Vol.  5.19, 3 June 2013







(The seventh Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas)


*     Regional Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas (Overseas Indian Day) Convention in Sydney announced by Hon. Vayalar Ravi, Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs and the Hon. Barry O’Farrell, Premier of NSW


The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs of the Government of India has decided to hold the 2013 Regional Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas Convention in Sydney over three days from November 10-12, 2013.

Hon. Vayalar Ravi, Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs and the Hon. Barry O’Farrell, Premier of NSW, jointly made the announcement via a video link simultaneously in New Delhi and Sydney.

Contact for More Info: Trade Promotion Officer, Consulate General of India Sydney, Ph: +61-2-9223-2702Email: trade@indianconsulatesydney.orgWebsite: www.indianconsulatesydney.org OR Click here

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*     Essay Competition 2013 Open

Topics; on Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi Today Essay topics:

1. Social Responsibility OR, 2. World Peace OR, 3. Environment OR 4. Non Violence in Action. 

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Yoga Tips:

Jihwa Shodhan

(Cleaning the tongue)

Tongue is another part of the mouth, which is important and needs cleaning. Impurities of the tongue cause many diseases like, throat trouble, cough troubling the voice, tastelessness, even bad breath. To avoid this jihwa shodhan is recommended, which is very essential and effective. It does not consume much effort or time.

Cleaning the tongue is divided into two varieties, jihwa shodan and jihwa moola shodhan. The first is usually done by many people. After danta dhauti, people tear the dantan into two pieces vertically and with that slice, clean surface of the tongue. But just this is not enough, because quite an amount of dirt and mucus is collected at the root of the tongue. Unless this is removed, you cannot consider the tongue cleaned. You can do this with the, three fingers of the hand; the index finger, middle one and the ring finger. By putting them into the mouth and reaching the root of the tongue rub in nicely. Do not be deterred by vomiting sensation; after rubbing a few times mucus starts coming out and only then you feel easy and’ nice. This should be done only in the morning and at the time of washing the teeth and should not be tried after food.


    1.       Cleaning the upper and lower parts of the tongue.

    2.       Removes mucus from the throat.

    3.       Cleanse the throat.

    4.       There is no chance of having throat trouble.

    5.       Sound becomes clear.

    6.       If children follow this system regularly they will be free from tonsilitis cough, etc.


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



bullet 1 Mahatma Gandhi Says:

Consciously or unconsciously, everyone of us does render some service or another. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and it will make not only for our own happiness, but that of the world at large.


Bhavan Australia supports the following organisations :




Art Gallery of NSW


Sunnataram Forest Buddhist Monastery


Asia Link


Sydney Alliance


Australia India Institute


Sydney Community Foundation


Brahma Kumaris

Islamic Foundation for Education & Welfare


Sydney Peace Foundation




MEFF – Multicultural Eid Festival & Fair


The Great Synagogue Sydney

The Sydney Institute


Soka Gakkai International Australia


Vedanta Centre of Sydney





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New Members:  Hervinder Paul Singh Bhandari (Life Member - $1500)

                           Manju Chand Raja (Life Member - $1500)

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Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia will be issuing Membership Cards to all the Members. We are organizing special discounts/promotions offered by various organisations including Dance and Music Schools, Yoga Centers, etc.


All members will be able to avail the following benefits on production of the Membership Card:


- 15% Discount on all Bhavan Australia's Ticketed Events.


- A Membership Card to all Bhavan Australia Members to avail special discounts at events supported by Bhavan Australia, where applicable.



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Gambhir Watts; president@bhavanaustralia.org



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