Social Divinity And Hinduism

By Promod Puri, Editor Progressive Hindu Dialogue 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. Divine or divinity relates to all those aspects coming from God or god which are basically understood as…

Hinduism and its complicated history with cows

Hinduism and its complicated history with cows (and people who eat them) Are cows sacred to all Hindus? PRODaniel Incandela, CC BY-NC Wendy Doniger, University of Chicago Just this past June, at a national meeting of various Hindu organizations in India, a popular preacher, Sadhvi Saraswati, suggested that those who consumed beef should be publicly…

Who Is Right: Atheists Or Believers In God  

Atheists (e.g. Christopher Hitchens in “The Portable Atheist”) deny or disbelieve the existence of a supreme being, not by putting forward their own reasons or facts, but by ridiculing, condemning and even satirising believers who themselves accept and trust absurd, unrealistic, and imaginary explanations about God, and still have firm convictions in Him. progressivehindudialogue.com

PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

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…

REDISCOVERING GOD

“While on the progressive path one can explicitly observe that in our religious places, God’s existence is marred by elaborate rituals and customs which impact and disturb invoking His presence in the prayers and reverence for Him. Furthermore, our antiquated scriptures are not of much help either in His realisation. Written in the language(s) of…

Perception Of God

God is more than our mindset imagination of being a super human governing this universe. A simple and brief, but still far from complete, portrayal of God can be: the sum total of everything and every process in this universe and beyond is God. Everything, known or unknown that exist is what a universe is…

Dharma, Karma & Moksha

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,…

Progressive Hindu Dialogue

Progressive Hindu Dialogue is an initiative to explore, recognize and advance the rational, liberal and progressive nature of Hinduism. It is also a forum to debate the symbolic aspects of Hinduism’s rituals, customs, traditions and thoughts in an intelligent and prudent environment. In this dynamics the overall objective is to invigorate the continuity of Hinduism’s…

Ram On The Spot

“Ramayana remains a metaphorical study in the way Ram’s glory is chanted as ‘Maryada Purush’. His adventures are no doubt fascinating but he can and should be questioned on being termed the perfect husband. It pretty sums up the agni pariksha modern women in our society are going through and how they are labeled as…

A Progressive View Of God

“The magnanimity of God finds space in every atom or sub-atoms constituting our worlds. However, besides these somatic existences, His residency is also sought in our minds and thoughts which influence our deeds. And this is where a progressive and pragmatic turn in our study and understanding of God in the contemporary society can take…

Rituals And Prayer

God’s existence is marred by elaborate rituals and customs which impact and disturb invoking His presence in the prayers and reverence for Him”. Excerpt from the essay Man created God, or God created man.