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Latest Blog Posts

  • Finding Peace

    My friend’s little girl fell from a window two weeks ago, and didn’t survive. My friend and her husband and two of the noblest, bravest people I know.  Daily they risk life and limb for the care and empowerment of others.  They are the best of humankind. What’s more, they are two people who had already suffered in the years before finding each other, and were finally enjoying love, respect and peace in their personal lives. Why was their peace interrupted, ruptured, with tragedy? I ...

    by Sunita Viswanath
    Friday, 26 June 2015
  • Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus Welcomes Pope’s Encyclical on Climate Change

    In his recent eco-encyclical (ecology and economy) Laudato Sii(“Praised Be”), Pope Francis invited every person on the planet into dialogue on the many pressing ecological issues facing humanity – and their impact on the poorest people of the world. The reality of climate change “represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day” (#25). Humankind is responsible for care of the natural world, and that responsibility extends toward protecting poor and vulnerable people and ...

    by Christopher Fici
    Friday, 26 June 2015
  • 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
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Latest Updates

Sadhana Speaks on South Carolina Church Shooting

As Muslims in the world began their holy period of Ramadan, dedicated to peace, reflection and self-reform,  the world was taken aback by the tragic shooting that took place at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.  Although the killer has been brought to justice, no amount of legal satisfaction can ever replace the nine lives that were lost in this brutal act of terrorism.  Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus condemns this unfathomable attack on the Emanuel AME Church, and stands in solidarity with their congregation as they begin to find comfort and channel strength from their Scriptures. 

The killer was a young white Christian male, indoctrinated in racism and hatred, and given a gun for his birthday by his own parents. 

This heinous act reminds Sadhana of the importance of our mission "to assert a progressive Hindu voice into the public discourse of our times" and to mobilize Hindus to "speak up and act for progressive social change."

The gun culture and fanatical intolerance and racism that created this young killer are in absolute opposition to the principles of tolerance, inclusiveness and ahimsa (non-violence) which we embrace, and that are at the heart of Hinduism. In Hinduism, we believe the same divine spirit is in each of us, no matter our race or creed. We decry all hate crimes based on racism and religious fundamentalism since a crime against one is a crime against all.   

Sadhana calls on South Carolina’s state and local government to enact legislation that will put an end to race-based violence.  At this time is it imperative that we manifest the words of Pope Francis in his welcome Encyclical on climate change, issued the same day as the shooting. He says, “Yet all is not lost.  Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start.”  Hence, let us promise to ourselves the reality of moving forward for what is good, and to find both spiritual and policy solutions to the challenges facing our world today.

 Mourners pray outside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Photo Credit: Brian Snyder/Reuters  

Domestic Violence Outreach on Liberty Avenue

As part of our Healthy Relationships Initiative, Sadhana organized outreach on Richmond Hill's Liberty Avenue on April 11th, 2015. In partnership with the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence, we spread awareness about domestic violence to local community members, both males and females, in efforts to end the cycle of violence in relationships.

We were able to speak with so many community members on Liberty Avenue, and also visited local businesses including salons, roti shops, barber shops, sari boutiques, and even some bars/lounges to spread awareness. We distributed over 900 palm cards and 50 "salon bags" calling on individuals to be up standers and informing community members of the free services provided by the Queens Family Justice Center. Special thank you to Marissa Beckett from the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence for your partnership and support. Huge thanks go out to our volunteers for the day, Sandra Chu A Kong, Jessica Chu A Kong, Crystal Chu A Kong, Imran Ahmed, Kevin Chu A Kong, Jc Pleitez, Samantha Dhanraj, and Vicky Martinez. Without you, there is no way this amazing work could have been possible.

Click here for a Times Ledger article about our outreach.

 

Volunteers meet at the Lefferts Blvd. subway station in Richmond Hill

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Featured Projects

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/


Bala Vihar

Healthy Relationships Series

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!

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