bhavan weekly



Vol. 7.1, 16 October 2014





Nonviolence Concert 1 November 2014

SGI Auditorium Sydney Olympic Park

ICON Australia closes its ‘Nonviolence Month’ with a special Nonviolence Concert in partnership with Soka Gakkai International Australia. The Nonviolence Concert includes performances: Indian Classical Music, Scottish Highland Dance, Russian Opera Singer, SGI World Choir Music, Australian Chinese Dance, Bohemia combining Egyptian tabla with clarinet and Middle Eastern Dance fusion and Latin Dance from Colombia, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Argentina.

Entry to the Event is FREE.

Date and Time: 1 November 2014, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Venue: SGI Auditorium, 3 Parkview Drive, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127

Contact: Jessi Flores Sasse Email: 02 92674055



Sydney Opera House and NSW Parliament House to Light Up for Deepavali

NSW Premier Mike Baird has announced the sails of the Sydney Opera House will be lit up in celebration of the Hindu festival of light, Deepavali. Mr Baird said the sails will light up on the evening of Tuesday 21 October during an event attended by Minister for Citizenship and Communities, Victor Dominello, and Multicultural NSW Chair and prominent member of the Indian community, Dr Hari Harinath.

“This will be the first time the Opera House has been lit up in celebration of Deepavali, the festival of light celebrated by the global Hindu community,” Mr Baird said. “Deepavali is celebrated across the world. This special event will be held for the Hindu community of NSW, which makes a valuable contribution to our multicultural society.

“This festival has been embraced by Australians of all backgrounds and is one of many cultural and religious celebrations that take place every year across NSW. “The sails of the Opera House will light up when Mr Dominello and Dr Harinath join me in lighting a diya, a ceremonial lamp in Hindu culture that signifies the lifting of spiritual darkness and the renewal of life.

“To see Sydney’s world famous icon awash in colour is an incredible sight and I would encourage everyone to head to the Sydney Harbour foreshore to witness this event.” Mr Dominello said the State’s South Asian community was made up of over 200,000 people who now call Australia home.

“Deepavali has been celebrated for centuries across the Indian subcontinent and NSW is today proudly home to many thousands of people from across its diaspora. “People from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka as well as South East Asia have brought with them the rich tradition of Deepavali and we appreciate the positive contributions they’ve made to our multicultural society,” he said.

The Sydney Opera House will be lit up just after 8pm for one night only until midnight on Tuesday 21 October with the support of the NSW Government. NSW Parliament House will light up simultaneously and will remain lit each night until Wednesday 5 November in support of the Deepavali festival.

For More Info Contact:  Olivia Suzanski Ph: 0448 994 631,

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*     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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Modern Scientific Understanding of Asana

Recent studies on physiology of exercises does not reveal the true nature of Asanas. That is because the researchers are often ignorant of the holistic approach of Yoga techniques and also because studies on the more comprehensive areas, such as neocortex and supralimbic system, are still in their infancy. We still do not know enough about the nervous system and the brain to be able to analytically study the claims of Yoga neurology in Tantra and Hatha. The research that has been carried out not intrinsic to the study of Asana, for example, small magnitude increases in systolic pressure variable in direction during Asana or small changes in resting blood pressure in normotensive subjects. Many of the physiological changes studied are of a transient nature.

Physiological Researches on Asana

In fact, much of the so called scientific research on Yoga is still designed and carried out on very small samples and the hypothesis tested is mere conjecture arising out of the availability of latest instruments. Yogic Asanas are studied from contradictory angles termed as exercises of effort or exercises of endurance, or isometric exercises. The same Asana done isometrically yields a different result than when done as a static stretch or anti-movement exercise or static slow dynamic exercise. We do not study the tonic reaction or the muscle tone before the Asana, and we miss out on many necessary variables while investigating the result of Asana.

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



bullet 1 Mahatma Gandhi Says:

The first principal of non-violent action is that of non-cooperation with everything humiliating.



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



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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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