Vol. 6.5, 19 September 2013




*     Regional Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) Sydney and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia jointly organize ‘Spring of India—A Celebration of Indian Festivals

 Spring of India—A Celebration of Indian Festivals


Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Commemorates 75 Years of its Presence in India and Worldwide and 10 Years in Australia. The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs of the Government of India decided to hold the 2013 Regional Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas Convention in Sydney. To marks the occasions Regional Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) Sydney and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia jointly organize, ‘Spring of India—A Celebration of Indian Festivals—A Special One Off Community Event Commemorating Indian Diaspora in Australia and The Pacific Region.

Spring of India festival will showcase 4-5 prominent Indian festivals from North to South such as Deepavali; Vaisakhi; Pongal; Onam; Gudi Padva or Ganesh Chaturthi; Durga Pooja.

Entry for the festival is FREE for everyone.

Date and Time: Sunday, 10 November 2013; 10:30 am to 5:30 pm

Venue: Palm Grove Precinct, Darling Harbour, Sydney        

Visit for More Info: Websiteswww.bhavanaustralia.org;

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bhavanaustralia

*     Companions in Dialogue and Soka Gakkai International Australia present the Event ‘Manifest the Creative Process of Life Through Sacred Sound: A Dialogue

Manifest the Creative Process of Life Through Sacred Sound:                    A Dialogue

The Event ‘Manifest the Creative Process of Life Through Sacred Sound: A Dialogue’ is an afternoon of sacred music and discourse. The Event provides an opportunity to hear from Australia’s foremost music practitioners and understand how their life has influenced their creation and expression of the sacred through music. Matthew Doyle, Anna McDonald, Tony Lewis and Sri Prahlada will be performing an improvised ‘sacred’ piece that showcases their traditions and culture. The musicians will then share their stories and answer questions from the public.

Entry for the Event is FREE.

Date and Time: Sunday, 22 September 2013; 2 pm

Venue: The SGI Australia Culture Centre, 3 Parkview Drive, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127

Contact for More Info: Greg Johns, General Director, Soka Gakkai International Australia, Ph: (02)9763 2283, M: 0418447400; Email: gregj@sgiaust.org.au; Website: www.sgiaust.org.au; Click here for Flyer

Celebrate Gandhi’s Birthday with University of New South Wales

*    Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan supports ‘Celebrate Gandhi’s Birthday with University of New South Wales (UNSW), Event


Fiona Docherty, Pro-Vice-Chancellor International and Mr Neville Roach AO, Patron of the Australia India Institute at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), invite people  to attend the Annual Gandhi Jayanti celebrations at UNSW on Wednesday 2 October 2013. This is the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi and an opportunity to reflect on his life, his values and their meaning to people all today.

This year’s event includes a ceremony on UNSW library lawn in recognition of work by University of New South Wales to advance Australia-India relations and provide a welcoming environment for Indian students. Consul-General of India to Sydney, Arun Kumar Goel, will give an address at the ceremony followed by a panel discussion on the theme ‘What Gandhi means to young Indians and Australians today’, held in partnership with the Australia India Youth Dialogue.

Date and Time: Wednesday, 2 October 2013; 6pm - 6.45pm

Venue: UNSW Library Lawn

Gandhi Jayanti Panel Discussion: 'What Gandhi means to Young Indians and Australians Today'

Date and Time: Wednesday 2 October 2013,  7.15pm - 8.15pm

Venue: Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building. UNSW

Contact for More Info: Lucienne Wainwright Email: pvcinternational@unsw.edu.au,

Ph: 02 9385 6062; Website: http://www.unsw.edu.au


*     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. 

       For More Info Contact: pr@bhavanaustralia.org or Click:  www.bhavanaustralia.org/

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Yoga Tips:


Diaphragm (Abdominal) Breathing

(Uddiyan, Tadagi)

According to Yoga Institute this is called pranayama No 4 (Diaphragm breathing). Our heart and lungs are separated from the stomach by a curtain or screen called diaphragm. The lower part contains stomach, kidney, liver, pancreas etc. The diaphragm is like a closed umbrella. When it opens, viz, when breathing, it presses the upper part and due to this pressure lungs and heart get sufficient exercise and start functioning smoothly.

In the same way the lower parts get sufficient massaging particularly the small and large intestines, liver, stomach, pancreas etc. and blood starts rushing to each and every part of the abdomen. This pranayama makes the stomach soft and reduces fat from abdominal part and soothes the nervous system also.


     1.     Lie down on back drawing the legs towards the buttock.

     2.     Place one hand on the abdomen. Relax the abdomen. The other hand be placed on the side.

     3.     With inhalation allow the abdomen to bloat.

     4.     With exhalation allow the abdomen to descend lower.

     5.     Keep counts and equalise.

     6.     While doing this chest part should be controlled. There should be no movement there. Concentrate only on the abdomen.

     7.     Repeat at least 20 to 30 rounds.


     1.     Exercise of the abdomen.

     2.     Use of the diaphragm.

     3.     Providing relief from respiratory troubles.

     4.     Relieves constipation.

     5.     Prevents obesity.

     6.     Motion becomes clear.

     7.     Correct and ‘proper breathing and movement of stomach.

Diaphragmatic breathing serves the purpose of difficult practices like nauli and udyana and agnisar, shaktichpan and basti. Being simple and effective this can be made by all age groups.


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




bullet 1 Mahatma Gandhi Says:

Truth quenches untruth, love quenches anger, self-suffering quenches violence. This eternal rule is a rule not for saints only but for all.



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Art Gallery of NSW

Soka Gakkai International Australia

Asia Link

Sunnataram Forest Buddhist Monastery

Australia India Institute


Sydney Alliance

Bhavan Cares

Sydney Community Foundation

Brahma Kumaris


Sydney Peace Foundation


International Centre of Nonviolence Australia

The Great Synagogue Sydney


Islamic Foundation for Education & Welfare

The Sydney Institute



Vedanta Centre of Sydney


MEFF – Multicultural Eid Festival & Fair



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