bhavan weekly



Vol. 6.12, 28 March 2014



Bhavan’s Holi Mahotsav 2014 Successfully Celebrated

logo with circle

PBD Logo

PBD Logo


Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia successfully celebrated the 12th anniversary of its annual Holi Mahotsav festival 22 March and 23 March, 2014 at Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour, Sydney. Anestimated 12000-15000 people attended the Sunday festivities while Saturday festivities being attended by equally curious and enthusiastic 4000-5000 people.

Over five hundred artists performed during the two festival days and represented a profusely rich mixture of religion, culture, spirituality and entertainment. The celebrations included: ISKCON Sydney Rath Yatra, cultural celebrations, colour throwing sessions, VIP session,   mythological storytelling, Indian, Bollywood, Classical, Bhangra and belly dances, fusion and folk music, Punjabi songs, Balinese and Chinese performances and a street dance which engaged into dance and merriment the standing audiences. The music and dance, bhajans, inspirational discourses, yoga, prayers, meditation activities, dance and art workshops lasted for two days with the audience taking great interest in learning and watching the performances. The visitors could enjoy delicious vegetarian Indian food, sweets and other delicacies along with visiting art and craft stalls.


Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia supports Literary evening with Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed Event

Anandadhara Readers Forum in continuation of its cultural journey for last 17 years invited peoples for an Enlightened Literary Evening with Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed. Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed is Founder of Bishwo Sahityo Kendra, Writer, Philosopher, Ramon Magsaysay Award winner and a TV Presenter. Limited stock of books by Abdullah Abu Sayeed is available for sale on first come first serve basis.  

Date and Time: Saturday, 12th April 2014, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Venue: EPPING Baptist Church, 5 Ray Road

Contact for Tickets & More Info: Srimanta, 0412 554 674,  0403 256 451, 0434 167 358, (02) 975 888 00, (02) 9745 6903; Anandadhara, 0412 554 674 / 02 9758 8800 

Email:; Website:,

Click here for Bio-Sketch of Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed


Madhuram Academy of Performing Arts and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia  present Sydney Dance Festival

Madhuram Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia organise, Sydney Dance Festival for the first time in Sydney bringing international and local artists together in a two day festival dedicated to the classical forms of Indian dance. 9 artists from India; Odissi artists from Calcutta and Bhubaneswar, Sattriya artists from Assam, Kathak artists from Delhi,  Kuchipudi artist from Hyderabad and Bharath Natyam from Chennai will perform at the Sydney Dance Festival.

The festival is dedicated to different forms of classical dance that originate from Bengal, Northern India, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh etc. Sydney Dance Festival aims to encourage participation by local dancers and dance schools in conjunction with eminent young artistes who are at the forefront of their respective dance forms from India.

Discount: Special Offer for Bhavan Patrons, 20% discount on all tickets excluding the Reserved Tickets

Date and Time: Saturday, 19 April 2014 & Sunday, 20 April 2014, 12 pm to 8 pm

Venue: Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre, Sydney

Contact for Tickets & More Info: Kalpana Sriram, M: 0411 015 396, Hamsa Venkat, M: 0404 365 608; M: Aruna lyengar, 0403 394 113; Santha Sampath, M: 9893 7729; Devi Bala, M:  9706 7354;, Facebook:,

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:


Body Awareness-Does Hathayoga Begin with it?

Our awareness of our bodies and minds is not as sharply developed as it is about the instruments and equipment we use in our daily lives. For example, we do not devote much thought to how we sit or stand, how we breathe, how our hearts beat, how our minds function. The demands of the external world preoccupy us and our actions are generally a direct and automatic response to these demands. It is only when the system fails, when we experience some disharmony in the working of our mind and body that we recognise the need to attend to ourselves. It is only then that we analyse our reactions and search for an understanding of the working of our bodies and minds. This awareness and understanding, in turn, leads us further into devising ways and means by which our actions can be refined.

Different Ways to Train the Body

Physical education is a conscious result of body awareness. As Shri Yogendraji rightly said, in primitive societies, physical education was limited to the acquisition of physical fitness, strength and vigour by individuals. This primal objective acquired an added significance among the ancient civilisations of the east and the west which applied the various factors of physical education to meet military, social, aesthetic and even recreational purposes. In time, organised physical education became a need and in the wake of social, political, scientific and other changes it evolved into the conscious and purposeful system that is generally practised as physical education today. An understanding of one’s body, its sensations and its functioning requires some learning. We have to learn to direct our attention within and gain control over ourselves. We have to learn to use our body in such a manner so as to achieve greater control over the whole organism—physical, mental and spiritual.

Different Ways to reach upto the Mind and the Sprit

The first people to correlate physical education to health, hygiene, ethics, meditation and even a higher purpose of life, were the ancient Yogis of India. Three thousand years ago, the Atharvaveda referred to this concept of body awareness. In 1965 a Bulgarian physiologist commented that, “The conscious and artificially designed purposefulness of the positions in the system of the Yoga contain the elements of a certain creative intuition and generalisation of accumulated human experiences.” In fact, a study of one’s movements can become a source of higher awareness. As Goraksanatha the great Yogi, asks, “How can one who does not know his own body hope to acquire success in life?”

Yoga does not perceive man as having only a physical body. On the contrary, it lays greater emphasis on the value of the mind and soul which characterises a man’s personality. It must, therefore, be remembered that whenever Yoga refers to good health it always includes, in addition to physical fitness, the mental and moral soundness of the person as well. Hence, in dealing with the primary perspective of physical education for good health, Yoga has consistently regarded man as a whole being with body, mind and soul.

This principle is not unique to Yoga but was also accepted by ancient philosophers and progressive scientists both in the east and in the west. For example, Aristotle in the Dialogues (B.C. 350), observed that, “The results of a good physical education are not limited to the body alone, but they extend even to the soul itself.” In the seventeenth century, Michel de Montaigne in “The Education of Children” recognised the full import of the organismic unity of man—the sum and substance of Hatha Yoga—when he passed on the watchword to the advocates of physical education that it is not a soul, it is not a body that we are training, “it is a Man and we must not divide him”. The human body is made of a physical body, a mind and a spirit, and the three parts are so dependent on each other that any disturbance in one part affects the whole system.

Reference:  Cyclopaedia Yoga Vol I by Dr Jayadeva Yogendra, The Yoga Institute, Mumbai, India 



bullet 1 Mahatma Gandhi Says:

The golden way is to be friends with the world and to regard the whole human family like members of one family. He who distinguishes between one's family and another's miseducates the members of his own and opens the way for discord and irreligion.




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;



Editorial Committee:




Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia
Suite 100 / 515 Kent Street,
Sydney NSW 2000

The views of contributors to Bhavan's Weekly are not necessarily the views of Bhavan's Weekly or the Editor.

*Bhavan's Weekly reserves the right to edit any contributed articles and letters submitted for publication.

Copyright: All advertisements and original editorial material appearing in this newsletter remain the property of Bhavan's Weekly and may not be reproduced except with the written consent of the owner of the copyright.