Navya Shastra
ALL HINDUS ARE EQUAL IN VEDIC VISION
Email: navyashastra@shastras.org
Web: http://www.shastras.org
Address: 6332 Denton Drive, Troy MI 48098
Phone: 201- 674 -2065
30 March 2006; Chaitra Shukla 1, 5108
Shri Paramatmane Namah!

Subject: Apologising to the victims of caste and untouchability within our society

We offer our reverential salutations to Parampujya Swamiji, and submit the following for the attention of His Holiness.

Navyashastra is a large group of followers of Sanatana Hindu Dharma currently domiciled in various countries. We have gathered together by the grace of Paramatma for the punya-karya of removal of discrimination based on gender and caste within the Hindu Dharma, and are working hard to bring within our dharma the concept and practice of egalitarianism.

As a part of our efforts to achieve reconciliation and rapprochement with the lowest castes who have been facing unspeakable exploitation, violence and marginalisation in the name of caste, we, as Hindus, wish to offer them an unconditional apology. An apology is neither the beginning nor the end of the process of reconciliation, but we believe that it will bring some comfort, dignity and hope to the victims of caste discrimination.

We know that your esteemed self and your monastic organisation have been regularly criticising and condemning this horror. We would be grateful if you could lend us your support by endorsing this apology, and if possible join hands with us in tendering this apology.

Please accept our humblest pranams and namaskarams.

On behalf of all members of Navyashastra executive and working committee,

Encl: Navyashastra statement of apology

Sent to:

Appar Vishnuchittan Embar Jeeyar Swamigal (Embar Jeeyar Matha, Siriperumbudur, TN)
Dayananda Saraswati Swamiji (Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Coimbatore, TN)
Brahmananda Giri Swamiji Maharaj (Sannyas Ashram, Vila Parle, Mumbai, MH)
Balagangadharanatha Swamiji (Adichunchanagiri Matha, Nagamangala, KN)
Gnanaprakasha Desika Swamigal (Thondaimandalam Meykandar Adheenam, Thondaimandalam, TN)
Vidyashankara Bharati Swamiji Maharaj (Karaveer Peeth, Kolhapur, MH)
Nachiappa Gnanadesika Swamigal (Koviloor Adheenam, Koviloor, TN)
Omkaranand Saraswati Swamiji Maharaj (Omkaranand Ashram, Rishikesh, UA)
Narayanswarup Pramukh Swamiji Maharaj (Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Sanstha, Amdavad, GJ)
Santhalinga Ramaswami Adigalar (Perur Adheenam, Perur, TN)
Vishwesha Tirtha Swamiji (Pejawara Matha, Udupi, KN)
Sivaprakasha Desika Swamigal (Thiruvavaduthurai Adheenam, Thiruvavaduthurai, TN)
Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal (Sharada Peeth, Sringeri, KN)
Nischalanand Saraswati Mahaswamiji Maharaj (Govardhan Peeth, Jagannath-Puri, OR)
Swaroopanand Saraswati Mahaswamiji Maharaj (Dwaraka Peeth, Dwaraka, GJ)
Chidananda Saraswati Muniji Maharaj (Paramarth Niketan, Rishikesh, UA)
Srimannarayana Ramanuja Chinna Jeeyar Swamigal (Jeeyar Educational Trust, Sitanagaram, AP)
Shivamurthy Shivacharya Mahaswamiji (Taralabalu Brihannmatha, Sirigere, KN)
Vidyanand Giri Swamiji Maharaj (Kailash Ashram, Rishikesh, UA)
Avadheshanand Giri Swamiji Maharaj (Harihar Ashram, Haridwar, UA)