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Latest Blog Posts

  • In the Light of Stories - Diwali 2015

    What we gather for are readings. We have a special time period called Karkidaka masam – the last month of the Malayalam calendar – when we spend much of our time reading our famed poet Ezhuthachan’s version of the Ramayana called the ‘Adhyatma Ramayanam’.  I used to love the way we gathered and people took turns reading/singing it out loud. The cultural differences – not just of my Indian one in this new country – also the many differences among Indians left me with a lot of questions. W ...

    by Sethu Nair
    Tuesday, 10 November 2015
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    Sixth Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City by Tahil Sharma

    I was born into both Hinduism and Sikhism, and both traditions have had a deep effect on how I make decisions and see the world around me. The core pillars of my mindset have been faith, understanding, and service since I could remember ever studying the in-depth theologies and mythologies of my faith traditions. All three were strengthened and tested at the Sixth Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City last month. As a new member of Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus, I too ...

    by Sadhana
    Monday, 09 November 2015
  • Pandit Manoj Jadubans Speaks On Caste

    Upon requesting his perspective on the caste system, this message came to me from Pandit Manoj Jadubans, spiritual leader at the Shaanti Bhavan Mandir in Queens, NY. With his permission, I am publishing it in hopes that caste discrimination will be eliminated from our society and equality will prevail: For too long now, our people have been led astray and it's not an easy task to bring them back to reality but it's our duty to try. We cannot change the past but today and the future. Growi ...

    by Aminta Kilawan
    Friday, 09 October 2015
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    Clarion Calls for a Progressive Hinduism

    The Carter Center has agreed to support and bolster Sadhana's efforts to build a network and a movement of progressive Hindus committed to social justice and social action. We are cross-posting an exciting piece which was published on their platform. "If more liberal and leftist Hindus begin to acknowledge their Hindu identity and speak in defense of Hindu heritage, this can only strengthen, not weaken, the secular left. Hindu tradition is not the monopoly of the Shiv Sena, the RSS ...

    by Sadhana
    Monday, 17 August 2015
  • Progressive Hinduism and the Essential Confrontation with Caste

    As a progressive American-born Hindu, the reality of caste and casteism in the contemporary reality of the global Hindu community, in India and in the wider diaspora, challenges my own Hindu, and human, identity to my very root and core. What follows is a reflection on my encounter with caste and the call, as a progressive Hindu, to serve in the most sacred mission to uproot casteism, and to express and represent the most expansive and inclusive values which represent the true heart of Hinduism. ...

    by Christopher Fici
    Monday, 17 August 2015
  • 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
  • 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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Latest Updates

Sadhana Condemns Anti-Hindu Hate Crime in Queens, NY

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.
Here is a news article with details on what you can do to help track down the suspect. 

Statement on Paris Attacks

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.  

People light candles in the form of the "Peace for Paris" symbol during a vigil in Kathmandu. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakara)

Lokah Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu. (May the whole universe be happy.) 
Shanti Shanti Shanti (Peace, Peace, Peace)

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. She was also featured on Deccan Chronicle for her work on Project Prithvi, and beyond.
Here is a video of the panel Sunita was featured in:


Sadhana Honored as a “Hero of Jamaica Bay”

Heroes of Jamaica Bay

On February 19, 2015, Sadhana was honored as a “Hero of Jamaica Bay” at a joint reception held by New York City Audubon and film project Jamaica Bay Lives. Gateway Superintendent Jennifer Nerssisian delivered a kind introduction of Sadhana, Senator Charles Schumer delivered the keynote address, in which he thanked Sadhana and the other honorees of the evening, Aviator Sports & Events and Ronald Bourque for their work in protecting the Bay. Here’s an article recapping the event.

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What is Sadhana?

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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  • Help us build a peaceful and tolerant Hindu society which prioritizes social justice.
  • Invite us to your community organization or temple for an open discussion on Hinduism and social justice.
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  • Build on Sadhana's efforts by volunteering with us and advocating for eco-friendly Hindu worship.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or submit guest blog posts on topics related to Hinduism and social justice. 
  • Start your own Sadhana project -- bring together a group of Hindus to volunteer together (do seva) for a good cause in your community or in the world.  Let us know about it and we'll write a blog post about your efforts.

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/


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.