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/
Since October 2014, Sadhana has held several “healthy relationship” sessions at the Lefferts Branch of Queens Library. We have framed this subject in an out-of-the-ordinary way, identifying the need to have a "healthy relationship" not just with one's spouse/romantic partner, but also with oneself, one’s peers, and one’s community at large. Issues covered to date have been domestic violence/dating abuse, suicide, alcoholism, drug abuse, and LGBTQ rights. We hope to address bullying, both in school and cyber-bullying, and violence at local establishments during upcoming sessions. Sadhana will continue to partner with Queens Library to ensure that upliftment and healing occur in the community.
Sadhana thanks the fearless speakers who shared invaluable messages with the attendees, including Susan Jacob of the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence, Anindita Bhaumik of CONNECT-Faith, Tiffany Jackson of CADVA, Pt. Suresh Sugrim of the New Jersey Arya Samaj Humanitarian Mission, Acharya Arun Gossai of the Chinmaya Mission, Pt. Devanand Das of Prem Bhakti Mandir, Annan Boodram of the Caribbean Voice, Chitra Singh of the Rajkumarie Cultural Center, John McCormick of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and Mohammed Amin, LGBTQ rights activist. We also sincerely thank Ms. Narisha Mohammed and Mr. David Booker III of Queens Library for all their assistance along the way!