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Darshan- Newsletter of the Ohio State Chapter

	     A Publication of the Hindu Students Council
		Volume I, Issue 2	February 1994

Darshan means the blessing that flows from the  mere sight of a saint.
                                                 Pramahaimsa Yogananda
                                              Autobiography of a Yogi.

Welcome to a new year!  We here at HSC are glad to see all of you back
for yet  another exciting year.  HSC  has many plans for  1994  and we
want all of  you to be  a part of  it.  Darshan is the Hindu  Students
Council publication   at O.S.U.  This is  an  informative  brochure to
introduce you  to the activities of HSC.   We hope that you enjoy this
issue as much as we do.  Thank you for your support.


			     What is HSC?

Hindu Students  Council is a   movement.  It is  a movement   of Hindu
awareness    and the promotion   of  Hindu  culture  and heritage This
movement  is   part of  a  new   global  awakening  through  spiritual
enlightenment.  We,  the HSC members are  fortunate  to be   part of a
history in the making.

HSC's   mission is   to  develop   a bond  of   extended  Hindu family
relationship and awareness about the universal Hindu System.  HSC aims
to achieve this through education and through the promotion of various
activities and projects on  and  off campuses.   HSC  also strives  to
raise awareness about social, political and religious issues affecting

HSC is a national students forum which was formed on May 27, 1990.  We
started the chapter at  OSU during  the  Summer quarter of 1993.   HSC
provides    opportunities to  learn  about  Hindu   heritage, culture,
philosophy, religion, and history.  Most of us know Swami Vivekananda,
the  great philosopher  and seer; he   said "Organize  young  educated
people and great things can be done".  And yes, that is  our goal.  We
are trying  to rediscover our  identity and  create an  environment to
learn the great heritage of which we are a part.

We have hundreds of members from about 30 states and over 100 colleges
& universities in  America.  HSC is neither just  a club, nor  for few
days, but  it is a  mission, a mission to put  great  ideas and ideals
into  work and  practice for a  long time  to   come. The whole world,
including our  presidential candidates are  talking about   family and
family values.  We believe that   the entire creation  is one  family.
And of course HSC is a family and we want all you  to become a part of
our family.


		    GaNtantra Divas Republic's Day

Dr. Rajendra Prasad assumed the highest office in Bharat Varsh (India)
on January 26, The Republic of India. The last British official in the
government, Lord Mountbatten,  the  then Governor   General of  India,
stepped down.

The Constitution  of    India  had   been completed  and   adopted  on
November 26,   1949.  One  of the   most   prominent  framers of   the
constitution was Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. The Constitution of India has the
distinction  of being the longest  of any   country, with over 100,000
words.  It was an accomplishment to write a constitution for a country
with a  population of over  450 million people.   Within a span of two
years  after   independence,  people  speaking  dozens  of   different
languages and following almost all the  major  religions of the world,
were united under a single consitution.

The  constitution was not  ratified  until two months   later in order
to  coincide  with an    important event  that  occurred  twenty years
earlier.   During an annual meeting of  the Indian National  Congress,
the most popular group promoting Indian independence, a resolution was
unanimously passed  for  Sampurna   Swaraj.  This   signified   Indian
sovereignty  on December 31, 1929.   Pandit  Jawaharlal Nehru  was the
leader of the Indian  National  Congress at  that time.  Shortly after
that, the first Independence day celebrations were held in Calcutta on
January 26, 1930.  The British formally left India  on August 15, 1947
at the stroke of midnight.

So when we sang the National Anthem of India on January 26th, not only
were we  celebrating   the 44th  Republic   Day,  but  also  the  65th
Independence day.

Jai Hind!
(Victory to India)


			    Saraswati Puja

On Wednesday,   February 2, 1994, Hindu Students   Council at The Ohio
State University held a special event.  The Saraswati puja was held to
celebrate Basant Panchami, which coincides  with the months of January
and February to honor Saraswati, the Goddess of learning.

We were  honored to  have Shri Shive Chaturvedi  and Shri S.  Ashwath,
our distinguished guests,  conduct this auspicious puja for  us.  Shri
Aswath led the students, step by step, through the puja.  He performed
and explained the significance of each part  from the beginning to the
end.  This encompassed everything from first  invoking the Goddess for
visiting us to making preparations for her leave.

Shri Aswath   also  entertained the students   with    interesting and
humerous     anecdotes associated with   the   Goddess Saraswati.  Dr.
Chaturvedi explained  the significance and  symbolism  of the goddess,
for example why she sits on a lotus leaf or why she  uses the swan for

The informative and   meaningful  ceremony ended   with  prasad  being
distributed to all the students.  The students  were very pleased with
this special session  for  not only did they  learn a great deal about
pujas which  they now can apply  to all future  pujas they attend, but
they also  left with a sense  of having done something very meaningful
and important.  Last but not least,  they were  able to socialize with
their friends while eating the prasad!  HSC will  be hosting a similar
Diwali puja in the fall.  For those who were unable to make  it to the
Saraswati puja, we hope to see you at this Diwali puja.


			The Pongal Celebration

Pongal is the  harvest festival  celebrated  in southern  India on the
first day of the  solar month.  This day,  January 14,  also marks the
beginning of Makar  Sankaraanthi which is  observed in northern India.
This is the day when the sun begins its northward course.

Pongal is  a three  day   festival.  On the  first day,  called Bhogi,
people burn their old, outdated possessions such as rags and papers in
a huge bonfire.   The literal  meaning  of the word Pongal  is boiling
over  and   accordingly milk is  caused to   boil over in   pots.  The
significance  of Pongal is similar  to why Thanksgiving is  celebrated
here  in America, in order to  give thanks for  the foods  that we are
given.  On the day of Pongal, people wear new clothes and offer a dish
called Pongal to various Gods and Goddesses.


HSC-OSU   chapter would like  to thank  all  those who contributed and
helped  to  put this  newsletter   together.  If you're  interested in
contributing something for   upcoming newsletters or   just  have some
comments or suggestions, please contact:

Prabal Dutta	(614) 293-2684
Rashmi Gupta	(614) 459-3266
Raj Ramachandran	(614) 293-2605
Raj Vardhan Singh	(614) 294-4155
N. S. Sundar	(614) 299-2641

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