PERCEIVING GOD

–Promod Puri God is more than our mindset imagination of being a superhuman governing this universe.A brief and straightforward, but still far from complete, God’s characterization can be: the total of everything and every process in this universe and beyond is God. Everything, known or unknown, that exists is what the universe or Nature is…

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…

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…

GETTING RID OF CLOGGING IDENTITIES

By Promod Puri Nationality, caste, color, creed, ritual-based religion: do we still have to wear these badges? When these identities become obsolete, dead, and gone? Nations across the globe have become or becoming cosmopolitan in both the physical and virtual worlds. Political boundaries are only relevant to the administrative and bureaucratic functioning of governments. But…

WHAT NEXT AFTER BABRI MASJID-RAM JANMABHOOMI VERDICT

Neither Hinduism is enriched, nor Islam is poor with the Supreme Court verdict over Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi case. In their spirituality, none of them reside in the bricks and plaster monuments. Though the fundamentals of religions are often buried in the foundations of temples and mosques. The 16the century Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh,…

RED THREAD AROUND WRIST

A NEW FAD OF HINDU IDENTIFICATION: Red thread around the wrist (right for men and left for women) is the new fad of Hindu ritualistic identification. Called Mauli or Kalva, it is tied by a priest or an elderly person after a ceremonial event. The wearer is supposed to keep the thread until it is…

HINDU WORSHIPPING

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, and mountains.There is divinity in all elements of nature as well as in plants and animals. The belief is…