What’s Hinduism

Ignoring its ritualistic aspects Hinduism truly is a “union of reason & intuition.”

PM Modi Pursues Politics Of Hindu Nationalism, What Does It 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…

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…

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…

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 which…

Progressive Hindu Dialogue

Progressive Hindu Dialogue is an initiative to explore, recognize and advance the rational, liberal and progressive nature of Hinduism.

Hindutva Clashes With Secular, Liberal And Democratic Spirit Of Hinduism

by Promod Puri The expression “Hindu culture” is as vague as saying Hindu cuisine (except by international airlines referring to “Hindu meal”). And it is as much eluding as trying to contrive a language, music, arts, customs, etc. with a suffix of Hindu like saying Hindu music or Hindu language. Culture in most cases is…

In Leonardo’s Philosophy Man, Animals Have Same Structure As Earth

Leonardo da Vinci saw in animals the ‘image of the world’ From cats to dragonflies, Leonardo sketched scores of animals. Leonardo da Vinci/Royal Collection Trust Arielle Saiber, Bowdoin College About six months ago I stopped eating meat. I was teaching a graduate course at UCLA that investigated how Italian Renaissance writers conveyed their concepts about…