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

Question: Do you have an explanation of “Sat- chit- ananda?” Answer: “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. … 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

What Is Neologism And Why We Need It

Neologism means to introduce a new word or new senses of existing words. In its expanded definition neologism also involves “a new doctrine, especially a new interpretation of sacred writings”, according to the Dictionary.com.   Many rituals, customs, and traditions related to our religions need a review for their practicality in our ever-changing world culture. … Continue reading What Is Neologism And Why We Need It

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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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

Mega-Havan: What A Nonsense

Precious woods for a mega-Havan are being burnt in Uttar Pradesh, India, when the poor are desperately looking for some fuel for cooking. In this ritual protein-rich ghee is also used in very large quantities, rather it can be given to malnourished poor children for their growth. All the Havan stunts are being performed in … Continue reading Mega-Havan: What A Nonsense

Stephen Hawking Opens New Frontiers In The Science Of God

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God And Religion Of Stephen Hawkins

Physically-challenged Stephen Hawking’s mind explored the cosmos, and from where he got a clear picture of how the universe came into existence. In this 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 dedicated daily karmas … Continue reading God And Religion Of Stephen Hawkins

Cavities In Cuban Communism

Cuba has one of the lowest rates of internet usage in the Western Hemisphere, and access to media is strictly restricted—but that doesn’t stop Cubans from watching Game of Thrones. Their secret is El Paquete Semanal (“The Weekly Packet”), a clandestine in-person file-sharing network that distributes hard drives and flash drives full of media. Nobody … Continue reading Cavities In Cuban Communism

Stephen Hawking’s God & His Dharma

For most of us we have a mindset personified image of God. And that is what Hawkins rejected. His God resided in his rational thinking and dedicated research which was in the cosmos world and beyond. For that reason he knew more about God than the god most of us perceive. His God was in … Continue reading Stephen Hawking’s God & His Dharma

No Kanyadaan Ritual By Woman Priest

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Power Of Now Is Powerless Without Past & Future

Past, present, and future are interlinked, and complimenting to each other with indelible events, experiences, karmas, and imaginations. The act of managing the future involves gathering and distilling the right information from the archives of the past within the time span of the present. The independence of “now” does not exist. Understanding and embracing the … Continue reading Power Of Now Is Powerless Without Past & Future

How the flu works its way into Our body

-Laura Haynes, Prof. of Immunology, University of Connecticut Influenza virus causes an infection in the respiratory tract, or nose, throat and lungs. The virus is inhaled or transmitted, usually via your fingers, to the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose or eyes. It then travels down the respiratory tract and binds to epithelial cells lining … Continue reading How the flu works its way into Our body

The Trees Told Me So

The Trees Told Me So by Purva Grover My rating: 5 of 5 stars An enjoyable And Stimulating Reading By Promod Puri As a newspaperman fiction seldom allures me, but I embraced The Trees….” because Purva Grover is a writer who can stir words to find depth and feelings in them. “The Trees Told Me … Continue reading The Trees Told Me So

IRRESPONSIBE MEDIA CREATED ATWAL CONTROVERSY

The Jaspal Atwal controversy relating to prime minister Justin Trudeau’s recent visit to India, in reality, is indeed a non-issue from the very beginning. It was in fact created by the Canadian media, led by the CBC. There are three reasons for its generation and development: 1. The Canadian media is sensational, 2. The Canadian … Continue reading IRRESPONSIBE MEDIA CREATED ATWAL CONTROVERSY

Re-evaluating Our Religions & Other Institutions

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In our civilized and progressive world, the call of humanity seeks re-evaluating each of our religions, rituals, customs, traditions, social and political institutions, including Left and Right isms, which impart values and behaviors impacting our environments.

This resolution is part of the evolution and management of civil society we live in. Evolution of civilization is natural as well as essential for rational and intelligent creation of environments which influence our thoughts. Read more: 

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WHY A CRIMINAL IS SOCIETY’S OUTCAST FOR REST OF LIFE:

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This is a question which seeks an answer from moral or ethical perspective.

A person attempts to commit a terrible crime but fails in his or her mission. The individual, however, is apprehended, charged and while accepting graveness of the criminality, is punished with a jail sentence. After completing the required period of the jail term with good behavior certification, the person moves back to the society and starts his or her life afresh as a good citizen.

Does the society have the moral conviction to treat the person as an outcast for the rest of his or her life?

-Promod Puri

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WHY ONCE A CRIMINAL IS SOCIETY’S OUTCAST FOR REST OF LIFE:

This is a question which seeks an answer from moral or ethical perspective. A person attempts to commit a terrible crime but fails in his or her mission. The individual, however, is apprehended, charged and while accepting graveness of the criminality, is punished with a jail sentence. After completing the required period of the jail … Continue reading WHY ONCE A CRIMINAL IS SOCIETY’S OUTCAST FOR REST OF LIFE:

Silence is not golden…

Silence is not golden by the ruling leadership when it is strategically used to carry an evil agenda in running the affairs of a country. Especially, when the motive is to impose an ideology of both political and religious nature with dictatorial objectives.

Trudeau Establishes New Political Etiquettes

By Promod Puri When he said, the word “mankind” should be changed to “peoplekind,” there was something which seemed eccentric to many folks in prime minister Justin Trudeau. But his idiosyncrasy reflects his style which is not normal for most world politicians or public figures. Otherwise, which prime minister or president visiting a foreign country … Continue reading Trudeau Establishes New Political Etiquettes

AMID FUROR TRUDEAU CREATES NEW POLITICAL ETIQUETTES:

By Promod Puri Prime minister Justin Trudeau’s recent week-long India trip has been dubbed by most of the Canadian media as a disaster for no reasons on his part. It began the moment he landed in a country known for its traditional warm hospitality. But for Trudeau and his family, it was the most cold-shouldered … Continue reading AMID FUROR TRUDEAU CREATES NEW POLITICAL ETIQUETTES:

Padmaavat Glorifies Immolation Custom & Stereotypes Muslims

By Promod Puri Hyped, and promoted by the controversy, I got induced to view Padmaavat on the big screen. Besides, seeking some entertainment, my scrutiny was also aiming at any scene, dialogues or actions which could support all the reported fuss and anger in India about Padmaavat extravaganza. Does the movie devalue Rajputs or covet … Continue reading Padmaavat Glorifies Immolation Custom & Stereotypes Muslims

Temple Hinduism, Meditation And Karma

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Temple Hinduism, Meditation And Karma

By Promod Puri “Temple-Hinduism” is an expression introduced by Vasudha Narayanan, Professor of Religion, University of Florida. The terminology is not an academic phrasing, nor does it reflect a new sect in Hinduism. It is an interpretation of Hinduism related to the devotional practices of rituals and prayers in temple’s iconological environment. As we know … Continue reading Temple Hinduism, Meditation And Karma

Introduction of Hinduism In America

The American public formally learned about Hinduism was through the World’s Parliament of Religions, a gathering of practitioners of different faith traditions, which took place in Chicago in 1893. It was at that time when the American public first saw and heard people from “Eastern” religions, including Hindus and Buddhists, on their own soil. Vivekananda, … Continue reading Introduction of Hinduism In America

Side Effects Of Democracy

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 Side Effects Of Democracy

Politics Of Silence Over Padmaavat Cripples Democracy

By Promod Puri Silence is golden! But in India of today, it is not. Rather it is a political, social, and even communal contamination which is almost annihilating the very roots of democracy in the country. For leaders in power and those who are not, silence is a strategic political tool. In the recent maniacal … Continue reading Politics Of Silence Over Padmaavat Cripples Democracy

Does America Have Caste System Too?

By Subramanian Shankar Professor of English (Postoclonial Literature and Creative Writing), University of Hawaii Class system breeds caste. That is what happened in the Hindu society of India centuries ago when Manu froze the class stratification into caste segmentation. The same is happening in the USA as it is developing its own caste system. The … Continue reading Does America Have Caste System Too?

Democracy Damaged By Political Silence Over Padmavat

Silence is golden! But in India of today, it is not. Rather it is an epidemic virus which is almost annihilating the very roots of its democracy. For leaders in power and those who are not, silence is a strategic political tool. Both the ruling and opposition leaders have remained quite tight-lipped in the recent … Continue reading Democracy Damaged By Political Silence Over Padmavat

Carbon Capturing Worth Believing To Save Environment

By Akshat Rathi Most of us don’t change our minds. Whether the issue at hand is the repeal of net neutrality in the US or Brexit in the UK, we avoid information that might shift our viewpoints, assuming that our opponents are simply dumber than we are. But recently, I had a change of heart about an important issue—and it showed … Continue reading Carbon Capturing Worth Believing To Save Environment

Riding The Tide

Poetry Book Review They say every cloud does have a silver lining. It is natural. It appears along darkest of passing clouds. But Vancouver-based poet laureate Ashok Bhargava himself created that silver-lining by putting together his latest poetry while he braved through his fight against cancerous clouds hanging over his body and mind. “Riding The … Continue reading Riding The Tide

Joys Of Fiji Travels

The following travelogue was written back in 2010 when I visited Fiji, a cluster of islands in the South Pacific region. Besides, visiting some of the most famous tourist attractions, the article also briefly mentions about the people of Fiji, especially its vibrant Indian community.   By Promod Puri Our years of build-up excitement of Fiji … Continue reading Joys Of Fiji Travels

GOD’S CONTEMPLATION IN RATIONAL & PRACTICAL ENVIRONMENTS

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God’s Contemplation in Rational & Practical Environments

The personified God is worshipped as the centralized controlling authority influencing every moment of our lives. Moreover, the symbolic undertaking of God creates the fear factor that He is a punishing Being if not believed in His existence. This fear is one reason for His adoration and ceremonial development. One can experience His eternal spirit … Continue reading God’s Contemplation in Rational & Practical Environments

An Era Of Silence

  On the issue of  Padmavati the media is silent, politicians are silent, intellectuals, writers, academicians are silent, the middle class is silent, film industry and film stars are silent, everybody is silent. Because democracy in India is being silenced.

Uncles and Aunties

The uncle and aunty is a social phenomenon making an impressive entry in the cultural evolution of societies where it is poised to create informal yet respectable relationship between young and old.

Promod Puri

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 an etiquette which is more personal.

The uncle­-auntie entitlement is in vogue in other cultures as well. But the South Asian youths go a step further. To show more reverence, ‘ji’ pronounced like ‘g’, is attached to address the instantaneous relatives as uncle-ji and aunty-ji. Perhaps this arrangement establishes a more amiable and closer connection.

The conventional practice of using Mr., Mrs. or madam is not only becoming obsolete in casual encounters, but these appellations create ritualistic formality. Whereas, the consensual tie up among universal ‘‘uncles and aunties” and their equally universal “nephews and nieces”…

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INDIAN MAID: But She Was Not “Supposed” To Enter Kitchen

By Promod Puri I don’t know if she belongs to the class of housemaid, aka “bai”. If so, then her status could be upgraded in India’s class and caste society. She had a regular assignment at our home around 11 every morning and finishing her limited but reserved task in 15 to 20 minutes. It … Continue reading INDIAN MAID: But She Was Not “Supposed” To Enter Kitchen

Under Canada’s Immigration Detention System Deaths & Human Rights Violations

Two refugee children from Eritrea sit in the back of a police cruiser after crossing the border from New York into Canada in March 2017 near Hemmingford, Que. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz) Petra Molnar, University of Toronto and Stephanie J Silverman, University of TorontoLucia Vega Jimenez, 42, Mexico.Jan Szamko, 31, Czech Republic.Melkioro Gahungu, 64, Burundi.Abdurahman … Continue reading Under Canada’s Immigration Detention System Deaths & Human Rights Violations

Trudeau Seriously Working To End Myanmar Refugee Crisis

  Hats off to Justin Trudeau to have a face-to-face meeting in Vietnam with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi who is also an honorary Canadian citizen regarding the huge refugee crisis resulting in over 600,000 Rohingya Muslims forced out of their country into B'desh. Trudeau is perhaps the only world leader who is taking … Continue reading Trudeau Seriously Working To End Myanmar Refugee Crisis

From meditation to militancy is the new version of Buddhism in Myanmar

  "She was the same age as my daughter, 11 years old, We did not notice her there. She was sitting in the dark, sitting quietly, crying. My heart stopped for a moment. The girl listened as her mother described how her husband was murdered by Myanmar military forces, how their home was set on … Continue reading From meditation to militancy is the new version of Buddhism in Myanmar

Seeking Evolution In Religions

Rituals, customs, and traditions provide bulk and mostly false identity to a religion. If these are detached from all the religions, then we can see fundamentals of moral and righteous teachings are the same in each of them. Pathways to divinity are infused with words of morality and ethics, principles, and noble deeds. Many meaningless … Continue reading Seeking Evolution In Religions

In “Paradise” Their Greed And Ethics Exposed

  What Queen Elizabeth, former Canadian prime ministers Mulroney, Chretien and Martin, U2 frontman Bono, singer Madonna and India's most famous film star Amitabh Bachchan, and many other world's known personalities have in common? The "Paradise" to "legally" hide their incomes and save taxes, but exposing their greed and throwing away their ethics.

PUMPKIN’S KARMA

Now that Halloween is over, I would say that the most abused and wasted vegetable of the season is the most gigantic and nutritive pumpkin. Left out in the chill of autumn nights, most pumpkins rot, and finally dumped. Is that his or her karma carved by custom and tradition.

Does Religion Has Its Role In Politics

Whereas rituals, customs and traditions furnish symbolic and distinctive identity to a religion, the pathways to divinity which are paved with morals and ethics, are often debased by its despicable ceremonial rites and practices. It is in this context that the contemporary and progressive political ideologies disdain religion. Its nature is customarily interpreted thru inherent … Continue reading Does Religion Has Its Role In Politics