over. The … Continue reading When Immigrants Become Anti-immigrants

Legacies of Rajiv Gandhi And Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Soon names of streets, airports, schools, colleges and universities and other institutions in India will be dotted with the name of Atal Bihari Vajpayee by the BJP government, just like Congress did for Rajiv Gandhi. In the public eye, both leave a legacy of being gentleman-politicians. But for both them, their legacy also includes inciting … Continue reading Legacies of Rajiv Gandhi And Atal Bihari Vajpayee

FORGIVE AND FORGET

“Forgive and forget” is a popular simple lecture or preaching which is easy to give and accepted, but hard to follow. For our own peace of mind, we may accept and attempt to follow the forgive-and-forget doctrine and move on with our lives. However, the hurt feelings take time to heal in our reconciliation effort. … Continue reading FORGIVE AND FORGET

Beyond The Confines Of Atheism And Theism

By Promod Puri When atheists reject the concept or existence of God, their conclusion is based on limited perception. The reason, we human beings are like a speck of creature in this colossal universe incapable of fathoming its enormity. Their case does not win credibility either by just ridiculing those who believe in God. And … Continue reading Beyond The Confines Of Atheism And Theism

LEFTISTS’ HERO FIDEL CASTRO LEGACIES:

Fidel Castro, the hero of the Communist-socialist world of the Leftists, was born 92 years ago on August 13,1926. The 1959 Fidel Castro’s armed political revolt had a utopian communist promise of prosperity for Cubans. With massive Russian aid, the country survived in meeting the basic needs of its people, and that included Cuba’s pride … Continue reading LEFTISTS’ HERO FIDEL CASTRO LEGACIES:

CANADA’S TWITTER ATTACK ON S.ARABIA SEEMS HYPOCRITICAL

by Promod Puri Canada’s Twitter diplomacy in condemning Saudi Arabia has not affected the latter's tormented human rights record, especially against women. Instead, it generated anger and overreaction from the Saudi leadership resulting with lightning speed the withdrawal of diplomats, investment and trade, stopping of flights and immediate return of the Kingdom’s students from Canada. … Continue reading CANADA’S TWITTER ATTACK ON S.ARABIA SEEMS HYPOCRITICAL

FANATICISM OF LEFT AND RIGHT

The acceptance or rejection of any thought, idea or comment by Leftists and Rightists is more based on their ideological commitment rather than logic, rationale or good sense. That is called fanaticism.

If one has understood God thru rituals and customs, then what has been understood is not God.

PAKISTAN’S DEMOCRACY IS AUTONOMOUS

The struggling democracy in Pakistan which marked the second consecutive transfer of power thru recent ballot is, in reality, more secure and solid than believed otherwise because of its built-in autonomous features. In 2010 Pakistan parliament, to enhance the country’s democratic choice has given its four provinces more local powers in tackling their regional issues. … Continue reading PAKISTAN’S DEMOCRACY IS AUTONOMOUS

WHEN DEMOCRACY COLLAPSES

Judiciary, election commission, media, and statistics are the four pillars of democracy which keep it authoritative, functional, dynamic, and accountable. If any or all these institutions are damaged, corrupted, compromised or abused, democracy becomes meaningless or even collapses. The case under observation is democracy in India. -Promod Puri

IMRAN KHAN, PAKISTAN, INDIA AND KASHMIR

Popular cricketer of yesteryears and a determined political activist to crack the status quo of two-party domination is now the prime minister-elect of Pakistan. The country looks forward to an era of peace and prosperity as promised by Imran Khan for its impoverished people. While Pakistan seems to be poised for an effective change, neighboring … Continue reading IMRAN KHAN, PAKISTAN, INDIA AND KASHMIR

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 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 just … Continue reading LIVING IN THE PRESENT

TIME TO ABANDON GDP

GDP, annual gross domestic product, is the sum of all the goods and services produced by a nation. It numerically indicates the economic growth of a country. But GDP numbers can be manipulated, especially in controlled socialist regimes and by so-called democratic governments across the globe. Besides vulnerable of being corrupted by the deceiving governments, … Continue reading TIME TO ABANDON GDP

DRINKING WITHOUT STRAWS

The big environmental cheering is that Starbucks plans to discard the use of plastic straws globally by 2020. Perhaps, the time-frame of two years is needed so the customers can learn or simply de-habituate themselves to enjoy Starbucks cold beverages without straws. Straws for drinking purposes are certainly a big environmental wastage. They are part … Continue reading DRINKING WITHOUT STRAWS

Time To End Cricket Hype With Football

(Looking at the growing worldwide popularity of the game of football, this article is about the importance of the sport, especially for the poor and developing nations). Cricket has been a national obsession in most of the developing and Third World countries. It is about time that the game should be dropped from the status … Continue reading Time To End Cricket Hype With Football

No Land Title Cause of Poverty Worldwide

Across the world, land registries are inefficient and unreliable – or even downright corrupt. In Honduras, some government officials altered the country’s land ownership database, stealing property for themselves – including beachfront getaways. In many African countries, more than 90 percent of rural land is not registered. In Ghana, 78 percent of land is unregistered, … Continue reading No Land Title Cause of Poverty Worldwide

With Small Doses Of Capitalism Cuba Can Achieve Its Socialist Idealism

  Sculptor in the sugar factory of machete man to recognize the tough job of harvesting the sugarcane fields manually. Photo and Caption by Rita Puri Part 1: Life In Cuba Rather than the politics of communism or socialism, the face of Cuba is much reflected by its vibrant culture. In their healthy and shining … Continue reading With Small Doses Of Capitalism Cuba Can Achieve Its Socialist Idealism

Exploring Hinduism Beyond Rituals

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Learn about the rich diversity of Hindu sacred texts – hymns, narratives, philosophical thought – and their interpretations.

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SAT-CHIT-ANANDA: The Ultimate Bliss

“Sat-chit-ananda” is a three-word moral thesis or maxim which has several philosophical explanations based on Hindu spiritual understanding. In all these interpretations its cardinal message promises divine contentment and bliss. Peace, pleasure, and fulfillment in every aspect of life are the objectives one seeks. The maxim “sat-chit-ananda” is the awareness and consequence of those pursuits. … Continue reading SAT-CHIT-ANANDA: The Ultimate Bliss

NATIVE MAYOR OF VANCOUVER MORE THAN SYMBOLIC

By Promod Puri It is about time Vancouver should be ruled by an Indigenous Canadian. The announcement by 45-year-old Squamish Nation Hereditary Chief Ian Campbell to seek the Vancouver mayoral job is a progressive initiative of Indigenous leadership in the City’s affairs. The political evolution also reaffirms the multicultural character of Vancouver which has roots … Continue reading NATIVE MAYOR OF VANCOUVER MORE THAN SYMBOLIC

Political Evolution Through Science, And Religion

By Promod Puri Evolution of any political ideology, and that should be imperative, involves almost all the natural and social sciences, philosophies, metaphysics, as well as the wisdom manifested in spiritual orders. It is in this integrated approach that the political spectrum of Marxism and Leninism, conservatism, and liberalism; capitalism and socialism, or any of … Continue reading Political Evolution Through Science, And Religion

CONTROLLING FAKE HINDU GURUS

Unlike some other religious orders, Hinduism does not have a centralized controlling authority to guide or to safeguard its values. Without any governing body, Hinduism over the centuries developed the “parmpara”(tradition) of establishing the institution of independent gurus, ‘swamis’ and ‘babas.’ However, looking at the disgraceful conduct of many of these so-called god’s men and … Continue reading CONTROLLING FAKE HINDU GURUS

WHY INDIA MUST KNOW ABOUT VAISAKHI….

Awake India, awake to his vision. Leave those caste barriers, acquire knowledge, be strong in body and be a Khalsa in spirit. Your religion doesn't matter. Khalsa is a state of mind, not just a religion. by Frank Hazur While Sikhs celebrate Vaisakhi across India; rest of India wonders if it is about doing Bhangra … Continue reading WHY INDIA MUST KNOW ABOUT VAISAKHI….

FANATICS CAN DEMOLISH DISGRACED KATHUA TEMPLE

Before goons and fanatics (using the word Hindu for them disgraces my sacred religion) demolish another mosque or church, they can go and bulldoze the Kathua temple, a disgraced structure now, and a symbol of national shame and stigma. Till now it was a place of reverence and tranquility. But the temple’s sanctity and divinity … Continue reading FANATICS CAN DEMOLISH DISGRACED KATHUA TEMPLE

Through Law, Ambedkar Declared Manusmriti Illegal

By Promod Puri (In celebration of Dr.Ambedkar Jayanti and his birthday) Earlier in the mid 19th century Jyotirao Phule, an activist, reformer, and theologist from Maharashtra initiated the struggle to end the social exploitation of the outcasts. He espoused the word Dalit originating from the Marathi language meaning broken and crushed. He denounced the caste … Continue reading Through Law, Ambedkar Declared Manusmriti Illegal

India’s Pride And Shame

When India wins gold, silver or bronze by some participants at the Commonwealth Games it becomes a collective pride for the country. And when rapes followed by murders of the rape victims are committed by few beastly members of the society including characterless politicians then these cases are not accepted as collective shame for the … Continue reading India’s Pride And Shame

SUN GOD

While most Hindu deities are revered thru their symbolic medium of murtis, the sun god is worshiped not only as graphic or statue-like idol, but in His live appearance as well. Surya Namaskar or salutation is an early morning Hindu prayer in standing posture and with folded hands facing the sun god. Surya Devta or … Continue reading SUN GOD

Court Considering Case For Chimps As Persons

NY Times April 9, 2018 By Jeff Seb, director of the animal studies program at New York University. You might be aware that chimpanzees can recognize themselves in a mirror, communicate through sign language, pursue goals creatively and form long-lasting friendships. You might also think that these are the kinds of things that a person … Continue reading Court Considering Case For Chimps As Persons

UTOPIA INVITES TROUBLES

"Utopias are idealized visions of a perfect society. Utopianisms are those ideas put into practice.This is where the trouble begins." This is called dystopia. Writes Michael Shermer Publisher, Skeptic magazine. "Dystopias are failed social experiments, repressive political regimes, and overbearing economic systems that result from utopian dreams put into practice."https://qz.com/1243042/utopia-is-a-dangerous-ideal-we-should-aim-for-protopia/

Redesigning A New Political & Economic Systems

Redesigning of our political and economic systems based on changing social needs as well as our ethical and environmental commitments will be more viable, responsive and revered than the outdated, impractical and utopian Socialist idealism, and greedy Capitalism. The contemporary world society seeks that the idiosyncrasy of the present sociopolitical Left and the Right cultures … Continue reading Redesigning A New Political & Economic Systems

WHEN DEMOCRACY CHANGES TO AUTHORITARIANISM

Democratic freedoms breed authoritarianism. Consolidation of power, achieved through democratic means, is a tempting phenomenon when regimes are slowly being wrapped up in totalitarianism. Nationalism is aroused, and the fear factor is introduced by scapegoating foreign enemies and targeting the minorities. To streamline the influence of fear several practices and arrangements are mobilized. Judiciary, the … Continue reading WHEN DEMOCRACY CHANGES TO AUTHORITARIANISM

THAT IS CALLED SOCIALISM!

Cuba is getting a new president on April 19, and for the first time in six decades, his last name will not be Castro.

BETWEEN THE POLITICS OF LEFT AND RIGHT THERE IS ALTERNATIVE

The article seeks redesigning of our political and economic systems based on changing social needs as well as our ethical and environmental commitments.

IN POLITICS IF THINGS DON’T GO RIGHT, GOING TO THE LEFT IS NOT THE RIGHT OPTION.

Should Politics Be Separate From Religion

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Should Politics Be Separated From Religion?

“Politics and religion must be kept separate” is an acknowledged doctrine in secular and democratic-socialist systems. But there are elements in most religions which are liberal, secular, and democratic. For these reasons, politics can incorporate religion in its order, whereas religion can keep its sanctity if the “dirty politics” stay out of it. It is … Continue reading Should Politics Be Separated From Religion?

Besides Humans Everything Else Has Consciousness Too

The universe in its continuum is a conscious body of conscious parts, no matter how tiny or big they are. When the whole is conscious, its parts are conscious too, just like a human body. When it is alive, every organ of it is live as well. There are minds in the universal mind.

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By Promod Puri

What is the difference between me and a spoon, a table, a stone, or any object or a thing? Both are physical matters. But I have consciousness others don’t. Or maybe they have it which I don’t sense. Anyway, that is what distinguishes me and the “non-consciousness” objects.

How is this distinction through consciousness created which directs the nature of physical matter to make it a mindful entity?

There are two theories.

However, before we approach these concepts let us define or get a practical understanding of consciousness.

According to Wikipedia consciousness is an “inward awareness of an external object, state, or fact,” and these could include perceptions, thoughts, and feelings. The key words are “inward awareness” suggesting it is already present. The dictionary explanation says, “full activity of the mind and senses.” In that activity, the knowledge gained through external or inherent factors stimulate the development…

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Stephen Hawking Opens New Frontiers In The Science Of God

By Promod Puri In his mind, physically-challenged Stephen Hawking explored the cosmos, and he got a much clearer picture of how the universe came into existence. In the quest, he could not find the god commonly believed to be up there and responsible for this creation. However, as a physicist, he found his god in his … Continue reading Stephen Hawking Opens New Frontiers In The Science Of God

Besides Humans Everything Else Has Consciousness Too

By Promod Puri What is the difference between you, me and a spoon, a table, a stone, or any object or a thing? Both are physical matters. But we have consciousness others don’t. Or maybe they have it which we don’t sense. Anyway, that is what distinguishes you and me, and the “non-consciousness” objects. How … Continue reading Besides Humans Everything Else Has Consciousness Too