तदेतत्त्रयँ शिक्षेद् दमं दानं दयामिति
tadetattrayam shikshed damam dānam dayāmiti
“Learn these three [virtues] - self-restraint, charity and compassion.”
- Brihadāranyaka Upanishad 5.2.3 (c. 700 BCE)
Dear friend of Sadhana,
Dāna, or selfless giving, is an integral part of our dharma (duty) as Hindus. Our sacred texts repeatedly extol the value of dāna as a guiding value for human life.
Since 2011, Sadhana has been one of the only organizations working both in Hindu communities and social justice spaces to bring our faith into conversation with the pressing issues of our time. 2018 was a year of growth for Sadhana, across our three areas of seva (service), advocacy, and community-building.
Seva: In the spring, we deepened our Project Prithvi environmental efforts by hosting art workshops funded by Citizens Committee for NYC, breathing new life into items collected at our monthly cleanups. Many restored items were displayed this summer at Gateway National Recreation Area. In November, our last cleanup of the year was part of the Reimagine End of Life festival; after a discussion on funeral rituals in Hinduism, volunteers dedicated their seva in honor of loved ones who have passed on.
Advocacy: In addition to our existing advocacy around immigrant rights, gender equity, and LGBTQ inclusion, Sadhana was the only Hindu organization to join the new Poor People's Campaign, continuing the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. To address growing intolerance towards minorities in India, we worked with Hindu temples and diverse community groups to raise money for victims of Hindu nationalist violence and stand for a more peaceful world. We also raised awareness of Hindu nationalist activism in our own U.S. communities this summer. In November, Sadhana board members had the privilege of presenting at the 2018 Parliament of World Religions with Swami Agnivesh.
Community-Building: In 2018, we initiated monthly gatherings in the form of Sadhana Salons and Satsanghs, covering topics from Hindu-Muslim unity to domestic violence. We saw growth among our Chicago chapter, and established a new chapter in Atlanta. Over the summer, we published a Summer Reading Challenge, and began a new initiative working with progressive Hindu pandits to reimagine Hindu life-cycle rituals. In November, we hosted the first-ever Diwali celebration in Brooklyn Borough Hall along with ISKCON NY.
Our 2019 goals:
We have ambitious plans for 2019—but we can’t achieve them without your support! This holiday season, we hope to raise $10,000 in order to:
- Hire our first staff person — a development coordinator
- Expand our existing chapters to colleges and cities across the United States
- Publish a progressive Balvihar (children’s religious classes) curriculum and Sadhana Syllabus for students
Your gift of $20 can fund materials for a Sadhana Salon.
Your gift of $50 can fund puja offerings for a Sadhana Satsangh.
Your gift of $100 can help us fund one road trip to a college to hold an Open Dialogue with Hindu students.
Your gift of $150 will fund one of our monthly Project Prithvi beach clean-ups at Jamaica Bay, NY.
Your gift of $500 or more can help us achieve our goal of hiring our first staff person.
Your gift of any amount helps us build Sadhana into a much-needed platform for Hindus of conscience to unite in the service of justice for all.
Donate Now to help us reach our goal of $10,000!
Om Shanti, Shanti Shanti.
Om Peace, Peace, Peace.