|Latest Navya Shastra Project--Construction of Temple at Idamani, a fishing hamlet near Chennai (see Article in India Abroad)|
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|Hinduism is facing a great many challenges, both external and internal.
On the outside, ill-wishers are trying to malign and dismantle it.
Within, we have practitioners and leaders who are insensitive to, or unaware of
the social, political, and ethical forces that are sweeping the world.
Navya Shastra consists of a group of Hindus who deeply love and care for our
rich and ancient tradition. We are also very concerned about its future.
We strongly feel that one major blemish in the Hindu world (within India) is the pernicious aspect of the caste system which denies equal spiritual rights to all Hindus, and imposes a conceptual hierarchy that considers some Hindus to be superior/inferior to other Hindus on the basis of their birth. We do not think that the dehumanization of Hindus or of any other people is part of the Vedas, Sanskrit or Tamil.
If some shastras tolerated or encouraged caste-based social injustices, we reject them, and declare it is time to formulate a system of values consistent with the age in which we live (yugadharma). We are against caste hierarchy and caste injustices, not only because they are not sanctioned in the Vedas, but also because they are morally wrong, unacceptable, and anachronistic in the world in which we live. We also need to rid Hindu society of its caste constraints, because they undermine the future of the religion as a viable system in the modern world. We are dreaming of a day when the loftier Hindu visions in Sanatana Dharma will spread all over the world. There will come a time when practitioners of other religious systems will resonate with the universal values and visions that are implicit in the roots of Hinduism.
We invite all our Hindu brothers and sisters to join us in raising their voices against casteism, and for making Hinduism a greater religion than what she has ever been.