Tuesday, February 21, 2017

When We Shake Off Rituals From Religions

When we shake off rituals and customs from religions the same vibration of meaningfulness and spirituality can be realized in all of them. Rituals and customs only provide architecture to a religion. In fact, all religions carry the same fundamentals of virtuous living. It is their respective devotional practices which differentiate them. The pathways to divinity are infused with words of morality and ethics, principles, and noble deeds. And these are the fundamental commonalities of all religious.
(Read more on this topic from Hinduism Beyond Rituals,Customs And Traditions, (paper edition) by Promod Puri

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Hinduism Offers Management of Self & Society

Hinduism Offers Management of Self & Society

Seeking the divine spirit is a spiritual pursuit. And within that pursuit is the social aspects of the divinity which impact the Hindu mind to develop a personality of goodness.
Divine or divinity relates to all those aspects coming from God or god which are basically understood as heavenly and transcendental. But in social divinity it has attributes of humankind relating to ethical conduct of life toward an ultimate goal of perfection in every possible way.
The praxis of social divinity goes beyond the rituals, customs and beliefs. Also cardinal in Hindu theology is the induction of divinity in thoughts, words and deeds. Hinduism encourages spiritual believability based on knowledge and rationality. And that is where the divine spirit finds acceptable residency in every moment of life.
In creating the divine residency in an individual’s mind Hinduism offers liberal environment guided by disciplined and righteous karma.
Karma is biased by rituals, customs and beliefs. What matters most that karma is also influenced by Hindu epistemology seeking rationality in an action. And when the reasoning is established in all its sincerity Karma develops into prayer. For a practicing Hindu Karma is dharma.
Assembly of good karmas from earnest deeds over a long period can lead to moksha. It is a stage when material satisfactions are not attractions anymore. Rather in austere and ascetic life transcendental consciousness develops toward oneness with the Supreme-being.
Societal Reconstruction
The execution of karma in Hindu thought has an impact on the society as well. 
Societal reconstruction is part of karmas’ obligations to clean up the religion from discriminatory and inhumane practices. An all inclusive full empowerment of women and annihilation of castes as envisioned by Ambedkar are part of these needed corrections to institute human rights traditions in Hinduism.
Whereas religion started as management of the society, at the personal level religiosity of karma implies management of the self. This governance of the self is conducted by virtue of conscious and divine living.
Consequent to Hinduism’s democratic framework the management of self is what we call as a way of life.
From rituals to murti-puja, mantra and metaphysics, karma and moksha, to meditation and yoga, and all its recreational aspects like music, dance and drama, Hinduism in its management of individual is a disciplinary as well as a comprehensive experience of spiritual development in liberal and progressive regime.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Meditation In Sound Of Brewing Coffee

(The following excerpt is taken courtesy the New York Times)
“Approach making your coffee the same way you approach meditating. Be completely here and now in the present moment, centering your attention exclusively on what you are doing and feeling. Being mindful of how you make your coffee shows you how to be mindful in every part of your life.” — Gloria Chadwick, the author of “Zen Coffee: A Guide to Mindful Meditation.”
Smell the aroma from the coffee grounds as you put them into the coffee filter. Breathe in their deep, rich, intense fragrance.
As you pour the water into your coffee maker, notice the clearness of the water, hear the gurgling sound. Listen to the first drops of water as they sizzle into the carafe; notice the color of the coffee.
Watch the steam that rises, swirling in the carafe; be mindful of the ethereal nature of your inner self.
Smell the first delicious whiff of your coffee as it begins to brew.
Listen to the sounds the coffee maker makes as it brews your coffee.
When the coffee is done brewing, let it sit for a moment or two to attain its full flavor.
Let yourself sit for a moment or two, to obtain the full flavor of meditating.
Meditation In Hiduism
Meditation in all its varied contemplation is a much- practiced Hindu tradition from ancient to the present times.
Hindu meditation is both secular and spiritual in its practice.
Seeking enlightenment is one reverent aspect of meditation which has its Vedic roots in Hindu spiritual traditions. However, the most favored and helpful feature of meditation in our day to day lives is to procreate a tranquil temperament amidst ceaseless chaos of personal anxieties and worldly troubles.
Meditation basically is an exercise of steering the mind toward a focus during the entire meditative period. And the focus can be any chosen or guru-given mantra, thought, some auditory sensation like breath, a sacred sound like Om, or even an object. Theoretically, it is a simple discipline, and its practice leads to serenity.
Meditation is an experience in relaxed contemplation which is cultivated thru concentrative state of mind.
In this contemplative mode, tranquility can be realized which releases a kind of energy to energize both our physical and cognitive faculties while the meditator braces in calm and cool sentiments.
One goal of meditation is to have complete relaxation of mind which involves no act of worldly or temporal thinking while traffic of thoughts moves on.
This posture is called thoughtless awareness. In this disposition, the meditator’s only repetitive and cognitive activity is to effortlessly dwell in focused mind. That is where the “power of now” can be realized, and that comes with practice.
“Power of now” basically is an act of contemplation on the present moment, and its very realization energizes the action. Once the act of staying in the moment of “now” is achieved then that very experience qualifies to be meditative as well.
Excerpts from “Hinduism beyond rituals, customs, and traditions”. Kindle Edition

Hinduism Beyond Rituals, Customs and Traditions. Paper Edition

Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Glimpse of Black History in U.S.A

A Glimpse of Black History in U.S.A

(Pic.Juvenile convicts at work in the fields, 1903. Library of Congress/John L. Spivak)
What happened after slavery in the United States was abolished in 1865
Here’s how it worked. Black men – and sometimes women and children – were arrested and convicted for crimes enumerated in the Black Codes, state laws criminalizing petty offenses and aimed at keeping freed people tied to their former owners’ plantations and farms.
The most sinister crime was vagrancy – the “crime” of being unemployed – which brought a large fine that few blacks could afford to pay.
Black convicts were leased to private companies, typically industries profiteering from the region’s untapped natural resources. As many as 200,000 black Americans were forced into back-breaking labor in coal mines, turpentine factories and lumber camps. They lived in squalid conditions, chained, starved, beaten, flogged and sexually violated. They died by the thousands from injury, disease and torture. Courtesy: The Conversation