Harvard's Hindu Students' Association
Dharma provides space for members of the Harvard community to celebrate Hindu festivals, to learn and practice Hindu values and traditions, and to discuss the South Asian and Hindu experience. Central to Dharma’s mission is the Hindu belief that there are many paths toward spiritual growth and fulfillment. This ideal is reflected especially in the inclusive nature of Dharma’s community and social events.
Solidarity in Action
In light of Dharma's commitments as articulated here, we have signed this statement made by Harvard's broader South Asian community. It outlines ways to support social justice in the current moment.
Below, you will find sources that present reflections on and concrete steps for change:
- Educational Material on Allyship, Anti-Racism, and Black History
- 26 Ways to Be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets
- Letters for Black Lives: South Asian American Version
Below, you will find restorative initiatives to support, financially or otherwise:
Dharma’s weekly meeting consists of two components. The first is a traditional aarti. Aarti is a Hindu ritual whose name derives from the Sanskrit word ārātrika, meaning that which removes darkness. Our aartis are meant to give anyone and everyone a moment of illuminative reflection, whether as a prayer or a regular practice of mindfulness. The second component of Dharma’s weekly meeting is an activity or discussion which engages cultural, religious, and sociopolitical questions facing those identifying with the South Asian-, Hindu-, and student-experiences.