On March 26th, 2015, Sadhana joined many religious leaders, activists, and individuals in New York City’s Foley Square for a vigil organized by Women for Afghan Women to denounce the brutal death of Farkhunda.
The vigil begun with prayers from various faith groups. Sadhana’s Aminta Kilawan delivered a brief message and a Hindu prayer to the Goddess Lakshmi so that She may dispel darkness and bestow light, paving the way for justice and guiding leaders to uphold the rule of law.
Here is a video of Aminta’s prayer:
On Monday, March 16th, Sadhana was fortunate to speak about Hinduism on a multi-faith panel at Frank McCourt High School located in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Abdelghani Benyahya, David Plant, Lauren Henderson, and Pat Higgiston represented Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Buddhism, respectively. The program opened with a brief explanation of each faith tradition by its representative. The panel then took questions from an audience of approximately 200 students, each attuned to the session with their attention firmly fixed on the panelists’ answers. Sadhana's Rohan Narine explained that Hinduism accepts all faith traditions and is guided by the tenets of karma, dharma, and reincarnation, three principles that are fortified by the constant practice of yoga. Questions from the student body were thought provoking, such as, “Is Hinduism monotheistic or polytheistic?” Sadhana advocates for Hindus to engage in interfaith discussions as it is a primary method to help others understand the faith and build stronger relationships within the faith community.
Sadhana would like to thank Lauren Malc, Humanities teacher at Frank McCourt High School for planning the day’s panel, and to Christopher Fici, for extending the opportunity.