Saraswati Pooja 2009

Saraswati Pooja

Day & Date : Monday, February 16th

Time : 5:30 PM

Place : Old Union Sanctuary , 3rd Floor.

About 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.

For more information, please check : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasant_Panchami

Please check the link below for event pics :

Talk by Dr. Anuradha Choudry

Reviving the Vedic Aryan- Dr. Anuradha Choudry

Date : Nov 5th , 2008
Time : 6:00 pm
Location Y2E2 111 (http://campus-map.stanford.edu/index.cfm?ID=04-070)

The pdf version of the flyer can be downloaded from the link below:

We will post the link for the video soon ..

Diwali 2008

Diwali - Festival of Lights

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.

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.
To read more about Diwali, please visit : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diwali

The pics of the event can be checked at the link below :


Olema Retreat

Olema Retreat is organized by HSC every year in the months of April and October. Please check the link below for pics from one such trip.


Holi 2008

Holi 2008

Inter Faith 2008

Diwali 2007

Tagore Jayanti 2005 Archive

We just recovered an old event from our archives.

Stanford HSC Annual Report and Discussion

June 05, 2007

  • Presentation of Annual Report by co-president, Raghav Goel
  • Discussion on National HSC-CSFH controversy
Unfortunately, the tape ended before the conclusion of the discussion. The tape missed the open discussion that followed, with the audience suggesting next steps. Here are some of the key suggestions, edited to be in readable form:
  • We requested the National HSC to retract its second rejoinder as it was of a personal nature. The HSC must always use spirituality as a guide when formulating its response. We understand that there were personal attacks in the CSFH report - that is however not an excuse to respond in kind. The response should focus only on the facts in the report.

  • Look at the report as a good happening - an occasion to review policy and guidelines. The Stanford HSC constitution explicitly lays down guidelines on what events to organize and how to respond when accused in public. Some of these may be considered by the National HSC to evolve a broad HSC-wide policy. For instance, when speakers are brought on campus, the policy could involve a background check. We also recommend partnership with other major South Asian on-campus organizations if controversial topics are considered, in an environment of friendship and trust. Working with other on-campus organizations on such topics would increase the chances of opposing viewpoints and decrease the chances of an ideology going unchallenged.

  • Recognize that organizations like CSFH can be valuable partners in helping us stay clear of fundamentalism, and thus, their activism is of great benefit and will act as our conscience.

Vivekananda Jayanti 2006


“Mankind ought to be taught that religions are but the varied expressions of The Religion, which is Oneness, so that each may choose the path that suits him best.” These words, thundered by Swami Vivekananda at the 1893 World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, paralleled the atmosphere of a multi-faith event at Stanford on Saturday celebrating his life. Swami Vivekananda is universally regarded as a patriot saint of modern India.

Read the full article in The Stanford Daily


Vedic Psychology

Date: Jul 14, 2006
Location: Bldg 200-02
Event Flyer

Talk by Anuradha Choudry. Anuradha is a Research Associate with IPI (Indian Psychology Institute; http://ipi.org.in). Anuradha describes the rich psychology content in the Vedas through examples, stories and principles.

Part I

Part II

The importance of Sanskrit

Date: Jul 13, 2006
Location: Bldg 370-370
Event Flyer

Talk by Anuradha Choudry. Anuradha Choudry is a Research Associate with IPI (Indian Psychology Institute; http://ipi.org.in). The talk elaborates on how Sanskrit came to be derived from DevaBhasha, benefits of reciting Sanskrit mantras, the cultural benefits deriving from an education in Sanskrit, etc.

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