bhavan weekly



Vol. 6.9, 20 December 2013


Merry and Blessed Christmas

(the festival of love, care, friendship and togetherness)

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy 2014


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*    Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan supports Manna Dey, The Tribute Concert


Stereo Nation presents Manna Dey, The Tribute Concert in remembrance of noted singer Manna Dey who passed away on 24 October 2013, leaving behind a legacy of music that will be hard, if not impossible, to replicate. With his passing, an entire era of music came to a close.

Announcement about the launch of the annual "Manna Dey Trophy" for excellence in music will also be made. This trophy (supported by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia) will be awarded each year through a music competition based on technically sound foundations and will help in encouraging and promoting singers and musicians from our communities in Australia.

Date and Time: Saturday, 22 February 2014; 7 pm

Venue: Red Gum Function Center, Cnr Verron and Lane St, Wentworthville

Contact for More Info: Avijit Sarkar M: 0425 275 883, Email:; Mahedi M: 0433 457 421, Email:,, Click here for Flyer

*     Essay Competition 2014 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 OR, 5. Human Rights

Entries close on 15 June 2014.  Prizes will be presented on 2 October 2014 or thereabout.

       For More Info Contact: or Click:

bullet 1 Yoga Tips:

Yogic Diet

Food determines one’s behaviour, mentality, strength, vigour and behaviour. The elephant though having a huge body, is very calm, physically having tremendous strength, vigour, vitality and remain very pleasant. But a lion with a comparatively smaller body is having an aggressive attitude and cannot be calm and quiet but always roaring. It is the difference of the food they live on. The elephant is vegetarian whereas the lion is a non-vegetarian. What is true of beasts is also true of the human beings. They can evaluate and discriminate the food.

They should eat for physical, mental, moral and intellectual growth. The yogis of old have thought over this and had developed the proper technique. The human body is somewhat like a machine with a difference, that it reacts to many factors in a different manner. It needs many nutritions like proteins, carbohydrate, minerals, vitamins, starch etc. If these are missing in the food then the complications set in. Hence the yogis discovered from their experience the food technique. They divided it into three categories: Tamas (Inertia) Rajas (activity) and Sattva (pure animation). For good health, concentration of mind, control of emotion and sharp intellect, satvic food is recommended. Satvic food comprises of grain, dairy products, vegetables, fruits, nuts, honey and nutritive roots.

Vegetables like spinach, ladies finger, brinjal, bitter gourd are very nutritive.

1. Bitter gourd: This should be used in monsoon because that is the season for malaria. Quinine is the antidote for malaria and bitter gourd has the qualities of quinine and therefore resists malaria. It will be beneficial therefore if bitter gourd is used along with food daily.

2. Brinjal: This should be used in winter. It protects from the ill-effects of cold. This vegetable creates heat in the body. Eat it in the cold season but never in summer. There is a great chance if it is used in summer of the trouble of piles may occur.

3. Ladyfinger: This can be taken any time and in any form. Even raw bhindi is nutritious. It is found that those who suffer from ulcer are benefited by ladyfinger because the slimy juice of ladyfinger is soothing for ulcer which when covered by this juice no irritation is caused by any food taken in. Ladyfinger is full of minerals and protein. Boiled ladyfinger should be preferred to fried one and  should be taken either for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

4. Spinach: For mineral properties it is very good. It contains iron, phosphorus etc. It is available everywhere. There is no restriction of season for constipation of spinach.

5. Potol: This is very good for the body. It has qualities of minerals, proteins. Some yogis have glass-full of potol juice only and nothing else and yet they are virile. They give it an important place in food. It is found that every meal should have at least one of these vegetables to have physical strength, emotional control and mental stability.


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




bullet 1 Mahatma Gandhi Says:

Love never claims, it ever gives. Love ever suffers, never resents, never revenges itself.



Bhavan Australia supports the following organisations :


Art Gallery of NSW

Soka Gakkai International Australia

Asia Link

Sunnataram Forest Buddhist Monastery

Australia India Institute

Sydney Community Foundation

Bhavan Cares

Sydney Peace Foundation

Brahma Kumaris

The Great Synagogue Sydney

International Centre of Nonviolence Australia

The Sydney Institute

Islamic Foundation for Education & Welfare

Vedanta Centre of Sydney


White Ribbon Foundation

(Action against Domestic Violence)

MEFF – Multicultural Eid Festival & Fair



bullet 1 Bhavan's Membership Program


New Members:  Jeyendran Swarlaya (Life Member - $1500)


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.



Publisher and General Editor:

Gambhir Watts;



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