bhavan weekly



Vol. 7.3, 6 November 2014





Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia supports New Speak Out Line to Improve Reporting of Racism and Abuse

The Hon Victor Dominello, Minister for Citizenship and Communities, in partnership with the Minister for Police, The Hon Stuart Ayres, launched a new Multicultural NSW “Speakout” hotline to protect people from race and religion-based harassment, intimidation and abuse. Multicultural NSW is adamant that there should be no instance when even one of our citizens is harassed or targeted for insult because of their beliefs, their skin colour or their choice of dress.

We are a population that comes from some 225 different birthplaces of 245 different ancestries; we speak 215-plus languages and practice some 125 different religions. Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Catholicism, Christianity and every belief system from a healthy population of Atheists through to Zoroastrians are all our citizens. All of these are our religions, as they are religions of the world. Being a nation built on migration with currently 45% of our population either being born overseas or having one parent that was born overseas; we cannot be complacent about the success of our multicultural society. Our society rejects anything that threatens community tranquillity and peace. Hatred, ridicule or insults have no place in New South Wales. It is the task of Multicultural NSW and every individual citizen to safeguard our carefully constructed state of harmony. 

International events, no matter how dramatic, must not be allowed to impact on our way of life. If you experience or witness an act of intolerance you must speak out. If you call the Speakout Line about a criminal matter it will be handled immediately by Police. If you call about any other matter your details will come back to us and we will follow-up. If there is a pattern of abuse occurring in our society we need to know and we need to act.

If you want to speak out against race or religion-based harassment, intimidation or abuse, call the Multicultural NSW “Speak Out” Line on 1800 131 555.

Contact for More Info: Chief Executive Officer, Community Relations Commission;

Ph: 8255 6767; Click here for Flyer:

 Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia supports participation by Volunteers in the filming of unINDIAN

Actress Tannishtha Chatterjee (Siddharth, Brick Lane) and Brett Lee, unINDIAN are currently shooting for the movie unINDIAN in Sydney. On Saturday 15th November a very colourful and fun festival scene of Holi Day celebrations will be filmed involving the two leads as well as other members of the cast. People of all ethnicities are required, (ages ten years and upwards), to help film the scenes of the festival and the throwing of coloured powder!

Peoples are invited to register their interests by emailing their details. Participation is voluntary and will not be paid. Only those who have registered and who are contacted by the producers will be allowed on set on the day. People will be required to bring their own clothes during the coloured powder throwing of the Indian Holi Day Festival.

Date of Registration: By Wednesday 12 November 2014

Contact for More Info: Lisa at register@unindianfilm.comLydia Pedrana at;

T: 02 9405 2880Website:; Facebook:

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia supports Ana María Palacio Lopera of Columba in her Medellin Investment in Culture Project

We are publishing her articles from time to time. Medellin, the capital of the department of Antioquia, in Colombia's Andean region has city has shown the world a new face, because of its resilience and its ability to reverse this tough international image. Part of this is due to heavy investment in the Municipal Administration projects for the development of its people. One of the key areas: culture. The Aburrá Valley, where Medellin is located, has been strongly flourishing through its people in projects of cultural and artistic expression. For example, they have exchanged guns for violins, all through strongly support government projects.

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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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bullet 1 Yoga Tips:

Spinal Cord and its Importance

The nerve centres in control of the trunk are older, tougher and have more endurance power than the nerve centres governing the extremities.

Authorities on physical training have only recently advanced guidelines for training the nervous system through physical culture a fact so plain to the ancient Yogins like Yajnavalkya, Goraksa, Svatmarama and others. According to them, it is probable that this is one of the most important points in the philosophy of rational physical culture, that the increased use of a group of muscles in various combinations, especially in relation to the internal organs, leads to an increase in the size and efficiency of the controlling nerve cells in the spinal cord and the brain.

The graduated course of neuromuscular training in Yoga ensures that every part of the body, even the smallest ductless gland, receives proper attention daily. The objective, is to see not how much strain our bodies can withstand but to increase its strength and to promote and maintain good health.

The physiology of exercise has revealed that neuromuscular education through habitual performance of effort-cum-endurance exercises can bring about maximum contractibility of the whole muscular system and in consequence, raise the tone and enlarge the field of efficiency. When this simple truth is applied to internal organs, physical efficiency is multiplied and the height of biologic perfection is ultimately achieved. Through a highly complex training programme, the nervous system can be strengthened and all the voluntary and major involuntary functions of the body brought under direct control of the will. Such a unique achievement in physical culture is only possible through the scientific techniques of Yoga.

The nerve centre in control of the muscles of the trunk are older, tougher and have more endurance power than the nerve centres governing the extremities. To strengthen these centres is an act of prime importance because these being the centres of endurance will enable us to withstand the strains of modern life. (J.F. Williams).

The real value of neuromuscular training and the growth and development of the nervous system is slowly gaining recognition. The small deep extensor muscles of the vertebral column which together form quite a big mass of muscles tissues need to be cared for as one advances in age. Great stress is therefore laid on exercising the supporting muscles of the spine, to hold the trunk and other parts of the body in the natural position for efficient functioning, rather than on exercising the extremities, namely, hands, arms and legs. With this in view Yogic Asanas lay special emphasis on the spinal column which is taken good care of by vertical, lateral, anterior, posterior and torsional stretches.

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


bullet 1 Mahatma Gandhi Says:

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.



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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Gambhir Watts;



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