Exploring Hindu Culture

April 29, 2010

Author: Clare de Boer

Source: The Brown Daily Herald


“I see many Hindus on campus, but very few actually come for Hindu Student Association” meetings, said Swami Yogatmananda, chaplain of Hinduism at Brown. Only four or five students regularly attend the Monday evening meetings, he said.

Yogatmananda said students’ minimal participation in the association may be the result of Hindu integration in the greater American culture. He added that the presence of the South Asian Students Association also decreases the need for Hindu students to affiliate themselves with the association.

“Most of the Hindu students here are really Americans ... and are quite familiar with their surroundings,” he said, adding that they have less need to seek out the association’s cultural services.