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Tufts HSC Concludes Spring Semester With Saraswati Puja

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Goddard Chapel's vibrant sanctuary started buzzing on a crisp spring evening, with the students enthusiastically converging to perform a collective Sarawati puja. Those who had also brought their books & notebook computers for Devi's blessings, placed it in front of an artistically decorated alter dedicated to Devi Saraswati.  Just prior to start of their finals, TUFTS HSC concludes spring semester with an uplifting Saraswati Puja creatively facilitated by the  Gayatri Pariwar of Massachusetts and Dev Sanskriti University Foundation's outreach initiative. Group also wished farewell to the graduating seniors in the midst of chanting of the vedic mantras while blessing them in the 'aashirvaad mudra'.

The students performed puja in the spirit of Vasant panchami, which included the aavahan of Devi Saraswati, Mayur (peacock) pujan, vaadya-yantra (musical instruments) pujan  and vasant pujan. It's followed by Deep-Yagya with Gayatri and Mahamritunjay mantra-aahutis.

This exalted and sublime puja celebrations concluded with 'Dev-dakshina-purnahuti' (देव-दक्षिणा à¤ªà¥‚र्णाहुति), where participants took vows to give up one weakness/undesirable habit in their lives while also taking a vow to inculcate a new strength/good habit for the continued progress and transformation of their lives. Students also offered the Gayatri Mantra-ahuti and Maha-Mrityunjaya Ahuti for promoting universal peace and happiness. Students also prayed for the spiritual strength and recovery to normal life for the people recently hit sever earthquake in Nepal.

The evening came to an end the with prasad distribution followed by a delicious catered Indian vegetarian dinner shared by all ! The chapter of Hindu Student Council (HSC),  along with many Hindu cultural festivals, very elegantly and efficiently hosts several puja events to enrich the vibrant student life in the campus and also raises awareness of Sanatana Dharma traditions. HSC’s vision is to inspire the development of an “integrated personality” based upon the spiritual and cultural treasures of Hindu heritage.

Since the middle of the last decade, volunteers of Gayatri Pariwar of Massachusetts (www.Gayatri.info)  through it's campus ministry, reach out to the Greater Boston area university campuses to help students celebrate their Hindu heritage and enrich Dharmic life. Where fall semester kicks off with the Sri Ganesh Utasva integrating the 'Gyan-deeksha Sanskaar' (ज्ञान दीक्षा संस्कार).  Also, the series of puja/celebrations come a full circle towards the end of Spring semester with Sri Sarasvati Puja integrating 'Samaavartan-Sanskar / समावर्तन संस्कार ', a graduation ceremony in Vedic Tradition and a send off to the seniors class. Many got inspired and started Gayatri Mantra and Dhyana sadhana. Over the years thousands of students have benefited by Sanjay Saxena's  lucid commentaries based on Acharya Shriram Sharma's Scientific Spirituality (वैज्ञानिक अध्यात्मवाद),  on all aspects Sanatan Dharma traditions. In which these 'digital-natives' feel engaged and inspired with the timeless inner technologies of personal transformation propelling them on a path of success, happiness and fulfillment.

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