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Preeta Banerjee

Hindu Advisor

The Hindu Chaplaincy works in partnership with the Hindu Students Council (HSC) to provide opportunities for nourishing the mind, body, spirit and soul.

Across the spectrum of philosophical, spiritual and religious understandings of what it means to be Hindu, we offer worship services, collaborative spiritual engagement, celebration of religious rituals and holidays, education, fellowship, and spiritual care for Hindu students, faculty, and staff at Tufts. Retreats, study groups, service opportunities, and interfaith activities support the community in integrating their faith practices into their academic and personal lives on and off campus. In addition, the Hindu Chaplain is committed to educating the campus at large about Hinduism and connecting the Hindu community to the rest of the campus through dialogue, social activities, and community service with different religious, ethnic, and cultural groups both on campus and off. The Hindu chaplain supports the exploration of classical and contemporary themes at the intersections of where our participants live, work, imagine, and relax.

The Hindu Students Council (HSC) is an organization dedicated to the preservation and understanding of Hindu culture and ideology at Tufts. For the past few years, we have been bringing the campus together with various pujas, gatherings and celebrations. HSC aspires to take advantage of the three “S’s”: Seva (community service), Sadhana (practice), and Satsang (community).  We hope that we can incorporate each one of these pillars into each and every event and meeting.  The two biggest events of the year are Diwali and Holi, but we are constantly expanding our events to include other auspicious occasions like the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand, Navratri, and many more.

We have meetings every week.  During these meetings, we do Aarti and then take turns presenting, exploring, and discussing different aspects of Hinduism. For example, we have discussed topics ranging from the different ways Tufts students practice Hinduism, the origins of Holi, and exploring the Hindu practice of Yoga. We’re always considering members’ special interests and have organized and incorporated a Rangoli competition, Bhajan night, Navratri Pujas, and more into our weekly events.

HSC attracts people of all faiths because Hinduism believes not in tolerance of all religions but in acceptance of all religions. The purpose of this club is to bring Hinduism into college life and make it accessible, as we are the heir of this wonderful heritage.

As we strive to better understand and practice Hindu ideals as college students, we also have a lot of fun as a group, through celebrating festivals like Holi or by sharing our viewpoints and learning from and with each other. Ultimately, through our regular meetings and our special events, we have formed a community where everyone can feel welcome, and we encourage anyone who is interested to join us at HSC! For more information please contact HSCTufts@gmail.com.

Follow this link for more information about weekly gatherings.