A Hindu Reflection for MLK Day

Sadhana's Sunita Viswanath presented a Hindu reflection at the Mayor's interfaith breakfast gathering this morning, in honor of Martin Luther King Day:

Sadhana's Sunita Viswanath delivering a reflection for NYC Mayor De Blasio's Interfaith Breakfast

Sadhana's Sunita Viswanath delivering a reflection for NYC Mayor De Blasio's Interfaith Breakfast

The Bhagavad Gita gives me clarity whenever I am fearful or unsure. This beloved text teaches me time and time again the path of karma yoga, the path of righteous action: that there is no option but to act, and the best action is selfless service and devotion to dharma which is nothing other than justice.

The true karma yogi is like Arjuna in the Mahabharata when his teacher asks him to show him his skill as an archer. Arjuna doesn't see the sky, or the forest, or the tree, or the trunk, or the leaves or the branches. Not even the win gs or the body of the bird in the tree. All he sees is the eye of the bird. And he shoots it.

When we act this way, wholeheartedly, with focus and conviction, devoted to God or dharma or justice, the "I" disappears, the "you" disappears, even the action disappears. All we see is the eye of the bird - truth, dharma, justice, God.

In the words of the Bhagavad Gita, 

"When a man lets go of his attachments
when his mind is rooted in wisdom
everything he does is worship
and his actions melt away

God is the offering, God
is the offered, poured out by God
God is attained by all those
who see God in every action."

In this moment of uncertainly and turmoil, let us honor that great karma yogi Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr in the most fitting way -- by acting wholeheartedly, by serving selflessly, and by leading in a way that is devoted to dharma or justice. 

NOW IS THE TIME