Vol.  5.17, 6 May 2013





*     Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan supports Spirit of India, A Kathak Dance at Opera House by Sharvari Jamenis & her Musicians

Sydney Opera House box office has  set up a $35 Special Offer for the Patrons of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. To access this special price, please use the code SHARVARI. 

Nataraj Cultural Centre Inc presents 43rd Spirit of India, A Kathak Dance at Opera House by Sharvari Jamenis& her Musicians. Sharvari Jamenis dance program, meant primarily for Canberra Centenary Celebrations, as a tribute to its architect, is being offered to their patrons in Melbourne & Sydney.  This program focuses in dance and song on the spiritual and devotional aspects of Indian culture, as it developed in Lucknow, India.

Sharvari Jamenis is unique among Kathak dancers: she is also a very successful actor, winning a number of prestigious film awards. Recently she won the highest award, the Bismillah Khan Award, conferred by India’s highest Music and Dance Academy – Sangeet Natak Academy. Sharvari is accompanied on the tabla by her husband Nikhal Phatak, on the harmonium by Chinmay Kolhatkar, by Manoj Desai as the singer, and by the violin player Swapna Soman.

Date & Time:  Thursday, 16 May 2013, 8:15 pm

Venue: Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Tickets: Standard  $50; Pensioner / Senior $40; Student $25; Children under 12 $20; Group 8+ $40

Contact for More Info: Sydney Opera House Box Office: Box Office Foyer, Level 1, Monday to Saturday 9am - 8.30pm, and 9am – 5pm Sunday, Email: bookings@sydneyoperahouse.comPh: +61 2 9250 7777

Website: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/whatson/spirit_of_india_2013.aspx


*     Essay Competition 2013 Open

Topics; on Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi Today

The Essay Competition Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi Today: for the year 2013 is open.

For More Info Contact: Email:  info@bhavanaustralia.org, Website: http://www.bhavanaustralia.org/

Ph: 1300 242 826 (1300 BHAVAN)

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Yoga Tips:



This is the only traditional relaxation practised. It also means dead body pose. You are lost to the materialistic stress and strain which engulfs you. Like the baby whose mind is ever fresh and innocent you should likewise forget worries and frustration doing this asana. It brings down blood pressure, palpitation is lessened and people doing this would not even prefer talking, body becomes light and energetic.

This technique is also called autopsychoprophy-laxis. Many psychiatrists and cardiologists have started recommending their patients this asana to rid emotional and mental strain.

Savasana has been divided into two variations.


    1.       Lie down supine.

    2.       Maintain 20" distance between the feet.

    3.       Hands 10" to 12" apart on the ground on either side.

    4.       Keep the head as it is convenient either on the left or right.

    5.       Close the eyes in relaxed feeling.

    6.       Slowly and gradually relax each and every part of the body.

    7.       Allow the parts to let go to gravity.

    8.       Mentally you feel yourself sinking into the ground, with each exhalation and try to sink as deep as possible.


5 to 15 minutes.

Second Variation:

Following are sensitive parts (marm asthana): (1) tip of toes; (2) ankles; (3) knees; (4) anus; (5) genital organ; (6) navel; (7) stomach; (8) heart: (9) throat; (10) lips; (11) tip of the nose; (12) eyes; (13) between the eye brows; (14) forehead; (15) brain or Brahmapur. One should concentrate on these parts.


    1.       Adopt a simple Savasana posture.

    2.       Forget the upper part of the body and mentally try to seek the tip of the toes as long as you can.

    3.       As soon as your mind is distracted lean it and pin on the ankles and think of that only to the exclusion of any other part. The mind will be completely engaged with ankle.

    4.       Similarly one after another come upto Brahmapura.

    5.       Then the reverse course follows going down to the toes.

This can be repeated 3 or 5 times.


    1.       Good posture for rest.

    2.        Good muscular relaxation.

    3.       Transfer of energy to parts needing it.

    4.       Helps in setting a right psychosomatic disorder.

    5.       Better sleep; reducing sleeplessness.

    6.       Improving blood pressure.

    7.       Cooling the minds

    8.       Getting more and more inwardly.

    9.       Complete relaxation to each part of the body internally and externally.

  10.       You have a feeling of satisfaction in various ways.


Reference:  Yoga for Students by Yogacharya Hansraj Yadav, Bhavan’s Book University



bullet 1 Mahatma Gandhi Says:

Patience and perseverance if we have them, overcome mountains of difficulties.

-The Mind of Mahatma Gandhi, p. 365



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Art Gallery of NSW


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Asia Link


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Australia India Institute


Sydney Community Foundation


Brahma Kumaris

Islamic Foundation for Education & Welfare


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MEFF – Multicultural Eid Festival & Fair


The Great Synagogue Sydney

The Sydney Institute


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