How We Pray: “I Look for God’s Ways to Explain Things That I Cannot.”
Hinduism: Part five of a semester-long series on student spirituality
On Sundays, they gather in Marsh Chapel for communal worship. Several times a day, they pray facing Mecca in a room at the George Sherman Union. On Fridays and Saturdays, they meet in Hillel House on Bay State Road, and when the seasons change, they celebrate on the lawn behind Marsh Plaza. They are the hundreds of students involved in spiritual life at Boston University, the former Methodist seminary that is now home to 29 religious groups that include students of all races, nationalities, and beliefs.
This semester, BU Today is talking to students about how and why prayer is a part of their daily lives on campus. The members of BU’s Hindu Students Council hold Saturday morning prayer groups, as well as Tuesday night discussions, every week in the basement of Marsh Chapel. On Sunday, November 11, the group will celebrate Diwali, an annual festival of light and renewal, with a puja, or devotional ritual, and a group dinner.
In the slide show above, Sanu Dev (CAS’08), a coordinator of the Hindu Students Council, talks about how Hinduism allows her to find her own path to prayer.
Click here to see part one of the series, “Judaism: ‘Something Clicked, and Something Changed.’” Click here to see part two, “Islam: ‘Faith Is What Connects Me to My Creator.’” Click here to see part three, “Catholicism: ‘I Want My Life to Be a Prayer.’” Click here to see part four, “Wicca: ‘Self-Reflection Brought Me to My Faith.’”
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