On Thanksgiving, as many gathered to give thanks and express love with family and friends, a Hindu home in Queens, New York, was subject to a hate crime authorities are investigating as anti-religious criminal mischief. 40 Hindu flags placed in front of the home at 89th Avenue and 80th Street in Woodhaven were set on fire by an arsonist. Referred to as "jhandi flags" in the Indo-Caribbean community, these flags are customarily raised at the culmination of Hindu prayer rituals and are representative of various Hindu deities.
Sadhana condemns this hateful attack against our faith. Sanatana Dharma uplifts the values of tolerance and oneness toward all of humanity. For someone to burn symbols dear to any religion is hurtful. The fact that this kind of hatred was inflicted upon a Hindu home is particularly distressing to Sadhana. We pray that the perpetrator of this hateful act will speedily be brought to justice. If we are to build a peaceful world, there is no room for this type of ignorance and hostility.
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We condemn unequivocally, the brutal attacks that took place in Paris last Friday.
Of course the perpetrators do not represent the peace and justice loving Muslims we know and love. Just as the Hindu mobs who lynched a Muslim man for suspicion of eating beef, and burned and killed a Dalit family for entering a temple, do not represent us or the peace and justice loving Hindus we know and love.
In Hinduism, God is not above us or external to us. The same divine spirit is in every single one of us, and in all of the universe. Hurting you, hurts me; hurting one hurts all. When terrorists strike in Paris, in Beirut, in Kunduz, in Kenya, our already broken hearts shatter again and our Mother Earth weeps.
We turn to each other, to the peace-loving peoples of the world, to take back our religions, our nations, our world, from those who are motivated by hatred and are wrecking our world through their unholy wars. Another world is possible, and we must build it together, we ARE building it together – through limitless, boundary-less love.
Lokah Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu. (May the whole universe be happy.)
Shanti Shanti Shanti (Peace, Peace, Peace)