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…

Guru Ravidas Shrine Demolished

Thousands of people protested in Delhi August 21 over the demolition of 500-year-old Guru Ravidas shrine on August 10 by the BJP-controlled Delhi Development Authority. Guru Ravidas is a revered Indian poet-saint of 15th century. He was also a social reformer. He fought social divisions under the Hindu caste system, and gender equality. He was born…

Don’t Believe “Because It Is Said”

Lord Buddha said: “that we must not believe in a thing said merely because it is said; nor traditions because they have been handed down from antiquity; nor rumors, as such; nor writings by ages, because sages wrote them; nor fancies that we may suspect to have been inspired in us by a Deva (that is, in…

What’s Hinduism

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

REFORM IN WORLD RELIGIONS

An integrated approach is needed to reform most of the world religions in which all the sciences and disciplines like physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, etc., etc. along with computer sciences help in the ethical and rational understanding of religious orders including their cleansing. This review is now due. -Promod Puri