RELIGION IS MORE THAN JUST A BELIEF

by Promod Puri That it is just a matter of personal belief is a mindset and restricted understanding of religion. And one can be absolutely right within that perception. In fact, belief is the base on which fear, miracles, and emotions are developed and endorsed by the priest class of all the world religious orders….

CONTROLLING FAKE HINDU GURUS

Unlike some other religious orders, Hinduism does not have a centralized controlling authority to guide or to safeguard its values. Without any governing body, Hinduism over the centuries developed the “parmpara”(tradition) of establishing the institution of independent gurus, ‘swamis’ and ‘babas.’ However, looking at the disgraceful conduct of many of these so-called god’s men and…

Why India Must Know About Vaisakhi

Awake India, awake to his vision. Leave those caste barriers, acquire knowledge, be strong in body and be a Khalsa in spirit. Your religion doesn’t matter. Khalsa is a state of mind, not just a religion.   by Frank Hazur While Sikhs celebrate Vaisakhi across India; rest of India wonders if it is about doing…

Fanatics Can Demolish Disgraced Kathua Temple

Before goons and fanatics (using the word Hindu for them disgraces sacred Hindu religion) demolish another mosque or church, they can go and bulldoze the Kathua temple, a disgraced structure now, and a symbol of national shame and stigma.   Till now it was a place of reverence and tranquility. But the temple’s sanctity and…

What Is Neologism And Why We Need It

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….

BETWEEN THE POLITICS OF LEFT AND RIGHT THERE IS ALTERNATIVE

by Promod Puri From Mohammad to Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King Jr. to Nelson Mandela and Dr. Ambedkar all had religious commitments grounded in humanism, love, compassion, and kindness to wage their political and social campaigns against slavery, apartheid, discrimination, inequality, and un-touchability based on color, class, and caste. Gandhi’s crusade against evils in…

Should Politics Be Separate From Religion

“Politics and religion must be kept separate” is an acknowledged doctrine in secular and democratic-socialist systems. But there are elements in most religions which are liberal, secular, and democratic. For these reasons, politics can incorporate religion in its order, whereas religion can keep its sanctity if the “dirty politics” stay out of it. It is…

Besides Humans Everything Has Consciousness Too

By Promod Puri What is the difference between you, me and a spoon, a table, a stone, or any object or a thing? Both are physical matters. But we have consciousness others don’t. Or maybe they have it which we don’t sense. Anyway, that is what distinguishes you and me, and the “non-consciousness” objects. How…