Statement against Caste-based Discrimination: Pravrajika Vrajaprana, Nun, Vedanta Society of Southern California
Pravrajika Vrajaprana has been a nun at the Sarada Convent of the Vedanta Society of Southern California in Santa Barbara since 1977, taking her sannyasa vows in 1988. She is the author of Vedanta: A Simple Introduction (1999) co-author (with Swami Tyagananda) of Interpreting Ramakrishna: Kali’s Child Revisited (2010), and has authored other books, book chapters and articles on the Hindu traditions. Her writings have been translated into a number of European and Asian languages. A frequent lecturer, she has presented papers at the American Academy of Religion, the East/West Philosophers’ Conference, and Boston University’s Institute for Philosophy and Religion.
It is a tragic irony that Hinduism, whose scriptures contain soaring evocations of the unity of existence and the oneness of all life, should also have been the locus of caste-based discrimination. Since its inception, the Ramakrishna Order has stood against such discrimation, serving all people without distinction of caste, religion or race. The Hindu traditions assert that the divine dwells within the heart of every being. Knowing this to be true, those in the Hindu traditions should join together to remove the stain of this long-standing injustice.