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 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
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
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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
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
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
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
Is fate a real belief. Does fate play its role in our lives? Or is it just an imaginary judgment that life is steered by fate. “What is going to happen will happen is pre-determined by fate”. Is it an expression of consolation, helplessness or just a natural feeling to accept fate. The things we do are controlled by fate? In other words that is our karma. The submission of karma to fate is taken as a dictum which needs a critical appraisal.
However, there is a new twist in this debate which relates to the role of genes in our bodies. Genes in the body mostly determine our health-related fate. Now that issue can be handled with the editing of genes as done recently of Chinese twins.
As Guru Gobind Singh does not believe in the blind following, he stresses on rational acceptance in his abiding declaration of “Guru Maneyo Granth.”
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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This essay explores the nature of Indian classical music and Saint Tyagaraja immense contribution toward the Carnatic music of South India.
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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"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!
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 🙂
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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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
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
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“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
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
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
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
The article seeks redesigning of our political and economic systems based on changing social needs as well as our ethical and environmental commitments.
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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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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
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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
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:
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?
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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
Poetry Book Review They say every cloud does have a silver lining. It is nature. It appears along darkest of passing clouds. In the literary environment, Vancouver-based poet laureate Ashok Bhargava himself created that silver-lining when he put together his collection last year while he braved through the fight against cancerous clouds hanging over his … Continue reading “Riding The Tide”: Inspiring Poetry by Ashok Bhargava
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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.
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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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
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
Whereas, Rohingya Muslims refugees from Myanmar, over half a million in number, are battling terror, exhaustion, and hunger in Bangladesh, here in Canada Muslim-right women, with the support of so-called anti-racist progressive activists, and vote-hungry opportunist politicians, are battling to save their right to wear burqa and niqab as against the upcoming ban in Quebec. … Continue reading Niqab, Burqa And Myanmar Rohingya Refugees
By Promod Puri Hinduism is a wide-open structure. It is an abode where believers in God, atheists, and ethicists can comfortably reside together and share their knowledge, beliefs, and experiences for the betterment of humanity and its environments. Hinduism evolves by itself in its conflicting, contradicting, and controversial framework. In its spacious design and architecture, … Continue reading Hinduism Thrives In Its Open Structure
One of the most outstanding and contemplating icons of Hinduism is the worship of murtis (idols). The Divine Spirit is perceived in an image. In this perceptive role murtis are an integral part of Hindu institutions and traditions. In its colorful and expressive craftmanship, a murti is an adorable symbol of identity in Hindu iconology. From … Continue reading WHY IDOL WORSHIPPING IN HINDUISM
Dear Hon. Prime Minister Trudeau: In celebration of the popular Indian festival of lights, I also wish you, Diwali Mubarak. Your selection of Diwali Mubarak expression in your tweet is my choice as well. I noticed that some people tweeted and objected to your use of the word ‘Mubarak’, asserting that it is not a … Continue reading Diwali Mubarak Message To Canada’s PM
DIWALI MUBARAK is my choice of greetings on the happy occasion of Diwali, the universal festival of lights. In the picture Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau lighting the traditional Diwali lamp along with India’s High Commissioner Vikas Swarup and members of the Indo-Canadian community in Ottawa October 16, 2017. The prime minister in his tweet greeted … Continue reading DIWALI MUBARAK
A gleam of the past is in the present. And in that present sometimes it is a blissful walk down the memory lane. I was 10-year-old when one day I severely broke my right arm. A local pehlwan, as the practice or custom was in those days, was called to fix the arm. His oil … Continue reading Down The Memory Lane With My Mother And Elder Brother
Networking is not a new concept, but has been practised for hundreds of years. But historians did not recognise it. It was networking by great leaders, saints or gurus within a select group of people who otherwise were called “followers”, to spread ideas and messages. These are excerpts from an article from my fellow blog … Continue reading Networking Is Not A New Concept
By Promod Puri One of my Facebook friends’ last name is Jammu. It intrigues me little as that is the name of the city in the state of Jammu and Kashmir known for its beauty as well as the still unresolved “Kashmir Problem”. My FB friend, in fact, belongs to Patiala in Punjab, and now … Continue reading The spirit of Jammu In Revolutionary Martyr Udham Singh
Maratha Kranti Morcha, a rallye for Marathi castes demanding respect of their rights in Mumbai last year. Mhidanesh/Wikimedia, CC BY-NC-SA Afroz Alam, Maulana Azad National Urdu University India is still not able to do away with its caste politics as demonstrated by recent attacks on members of lower caste in south-western state of Gujarat during … Continue reading BJP’s Strategies In India’s Politics Of Caste
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By Promod Puri The Trump Wall between the USA and Mexico is not a dead issue as far as Trump’s most promised election agenda is concerned. In some lighter but brighter thinking, the Trump Wall has some merits in his ambitious project, a legacy which will be lot more wider and taller than any other … Continue reading TRUMP WALL HAS SOME MERITS
A controversial article in a respected academic journal recently made the argument for colonialism. Here, a man is carried by Congolese men in a photo from the early 20th centiry. Joseph McQuade, University of Toronto Recently an academic article, asserting the historical benefits of colonialism, created an outcry and a petition with over 10, … Continue reading Benefits Of Colonialism Or A Disaster
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Hinduism is an academy of sciences. It finds its dwelling in the realm of metaphysics besides accepting the environment of physical realities where most sciences reside. That is what distinguishes the ancient Indian sciences that these go beyond the empirical confines to explore and analyze the spiritual realities as well. Source: Hinduism Is An Academy … Continue reading Hinduism Is An Academy Of Sciences
Drilling a groundwater well by hand, near Lahore, July 2017. A_noina / ShutterstockFazilda Nabeel, University of Sussex More than 50m people in Pakistan are at risk of arsenic poisoning from contaminated groundwater. That’s according to a study recently published in the journal Science Advances, based on samples from 1,200 wells across the country. Arsenic cannot … Continue reading Pakistan Underground Water Arsenic Polluted, Will Run Dry, In India Too
By Promod Puri The Trump Wall between the USA and Mexico is not a dead issue as far as Trump’s most promised election agenda is concerned. In some lighter but brighter thinking, the Trump Wall has some merits in his ambitious project, a legacy which will be lot more wider and taller than any other … Continue reading Trump Wall Can Be A No.1 Tourist Attraction
by Promod Puri Despite its global image of being a tolerant society, racism, and bias towards major ethnic communities are still the rooted aspects of Canada. But the story does not end here. Ethnic communities in Canada also have mindset racist sentiments among themselves. Moreover, there exists bigotry and dislike within a single ethnic group. … Continue reading Racism Exist Among And Within Ethnic Communities Also
Lord Louis Mountbatten, viceroy of India, met with Indian leaders to discuss partition. Max Desfors/AP Adil Najam, Boston University The midnight between August 14 and 15, 1947, was one of history’s truly momentous moments: It marked the birth of Pakistan, an independent India and the beginning of the end of an era of colonialism. It … Continue reading How British royal’s monumental errors made India’s partition more painful<
Ronald R. Krebs, University of Minnesota and Robert Ralston, University of MinnesotaSix months have passed since Donald Trump entered the Oval Office. His administration remains deeply understaffed. His legislative agenda is stymied. He has been active in issuing executive orders, but many are toothless, others are only in the early stages of undoing Obama policies … Continue reading In Words Obama & Trump Speak Same
Progressive Hindu Dialogue,which was launched only last year, has been selected one of the top 20 Hindu blogs on the web. Thanks all for your support. Following is the letter of recognition: Hi Promod, My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot. I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Progressive Hindu Dialogue … Continue reading Progressive Hindu Dialogue Among Top 20 Hindu Websites
Kudrat ke sab bandey Source: Shabad In Gurbani by Bhagat Kabir
Afroz Alam, Maulana Azad National Urdu University When Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Indian parliament for the first time in June 2014, his inaugural speech focused on integrating and protecting India’s Muslims. “Even the third generation of Muslim brothers, whom I have seen since my young days, are continuing with their cycle-repairing job,” he … Continue reading ‘COW ECONOMICS’ ARE KILLING INDIA’S WORKING CLASS
Meeting Ashok Bhargava,on right, after a couple of months was like welcoming a combating soldier returning home from a winning battle. Ashok, a long-time friend, is back on the track of his active and scholarly life after going thru several chemos for the treatment of his lymph cancer. Whereas, the doctors attending on him had … Continue reading Positive Attitude Helps Beat Cancer
By Promod Puri “The past is history, future is mystery, but today is a gift……”, stay in the present and enjoy the moments. These are some of the many favored in-vogue quotes. The popular quotations or advisories suggest our prospects belong to the moments we live in. We are told to live, feel, and enjoy … Continue reading Past, Present And Future
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Courtesy The Conversation People currently speak 7,000 languages around the globe. Michael Gavin, CC BY-ND Michael Gavin, Colorado State University The thatched roof held back the sun’s rays, but it could not keep the tropical heat at bay. As everyone at the research workshop headed outside for a break, small groups splintered off to gather … Continue reading Why do human beings speak so many languages?
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By Promod Puri “The past is history, future is mystery, but today is a gift……”, stay in the present and enjoy the moments. These are some of the many favored in-vogue quotes. The popular quotations or advisories suggest our prospects belong to the moments we live in. We are told to live, feel, and enjoy the … Continue reading Past, Present And Future
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Whereas, Trump has stiff relationship with the media, Modi is steadily developing a controlling relationship with the media. promodpuri.com
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An outstanding feature of Hinduism is the doctrine of “purusarthas”, advocating four complementary engagements in an individual’s life. These are dharma, artha, kama and moksha. Dharma seeks conscious conduct of life on moral values of honesty, compassion, truthfulness, and purity of body and mind. It is a behavior toward ethical living. Dharma involves austerity, … Continue reading Dharma, Karma & Moksha
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Children as young as three internalise a bias against dark skin. Shutterstock Ronald Hall, Michigan State University To be black in the world today is to be stigmatised for having dark skin. To be light-skinned, on the other hand, is to be celebrated in line with western beauty standards. Black people not only experience this … Continue reading Self-love – not bans – will bring an end to Africa’s bleaching syndrome
By Promod Puri God is the creation of man! Or man is the creation of God. Which one of these statements is right, and which one is wrong, or both right, or both wrong? One more question: if God is the creation of man, then is it an act of God as well? The creation … Continue reading MAN CREATED GOD OR GOD CREATED MAN
The planet is going to be dirtier while America tries to be "great" again.
By Promod Puri I am a proud Canadian citizen. In this land of multi-cultural and multi-religious freedoms I am also a proud Hindu. But when I visit India I am not a Hindu. Because, I confess, many, many, many times I have eaten beef steaks. And that I am not “hiding” the fact that our … Continue reading Am I A Hindu In India
By Promod Puri Easter is a celebration of resurrection of Jesus. It is on this day, Christians believe in the rise of Jesus Christ after his death and burial. And that means a new beginning. Since Easter (April 16) comes in the beginning of spring season, a symbolic connection can be ascertained with the coming … Continue reading EASTER AND VAISAKHI: FESTIVALS OF NEW BEGINNING
When we shake off rituals and customs from religions the same vibration of meaningfulness and spirituality can be realized in all of them. Rituals and customs only provide architecture to a religio… Source: When We Shake Off Rituals From Religions
Induction of divinity in thoughts, words and deeds is cardinal part of any religious order. Source: Divinity In Thought
By Promod Puri Seeking the divine spirit is a spiritual pursuit. And within that pursuit is the social aspects of the divinity which impact the Hindu mind to develop a personality of goodness. Divi… Source: Hinduism Offers Management of Self & Society
Tum Mujhe Bhool Bhi Jaao To Ye Haq Hai Tumko Meri Baat Aur Hai Maine To Muhabbat Ki Hai Mere Dil Ki Mere Jazbaat Ki Keemat Kya Hai Uljhe Uljhe Se Khayalaat Ki Keemat Kya Hai Maine Kyun Pyar Kiya Tumse, Kyun Pyar Kiya In Pareshan Sawalaat Ki Keemat Kya Hai Tum Jo Yeh Bhi … Continue reading Meri Baat Aur Hai Maine To Muhabbat Ki Hai
(The following excerpt is taken courtesy the New York Times) “Approach making your coffee the same way you approach meditating. Be completely here and now in the present moment, centering your attention exclusively on what you are doing and feeling. Being mindful of how you make your coffee shows you how to be mindful in … Continue reading Meditation With Sound Of Brewing Coffee
(Pic.Juvenile convicts at work in the fields, 1903. Library of Congress/John L. Spivak) What happened after slavery in the United States was abolished in 1865 Here’s how it worked. Black men – and sometimes women and children – were arrested and convicted for crimes enumerated in the Black Codes, state laws criminalizing petty offenses and … Continue reading A Glimpse of Black History in U.S.A
Costa Rica is the most environmentally advanced and happiest place on earth, according to Happy Planet Index. In 1949, Costa Rica took a big gamble eliminating its army and investing military funds into health and education. The decision has paid off on numerous fronts. promodpuri.com promodpuri.blogspot.com
by Warsan Shire no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark you only run for the border when you see the whole city running as well your neighbors running faster than you breath bloody in their throats the boy you went to school with who kissed you dizzy behind the old … Continue reading no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark
It’s an irony of a sort that, as Indians, we celebrated our Republic Day on January 26 and the next day, a blatant mockery of tolerance and freedom of expression, guaranteed by the Indian constitution unfurled in front of our eyes. It is appalling and disgusting how a terror outfit assaulted the pride of the Hindi film industry and one of our most brilliant filmmakers, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, treading with impunity to destroy his workplace, the sets of Padmavati. It is infuriating how freedom and tolerance are taking a toll.
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Yes, the culture of intolerance, I choose, to say it loud and clear, is being legitimately questioned when we see fringe elements roaming free and violating the rules of law of our great country. It’s the law of the blind, deaf and dumb when the system fails to protect its…
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In the prayer to God lies the karma. Karma means action. From God one seeks to do the right action. Reaction will follow based on the Karma. That is the law of Karma. Harvest the fruit of good acti… Source: GOD & KARMA
With massive parade of over half a million people in Washington the day after the presidential Inauguration, the spirit of democracy is still alive in the USA before Trump manipulates it. But in India it is showing signs of being out of breath. If democracy is not nurtured by dissent and protests then it gets … Continue reading POWER OF PROTEST
MERCY FOR SNOWDEN:Only few hours are left, and President Obama still can exercise his benevolence to grant mercy to Edward Snowden who acted in the spirit of a whistle-blower to leak top-secrets of government surveillance programs. The very exposures led to reforms in government policies for which the credit goes to Snowden himself. He lives … Continue reading MERCY FOR SNOWDEN
Film Review: by Promod Puri It is a tense play of strategies, techniques and actions, excitement, and madness, defense, and offense, frustrations, and rewards. It is a fight against societal wrongs. It is a game of emotions, tears, and joys. This is the package Aamir Khan has delivered on the silver screen in … Continue reading Life is a Dangal too
His contribution in American and world affairs may not be what was expected, but a legacy can be realized in his civility, humility, rationality and intellectualism in tackling issues. This is more than tick marking yes or no on a list of his promises and expectations. promodpuri.com promodpuri.blogspot.com
"….who are we, and what is Hollywood anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places. I was born and raised and educated in the public schools of New Jersey. Viola was born in a sharecropper’s cabin in South Carolina, came up in Central Falls, Rhode Island; Sarah Paulson was born in Florida, raised … Continue reading Meryl Streep Slams Trump At Golden Globes
Om Puri, who died January 5, was among the most talented and versatile actors in the Indian film world. Starting his film career in 1972, he belonged to the parallel cinema movement in the 80s which produced some of the most outstanding films exploring various aspects of the Indian society. Om Puri along with Amrish … Continue reading Versatile Actor Om Puri
By Promod Puri Why are there so many gods and goddesses in Hinduism? Why worship an idol? Is going to temple mandatory in the faith? What impact does the caste system have on Hindu society? Why do some rituals make perfect sense while others are so vague? What are the secular and diverse characters in … Continue reading A BRIEF UNDERSTANDING OF HINDUISM
Film Review: Dangal
Producer: Aamir Khan Productions
Director: Nitesh Tiwari
Cast: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar, Ritwik Sahore and Girish Kulkarni
Rating: 4 stars
There is one man in the film industry who is in himself a brand for excellence and who rarely disappoints his audience who rightly expect sparks, be it at the ticket counter or in terms of aesthetic quality. No prize for guessing? Mr. Perfectionist, Aamir Khan. He simply takes Dangal to another level, playing Mahavir Singh Phogat that will set the bar to a soaring high in the display of such a mature character, wearing shades of ruthlessness as a father and expressing the pain conveyed in his eyes. It’s a fab act. A film like Dangal on sports and real life personalities will serve as a strong reference point in years to come through the helming of a…
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By Promod Puri Time flies. So was the year 2016. As the cliché goes “it seems only yesterday” when we ushered into 2016 with traditional exchange of greetings and a new set of resolutions. While the self-promises if achieved become milestones of the year, there are acts and feats of learning and acquiring new knowledge … Continue reading Super Salad, Trump, Mantras, Web Pages Highlights Of 2016
In the spirit of exchanging New Year greetings we wish peace and happiness for all the humanity. As animals, plants, mountains, rivers, seas and everything visible and non-visible in this shared universe are all inter-connected and inter-dependent to each other, we seek peace and peaceful existence for all.Peace in all the cosmic environments influences peace … Continue reading HAPPY NEW YEAR:
"It’s a word that is used to express a reaction to something shocking or surprising, a meaning which is built into its parts: the “real” of surreal is preceded by the French preposition sur, which means “over” or “above.” When we don’t believe or don’t want to believe what is real, we need a word … Continue reading Surreal:Word of the Year
It is the business of arms and ammunition which is killing many more people worldwide than diseases or natural disasters. And once again the United States of America leads all other weapon-producing countries in 2015. It supplied the weapons of mass killing worth $ 40 BILLION mostly to the developing nations to meet their “defense … Continue reading Billion $ Business of “Defence”
In the spirit of exchanging greetings with our friends and relative we also wish peace and happiness for all the humanity, and join together to bring along everybody so nobody is left out in our ce… Source: Season's Greetings
Does God play a role in assigning karmas in an individual’s life? If He does then a karma can be classified as fate or a predetermined destiny. In that case our freedom to create events is ei… Source: Does God Play Role In Our Karmas