Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus is deeply distressed to read the news of the murder of a Muslim man, Mohammad Akhlaq, at the hands a Hindu mob in Northern India over an alleged slaughtering of a cow and its consumption. News reports claim that a mob of 1,000 Hindus wielding bricks, batons and swords came to the man's house to hunt him down, beat him to death and severely injure his 20 year old son and 82 year old mother.
As Hindus we embrace and strive to live by the core principles of ekatva (oneness of all) and ahimsa (nonviolence). We aspire to build a peaceful and inclusive Hindu community committed to justice for all, regardless of race, religion, caste or gender.
Our belief that the whole world including cows and all species are interconnected and divine should guide us to treat the whole planet with love and compassion; it should not lead us to perpetrate such acts of brutality. We vehemently denounce all terrorism perpetrated in the name of our religion.
The Shiva Mahimna Stotram beautifully expresses this idea of ekatva (oneness) which we hold dear:
"As the different streams having their sources in different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee."
Swami Vivekananda quoted this powerful verse as part of his speech at the Chicago World Parliament of Religions in 1893. He also stated,
“Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. But their time is come; and I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honor of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal.”
These words are as urgent today as they were 122 years ago. We Hindus must rise up in one voice for peace and justice for all. Sadhana calls on progressive, peace-loving, tolerant and inclusive Hindus to speak up against this violent and blood-thirsty fringe of Hinduism.
Please sign our petition to Prime Minister Modi by visiting this link: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/704/384/547/hindus-woldwide-denounce-murder-of-mohammed-akhlaq-by-a-hindu-mob/
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.
Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus is saddened to read the news today of a beating of a Muslim youth by a Hindu mob, many of them allegedly Bajrang Dal members. News reports state that the reason for this violent attack was that the youth was seen with a Hindu girl.
For our September cleanup, Sadhana will be partnering with NYC Audubon as part of a multi-state effort to improve coastline habitat in honor of International Coastal Cleanup Day. As such we will not be hosting a cleanup on the first Saturday in September, but rather on September 19th.
See details and learn how to register below.
Jamaica Bay Beach Cleanup
Saturday, September 19, 10am-2pm
(Rain date: September 26, 10-2pm)
Equipment, refreshments, and transportation from Manhattan are provided.
Join NYC Audubon and Sadhana to clear the beach and raise awareness of the importance of coastal areas to birdlife! This year's cleanup is being coordinated by the American Littoral Society.
Registration is REQUIRED -
Visit http://www.nycaudubon.org/international-coastal-cleanup-day to register.
If you are coming from Manhattan, the bus will depart from the NYC Audubon office @ 71 West 23rd Street on at 9am.
Sadhana thanks NYC Audubon for your continued partnership!