Sunday, November 4, 2012


That is the universal truth. Agony, misery, pain, suffering, both physical and emotional, and in all degrees of intensity are the realities of life experienced by all beings without exception. In the midst of bliss, peace and pleasure, life means jitters of distress, grief and worries as well.

There is hardly any escape from these taxing and unpleasant realities littered all the way toward life's end. The sufferings could be innocently or naively self-inflicted, or by fellow beings. Elements of nature and the so-called fate also play their minor or major roles to accompany man's lifelong journey thru calamity and disaster.

Stresses and strains in our lives for one reason or the other give enough jerks to create the turbulences as smooth ride to cover life's journey becomes a rarity.

So, who is at absolute peace. Certainly nobody. 

Can we redefine peace to accommodate those tensions and sufferings which otherwise we cannot shake off, rather we have to live with them. 

In this exploration to seek that  serenity and tranquility in the midst of torments and troubles, woes and worries, adversities and afflictions let us re-evaluate and narrow down our understanding of that guiding force from whom in desperation we often seek answers to our whys.

And that guiding mover is the eternal spirit which in the first place buzz us for our acceptance of the adversity (Nanak calls it hukam razai ). And that prepares us to tackle a calamity with cool mind effectively and decisively, rather being agitative or in panic.

Miracles from that eternal spirit need not be expected, but what is expected is the courage and strength to tackle suffering with grace and dignity.

Sure, this is not an easy exercise, but the utmost and unshaken faith in our resolve to accept, face and tackle unfortunate circumstances leads us to that sought -after perception of forming the solid base from where one can realize the supreme power. 

Regarding perception or understanding of the solid base let us get more clear on that by setting aside for a moment the most popular assumption that God, he or  she, is a person. And bring in another individuality and nature of his or her as  just performing an action. So when we seek or gather courage and strength to handle any calamity or suffering and use those forces as part of our actions that very activity itself is god in live manifestation. 

And once that foundation or base, meaning God in the image of action, is recognized as the platform from where to handle and abate distress and tribulation then certainly with conviction one can get inspired to comprehend that.................


By Promod Puri
Vancouver, Canada.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Simple Thought

In my humble spiritual thinking my religion is short, simple and flexible that it can fit comfortably in any other religion.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Highlights From The Book "Biology Of Belief"


1. A cell’s life is controlled by the physical and energetic environment and not by its genes. Genes are simply molecular blueprints used in the construction of cells, tissues and organs.

2. The environment serves as a contractor who reads and engages those genetic blueprints and is ultimately responsible for the character of cell’s life.

3. It’s single cell’s awareness of the environment, not its genes, that sets into motion the mechanism of life.

(The question is: who or what is that physical and energetic environment working from outside responsible for mechanism of a cell’s life).

4. That if single cells are controlled by their awareness of the environment so too are we trillion-celled human beings.

5. Just like a single cell, the character of our lives is determined not by our genes, but by our responses to the environmental signals that propel life.

6. Our well-developed nervous system, headed by our big brain, is a testament that our awareness is far more complicated than that of a single cell.

7. When our uniquely human minds get involved, we can choose to perceive the environment in different ways, unlike a single cell whose awareness in more reflective.

8. Signal transdation science recognizes that the fate and behavior of an organism is directly linked to its perception of the environment. In simple terms, the character of our life is based upon how we perceive it.

9. Understanding on a scientific level how cells respond to our thoughts and perceptions illuminates the path to personal empowerment.

10. That scientific premise has one major flaw – genes cannot turn themselves on or off. In more scientific terms, genes are not self emergent. Something in the environment has to trigger that gene activity.

11. You are in truth a cooperative community of approximately fifty trillion single-celled citizens.

12. Human beings are multi-cellular organisms – we must inherently share basic behavioral patterns with our own cells.

13. Genes are physical memories of an organism’s learned experiences.

14. DARWIN: In my opinion the greatest error which I have committed has been not allowing sufficient weight to the direct action of the environments that is food, climate, etc, independently of natural selection….. when I wrote the Origin, and for some years afterwards, I could find little evidence of the direct action of the environment; now there is a large body of the evidence.

15. The vast majority of people come into this world with genes that would enable them to live happy and healthy life.

The diseases that are today’s scourges – diabetes, heart disease and cancer – short circuit a happy and healthy life. These diseases, however, are not the result of a single gene, but a complex interaction among multiple genes and environmental factors.

16. When I provided a healthy environment for my cells, they thrived, when the environment less than optimal, the cells faltered. When I adjusted the environment these sick cells revitalized.

17. Cells are made up of four types of very large molecules:

a. polysaccharides (complex sugar)

b. lipids (fats)

c. nucleic acids (DNA/RNA)

d proteins

18. The hereditary information passed on generation after generation is contained in chromosomes, thread like structures chromosomes are incorporated into the cell’s nucleus. Chromosomes are essentially comprised of only two kinds of molecules, proteins and DNA. It is DNA that actually contained hereditary information.

19. Epigenetics: the science which literary means control above genetics.

Epigenetics research has established that blueprints passed down thru generations are not set in concrete at birth.

20. Genes are not destiny.

21. Environmental influences, including nutrition, stress and emotions, can modify those genes without changing their basic blueprints. And those modifications can be passed on to future generations as surely as DNA blueprints are passed on via the double helix.

22. Cell membrane = cell membrain

23. The true secret of life does not lie in the famed double helix. The true secret of life lies in understanding the elegantly simple biological mechanisms of the magical membrane, the mechanism by which your body translates environmental signals into behavior.

24. We are the drivers of our own biology; just I’m the driver of the word processing program.

25. Quantum physicist discovered that physical atoms are made up of vortices of energy that are constantly spinning and vibrating, each atom is like a wobbly spinning top that radiates energy.

26. Because each energy atom has its own specific energy signature (wobble), assembly of atoms (molecules) collectively radiate their own identifying energy patterns. So material structures in the universe, including you and me, radiates a unique energy signature.

27. The atom has no physical structure.

28. Atoms are made of invisible energy not tangible matter.

29. Matter can be simultaneously be defined as a solid (particle) and as an immaterial force (wave).

30. The fact that energy and matter are one and the same is precisely what Einstein recognized when he concluded that E=mc2. Simply stated, this equation reveals that energy (E) = matter (m, mass) multiplied by the speed of light squared (c2).

31. Einstein revealed that we do not live in a universe with discrete, physical objects separated by dead space. The universe is one indivisible, dynamic whole in which energy and matter are so deeply entangled it is impossible to consider them independent elements.

32. Universe is actually made out of energy.

33. Most biological disfunctions (except injuries due to physical trauma) start at the cell level of a cell’s molecules and ions.

34. Positive thoughts are a biological mandate for a happy and healthy life.

35. Mahatama Gandhi: Your beliefs become your thoughts

Your thoughts become your words

Your words become your actions

Your actions become your habits

Your habits become your values

Your values become your destiny.

36. The most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the power of all true science.

- Albert Einstein

37. We all represent a small part of the whole, a small part of God.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Trip To Bellingham


By Promod Puri

One of the joys of living in Vancouver, BC, is its close adjacency to Bellingham, WA, just a 45- minute to one hour drive, which can be planned just at the spur of moment any time, any day, with the simple proposition "let us go across the border".

And the motion is considered, accepted and acted upon instantly most of the time as we love going to Bellingham, our most favourite day-trip hangout for the past over 30 years.

However, before we proceed a little preparation is needed, like collecting our border entry point document, in our case just the Nexus card, some US dollars, no prohibited items like fruit and vegetables. And finally to check that our car gas indicator almost touching the zero level, if not, the trip can be put off till it "makes sense" to cross the border. After all the U.S. is still the "land of cheap milk and cheap gas".

With a long or short list of items to buy depending on when our last shopping spree was, we are all set to hit highway 99 straight
toward the two-choiced border entry points,Peacearch or the Truck-crossing to the US gateway town of Blaine.

Hassle free border crossing is not 100 percent guaranteed every time we undertake the trip. But over the years as we are quite familiar with most of the questions asked at the border checkpoint and our brief and seasoned responses along with the Nexus card that border crossing has lately become quite fast and friendly with occasional greetings like "have a good time".

Blaine is a small town, and for most Canadians living close to the border it is the place to fill up cheap US gas or pick up few jugs of milk and assorted cheese.

But before we say cheese and put on some smile for those savings one has to watch the city's overly canny speed limit of 25 mph, which can easily net anybody driving over that limit with an agitating fine of US $150. We had that hefty $150 punch once, and will never forget that, nor we can proudly say that we were caught speeding at 29 mph.

Fortunately, one does not have to pass thru Blaine's residential streets to be the victim of speeding fine as the border crossing straightway leads south on Highway 5 towards our targeted destination of Bellingham.

From the border it takes just 20 minutes, a distance of 27 kms, to reach the scenic city of Bellingham which has waterfront in the west and majestic view of Mt. Baker in the east, in the north is Canada and toward south is rest of America.

Numerous parks, lakes, museums and other attractions including refurbished and revived historic downtown contribute to the splendor of Bellingham.

With the population of over 80,000 and despite being the 12th largest city in the Washington state,Bellingham still has the small city flavor. A popular US personal finance magazine has voted it one of the top retirement cities in the country. Not a bad idea for many Canadians who flock to expensive White Rock, the retirement town overlooking the US border.

Well, our addicted trips to Bellingham is already a sort of retirement activity, especially with low tide traffic on weekdays compared to weekend border invasion. And like hundreds of other Canadians who visit Bellingham every day our objective is the same, a day-long leisure time of simple pleasures of life.

Our simple pleasure outing is kicked off at MacDonald for the freshly-brewed Columbian coffee at the senior discounted price of just $1 each all inclusive. And that gives us the needed boost to follow rest of the no-fixed agenda to keep us recreationally busy during rest of the one-day vacation.

Shopping and browsing around in a mall or at different stores occupy most of the time, and there is quite an excitement to grab items which are either really at good price compared to the one on this side of the border or of better quality and different.

And that is certainly one major reason Canadians flock to border towns or cities for both essential and non-essential items including grocery items. After all, who does not like bargains.

No wonder, on any weekday and especially on Saturday, Sunday or holiday, we Canadians outnumber Americans as is evidenced by the number of our vehicles in the parking lots of most shopping areas.

There is always a big lineup at Bellingham Costco on Meridian Road, sometime the wait is almost 20 to 30 minutes, for the comparatively much cheaper American gas than the one available in Canada. And the same is true inside the store for milk which is less than half the price what we pay here.

It is an interesting scene when Costco staff are filling in the milk shelves from one side, and the customers, of course mostly Canadians, grabbing the jugs from the other side simultaneously. And it could be novel idea, refreshing too, that for more efficient and faster delivery if Costco install some milk pumps as well.

Beside the frugal and bargain shopping, where the savings are quite remarkable, Bellingham offers a good selection of luscious restaurants. From Mexican to Italian to regular steakhouse and multi-item buffet all are both pleasing on taste and wallet. Again we cannot escape the bargains here too. Great food and in plenty with very reasonable prices, that is only in America.

Whatever we save on shopping or on gas, the money is well spent to have a relaxing time at a dining place with cheaper beer or wine. And after our hectic and engaging jaunt it is time to return home with our Bellingham bargain loot.

Honesty is the best policy when facing the Canadian border checkpoint officials in responding their "where, when, how-much", etc questions, and then it is mostly hassle-free and friendly go-ahead "thankyou" gesture.

Cruise Culture and Captain's Role

By Promod Puri

The titanic disaster of Costa Concordia beside being investigated and the legal proceedings against its captain, offers an opportunity to review the prevailing culture on a luxury cruise ship.

In its ever changing community of a few hundred or thousand vacationing passengers the captain beside being the top man to run his empire of floating small kingdom, is also the socialite icon to host and enthusiastically participate in lots of exclusive parties both for his crew and many priveledged customers belonging to all sorts of cruise clubs promoted by all the cruise lines.

All these social events,probably part of cruise holiday attraction, gives a very vivid impression that the main job of the captain in his well groomed personality is socializing with lots of food and booze. And the latest revelation that the captain was having alcohol with a blonde girl just before the disaster supports the fact that romantic socializing is an acceptable cruise social norm.

In this role of a socialite captain the basic responsibility of running the ship in utmost safety is either becomes secondary or forgotten. In view of this latest tragedy, it is advisable to restrict the ship's captain to his primary job of just looking after the ship and sailing it with maximum safety.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Artist - Review


By Promod Puri

Is it old wine in new bottle or new wine in old bottle. Perhaps both. Anyway, the result is the brilliantly produced melodrama on the big screen.

Ten Academy Award nominated film, including the categories of best picture, best director, best actor and best supporting actress The Artist has been conceived with innovative idea of taking the viewer back to the era of silent cinema.

The story set in Hollywood between 1927-1932, revolves around the main character portrayed as a known and talented silent movie star of his time, who stubbornly refuses to accept the advent of talkies. Whereas, his fan, who with his little help and some advice, becomes a young flamboyant starlet, accepted the talking revolution in the film world.

The two characters who play their respective descending and ascending roles, whereby one fades into oblivion and other rises as hit star, are delightfully and quite impressively played by French actors Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bijo as George Valentin and Peppy Miller in this 100 percent silent and 100 percent black and white movie.

It is their awesome performances in the absence of words along with superb direction by Michael Hazanavicius, who also wrote the screenplay, which will no doubt get The Artist its deserved Oscars.

And out of the glamour world of Oscar, the film can be a trend setter to encourage production of more silent movies, crossing the language barrier, to be seen in any part of the world.

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Monday, January 16, 2012


By Promod Puri

The cliché that India is a country of extremes when explored make it so complex and contradictory that all the realistic arguments and statistics just balance out each other leaving a juggernaut of overviews or images about this prominent South Asian nation.

The extremes of India can be as high as Himalayan peaks or as deep as the Indian ocean, and they cover all aspects of the nation and its mass of 1.21 billion people brimful in the space of 3214 kms. from north to south and 2993 kms. from east to west.

And these over a billion people, growing at the rate of 1.34 percent per 2011 estimates, speak over 185 different languages, 29 of these are categorized as "official" meaning each has over one million native speakers. In addition to that there are countless dialects associated with these languages. The plethora of languages and dialects result in multi- multicultural communities each seeking and struggling to retain individual identities.

In addition to linguistic and cultural divide in India, the population is further splintered filling in all the world's major and smaller religions while hundreds of more sectarian complexions akin to these faiths endure to retain their individuality.

Although, Hindus dominate the religious demography with 80.5 percent of the population and comprising the maximum number of sects within it, Muslims form the second largest group with 157 million followers earning the distinction of being third largest Muslims population in the world after Indonesia and Pakistan.

While India is the birthplace and cradle of four religions namely, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, it was in 52 AD, about 2000 years ago that Christianity arrived in India about the same time it arrived in Europe.

Whereas, all the linguistic, cultural and religious plurality in the country seeks peaceful preserve under the nationalistic jingle of unity in diversity with occasional bursts of communal riots, the real excitement of present-day India lies in its both voluminous changes and no change at all, and in its extreme disparity in all fields and walks of life along with overwhelming and mind blowing figures, which offer cheers as well as despairs.

Among the top stars of the shine India parade are the 57 Indian billionaires out of 1210 in the world, according to the Forbes annual list of ultra rich. Their net worth each ranges from one billion dollars to 22.4 billion.

And this Indian billionaire club membership of course includes industrialist Mukesh Ambani, who is top on the Indian list and 9th in the global rank, whose $2 billion newly-built vertical palace has, beside luxurious features, quite a view of the reality of India at ground zero with sprawling slums whose dwellers represent, according to the World Bank, 41.6 percent of India's population living below the new international poverty line of $1.25(purchasing power parity) per day.

Well leaving aside the Ambani family and other billionaire Indians as personal achievements, the nation itself produces impressive economic growth figures.

Accordingly, India's economy at $1.632 trillion is the 9th largest in the world by GDP (referring to market value of all the goods and services produced in the country), and at $4.057 trillion is fourth largest by PPP. The country's GDP growth is being maintained at around 8 percent, while GDP per capita is $1371 with inflation at 9.72 percent.

India's total merchandise and services import and export trade is worth $606 billion, and it has amassed $308.62 billion as foreign reserve in the last decade or so.

The country, once "the brightest jewel in the British Crown was the poorest nation in the world in terms of per capita income", is now considered an economic power house. And "India, once a recipient nation for foreign aid, could now become together with Brazil, Russia and China to form a fund to stabilize wobbling economies in the Euro zone".

However, before it steps out to relieve the ailing cash-strapped Euronians, who are still managing to get their two square meals on dining table with glass of wine, there is a strong case that India needs to stabilize its own backyard dotted with, as per the World Bank figures, 75.6 percent of the country's population living on less than $2 a day (PPP) and where over 315 million people with their 50 cents a day income eat their hard-earned daily bread squatting on floor.

Despite the fact the poor in India dispense 80 percent of their income on grocery; the spending does not buy them nutritive and protein-rich food.

India has the highest number of malnourished people, at 230 million, and is 94 of 119 in the world hunger index. Forty-three percent of India's children under five are underweight, the highest in the world.

The UN estimates 2.1 million Indian children die before reaching the age of five every year, that is four every minute.

Malnutrition often linked with diseases like diarrhea, malaria, and measles, is due to lack of access in health care and medical services which are related to the problem of poverty.

On the poverty scene India remains at an "abysmal rank" in the UN Human Development Index, it is positioned at 132nd place in 2007-08 in the index.

India does not hide poverty. Or to be more explicit it can't, thanks to its vibrant and alert democratic system which allows social activists and groups, politicians and the media to openly raise the plight of poor, their sufferings, exploitations and struggles in developing as well as stagnant India.

Whereas, both politicians and media extensively cover the poverty scene, the government itself provides the statistics, and that is one bureaucracy which has earned its reputation internationally.

There are thousands of organizations in the country and a few political outfits exclusively working on many fronts to help the poor and creating the awareness of the opportunities available to advance this section of the society to acceptable living standards. As a result, India currently adds 60 to 70 million people from the poor to middle class every year.

An estimated over 300 million Indians now belong to the middle class, one third have emerged from poverty in the last 10 years. And with ambitious expectation, at current rate majority of Indians will be middle class in 2025.

The question is who belongs to the middle class or how much income is needed to get into this section of the society. The demarcation is so elastic that the World Bank has stretched it from $4500 to $20,000 per household per year; whereas, an Indian agency, the National Council for Applied Economic Research, has limited the figure to $4000. And even some say an earning of just $1000 per household of four persons per year is ok to belong to the middle class.

For that inexact and somewhat ambiguous definition, the middle class can be divided into lower-middle-class, middle-middle-class and upper-middle-class. And together this burgeoning part of the population is the major booster to the country's economy exerting its influence on most aspects or facets of India.

The country is bursting with expansion on all fronts, and with ever increasing population India faces huge problems and huge challenges to meet the growing needs of its people whereby a mere glance at statistics provides some clues to discern the nation.

In the field of education, despite its tremendous expansion, 25 percent of the population is illiterate, only 15 percent of Indian students reach high school and just seven percent graduate. According to 2011 census every person above age seven, who can read and write in any language, is considered literate". As such, 75 percent of Indians are literate.

Higher education system in the country is the third largest in the world as India has about 240 universities, three of them namely the Indian Institute of Technology, the Indian Institute of Management and the Jawaharlal Nehru University, are listed among the top 20 varsities in the world by the Times Higher Education list.

There are hundreds of medical and engineering colleges churning out tens of thousands of graduates every year, beside that there are as many poly-technique institutions, and thousands of primary and secondary schools dotting the country all over.

Still many of these learning places are running under-funded and under staff in shabby and disappointing conditions. In a recent study of 189 government-run primary schools 59 percent had no drinking water and 89 percent had no toilets.

India is on the move, and its rail network is the largest in the world with 63,465 kms of rail tracks; it is the fourth heavily used system in the world transferring over six billion passengers and over 310 million tons of freight annually. Despite the colossal rail system connecting practically every nook and corner of the country, still there is so much chronic shortage of trains that not only these are usually jam-packed but a familiar scene of commuters riding on roof-tops of rail compartments is a continual and dangerous embarrassment for the Indian Railways.

About the roads network, it is the third largest in the world with 3,320,410 kilometers length and which include some recently completed national and regional highways while most others are still very old, extremely narrow and very poorly maintained. The latter are the backbone of local and inter-city transportation where except for airplanes, all other types of vehicles, from bullock carts to Mercedes and Jaguars run side by side along with two-wheelers, three-wheelers, cyclists, vans, buses, trucks, etc.

That is the typical urban scene whereby pedestrians as well as dogs and cows also share the street, and it seems everybody or nobody has the right of way, it is a matter of maneuverability as to how to get out of the traffic jam in India's extended rush hours which start early in morning till late evening seven days a week.

There is lot of road construction and improvement going on all over India and that includes building new highways and flyovers to ease congestion. The star of modern India's transportation infrastructure is the so-called Metro passengers-only rail which is amazingly very efficient in its operations and unbelievably clean including the tracks and stations.

Despite tremendous progress in the infrastructure, India has poor record of road safety, around 90,000 people die from road accidents every year, and that is about 13 persons every hour.

Certainly, rails and roads dominate the Indian transportation system, but air travel is perhaps the fastest growing sector in the country with over half a dozen domestic airlines compared to only one not long ago. Their rise can be judged that over $16 billion worth of orders are being placed by them this year for new aircrafts to meet the growing need of air passenger traffic.

As we move on to realize and comprehend India, corruption, black money and unethical, dirty and criminally polluted politics blight the country giving a message of hopelessness if the nation will ever cure itself from these ills.

In 2010 India ranked 87th out of 178 countries in Transparency International's corruption perception index. Corruption is the vehicle by which most of the bureaucracy at all levels of government move or resolve issues. Perhaps one of the biggest contributors to this aspect of Indian economy is the trucker community who according to the Transparency International pays $5 billion in bribes annually to get moving.

India's black money or underground economy is estimated to be $640 billion in year 2008, and certainly it is growing thru corruption and under the table deals. Some news reports claim that "data provided by the Swiss Bank Association Report 2006, showed India has more black money than the rest of the world combined".

The Swiss Bank Association as per its 2006 estimate suggests that India topped the worldwide list for black money with almost $1,456 billion stashed in Swiss banks, this amount to 13th times the country's total external debt.

With those whopping sums of black money, it sure feels like "India is a rich country filled with poor".

With corrupt and black money, there is criminalization of politics as the nexus exist among criminals, politicians and bureaucrats. Criminals enjoy the patronage of politicians of all parties, and the protection of government functionaries. Gang leaders have become political leaders, and over the years criminals have been elected to local bodies, provincial assemblies and even to the national parliament.

Well, the corruption, the black money and the contaminated politics in the country along with pathetic and deplorable widespread poverty, while being denounced, resented and protested as part of the bigger issues facing the nation, are at the same time accepted as inevitable norms in the country, and are as much tolerable as the open garbage littering the streets of India. Still life goes on despite these intentionally ignored visible realities.

However, equally striking realities which are part of the shining India spectrum, are the 806.1 million telephone subscribers and out of this over 500 million cell phone users, escalating 40 percent annually; eighty million internet users; impressive, exciting and trendy big shopping malls; several lanes modern highways, freeways and flyovers; five to seven stars hotels with fluently English-speaking staff; latest models of luxury cars and in plenty; famous brand name expensive clothing and most household accessories; millions of barrels and bottles of finest wines, whiskies and scotch; multistory commercial and residential buildings with ultra modern amenities and luxurious decor, and skyrocketing real estate values which are among highest in the world.

The whole landscape of urban India looks different not only in physical outlook, but the affluence has brought quite a change in the social culture of people as well. The American and European culture seems to be part of the Indian cultural mosaic especially among the young, educated and well-paid professional and the business people.

Sure, that is the new reality of contemporary India which is represented by the rich and the middle class section of the population, but that creates an illusion as well that the nation is a land of enormous prosperity. And this illusion is reinforced by the media thru their various programming, commercials and advertising whereby India looks spotlessly clean and people are quiet well off and happy.

The current disparities, contrasts and extremes of present-day India offer both apprehensions and challenges for the nation.

And keeping in mind the ever growing demands of its surging population along with limited resources and limited land area, the Indian political, social and spiritual activists and leaderships along with its educated and well informed bureaucracy and intelligentsia, all must redefine to replace the popular concepts of progress, development and the standards of living, otherwise the present insane race to seek super economic power status will eventually be disastrous for India and it's environment.

The goal is to seek an egalitarian society with an even overview of India with fewer gaps between its extremes.