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Latest Blog Posts

  • American Hindu in the 21st Century

    This 21st Century is having a Hindu moment. Yoga, meditation, karma — these are concepts which have entered American consciousness and life in many diverse ways, but what do they really mean and where do they actually come from? How does the rich spiritual culture of Hinduism inform the identity, ministry, and calling of those involved in Hindu practices? More problematically, how do we deal with the horrific history and reality of caste discrimination of Dalit and other “un ...

    by Christopher Fici
    Sunday, 01 March 2015
  • The Connection Between Oratory & Confidence

             Some of the most frightening moments in my childhood occurred right in front of the Gods and Goddesses I worship.  Between the ages of 8 to 14, my Guru, a Hindu Priest, would schlep me to the homes of his congregants to perform their annual pujas with him.  As we sat across from each other, I would watch him as he would instruct those sitting between us to perform rituals to smiling earthen statues, bathing them in milk and breathing them into life.& ...

    by Rohan Narine
    Monday, 23 February 2015
  • Hindu Environmental Advocacy - Delivered at the Light For Lima Vigil - Union Square, NYC - December 7th, 2014

                The evidence is the strongest it's ever been: greenhouse gas emissions are the highest ever recorded in history.  Over the past 50 years, sea levels have risen, snow and ice are diminishing worldwide, and sound global policies have still not been put into place.          But fear not my sisters and brothers - for there is hope.  Our eyes are open, and we can see now.  We can see all too well now.  My sist ...

    by Rohan Narine
    Monday, 29 December 2014
  • Sadhana Hosts "Jamaica Bay Lives!" Film Screening At The Shri Trimurti Bhavan Mandir in Ozone Park, Queens

                 On June 22nd, the Sadhana Coalition, in partnership with the National Parks Service, Dan Hendrick, and Kamini Doobay, hosted the preview of Jamaica Bay Lives, a documentary film shown at the Shri Trimurti Bhavan, a Mandir in Ozone Park, Queens.  Mr. Hendrick, the Vice President for External Affairs at the New York League of Conservation Voters and a graduate of Columbia University, met Ms. Doobay four years ago.  He heard about Jamaica ...

    by Rohan Narine
    Saturday, 02 August 2014
  • A Farewell, But Also A Hello

         My fiancé told me when I got ready to write my personal statement for graduate school that, "You know, when you get ready to write your statement, every word should count.  It's got to be powerful."  This post, written without proofreading, copying and pasting from MS Word, or sourced for hyperlinks, comes at a time when I meditate on what Sadhana stands for.  At the beginning of every Sadhana meeting, which takes place at Sunita's loving home in Brooklyn, she ...

    by Rohan Narine
    Saturday, 28 June 2014
  • What God Means to Me

    Writing a piece on 'what god means to me', is like trying to find an answer I don't have, and don't even feel like I need to find. Here is an incomplete attempt.Occasionally, on Sundays I accompany my signo* to the Redeemer Presbyterian church on the Upper East Side to listen to Tim Keller talk about faith, Jesus and God, and watch the audience move along with him. Last time I went, I heard a story about Jesus getting frustrated and being terse with a man who had come hoping to secure a miracle ...

    by Sethu Nair
    Wednesday, 05 February 2014
  • Baruch’s HSA Initiates Partnership With Sadhana

    On October 8th, Baruch College’s Hindu Student Association (HSA) held it’s second general meeting titled, “What Does It Mean To Be A Hindu?” Hosted in conjunction with Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus, Baruch’s HSA led by Journalism major Kamelia Kilawan, attracted students who are curious about where the direction the Hindu religion is going today, and in the future. One student, Raj, a Hindu who finds it hard to relate to certain rituals in Hindu culture, relayed the story of his aunt’ ...

    by Sadhana
    Tuesday, 08 October 2013
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Sadhana Commemorates Gandhi Jayanti, October 2, 2014

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.

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Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus was formed in October, 2011 by a group of like-minded individuals, spiritually or culturally Hindu, to inject a progressive, Hindu voice in the public discourse affecting Hindus in the United States and across the diaspora.

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  • Help us build a peaceful and tolerant Hindu society which prioritizes social justice. 
  • Sadhana will hold general meetings every other month, on the second Thursday of the month. These meetings are open to one and all.
    We will follow a format that combines prayer/meditation with discussion/debate about issues related to Hinduism and social justice, and will have guest speakers whenever possible.
    We welcome your suggestions for guest speakers and topics for discussion.
    Our next general meeting will be held on February 7th in Manhattan.

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Brooklyn Bala Vihar Commemorates Gandhi Jayanti

Brooklyn Bala Vihar commemorated Gandhi Jayanti 2014 by learning about the nonviolent resistance of Gandhiji, MLK, Ambedkar, Mandela, Rosa Parks, the Chipko movement and others, as well as contemporary struggles against police brutality and the importance of solidarity with folks who stand up for justice like Chaumtoli Huq! The kids made also sang Devi Bhajans for Navratri.

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Brooklyn Bala Vihar

Sadhana member Sunita Viswanath, along with others, has launched a Bala Vihar in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.  The classes are for kids ages 4 - 7 and are based on the Chinmaya Mission curriculum (www.chinmayanewyork.org).  The Bala Vihar will focus on stories about Hindu deities, especially Rama, Lord Krishna, Hanuman, and Ganesha, and values such as the importance of seva, and the idea of the oneness of us all.  Simple, age-appropriate community service activities are included.  Classes are taught within the context of religious plurality and tolerance. The Bala Vihar has its own blog: http://brooklynbalavihar.wordpress.com/