bhavan weekly



Vol. 7.4, 20 November 2014






*           Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia reports visit by

The Hon. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India to Australia

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The Hon. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India paid an official visit to Australia from                         16-18 November 2014, following the G20 Summit, as the guest of Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon. Tony Abbott.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Tony Abbott, addressed a joint sitting of both houses of the Parliament (the first time an Indian prime minister has done so) and met the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Leader of the Opposition in Canberra. He also visited Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, where he met political leaders, academics, businesspeople and sporting figures and addressed members of the Australian Indian community. He visited research, cultural and historic institutions. A number of agreements were signed and new initiatives launched.


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| E:

Click here for transcript of Prime Minister of Australia - Joint Press Statement, Parliament House, Canberra


Click here for Joint Press Statement Prime Minister of Australia and Prime Minister of India


bullet 1  Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan Chennai organises Bhavan’s Cultural Festival 2014

Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan Chennai organises Bhavan’s Cultural Festival 2014.


All are Welcome:

Date and Time: 21 November  - 12 December 2014,  (Inauguration, 21 November, 6 pm)  

Venue: Bhavan's Dr. Preetha Reddy Auditorium 18-22, East Mada Street, Mylapore, Chennai, India

Contact for More Info: engikrishnan@hotmail.comT: 24643420 / 24643450, E:,


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*      Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia supports lighting up the City at Christmas Concert in Parramatta’s new Centenary Square

Parramatta’s new Centenary Square will come alive with festive sights and sounds for the annual Kids’ Christmas Concert and tree lighting on Thursday 27 November from 4pm to 8pm. Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr Scott Lloyd said the Kids’ Christmas Concert is a favourite with families and the perfect opportunity for Parramatta’s diverse community to come together and celebrate as one.


“Kids’ Christmas Concert will be an exciting celebration and I’m looking forward to taking my children along to join in the fun. “Families can enjoy browsing the market gift stalls, and there are plenty of free activities and workshops for the kids including dress-ups, face painting and a visit from the St. George Happy Dragon.


Children who live in the Parramatta local government area or attend school, child care or pre-school in the area are invited to get their creative hat on and submit a drawing that represents 'Christmas in Parramatta.'


Contact for More Info: Marlaina Read, Digital Communications | Media and Communications, Parramatta City Council, 30 Darcy St Parramatta NSW 2150| PO Box 32 Parramatta NSW 2124
P: (02) 9806 5669 | F: (02) 9806 5053, E:,


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bullet 1  Bhavan Supports Shen Yun 2015 Sydney Tour

Shen Yun Performing Arts present the world’ most ancient heritage in full color through dance and music. For 5,000 years, China amassed a diverse legacy of heroes, myths, and virtues that still resonate in the present. Shen Yun captures the spirit and grandeur of a culture long lost.


Date and Time: 6-15 February 2015

Venue: Capitol Theatre, 13 Campbell Street, Haymarket NSW 2000

Contact for tickets & More Info: E:,


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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:

Systems of the Body and Yogic Asanas


The physiology of ordinary exercises cannot be applied to the Asanas. “It is remarkable that by way of training exercises the Hathayogis strive to perfect not only the muscles and the locomotor system but also the entire human organism including man’s mind, his nervous system and vitally important inner organs and systems such as heart, vascular vessels, lungs, stomach, intestines, liver, kidneys, internal secretion glands, etc.”

Through Yoga the endocrine glands can be manipulated and the supply of blood regulated to any particular part of the body without much strain or loss of muscular energy. Also by increasing the intracapillary pressure, as in the case of certain Yogic postures, the flow of lymph is considerably aided, resulting in better tone and growth of the tissue elements. The cumulative effect of cellular health, which affects all organs including the endocrine glands, is reflected on the mental perspective and thus, on the character, behaviour and personality of the student. It is this mental transformation from the ignoble to the noble which Yoga seeks to promote, in some measure, through special physical education. Prolonged, deep, and rhythmic breathing associated with each movement also multiplies the efficiency of the respiratory system. Further, because of the increase of oxygen in the blood during Yoga exercises, all the other systems of the body derive the additional advantage of richer blood supply. In trained people who follow Yoga, the vasomotor adjustments reduce the danger of fatigue to the minimum.

Laboratory evidence has proved that if plenty of oxygen-rich blood is rhythmically pumped out to the muscles and the internal organs, they will not tire because the rate of metabolism is ideally coordinated. jockl contends that muscular fatigue can be easily overcome by deep breathing. Asanas done rhythmically under the Yogendra rhythm system help to sustain the normal rate of metabolism even while exercising. It may be further pointed out that, the effect of Yoga physical education on the digestive system is more beneficial than any violent or strenuous exercise simply because it does not deprive that system of the normal supply of blood which otherwise gets diverted to the muscles during muscular exertion. What is more, due to

(i)         a static condition of the skeletal muscles,

(ii)        favourable changes in the respiratory actions,

(iii)       deep and forceful movements of the diaphragm,

(iv)       mechanical intra-abdominal compression, and

(v)        additional gravity-pressure, during Yoga practice, all the digestive organs receive an increased supply of blood which is richer in quality because of the increased respiratory activity.

Another benefit of Asanas is the effect on the abdominal muscles. The viscera has the tendency to descend and thus impair the function of the vessels that reach through the mesentery by impeding the circulation of blood in the pelvic region. The abdominal muscles are held in position against the pull of gravity by the floor of the pelvis, by tightening the muscles of the lower torso and the delicate of mesentery on the pelvic floor. Stretching demands very little time and effort and widens the range of motion. Yoga stretching coupled with a few deep full breaths is extremely beneficial to remove mental tension and helps in achieving quiet reflexes.

We already know that any constant lack of motion in the joints leads to their maladjustment and even general degeneration. Older people who regularly practise Yoga preserve their flexibility and hence the spinal column is kept in a healthy condition which in turn guarantees good functioning of internal organs and maintenance of optimum efficiency. Well-built muscles are necessary since they form on an average about 43% of one’s weight, but the development of the muscles should not be at the cost of other important systems of the body. It is reasonable to expect that the ideal form of physical education should be simple in its technique, self-sufficient, easy to practise, non-violent, requiring little time and no great exertion so that on the whole both the young and the old may follow it without any misapprehension and at the same time derive the maximum physical and mental benefit with the minimum of effect.

The Yogi works on the basis of higher concepts. Surprisingly modern scientific advances in biology, physiology and anatomy, in so far as analytical researches are concerned, far exceed certain objectives and dictates elaborated by the Yogis ages ago. It cannot be said that the subjective data available to them has been explored or even as much as touched upon by the modern scientists.

As seekers of Truth and searchers of Self, it is only natural that the ancient Yogins should have probed beyond anatomy and physiology. Moreover, it was no idle curiosity that inspired them to deeper researches but the very objective of their life, which could be described as the thirst of ultimate realisation, which led them on into the mysteries of the higher and subtler planes of existence. There is no doubt whatsoever on the strength of textual data still available, that the Yogins were well acquainted with the various categories of organic energy such as muscle-energy, nerve-energy, animal electricity and the aggregate known as the life-force (bioenergy or Prana). What is especially noteworthy, however, is the fact that the Yoga authorities have expressed this energy as the primal in biology and the ultimate in matter. Anatomy and physiology are mere evolutes of the primal energy (Prakrti).


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


bullet 1 Mahatma Gandhi Says:

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.



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.



Publisher and General Editor:

Gambhir Watts;