Sadhana condemns the atrocious behavior and stance of the white supremacists marching in Charlottesville (For context, see here). Sadhana's solidarity is with the clergy and community members who have dedicated their time and demonstrated courage to show that the light of diversity and plurality in our nation will never be extinguished. And we offer our deepest condolences to the family of Heather Heyer, the anti-fascist protester that was killed by a white supremacist during the conflagration.
Whenever adharma, or injustice, works to marginalize and oppress all those who seek justice and peace in the world, the Almighty appears in various forms to save us.
Bhagavad Gita, chapter 4, verses 7-8:
Yada yada hi dharmasya glanirbhavati bharata Abhythanam-adharmasya tad-atmanam srijamyaham
Paritranaya sadhunam vinashaya cha dushkritam Dharma-samsthapanarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge
Whenever there is decay of dharma (righteousness), O Bharata, And there is exaltation of adharma (injustice), then I Myself come forth.
For the protection of the good, for the destruction of evil-doers, For the sake of firmly establishing dharma, I am born from age to age.
We recognize the various forms that God manifests to enter the world and slay the demons, literal or figurative, whose aim is the destruction of all creation. But this time, the avatar (incarnation) of the Divine is found in our individual and collective dharma. As the Light of the Supreme shines in all of us, let us connect with it and be a force of love and goodness in the world.
We do not claim a supremacy of any race, culture, or worldview in our fight for equity. We fight for the safety, sustainability, and progress of our world.
If we see the Divine Spark present even in those who stand against us, our courage will push us to engage those we disagree with, and perhaps find compassion and understanding. This is the only hope for our nation and the world -- that we come together in love, and stand up to hate.
Om Shanti Shanti Shantih. Peace, Peace, Peace.