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Namaste! Please join us to celebrate Swami Vivekananda's 150th Birth Anniversary on Saturday, January 26th'2013 at the Memorial Church.

To celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, a remarkable philosopher and a Hindu monk, the students of Stanford University have come together, uniting different traditions, and focusing on universal values, that are upheld by different world traditions (including secular humanism). This celebration will start on Saturday at 12:30pm and will provide spaces for the audience to learn about Yoga and Meditate during the Raja Yoga workshop that will be held in the CIRCLE Sanctuary of the Old Union and for engaging in Service, Karma Yoga - there is a plan to do random acts of kindness for our community. Finally, at 4 PM, there will be a plenary event that brings everyone together at Memorial Church, to share and celebrate universal values.



Deepavali, or Diwali is a major Indian holiday, and a significant festival in Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Many legends are associated with Diwali. Today it is celebrated by Hindus , Jains and Sikhs across the globe as the "Festival of Lights," where the lights or lamps signify victory of good over the evil within every human being. Diwali is celebrated on the first day of the lunar Kartika month, which comes in the month of October or November. This year it falls on Saturday, October 17th 2009.

In many parts of India, it is the homecoming of King Rama of Ayodhya after a 14-year exile in the forest, after he defeated the evil Ravana. The people of Ayodhya (the capital of his kingdom) welcomed Rama by lighting rows (avali) of lamps (deepa), thus its name: Deepavali. This word, in due course, became Diwali in Hindi. But, in South Indian languages, the word did not undergo any change, and hence the festival is called Deepavali in southern India. There are many different observances of the holiday across India.

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Vasant Panchami:

Vasant Panchami (Devnagari:बसन्त पञ्चमी), sometimes referred to as Basant Panchami or Shree Panchami (Devnagari:श्रीपञ्चमी), is a Hindu festival celebrating Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, music and art.Also known as Saraswati Puja (Bengali: সরস্বতী পূজা shoroshshôti puja), this festival is celebrated in Nepal, India and Bangladesh to invoke wisdom and consciousness in human beings. People usually wear yellow garments, Saraswati is worshipped dressed in yellow, and yellow sweets are consumed within the families. Apart from art and culture, Goddess Saraswati also showers Her blessings for the education of children. Notebooks, pencils and pens are kept at the Devi's feet for blessings and then used by the students.It is believed the Goddess blesses them for good and positive results.

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We would love to hear from you! Please send your satsang suggestions to our Satsang Director, Phani Babu.


Karma Yoga takes us on a journey to discover the secret of work. It is a path that does not require a belief in God or a supernatural entity. A Karma Yogi knows how to use their work to realize the highest truths of life, the same truths that others reach through self-inquiry, devotion or meditation. This quarter, please join us as we delve into the brilliant commentary of Swami Vivekananda on Karma Yoga in an interactive discussion format.
Learning Methodology

Each week, we will read through one essay from Swami Vivekananda's book on Karma Yoga. This will be followed by a group discussion. We hope to attract a diverse community of interested learners. People of all ages and faiths are welcome. The intention is to engage in an open-minded discussion on philosophical and spiritual topics through the lens of Karma Yoga. Newer perspectives and different opinions will serve to enrich the discussion.

As the learning is group-oriented, your absence will significantly alter the group experience. Most students who have attended this class before have had very busy schedules and have managed to work around them. Also, please note that Swami Vedananda drives for four hours to be with us every Sunday and he never misses a session.
Class Protocols

We start and end the class with these prayers. You are expected to arrive 10 minutes before the start of the class and settle down. On a rotating basis, students will take the responsibility of cleaning the Yoga room for the class.
Class Blog

The Vivekananda Study Group has merged with this class. We now have a blog where we can post thoughts and comments for group discussion.
Signing Up

Send an email to Sandhya Kunnatur, explaining your interest in karma yoga.


Please join us for our weekend Satsang 9- 10:00 am, every Sunday , room 313 old union Every week, our community gets together to do Vedic chanting, meditation, bhajans, reading from the Ramayana (Rajaji's commentary) and arati. Please help us add divinity to our weekends by sharing your presence with us.


Free Weekly Yoga Classes

What? Yoga: Asanas (postures) & Pranayama (breathing techniques)

Where : Not yet started this year

When: -----

Instructor: Shri R.R. Parthasarathy

Things to do:

1) Bring your yoga mat

Apart from Pranayama, some of the asanas that would be covered are: Arda Pada Uttanasan, Pada Uttanasan, Sarvangasan, Matsyasan, Vathayanasan, Bhujangasan, Dhanurasan, Salabhasan, Trikonasan, Pada Hastasan, Shavasan.

About the Instructor:

Shri Parthasarathy has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years and teaching it for upwards of 5. In India he is the director of Yoga International, and has taught classes and given demonstration all over Europe and United States. The first thing he teaches his students to do is the sit erect and then how to breathe correctly. He believes that yoga, particularly breathing (Pranayama) can help relieve stress, and thereby many related ailments. His goal is to help others benefit from all that yoga has to offer in achieving the physical and mental balance in daily life.

Why another Yoga class?

This Yoga class focuses on breathing and meditation in addition to stretching postures, unlike any other Yoga class at Stanford. The classes are intended to help you relax, concentrate, and promote vigor in daily life. They represent an integral part of Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga, around which this class is structured. Ashtanga (Ashta = Eight, Anga = limb, Ashtanga = Eight-limbed) Yoga is mythologically said to have been originally propounded by Hiranyagarbha Itself.
The great sage Patanjali first formalized this science systematically in his Yoga Sutras. Ashtanga Yoga is also known as Patanjali Yoga.

This Yoga represents one of the four paths towards realization, the other three being Gyana (Self-Inquiry), Karma (Action), and Bhakti (Devotion).

The eight limbs of the Ashtanga are as follows:

(1) Yama- Ethical conduct,
(2) Niyama - Purification, internal and external,
(3) Asana - Postures,
(4) Pranayama - Control of Prana, the source of all energy,
(5) Pratyahara- Control of the senses,
(6) Dharana - Concentration of the mind,
(7) Dhyana - Meditation,
(8) Samadhi - Experience of Realization

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