KUMBH MELA: IT IS ALL RITUAL AND POLITICS

By Promod Puri Ritualistically inspired and politically promoted by the Hindutva regime of India’s Uttar Pradesh province, the world’s largest religious congregation, the Kumbh Mela, began January 15 until March 4, 2019, in the city of Praygraj, formerly Allahabad. Devotees come to the historic city where Hindu sacred rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati confluence. It…

Story Behind Lohri Song Dulla Bhatti Wala, Ho….

Lohri is a traditional Punjabi festival of pure secular nature. It is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims, and Christians. January 13th every year is the marked date for the festival in both India and Pakistan’s Punjab regions, and all over the world where Punjabis are settled. They say it is a celebration to mark the…

Hukam Razai Chalna, Nanak Likhyea Naal – Part 2

By Promod Puri In this part two of my interpretation of Guru Nanak’s divine message Hukam Razai Chalna, Nanak Likhyea Naal, we take another aspect of the edict. But first, let me briefly recap what was presented in the first discussion. In the previous viewpoint, the perception was when we are facing an unjust or grave…

Hukam Razai Chalna, Nanak Likhyea Naal – Part 1

Perhaps the most relevant message of Guru Nanak Dev as we usher into the New Year and make fresh resolutions in the conduct of our lives, is Hukam Razai Chalna, Nanak likhyea naal. In its simple meaning, as usual addressing himself, Nanak says: it is inevitably written that we conduct ourselves according to the will…

SIGNIFICANCE OF KARTARPUR CORRIDOR:

The Kartarpur Corridor to be ready by November of next year, will connect the border town of Dera Baba Nanak from the Indian side and Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan. Guru Nanak Dev founded Kartarpur in 1504 AD and established the first commune for his followers there. He lived in Kartarpur till his death. It…

Bhagavad Gita Studies

Master Gita Master Life is a 20-month course set to begin in January 2019. The course will be held on one weekend (the second weekend) every month for 20 months. All 700 slokas of the 18 chapters of the Bhagavad Gita will be taught to the seekers via discourses, group discussions, reflections and they will also…

Could consciousness all come down to the way things vibrate?

What do synchronized vibrations add to the mind/body question? agsandrew/Shutterstock.com Tam Hunt, University of California, Santa Barbara Why is my awareness here, while yours is over there? Why is the universe split in two for each of us, into a subject and an infinity of objects? How is each of us our own center of…

Celebration of light

Diwali, the celebration of light In this light there is hope. Diwali, the celebration of sharing In this sharing there is caring. Diwali, the celebration of love In this love, there is compassion. Diwali, the celebration of faith In this faith, there is bliss. –Promod Puri