bhavan weekly



Vol. 6.14, 22 April 2014





Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia hosts Hamare Sitaron ki Sham (An Evening of our Stars)—Thank You for our Holi Mahotsav Stars

We are hosting ‘Hamare Sitaron ki Sham (‘An Evening of our Stars’) on 27 April, 5-9 pm, to present Certificate of Appreciation to all the performers /stall holders and sponsors of Holi Mahotsav.

Venue has been confirmed and deposit allocated. Over 400 certificates are expected to be presented.

It will be about 4 hours saga with artists, dance schools, stallholders, sponsors and VIPS. We will present video clippings of the two days’ performances of Holi Mahotsav. And we will include 2-3 live performance items mainly singing groups and simple dinner.

Date and Time: 27 April 2014, 5-9 pm. This event is for the artists / volunteers and other participants of Holi Mahotsav 2014. By Invitation Only

Venue: Ryde Civic Centre, 1 Devlin Street, Ryde NSW 2112

Contact: Jessi Flores Sasse, Email:, / 02 92674055


Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia would like to convey the following Messasge by Group Colleges Australia (GCA)

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Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia supports Anubhuti,

A Fundraising Event for Sydney Sri Ayyappa Swami Centre

Soorya Festival of Dance & Music presents Anubhuti, a Bharatanatyam Dance by Chithra Visweswaran. Anubhuti, is an experience commencing with the celebration of the Hindu Trinity, representing the Cosmic acts of creation, preservation and destruction.  Anubuthi goes on to unravel the mystic philosophy of Ardhanareeshwara / Ardhanareewshari, the multi moods of the multifaceted Shakti, engaged with the search and realization of the Divine - Krishna and culminates in a mood of Ananda - bliss experienced through dance and music - Thillana.

Date and Time: Friday, 30 May 2014, 7:15pm

Venue: Riverside Theatres, Parramatta (Cnr. Church St. & Market St.)

Contact for Tickets & More Info: Sudhir Das: 0409 600 117, Sri Dass:  0431 983 141,

Mohan Sundar: 0425 223 349, Sivamraja:  0414 300 226; Email:,

Website:;  Riverside Theatres: 02 8839 3399, 

Online Booking:; 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.

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How is the Word Asana Derived?

The dictionary meaning of the word Asana, as a noun, is, sitting on a seat or any particular mode of sitting. Kamadhenutantra discusses the etymology of the word Asana thus: A stands for Atmasamadhi, Sa for Sarvarogapratibandha and Na for Siddhiprapti.

Asana had been defined as above by Patanjali (B.C. 600), the foremost exponent and compiler of the Yoga system, as that bodily pose which not only conforms to steadiness (sthairya) but which is also equally pleasant and comfortable (sukham).

Vacaspati, the early commentator, interprets it as the manner of sitting or the seat whereon one sits. In other words, he means that posture which brings ease to the individual. Vijnana Bhiksu, a very respected commentator, says that sitting in a particular given way is Asana.

Raghavendra Saraswati uses the term to refer to any positioning of the body for sitting that succeeds in providing steadiness and comfort.

Generally, lack of body movements (niscala ) that is not uncomfortable (anudvijaniyam) and provide pleasant feelings with steadiness of body, or even attaining the stillness of a corpse (mrtavat sthitah) are associated with the idea of an Asana. Statements are very clearly available in old literature such as Yogacintamani that an Asana is so called only when it does not cause tremors or tensions, and is comfortable. Meditative postures are to be practised effortlessly (Prayatnasaithilya) and with engrossment on the infinite (Anantasamapatti) as has been clearly stated in the Yoga Sutra (II. 47). If the meditative postures become bereft of these two factors, then the postures cease to become Yoganga and these defective or artificial meditative postures fail to render the body fit for performing Yogic exercises. “It is our well-considered opinion that the physical body must attain a particular kind of fitness so that it can be a firm seat of the mind in which spiritual knowledge dawns. (Dr. R.S. Bhattacharya). Asana word is thus translatable as “Sacred poise of the body”.

Hathayogic postures may be called secondary meditative postures. The meditative postures like Padma, Siddha, etc. are highly praised in Hathayoga works. The reason for this praise is nothing but their power to render the body spiritually strong.

Yogic texts repeatedly speak of the eradication of various diseases as the result of practising meditative Asanas. When we are concerned with the meditative postures, then we can boldly assert that Dvandvasahana i.e. endurance of the pair of opposites, or dvandva anabhighata i.e. non-affection by the pairs of opposites, is the chief result of practising meditative postures. (A grosser kind of endurance and non-affection is acquired by practising non-meditative postures also.) Practitioners of Asana will observe that a kind of anaesthesia is produced as a result of practising Asanas and this gives rise to insensitivity to the feelings of heat, cold, and pain.

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



bullet 1 Mahatma Gandhi Says:

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.



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



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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