TRUDEAU URGEs MUSLIMS TO JOIN CONSERVATIVE PARTY:

In a statesman-like speech at an Eid dinner in Toronto June 21, Liberal Party leader, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged Canadian Muslims to join the Conservative Party, help the Conservative Candidates, volunteer and donate to the party for the upcoming federal election. In his spirited speech, attended by the mostly Muslims audience, Trudeau said: “I … Continue reading TRUDEAU URGEs MUSLIMS TO JOIN CONSERVATIVE PARTY:

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POORS DON’T DO MEDITATION & YOGA

Yoga and meditation are mostly practiced by the middle/upper class. The impoverished and deprived members of society in the daily grind cannot spare their frail health and meager income to indulge in these physical and tranquil activities.

Paldi: South-Asian Canadian Heritage Village

By Promod Puri Paldi, named after a small town in Hoshiarpur District of Punjab, is located about seven miles south-west of Duncan, off the road to Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island in BC. The village of Paldi was established in 1917 by an enterprising Punjabi by the name of Mayo Singh, who came to Canada … Continue reading Paldi: South-Asian Canadian Heritage Village

MY BOOK ON HINDUISM

From rituals to murti-puja, mantra and metaphysics, karma and moksha, to meditation and yoga, and all its recreational aspects like music, dance, and drama, Hinduism is a disciplinary as well as a comprehensive experience of spiritual development in the liberal and progressive regime. Moving beyond its rituals, customs, and traditions, this study on Hinduism explores … Continue reading MY BOOK ON HINDUISM

A Rationalist’s Open window

I'm Not A Leftist, Rightist or Centerist, But A Rationalist, Open To All Of Them. -Promod Puri

Rabba Hun Kee Kariye: A Powerful Documentary On ’47 Genocide

Why? That is a big question mark Rabba Hun Kee Kariye does not answer. Nor does it intend to answer. But it does shake our morality when we are drawn on religious fronts of hate. Rabba Hun Kee Kariye is a documentary on bloody mayhem following the partition of India in 1947. “It constitutes a … Continue reading Rabba Hun Kee Kariye: A Powerful Documentary On ’47 Genocide

Seeking more knowledge about oneself is self-tracking.

What’s Hinduism

Ignoring its ritualistic aspects, Hinduism truly is a "union of reason & intuition."

Nature of Possibility

Today’s problem can be a solution to tomorrow’s problem. While today’s solution can generate a problem for tomorrow. It is the uncertain, but logical nature of possibility. -Promod Puri

NANAK DUKHIYA SABB SANSAR SO SUKHIYA JIS NAAM ADHAAR

NANAK DUKHIYA SABB SANSAR SO SUKHIYA JIS NAAM ADHAAR (Loosely translated: Nanak says life for everybody is suffering, blissful is the one who has based his/her life on Him) That is the universal truth. Agony, misery, pain, suffering, both physical and emotional, and in all degrees of intensity are the realities of life experienced by … Continue reading NANAK DUKHIYA SABB SANSAR SO SUKHIYA JIS NAAM ADHAAR

FLEXIBILITY IN BELIEF

One believes that his or her religion or faith is right. Or for that matter, an atheist believing the same. It is all a matter of one's vision of belief. And this is where some flexibility is needed for evolution in perception, so the belief does not become permanently fixed. -Promod Puri

A 9-point Agenda For PM Modi To save India’s Democracy

1. Restore confidence in the judiciary 2. Restore confidence in the Election Commission 3. Restore the independence of media 4. Restore the independence of the Reserve Bank of India 5. Restore the supremacy of the country’s constitution 6. Restore the credibility of the department of statistics 7. Control fanatic bhagats lynching and terrorizing minorities, killing … Continue reading A 9-point Agenda For PM Modi To save India’s Democracy

The Historical Building At Main And 6th In Vancouver

By Promod Puri The grey stucco building at the south-east corner of Main Street and 6th Avenue in Vancouver was once a hub of the Indo-Canadian community in the early ‘70s and part of ‘80s. It was the Indo-Canadian media center along with small businesses owned by the community members having their offices in the … Continue reading The Historical Building At Main And 6th In Vancouver

Remembering Komagata Maru

Statement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, May 23, 2019 “One hundred and five years ago the Komagata Maru steamship arrived in Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet. On board were 376 Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus of South Asian origin hoping to settle in Canada and build a better life for themselves and their families. “Few of them ever … Continue reading Remembering Komagata Maru

Q. Why Congress quiet over EVM? Answer: A lot of baggage in its closet. May face Modi’s rod

Pride in a democracy lies not being largest but in its creditable functioning.

Garbage Is An Escalating World Problem

by Promod Puri Countries worldwide seem to be facing an escalating problem as to where to dump their daily accumulation of non-composite garbage. Shiploads of containers carrying all kinds of waste from electronic to plastics and even household garbage are floating the world seas finding their final resting or burial place. After China changed its … Continue reading Garbage Is An Escalating World Problem

PM Modi Pursues Politics Of Hindu Nationalism- What Does That Mean

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is garlanded after winning the elections. AP Photo/Manish Swarup Sumit Ganguly, Indiana University Almost immediately after winning a second term in office on May 23, India’s Prime Minister Modi gave a speech making light of parties and individuals who had espoused secularism over the past five years. During the five … Continue reading PM Modi Pursues Politics Of Hindu Nationalism- What Does That Mean

BEAUTIFUL PUNJABI SONG

Kachi kali si nazuk dil mera ....koi sungh ke ainwen marhorh giya..jeeonda rave oh ji sadke ve jehrha laake mohabattan torh giya. This super hit Punjabi song from film Koday Shah (1953) has been one of my most favorites for a long time. The music by talented Sardul Kwatra is superb. I met Mr. Kwatra … Continue reading BEAUTIFUL PUNJABI SONG

WHEN I WORKED AT 7-ELEVEN STORE:

Recently I read an interesting article on 7-Eleven stores and their worldwide growth in 17 countries besides the ones in the USA where the company was founded in 1927. Around the world, 7-Eleven has 68,236 stores, and the largest presence is in Asia. The new owners are a Japanese holding company who bought 7-Eleven from … Continue reading WHEN I WORKED AT 7-ELEVEN STORE:

Sahir Ludhianvi’s Romantic Poetry…pyar par bas to nahin hai—

Sahir Ludhianvi in his romantic mood penned this beautiful composition adorned with equal passion by Talat Mehmood and Asha Bhonsle in the film Sone Ki Chidiyya (1958). Asha Bhonsle did not say a word in the Song, but Music director O.P. Nayyar used her voice as soft 'alaap' enhancing the feelings of the poet. Pyaar … Continue reading Sahir Ludhianvi’s Romantic Poetry…pyar par bas to nahin hai—

Monkey Show of Goswami

  The picture is deceiving, but this guy, with his glasses and intellectual look, was the most aggressive host I have ever seen on TV. The name I was told while watching the India election coverage with friends, is Arnab Goswami of Republic TV. I could digest the outpouring of results in favor of Modi … Continue reading Monkey Show of Goswami

”WIN GUARANTEED”: Worldwide Demand for India’s EVMs!😊😊

WAR BLAMES

Do we have to blame a nation or nations in their respective share of initiating a war rather than the individuals responsible for their calling to strike the fire? Historically, we blame the nations and forget the leaders or rulers in their war orders.

Sahir Ludhianvi in a different mood

Sahir Ludhianvi in his romantic mood penned this beautiful composition adorned with equal passion by Talat Mehmood and Asha Bhonsle in the film Sone Ki Chidiyya (1958). Asha Bhonsle did not say a word in the Song, but Music director O.P. Nayyar used her voice as soft 'alaap' enhancing the feelings of the poet. Pyaar … Continue reading Sahir Ludhianvi in a different mood

Intellectual humility helps to explore wrongs in mindset views.

THE MODI WAVE CONTINUES

A  juggernaut of all the resources and forces, while crushing the opposition, pulled the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) under prime minister Narendra Modi’s command to another massive victory in the just concluded India election. An army of hard-core members of the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), the leading partner in the alliance, disciplined media, unlimited … Continue reading THE MODI WAVE CONTINUES

WHY MODI AND HIS PARTY SHOULD NOT WIN AGAIN

By Promod Puri It is the institutional damage which is a primary cause of concern for the survival and functioning of democracy in India. The plummet of the Congress paved the way for the BJP to capture the power four years ago primarily by nurturing and exploiting its inherent strength in Hindu nationalism. It is under … Continue reading WHY MODI AND HIS PARTY SHOULD NOT WIN AGAIN

In Contemporary Meditation Mantra Can Be In Any Language

By Promod Puri One of the most ingrained and perhaps efficacious features of Hinduism is the mantra. A mantra inherently is the delivery of sacred word(s) or a sound with literal meaning or without meaning, but capable of inducing an environment of divinity. Despite their antiquated origin during Vedic period of Hindu history, mantras in verses … Continue reading In Contemporary Meditation Mantra Can Be In Any Language

Sikhism Dwells In Its Saint-soldier Philosophy

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Sikhism Dwells In Its Saint-soldier Philosophy

By Promod Puri Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Gobind Singh represent two distinct aspects of Sikhism. In the evolution of Sikhism, together these significant facets symbolize the Khalsa, a saint-soldier designation which is pure, clean, and free. The saint-soldier image of the Khalsa was initiated by Guru Nanak and got concluded by Guru Gobind Singh, according … Continue reading Sikhism Dwells In Its Saint-soldier Philosophy

Why India elections are more about Modi than anything else

Britta Ohm, Université de Berne India votes until May 19, and Western media and opinion seem to be slowly waking up to the dangers faced by what is often hailed as “the world’s largest democracy” to constitutional guarantees. Like in other cases of today’s right-wing and populist authoritarianisms around the world, these dangers are not completely … Continue reading Why India elections are more about Modi than anything else

CONCEPTION OF GOD IN HINDUISM

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Peepaewale Biscuits

Every time I notice these in the Indian grocery stores, even at the Walmart, my recurring memories fly me back to those teenage days in India. We did not call them as “Peepaewale” biscuits. These were just plain cookies custom-made from a local bakery shop. Also referred to as Punjabi biscuits, these non-smooth and little … Continue reading Peepaewale Biscuits

Hukam Razai Chalna, Nanak likhyea naal.

By Promod Puri For contemporary society as well as in the conduct of our personal lives, one of the most relevant messages of Guru Nanak Devji is: Hukam Razai Chalna, Nanak likhyea naal. In its simple interpretation, Nanak says, it is inevitably written that we conduct ourselves according to the will of God.  Hukam means order or … Continue reading Hukam Razai Chalna, Nanak likhyea naal.

Manusmriti And America’s Jim Crow Laws Against Blacks

by Promod Puri An objective parallel can be drawn between the racial caste system, known as Jim Crow in the history of the United States between 1877 to late 60s, and the inhumane treatment of low-caste Hindus triggered by the centuries-old caste culture of India. Jim Crow was a legitimized and even legalized anti-black racism … Continue reading Manusmriti And America’s Jim Crow Laws Against Blacks

2019 Poll: BJP Leads In Social Media Use

In India, WhatsApp is a weapon of antisocial hatred Smartphones are a conduit for misinformation about the Indian election. AP Photo/Manish Swarup Rohit Chopra, Santa Clara University A general election in India, the world’s most populous democracy, seems a theoretical impossibility. Collecting the votes of nearly a billion people across a staggeringly diverse subcontinent has … Continue reading 2019 Poll: BJP Leads In Social Media Use

Why I’m Not Buying Self Driving Car

By Promod Puri Ever since the car manufacturers introduced the Cruise Control feature, I have rarely used it. And I think many people like me seldom bothered about this extra driving maneuver. They might have their own reasons. But in my case, it is simple. My conscious mind does not feel relaxed in this mode. … Continue reading Why I’m Not Buying Self Driving Car

Earth Day Message

Work Less, Earn Less, Spend less, And Save The Earth. - by Promod Puri

Hindutva Clashes With Secular, Liberal And Democratic Spirit Of Hinduism

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Why giant statues of Hindu gods, leaders making Minorities nervous

Indulata Prasad, Arizona State UniversityStatues – big statues, the largest in the world – are being built all across India. Like many public monuments, they attempt to convey history in a concrete form. But India’s new statues convey something else, too: the power and vision of one dominant group – and the vulnerability of others.That’s … Continue reading Why giant statues of Hindu gods, leaders making Minorities nervous

GOD DOES NOT NEED “THANK YOU” ONLY:

Sometimes it is ok to complain (shikva) to God, Otherwise, it may be monotonous for Him/Her if loaded with "thank you" all the time. Oh aasman wale shikva hai zindagi ka/ film Anarkali. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItuzNnF9LoQ

In The Habit Of Postponing Things

By Promod Puri In my school days as the bell ring, all the kids assembled for the morning prayer which was quite secular in nature. I don’t remember the whole prayer which was in Hindi, but a couplet of that I can still recall. The words of advice in that morning ritual go like this: … Continue reading In The Habit Of Postponing Things

Redesigning Political & Economic Systems

An integrated approach is needed where modern sciences, ethics, and environmental updates can be part of both the political and economic systems

Promod Puri

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 should be replaced by a new political and economic ideology. An integrated approach is needed where modern sciences, ethics, and environmental updates can be part of both the political and economic systems

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Atheism Part of Hinduism

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Coalition Politics In India More Than Fighting Election And Sharing Power

By Promod Puri Politics of coalition has been the norm in India for the last over two decades. So far, this has been essentially an alluring and opportunist wangling when political parties form coalitions with the sole intent of sharing power. United Fronts of Left and Right, Centre-left and Centre-right, or a mix of all … Continue reading Coalition Politics In India More Than Fighting Election And Sharing Power

Reform In World religions

An integrated approach is needed to reform most of the world religions in which all the sciences and disciplines like physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, etc., etc. along with computer sciences help in the ethical and rational understanding of religious orders including their cleansing. This review is now due. -Promod Puri

Mueller Report Spares The Big One

By Promod Puri The Hindi phrase “khoda pahar nikla chuha (dug the mountain, got out a rat) or the English equivalent: much ado about nothing, is the essence of Robert Mueller’s partially-released report. However, in this case instead catch of one single big rat, the two-year-long digging did find lot more casualties, 34 of them … Continue reading Mueller Report Spares The Big One

Humor, Excercise And Intellect Part Of Khushwant Singh’s Colorful Life

By Promod Puri Perhaps the least revealed an aspect of Khushwant Singh's colorful and long active life, was the fact that he perfectly balanced his cogitative pursuits with an active physical lifestyle of exercise, sports, and walks. Unlike most of the known contemporary thinkers and writers, Khushwant Singh realized that both mental and physical activities … Continue reading Humor, Excercise And Intellect Part Of Khushwant Singh’s Colorful Life

HYMN OF CREATION (Nasadiya Sukta)

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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

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 with its united front allies and the present ruling power politics of Bhartiya Janata Party … 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

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