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Latest Blog Posts

  • A Hinduism Without Caste

    Part of my growing up (ages 5 to 10) was in Madras in the 1970s, in an Andhra Brahmin family. It was during those years that I was taught the basics of the Hindu faith and the joys of puja at home, visits to temples near and far, and the celebration of the major Hindu holy days. It was also then that I witnessed and participated in caste discrimination as part of daily life. I was aware of my family’s upper caste, and even though I was only five years old, I understood that this meant ...

    by Sunita Viswanath
    Wednesday, 29 July 2015
  • Ekalavya: A Progressive Reading

    I am a part of a progressive Hindu organization, Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus. In Hinduism, God is not above or external to us. In fact the same divine spirit is in every single one of us, regardless of race, religion, gender or caste. I was born into a Brahmin family, but grew up largely outside India and away from the influence of caste identities and hierarchies. I understand the privilege that comes with being born a caste Hindu. It is painful to bear witness to the torture ...

    by Sunita Viswanath
    Tuesday, 07 July 2015
  • 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
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Sadhana Co-Founder Sunita Viswanath Honored by the White House as a Champion of Change

Sunita Champion of Change
 
On July 20, 2015, Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus co-founder and board member Sunita Viswanath was honored with the Champion of Change award at the White House.  She was the only Hindu among twelve faith-based environmental change-makers. The award was for Sadhana's work through Project Prithvi to mobilize Hindus to protect the environment, engage in more environmentally friendly methods of worship, and to connect their faith to social action in their communities and in the world.
 
Sunita was interviewed by the Times of India about the work leading up to this honor. The interview can be found here
 
Here is a video of the panel Sunita was featured in:

 

ICNY Gala

Sadhana Co-Founder Sunita Viswanath delivered a prayer at the Interfaith Center of New York's 13th Annual James Parks Morton Interfaith Awards Gala. See below for a video of her prayer, “Shanti, Shanti, Shanti” – the call for peace in the world, the human race, and our own hearts.

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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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