Ekam sad vipra bahudha vadanti.
Truth is one; we just call it by different names.
- Rig Veda
We are seeing hatred all around us, whether it is forced conversions of Hindu girls in Pakistan, the burning of synagogues in Europe, violence by Hindus towards religious minorities in India and the recent beheadings and other atrocities by ISIS, Boko Haram and other Islamist forces in the world. Here in New York City, we are seeing anti-Islamic subway ads which portray this extremist, right wing Islam as the only Islam, and risk breeding even more hatred and violence.
Mahatma Gandhi embraced and in fact, embodied, the values of pluralism and compassion for all beings, as can be seen in his statements which are so relevant for our times:
"I am a Muslim and a Hindu and a Christian and a Jew and so are all of you."
"Whenever I despair, I remember that the way of truth and love has always won. There may be tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they may seem invincible, but in the end, they always fail. Think of it: always."
Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus commemorates this Gandhi Jayanti by invoking Gandhi's pluralistic Hinduism and the values of love and compassion which our world desperately needs.