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Latest Blog Posts

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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 Speaks on the Brutal Attack in Mangalore

Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus is saddened to read the news today of a beating of a Muslim youth by a Hindu mob, many of them allegedly Bajrang Dal members.  News reports state that the reason for this violent attack was that the youth was seen with a Hindu girl.

We stand opposed to any acts of violence and terrorism in the name of religion, especially the Hindu religion which we embrace whose core principles are ekatva (oneness of all), and ahimsa (nonviolence).
We beseech all Hindus to reflect on Swami Vivekananda's words, spoken in  Chicago in 1893, "Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. But their time is come; and I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honor of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal." 
These words were urgent then, and even more urgent now. Sadhana calls on peace-loving Hindus around the world to speak up against such violence and disown the extremists who are causing such harm and destruction in the name of Hinduism. It truly is time to take back our beloved Hindu religion from extremists.

Standing with Chaumtoli

Sadhana is deeply disheartened at New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio’s denial of Chaumtoli Huq’s request for dialogue to address racial and gender justice in New York City. Last year, Sadhana joined 60 organizations and over 700 individuals to demand justice for Chaumtoli, who was unreasonably and violently arrested in July 2014 in an act of aggressive over-policing against a woman of color. Chaumtoli settled her legal case this past week, but her call for justice continues. 

We continue to stand with Chaumtoli and demand that Mayor De Blasio ‪#‎hearusnow‬. Something must be done to address the cases of police brutality that have come to the forefront in the recent past. We at Sadhana believe in the power of dialogue and demand that Mayor De Blasio begin a conversation to cultivate policy solutions and foster healing in our city, our nation, and our world.

Here is a recent article on Chaumtoli's case.

Sadhana is partnering with NYC Audubon for International Coastal Cleanup Day!

For our September cleanup, Sadhana will be partnering with NYC Audubon as part of a multi-state effort to improve coastline habitat in honor of International Coastal Cleanup Day. As such we will not be hosting a cleanup on the first Saturday in September, but rather on September 19th.

See details and learn how to register below.

Jamaica Bay Beach Cleanup

Saturday, September 19, 10am-2pm
(Rain date: September 26, 10-2pm)

Equipment, refreshments, and transportation from Manhattan are provided.

Join NYC Audubon and Sadhana to clear the beach and raise awareness of the importance of coastal areas to birdlife! This year's cleanup is being coordinated by the American Littoral Society.

Registration is REQUIRED - 
Visit http://www.nycaudubon.org/international-coastal-cleanup-day to register.

If you are coming from Manhattan, the bus will depart from the NYC Audubon office @ 71 West 23rd Street on at 9am.

Sadhana thanks NYC Audubon for your continued partnership!

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Please donate any amount possible to support Sadhana's work. We are an all-volunteer organization, and we can only expand our seva activities with your support.

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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.
  • Participate in our Facebook page.
  • 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/

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!