Vol. 6.6, 2 October 2013




*    International Centre of Nonviolence (ICON) Australia on Gandhi Jayanti (Birth Anniversary) and International Day of Nonviolence launches its new electronic magazine, Nonviolence News

On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti (Birth Anniversary) and International Day of Nonviolence on 2 October 2013, ICON Australia launches its new electronic magazine, Nonviolence Newsand Mahatma Gandhi International Medal for Social Responsibility.

 Mahatma Gandhi;  Nonviolence News  





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 6062Websitehttp://www.unsw.edu.au

*    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: Websites: www.bhavanaustralia.org;

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bhavanaustralia

*    Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan supports the Symposium Racism and Women by Immigrant Women's Speakout Association

Racism and Women  






The Immigrant Women's Speakout Association presents Racism and Women Symposium. The guest speakers include Hon Minister Victor Dominello, Professor Gillian Grigg,  President Australian Human Rights Commission, Stepan Kerkyasharian AO, President Anti-Discrimination Board NSW facilitated by Pallavi Sinha Lawyer and Chairperson,  Immigrant Women's Speakout Association.

Entry to the Event is FREE.

Date and Time: Thursday, 17 October 2013;  9.00 am - 12.30 pm

Venue: Theatrette, NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney

Contact for More Info: Email:  women@speakout.org.au, Tel: (02) 9635-8022; Website:http://speakout.org.au, Click here for Flyer,

*    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:

Uddiyana Bandha

After doing the diaphragmatic breathing which is one of the best preparatory processes for Uddiyana one can try the practice of Uddiyan bandha. All the bandhas should be done in meditative poses only, particularly Padmasana. There are three bandhas in Yoga. One is called mulbandh, second uddiyan bandh and third Jalandhar bandha. Mul bandha means blocking the rectum. Uddiyan bandha means locking the navel and stomach and Jalandhar means locking the throat. This system of locking is the auto-locking performed with nearer parts.

But all bandhas are inter-related. If anyone is done, then the others are automatically performed. While Uddiyan is being done, Mulbandh and Jalandar bandh are also automatically performed.


     1.      Sit in Ardha Padmasana.

     2.      Take full inhalation.

     3.      While exhaling pull the abdomen inside.

     4.      After pulling the abdomen in and stopping it there and maintain vacuum (without breath) as long as you can stay.

     5.      But at the same time pull the anus up and the chin should be pressed against the throat.

     6.      Both hands should be on the knees only.

     7.      Now slowly breathe in and allow the stomach to go back to the normal position.

     8.      Repeat 3 to 5 times.

     9.      In the beginning the practitioner should keep suspension of breath for not more than 10 seconds.

  10.      After practice, gradually increase the period of suspension without feeling any strain.

  11.      The suspension of breath depends upon individual capacity.

  12.      This should be done after performing asanas of relaxation and simple Pranayamas.

  13.      Do not perform these bandhas after food.

  14.      Those suffering from heart trouble, high blood pressure and ulcers should not attempt these bandhas.


     1.       Gives compression and massage to the abdominal organs.

     2.       Makes the stomach soft.

     3.       Reduces obesity.

     4.       Activates the respiratory organs.

     5.       Very good practice for psychosomatic and neuro-muscular control.

     6.       Creates heat in the stomach.

     7.       Has an effect on the power of Kundalini (shakti).


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




bullet 1 Mahatma Gandhi Says:

He who trifles with truth cuts at the root of Ahimsa [non-violence]. He who is angry is guilty of Himsa [violence].



Bhavan Australia supports the following organisations :


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