bhavan weekly



Vol. 6.10, 31 January 2014



Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi in rememberance of his martyrdom of 30 January 1948

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 If I am to die by the bullet of a mad man, I must do so smiling. 
There must be no anger within me. God must be in my heart and on my lips.
–Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, 28 January 1948, two days prior to his assassination


On this day we pay special homage to all those who lost their lives, while fighting for a just cause, at the hands of mindless assassins.

2014 Gandhi Oration at University of New South Wales Australia

The Gandhi oration event incorporates the traditional remembrance ceremony at the Gandhi bust on the UNSW Library Lawn to mark anniversary of his assassination on 30 January 1948. The annual Gandhi Oration is delivered by a person whose life’s work exemplifies the ideals of Gandhi.

Gandhi Oration was established in remembrance of Martyrs’ Day, Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary in 2012 by UNSW and the Australia India Institute in consultation with the Consul General of India.  

This year’s Gandhi oration was delivered by Australian author Thomas Keneally AO, Booker Prize-winning novel Schindler’s Ark. Previous 2 orations were delivered by former High Court Justice Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG and Indigenous leader Professor Patrick Dodson AM.

*     Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan supports Rathayatra (Festival of Chariots) in Parramatta

ISKCON Sydney is organising for the first time, Lord Jaganatha Rathayatra iParramatta. Rathayatra will include a procession to pull the Lord along with kirtan by Sri Prahlad Prabhu. The parade starts from Parramatta Park (assemble point at Swimming Pool Car Park).

Entry to the Event is FREE.

Date and Time: Saturday, 22 February 2014, 11:00 am

Contact for More Info: Somendra Krsna Das, M: 0433 242 148 Email:, here for Flyer

*     Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan supports Australian of the Year Awards 2014

The Hon. Kevin Andrews MP, Minister for Social Services presents Australian of the Year Awards 2014 to the persons who represent the very best of the country, Australia. Four outstanding Australians honoured include: AFL footballer Adam Goodes with his award for Australian of the Year 2014, Fred Chaney AO as the 2014 Senior Australian, Australia’s 2012 Paralympian of the Year Jacqueline Freney as the Young Australian of the Year 2014 and Tim Conolan as Australia’s Local Hero 2014.

Contact for More Info: Anthony Moate, Adviser, Office of The Hon. Kevin Andrews MP, Minister for Social Services, P: 02 6277 7560, M: 0402 415 167, Click here for Press Release

*     Japanese PM Shinzo Abe receives Priyadarshni Academy's Global Award from L.K. Advani, former Deputy Prime Minister of India

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been awarded Priyadarshni Academy’s prestigious Global Award for his outstanding contributions to strengthening Indo-Japanese relations. Nanik Rupani, Chairman Emeritus; Niranjan Hiranandani, Chairman of Priyadarshni Academy have proudly sent this information to Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia who proudly supports the noble activities of Priyadarshni Academy.

Contact for More Info: Priyadarshni Academy Mumbai, India

Email: priyadarshniacademy@gmail.comWebsite: Click here for theMedia Release


*     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:

Ethics of Yoga

Yoga should not be taught to those persons who do not follow ‘yam and niyam’. Otherwise people will make misuse of Yoga by their wrong behaviour in the society.

Yoga is a way of life. Without the restraints and directions it enjoins on its followers. “Yoga” is bound to be exploited. These guide the behaviour and character of the student of yoga and are ‘called yama and niyama. Yama means restraint and consists of 1) ahimsa (non-violence), 2) Satya (truthfulness), 3) Brahmacharya (celibacy or self-control), 4) astheya (non-stealing), 5) aparigraha (non-covetousness).

1.         Ahimsa: This should be followed in thought, deed and word. You will not harm others, and should not co-operate with or encourage others to harm people. This can be considered a basic principle of yoga way of life.

2.         Satya: Satya along with ahimsa and as a corollary should be practised. They are complementary.

3.         Brahmacharya: After carefully watching human behaviour, the yogis realised that without brahmacharya one cannot develop inner self or control one’s mind. This is the fundamental instrument for developing total personality.

4.         Asteya: Asteya is an important virtue. One should not steal anything, however, small. If the students are not studying properly, or the teachers are not teaching properly, both the classes fall in this category. If each member of the society does his duty the society will be in an excellent condition.

5.         Aparigraha: Yoga forbids greed and a desire for other’s things. More possessions create more problems. So simple living and high thinking is a noble principle worth following.

Niyama means observation. There are five points in this, i) sauch (cleanliness), 2) santosh (satisfaction), 3) tap (austerity), 4) swadhyaya (self-study) 5) ishwarapramatana (a complete surrender to the will of God).

1.         Saucha: This pertains to all levels, physical emotional and mental. Cleanliness should be complete. Clean physique helps emotional purity and therefore a higher progress.

2.         Santosh: A person should be satisfied with whatever he gets by hard labour. Greed should have absolutely no peace; greed develops a chain reaction and roles peace within.

3.         Tap: This develops an attitude of equanimity towards disparing and adulating circumstances. Results of actions whether good or bad should not upset the student of yoga. Tap slowly prepares the student for further evolution.

4.         Swadhyaya: The yogis watched nature and the animals around him and incorporated their good qualities in himself. He also contemplated about his ownself, who he was, where he came from and of his future.

5.         Ishvarapranidhana: There is a power beyond all and it is this power which controls the universe. Call it by any name but the yogi surrendered to it. So any situation, flows from Him and the yogi bowed to him.

Yama and niyama can be followed by yogis either in Anuvrat, or Mahavrat condition. A householder should follow as Anuvrat according to time and place. A soldier on the battlefield does not think in terms of violence and non-violence but when he gets into society his conceptions should change and violence is eschewed. Even so a person can follow brahmacharya and other principles of yama.

A Sanyasi who has renounced society has to follow yama and niyama in Mahavarta condition. Violence is not for him even in self-defence, indeed instances are that if he is well advanced in mahavart enemies have become friends and they have changed thoroughly. Hence in ashramas lived together lions and elephants, cows and tigers.


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



bullet 1 Mahatma Gandhi Says:

They may torture my body, break my bones, even kill me. Then they will have my dead body, but not my obedience.



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.



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