Vol. 5.10   12 November 12


Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia wishes everyone 
a very Happy Diwali and the prosperous year ahead


We congratulate all those Organisations and Individuals who celebrate Diwali in Australia





In This Issue

  1. Putting Students First: Community Day of Action Event
  2. Forced Marriage & Human Trafficking in NSW Symposium
  3. Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW's Seminars
  4. Bhavan’s  Holi Mahotsav 2013,  Participation Invited


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


Bharatiya Vidya Bhavansupports, Putting Students First: Community Day of Action Event


Gambhir Watts 


Editorial Committee


The NSW Teachers Federation is staging the event, Putting Students First: Community Day of Action as part of Stop the Funding Cuts to Your School Campaign. The event will provide the Federation with the opportunity to address the community about their concerns in regard to the funding for public education. Putting Students First event includes family picnic day, activities for kids, live entertainment and other activities.

Date & Time: Sunday, 18 November 2012 from 10:30 am 
Venue:  Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, Sydney 
Contact for More Info: Nicole de Soleil, Production Assistant, NSW Teachers Federation,Ph: 9217 2337, M: 0418 223 416, Email:ndesoleil@nswtf.org.au 
Website: www.puttingstudentsfirst.org.au/dayofaction ORClick here   


Bharatiya Vidya Bhavansupports Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Network’s “Forced Marriage & Human Trafficking in NSW” Annual Symposium



Date & Venue:
Tuesday, 4 December 2012 
Stars Palace Reception Hall,

15a Railway Pde Fairfield, Sydney


Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Network organizes its annual symposium on “Forced Marriage & Human Trafficking in NSW”. The Keynote address will be delivered by The Hon. Pru Goward, MP Minister for Women.  Immigrant Women’s Health Service will conduct their AGM at the end of the event.

Lunch will be provided.

Date & Time: Tuesday, 4 December 2012; 9.30 am to 1.00 pm 
Venue:  Stars Palace Reception Hall, 15a Railway Pde Fairfield, Sydney, NSW-2165 
Contact for More Info: Dr. Eman Sharobeem, Manager, Immigrant Women's Health Service, Ph: 02-97264044, M: 0421611511, The Network of Immigrant and Refugee Women of Australia Inc. (NIRWA); Ph: (02) 9635 8022, Fax: (02) 9635 8176, Email: woman@nirwa.org.au,  Website: http://www.nirwa.org.au/ORClick here  


Bharatiya Vidya Bhavansupports Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW's Seminars


Anti-Discrimination Board (ADB) of NSW is organizing a November series of seminars for people to know the latest updates in grievance handling and anti-discrimination law. 
The seminars are: 
•      Grievance handling skills (how to handle grievances successfully and fairly) 
•      Grievance management and resolution skills (more detailed and extensive training) 
•      Skills training for Contact Officers 
•      Case law update (recent developments in anti-discrimination law and their implications for employers and service providers).
Contact for More Info: Sharmalee Elkerbout, Manager Education Services, Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW, Level 4, 175 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Ph: 02 9268 5520Email:sharmalee_elkerbout@agd.nsw.gov.auWebsite:http://www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/ADB  OR Click here   


Essay Competition 2013 Open 
Topics; on Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi Today


The Essay Competition Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi Today: for the year 2012 closed.  Prizes will be presented on 30 January 2013.
For More Info Contact: Email: info@bhavanaustralia.org, 
Website: http://www.bhavanaustralia.org/ 
Ph: 1300 242 826 (1300 BHAVAN)


Yoga Tips:


Abdominal Compression: There are some asanas which affect intra-abdominal compression. Abdomen is an important part of the body, where blood does rush properly. When the belly is big the owner suffers much. The inner parts do not get proper compression resulting in the weakening of them. Hence certain asanas are developed to remove the deficiency. Stomach, liver, pancreas, kidney, small and large intestines should have good compression so that blood may move freely and strengthen these organs. The following asanas are recommended where no risks are involved and benefits flow if done systematically and scientifically. They are Mayurasana, Yoga Mudra and Pavanamuktasana which is the best of the group. 
Pavanamuktasana is divided into two parts: (a) Ekapada and (b) dwipada. 

  1. Lie supine on the mat.
  2. Stretch both legs together on the floor.
  3. Hands should be down on either side.
  4. Inhale properly.
  5. While exhaling fold one leg at the knee joint and hold it by clasping both hands near the knee.
  6. Press the knee on the stomach.
  7. During suspension period keep it pressing.
  8. Return to normal position while inhaling.
  9. Repeat the same action by the other knee.
  10. After 4 to 6 movements of the knee stretch both the legs on the ground and fold both the knees together as you did one leg before.
  11. Hold both the legs by the hands.
  12. While exhaling press the leg on the stomach.
  13. Keep them in suspension.
  14. While exhaling remove the hands and throw legs forward on the ground as at the starting time.
  15. This should be repeated 4 to 5 times.
  16. Correct rhythm, 2 inhalation, 2 exhalation, 4 suspension and 2 inhalation.


    1. Relief from flatulence.
    2. Removes gastric and neuro trouble.
    3. Cures constipation.
    4. Bowels move freely.

    Reference:  Yoga for Students by Yogacharya Hansraj Yadav, Bhavan’s Book University


Mahatma Gandhi Says:


We do not need to proselytise either by our speech or by our writing. We can only do so really with our lives. Let our lives be open books for all to study.


Bhavan Australia supports the following organisations :




Art Gallery of NSW


Soka Gakkai International Australia


Asia Link


Sydney Alliance


Australia India Institute


Sydney Community Foundation


Brahma Kumaris


Sydney Peace Foundation




The Sydney Institute




Vedanta Centre of Sydney


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; president@bhavanaustralia.org



Editorial Committee:






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

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