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  • Princeton, Sri Rao, and A Lesson from My Father

                     On the 6 train to school, I meditated.  Standing up holding on to an aluminum pole where millions of people have left their fingerprints before mine, I became mindful of some of the recent events that I was blessed to be a part of over the past couple weeks in February.  And with that, here it goes.         As the only member of Sadhana to have served ...

    by Rohan Narine
    Monday, 03 March 2014
  • Sadhana Speaks at Princeton University on "Toward an Eco-Hinduism"

                                                                               On Friday, February 21st, Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive ...

    by Rohan Narine
    Monday, 24 February 2014
  • What God Means to Me

    Writing a piece on 'what god means to me', is like trying to find an answer I don't have, and don't even feel like I need to find. Here is an incomplete attempt.Occasionally, on Sundays I accompany my signo* to the Redeemer Presbyterian church on the Upper East Side to listen to Tim Keller talk about faith, Jesus and God, and watch the audience move along with him. Last time I went, I heard a story about Jesus getting frustrated and being terse with a man who had come hoping to secure a miracle ...

    by Sethu Nair
    Wednesday, 05 February 2014
  • Baruch’s HSA Initiates Partnership With Sadhana

    On October 8th, Baruch College’s Hindu Student Association (HSA) held it’s second general meeting titled, “What Does It Mean To Be A Hindu?” Hosted in conjunction with Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus, Baruch’s HSA led by Journalism major Kamelia Kilawan, attracted students who are curious about where the direction the Hindu religion is going today, and in the future. One student, Raj, a Hindu who finds it hard to relate to certain rituals in Hindu culture, relayed the story of his aunt’ ...

    by Sadhana
    Tuesday, 08 October 2013
  • Is Detachment Impossible?

         The protagonist in the animated movie Street Fighter 2, based on its video game namesake, is a man named Ryu.  Always in a Gi (traditional Okinawan karate uniform), he spends his life consumed in martial arts training.  The film starts to get interesting after Ryu is pursued by both good and bad forces for his unmatched fighting ability.  In the end, he makes a puzzling decision, and today in meditation my mind still harks back to it.  Ryu, and the ancient ...

    by Rohan Narine
    Sunday, 01 September 2013
  • A Rally, And So Much More

    A Sampradaya is a soul born into a body whose ancestors sang the Vedas thousands of years ago.  One such Sampradaya is Madhvacarya.  He blessed us with this commentary on Chapter 4 of the Bhagavad Gita.  He writes, “The most compassionate souls have nothing new to instruct nor anything to add.  They merely come to remove aside the ash that has covered the glowing embers of eternal principles so that beguiled humanity may have the greatest opportunity to be receptive to these ...

    by Rohan Narine
    Friday, 12 July 2013
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We Pray to Lord Shiva for Peace on the 12th Anniversary of the Gujarat Massacres

Sadhana commemorates the sad occasion of the 12th anniversary of the Gujarat massacres, which coincides this year with the holy festival of Maha Shivratri when Hindus all over the world pray to Lord Shiva to conquer the evil in the world and bestow peace.
As a grassroots organization of progressive and faithful Hindus based in the United States, we call on all people of faith including Hindus and Muslims, to combat religious extremism and religion-motivated terrorism, and instead insist on truth, peace and justice.  

Loka Samasta Sukino Bhavantu
OM Shan'ti Shan'ti Shan'ti

May the Lord bless the whole world with eternal peace and goodwill. 
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Broad-based Coalition Urges NYC Mayor to Include Diwali as New Public School Holiday

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New York, NY (February 21, 2014) -  A coalition of almost 40 New York City organizations and temples urged Mayor Bill de Blasio to include Diwali alongside the new proposed public school holidays for Eid and Lunar New Year.  The Diwali Coalition of NYC's letter, sent to the mayor earlier this week, highlighted the importance of Diwali for the city's Hindu, Jain, and Sikh communities and asked the mayor to take into consideration the significant number of the city's public school children who celebrate this festival.

"Diwali is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in our community,” said Diwali Coalition of NYC member, Dr. Uma Mysorekar, President of the renown Ganesh temple in Flushing, Queens. "For Hindus, Diwali celebrates the victory of good over evil and is a time for families to come together to pray for the well-being of all.  We hope the Mayor will take our community's request to heart and include Diwali among the new public school holidays."

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Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus was formed in October, 2011 by a group of like-minded individuals, spiritually or culturally Hindu, to inject a progressive, Hindu voice in the public discourse affecting Hindus in the United States and across the diaspora.

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    We welcome your suggestions for guest speakers and topics for discussion.
    Our next general meeting will be held on February 7th in Manhattan.

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Brooklyn Bala Vihar Commemorates Gandhi Jayanti

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

Last Sunday, Brooklyn Bala Vihar commemorated Gandhi Jayanti in a very special way.  After our regular class, some of us took the subway to the Gandhi Statue in Union Square Park.  

After meditating and singing the Gayatri Mantra, we spoke to the kids about the importance of Gandhi's life, and how he taught us to be strong and stand up against injustice without using weapons or violence. The kids learned that gandhi’s whole life was one of Seva (service) and then we did our own seva for Gandhiji’s birthday: we picked up all the trash we could find around the statue.

We talked about how Martin Luther King was inspired by Gandhi to fight for justice without using violence. We also learned that Gandhi’s teachings are very relevant today.  Just last week in NY, a kind man called Dr.Prabhjot Singh was hurt by some people just because he wore a turban and had along beard. Dr. Singh, instead of being angry at the people who hurt him, forgave them and would like to talk to them and help them understand why he looks different.  Dr. Singh is a Gandhian because he is strong and speaks up for what is right without resorting to violence.  The children talked about times when other kids were mean to them at school, and what they did in that situation.  The children made a birthday card for Gandhiji whose birthday is October 2nd, and also made a get well card for Dr. Singh.

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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/