Vol.  5.13,  17 December 2012


Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia wishes everyone

a Merry and Blessed Christmas remembering the birth of Jesus in their hearts and a Very Happy & Prosperous New Year ahead.




In this issue:

1.        Pilgrimage to Freedom by Kulapati Dr KM Munshi Book Launch

2.        International Centre of Nonviolence Australia Official Launch

3.        School’s Out for Summer 2012-13 Kids Activities Program

4.        Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) in partnership with Government of Kerala is organizing the 11th Annual Diaspora conclave at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2013

5.        Bhavan’s  Holi Mahotsav 2013,  Participation Invited

For Submission of participation and other info:

Visit Website: http://www.holimahotsav.com.au/





*      Pilgrimage to Freedom by Kulapati Dr KM Munshi Book Launch

The book, ‘Pilgrimage to Freedom’ by Kulapati Dr KM Munshi, a Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s publication has come out. The book will officially be released on 30 December 2012 (Dr Kulapati Munshi’s 125th birthday) by the Hon President of India Pranab Mukherjee.

The book is a politico-biographical introduction to the series Indian Constitutional Documents, Munshi Papers. In his inimitable racy style, Dr. Munshi surveys events in India from the days of Bengal Partition, through the Home Rule Agitation and the various phases of the country’s struggle for freedom, right up to the forging of a Constitution for our Sovereign Democratic Republic. Fully documented with appendices and a complete index, the book will be of inestimable value to students and scholars, lawyers and politicians, historians and citizens.

This book will be available for purchase from us.

For More Info Contact: Email:  pr@bhavanaustralia.org,

Website: http://www.bhavanaustralia.org/Ph: 1300 242 826 (1300 BHAVAN)


bullet 1 International Centre of Nonviolence Australia Official Launch

Inspired by Ela Gandhi (grand-daughter of Mahatma Gandhi) and the Gandhi Development Trust (GDT) “Roots to Fruits: Nonviolence in Action” conference (31 July to 2 August 2012) at Durban University of Technology, South Africa, Gambhir Watts, Founder and Chief Coordinator International Centre of Nonviolence Australia,  President Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia will officially launch International Centre of Nonviolence Australia in partnership with Gandhi Development Trust (GDT) and International Centre of Nonviolence Durban (ICON). 

Ela Gandhi of Gandhi Development Trust, Durban South Africa has extended her full support and will grace the International Centre of Nonviolence Australia Official Launch. Dr Phil Lambert, Regional Director, Sydney Department of Education and Communities will be the Co-host. Besides a number of other prominent persons in Australia will grace the launch.

The main objective of the International Centre of Nonviolence Australia will be to provide education on action in nonviolence at various levels.

Date & Time:  Friday 15 February 2013, 7:00 pm

Venue: Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Corner Bridge & Macquarie Streets, Sydney 2000

For More Info Contact: Email:  pr@bhavanaustralia.org,

Website: http://www.bhavanaustralia.org/Ph: 1300 242 826 (1300 BHAVAN)


*     Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan supports School’s Out for Summer 2012-13 KidsActivities Program 

Sydney Olympic Park becomes the centre of School’s Out for Summer 2012-13 Kids Activities Program during school holidays. The best Kids in the Park season of the year, summer 2012-13 sees more than five weeks worth of memories made and kids entertained at Sydney Olympic Park.

Some of the major activities include:  Apia International Sydney – Kids’ Day with FREE event entry for junior tennis fans, FREE Movies by the Boulevard, FREE Australia Day Celebrations apart from other major attractions.

Date:  Saturday 22 December 2012 – Monday 28 January 2013

Venue: Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127

Contact for More Info: Susan Darwiche, Verve Communications Pty Ltd, Ph:  02 8006 2747, M:  0414 706 704,Email: susand@vervecommunications.com.au, Website: www.vervecommunications.com.au, OR visitWebsite: kidsinthepark.com.auSydney Olympic Park’s YouTube Channel, Ph:  02 9714 7888Twitter :@olympicpark_sydFacebook: facebook.com/SydneyOlympicPark OR Click here


*     Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan supports Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2013

Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) in partnership with Government of Kerala is organizing the 11th Annual Diaspora conclave—Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD). The MOIA has appointed FICCI as “Event Manager” to facilitate PBD 2013 and garner the participation of Indian Diaspora.

The theme of the 2013 Pravasi Bhartiya Divas is: “Engaging Diaspora: The Indian Growth Story”. More than 2,000 delegates from across the world are expected to participate in PBD 2013.

The registration for participating in PBD 2013 is open for NRIs / PIOs.

Date:  7-9 January, 2013

Venue: Kochi, Kerala, India

Contact for Registration and More Info: Sheila Sudhakaran, Asstt Secretary General & Head, Africa Desk, International Division, FICCI, Industry’s Voice for Policy Change, Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi – 110 001, Ph: 91-11-23738760-70 (ext 380), 23322564 (D), F: 91-11-23765316 (D), 23320714,

Website: www.ficci.com, www.pbd-india.com, 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)

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Yoga Tips:


Ardha Sarvangasana

There is a group of Asanas called head low group. This reverses the blood circular resulting in organs like ear, nose, throat, eyes and even brain. Getting a freer flow of blood certain ailments are cured by the forceful supply of blood to these parts. It has been found that persons suffering from cold, sinuses, even headache and giddiness have benefited after doing these exercises.

These Asanas also serve as preventive measures, and those who do them develop attractive and charming faces. There are certain juices in the upper region, which flow downwards into the stomach where everything burns. Even the nectar will burn. The nectar like juice is life sustaining, so that if it is preserved man can live to fulfil his objective in life and go into deep bliss. The head low postures known as mudras are mainly to protect this nectar like juice. There are 14 mudras like Yoga Mudra, Viparitakami Mudra, Khechari Mudra etc.

These are meant for locking the passage of the throat and prevent its flow to the stomach. Doing Sarvangasana may get pain in the region of the shoulder as well as upper part of the spine. Some get back pain and spondylitis etc. This is mainly because these Asanas are done without having much knowledge of them. These Asanas should be learnt under an experienced teacher and done slowly and cautiously. First simple Asanas like Ardha Sarvangasana be mastered and then Sarvangasana can be tried but not more than three minutes.


     1.          Lie down supine at full length.

     2.          The arms at sides and all the skeleton muscles should be relaxed.

     3.          Inhale right into the stomach.

     4.          Slowly exhale and raise the legs together with slight jerk.

     5.          Lift the buttock up also.