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The Vermont Connection

Abstract

What is the relationship of Hinduism to student affairs? In this article, I reflect on my Hindu spiritual and religious beliefs and how they have directed me to this line of work. Specifically, I look at the Hindu concept of Yoga (Jñana, Karma, Bhakthi and Raja) and how it provides an innovative framework from which to look at the field and one’s personal values. Written in the Scholarly Personal Narrative (SPN) style, I reflect on significant ideas and scriptures that have helped me create my identity, and explore implications for student affairs. Critical to this reflection are the concepts of pluralism and inclusion and the development of Raja Yoga as a unique philosophy for the field.