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Students Visit Asian Art Museum

On Thursday, September 29, students from the Hinduism class went to The Asian Art Museum to explore the pieces in the India, Indonesian and Tibetan collections. In class, students have been studying the role art plays in communicating key concepts in Hinduism as well as how emotions--as evoked by art--serve the Hindu practitioner in realizing the unity of self and Brahman (the universal self).
Students were tasked with photographing and then writing about those works which they felt were evocative of specific navarasas  ( "colors" or sentiments such as anger, calm, humor, disgust which art is intended to elicit) or which best communicated the concept of Brahman. Students followed up their visit with a reading about how icons (murti) contribute to ritual devotional practices (bhakti yoga).