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Indian Culture / Progressive Hindu Dialogue

SWAMI AGNIVESH: A PROGRESSIVE HINDU CRUSADER

By Promod Puri Not all Hindus belong to the BJP, nor does BJP represent Hinduism in its real spiritual sense. It is with these thoughts I remember saffron-clad Swami Agnivesh, who fought for social justice on his Hindu turf instead under the Hindutva ideology of the BJP. Swami Agnivesh, 81, who died September 11, 2020,... Read More

13 Sep 2020 7:30 am
How Howard Thurman met Gandhi and brought nonviolence to the civil rights movement

Let not the 12 million Negroes be ashamed of the fact that they are the grandchildren of slaves. There is no dishonour in being slaves. There is dishonour in being slave-owners. But let us not think of honour or dishonour in connection with the past. Let us realise that the future is with those who would be truthful, pure and loving.

19 Aug 2020 11:32 pm
RELIGION HAS BEEN THE MOTIVATING FORCE IN AMERICAS CIVIL RIGHTSMOVEMENT

By Promod Puri Even now, with very few exceptions, the American civil rights movement has never been led on a political platform. Instead, religion has been the motivating factor in the ongoing struggles and challenges, beginning with the emancipation from slavery to racism and police brutalities. Whereas religion does not find a liking in the... Read More

25 Jul 2020 4:34 am
Significance of Temples In Hinduism

The overall mood in temple environs causes and motivates an ardent and a psychological conviction that this is the abode of God by Promod Puri An accepted convention among Hindus is to have home shrines, but a temple aside from a place of worship offers a visible embodiment... Read More

28 Jun 2020 1:47 am
HINDU DEVOTIONAL PRACTICES

Besides the devotional practices at dedicated places like temples, home, or public shrines, a striking and environmental sensitive and gratifying feature of Hindu worshipping practices and reverence is the deification of natural landmarks like rivers, lakes, mountains, plants, and animals. There is divinity in all elements of nature. The belief is that gods and goddesses... Read More

24 Jun 2020 8:56 am
RIG VEDA: HE KNOWS, PERHAPS He DOES NOT KNOW

Who really knows? Who will here proclaim it? Whence was it produced? Whence is this creation? The gods came afterward, with the creation of this universe. Who then knows whence it has arisen? Whence this creation has arisen perhaps it formed itself, perhaps it did not the one who looks down on it, in the... Read More

24 Jun 2020 6:23 am
Indian philosophy helps us see clearly, act wisely in an interconnected world

Krishna the charioteer guiding Arjuna in the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Godong/Universal Images Group via Getty Images Matthew MacKenzie, Colorado State University To say the world today is interconnected is a clich. Never before have so many people been linked by their activities and consequences. But knowing how to think and act as a citizen of... Read More

11 Jun 2020 12:10 am
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.) It is a universal truth. Agony, misery, pain, suffering, both physical and emotional, and in all degrees of intensity are the realities of life experienced by... Read More

9 Jun 2020 8:34 am
Mantra: An Ingrained Feature In Hindusim

By Promod Puri Peace in all the cosmic environments influences peace in humankind as well An ingrained feature in Hinduism is the mantra. It is a productive tool that effectively generates tranquil and energetic feelings. A mantra inherently is the delivery of sacred word(s) or a sound with literal meaning or without meaning, but capable... Read More

26 May 2020 8:30 am
EQUALITY AND DUALITY ARE THEMES IN HINDUMANTRA:

Om purnam adah purnam idam purnat purnam udachyate purnasya purnam adaya purnam evavashishyate. An ideological and free translation of the mantra begins with the word Om (), which is personified here as God. The term Purnam and its related derivates in the mantra mean complete and... Read More

23 May 2020 8:14 am
SIKHISM DWELLS IN ITS SAINT-SOLDIERPHILOSOPHY

    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 theKhalsa, a saint-soldier designation thatis pure, clean, and free. Guru Nanak initiated the saint-soldier image of the Khalsa, andit got concluded by Guru Gobind Singh, according to... Read More

20 May 2020 12:48 am
WHEN LORD SHIVA CURSEDFARMERS

It may be related to the current lockdown environment, but the story goes like this: Once Lord Shiva, for some reason, got angry with farmers. As punishment to them, he declared there would be no rain for the next 12 years. The farmers pleaded for mercy, but Lord Shiva was adamant. The Farmers then approached... Read More

3 May 2020 12:09 am
History Of Hinduism

The foundation of Hinduism possibly began without one... Read More

28 Apr 2020 9:36 am
RITUALS IN HINDUISM

The liberalism in Hinduism has encouraged genesis of rituals. Over its long history, rituals generated to build up a maze that gives the religion its complex identity. Within that complexity lies an inclusive mosaic of Hinduism. From a religious point of view, a ritual is a symbolic and sacramental repetitive activity. It provides manner and... Read More

18 Apr 2020 9:18 am
BOOK REVIEW: HINDUISM BEYOND RITUALS, CUSTOMS, ANDTRADITIONS

by Acharya S.P.Dwivedi Promod Puri is a distinguished South Asian journalist and prolific essayist. In his book- Hinduism, he tried to cover the historical evolution of Hindu dharma and its major philosophies, theistic doctrines, social codes, rituals, and practices. He admits openly, Hinduism is a democracy of conflicting, contradicting and controversial thoughts and theories (Preface... Read More

18 Apr 2020 9:16 am
WHERE IS GOD IN THE MIDST OFCORONAVIRUS

By Promod Puri Churches, temples, mosques, or Gurdwaras may not be much congregated these days due to the Coronavirus epidemic worldwide. This emptiness at the places of prayers is either due to imposed restrictions or people just avoiding venues of large gatherings. The business of religion, like any other business, is down. But this business... Read More

23 Mar 2020 11:09 pm