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From the Publisher WELCOME to our July edition, a fresh new financial year and tax time, well as we clean up our books and roll over the accounts to start fresh for the new year, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could do the same with our lives and relationships, clean up and start fresh, leave all grudges and egos behind and start fresh. Call it wishful thinking if you may, but at least if we give it some thought we would be getting closer to our goal. June has been a very busy month with so many functions, and many Iftar dinners, I would like to express my appreciation for the many invites for these dinners during the holy month of Ramadan. May the good will spread throughout the year, the understanding and appreciation of each other’s cultures grow and flourish. Congratulations is in order for Sanatan Queensland on accruing the two and half acre’s land at Wembley Road. It has been a long time coming but has finally happened; the current committee has made it a reality, though lot of work had been done by previous committees. Brisbane Indian Times has always supported these endeavours and is committed to supporting all such initiatives. Our sincere sympathies to Krishnan family on the sad loss of Ajay Krishnan of Queenstown, Boondall. The community support for the family in time of need is greatly appreciated. This is the great quality of our community, the coming together in time of need. Another well-known community personality, Aunty Matti, passed away in Fiji, our sincere condolences to both the families. Congratulations to GOPIO Qld on the announcement of the show stopper for India Day Fair 2017, and he is no other than Lakhwinder Wadali, the younger generation of Wadali Brothers, with his classical training he is capable delivering high powered performances for all genres. India day Fair will be held on 19th August at the amphitheatre, Roma Street Parkland. It is becoming ever so challenging to sustain a good quality publication with the chal-
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Migration News... Recent changes
THE recent months have seen big changes in Migration and this trend continued on 1st July. Some of the changes are that there has been an additional pathway opened up to New Zealand citizens who have been living in Australia for at least 5 years. They will now be able to get Australian Permanent residency by demonstrating that they were employed in Australia during the past five years with a taxable income of at least $53,900. New Zealanders who gain permanent residence through this pathway, are eligible to apply for Australian citizenship after 12 months pf permanent residence. This is a welcome development for New Zealand citizens who have been living in Australia for several years. The Skilled occupation lists were further tweaked and 12 further occupations were further removed, including nine of which were previously eligible for 457 and 186 visas on 19 April 2017. Some new caveats now apply to particular occupations, which were not previously there. Visitor visas have seen some change too - Indians can now apply for a visitor visa online, which is a welcome development. India is also one of those countries whose citizens have access to a Priority Consideration service for Visitor visa applications. Priority consideration service is a fast track service, which costs $1000 in addition to the visa application charge. Under this, the Department will aim to finalise the application within 48
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Sanatan Queensland secures land in Logan City SANATAN Queensland has secured two and a half acres of prime land in the bustling Logan City precinct. The property is located at 550 Wembley Road, Berrinba. The property was chosen for its location and other facilities that it has to offer which makes it ideally suited for community purposes. In October 2013, Sanatan Queensland underwent a major structural change and mapped out a vision for a Hindu Cultural and Educational precinct for its community, the purchase of this land moves them closer to that goal. A major move from traditional membership of Ramayan Mandalis only to individual membership revived the interest of the community. On Sunday 25th June, Sanatan Queensland held a Special General meeting at the newly acquired land, the purpose of the meeting was to move a motion seeking the approval of its member’s and to ratify the purchase and the loan commitment of the Association. The motion was carried without any objection, acting President Divendra Prasad and Treasurer Birendra Singh explained the funding structure and the proposed development
planning. Pundit Anant Sharma, the official priest of Sanatan Queensland acted as the master of ceremonies for the meeting, Refreshments and lunch was served to all attendees. The purchase has been made possible through a loan of six hundred thousand from a consortium of devotees who are actively supporting the cause of the association, a further three hundred and eighty-five thousand dollars has been raised internally via membership and donations. The legal owners of the property are Sanatan Queensland. The proposed Sanatan Centre development will be completed in stages. Sanatan Queensland has broken the traditional funding barriers by coming up with innovative funding ideas such as a weekly direct debit, life membership and donations at large. The committee is young energetic and well advised, they have good community support and will do well with the project. This is another proud achievement for the Indian community in Queensland, the committee is looking for the support and cooperation of greater Indian community.
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Horn's boxing win to be honoured in Brisbane
From page 1 BRISBANE will pay tribute to Jeff Horn's 'historic' victory over Manny Pacquiao by lighting up a landmark, hosting a tickertape parade, and presenting the newly-minted boxing champion with the keys to the city. The local school teacher defied the odds to upstage the Filipino champion in front of nearly 52,000 at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday afternoon (2 July). Victoria Bridge was illuminated in orange on Sunday night to recognise Horn's triumph. Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said a tickertape parade will wind down Queen Street Mall in Brisbane's CBD at noon on Thursday 6 July. 'Jeff Horn has written himself into Brisbane's sporting history, with a sensational triumph over Manny Pacquiao and winning the Battle of Brisbane,' Cr Quirk said. Horn will receive the keys to the city and host a signing session for fans when the parade arrives in Reddacliff Place. 'Not only has Jeff Horn reached an incredible feat as a world champion, our city has also successfully staged the biggest boxing match in Australian history,' Cr Quirk said. skynews.com.au
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QUT champions entrepreneurship to boost home-grown tech to the world QUT Deputy Vice-Chancellor Arun Sharma will champion Queensland’s participation in the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP) in a partnership between QUT, the Queensland Government and MIT. Professor Sharma was in the United States as part of a trade delegation to promote Queensland’s strengths and technological innovations as the MIT announcement was made. Queensland is one of two Australian regions to be accepted into the program which facilitates regional economic development and social progress through innovation-driven entrepreneurship (IDE). The other is Melbourne. Professor Sharma said participation in the MIT REAP program will provide the most
rigorous and effective roadmap for the transformation of the state’s economy. Professor Sharma was named “champion” of the cross-functional Queensland team which includes Jamie Merrick, Director-Gen-
eral of the Department of Science Information Technology and Innovation, Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, Mark Sowerby, Elaine Stead, Investment Director, Blue Sky Ventures, as well as corporate and university coleads including Executive Director of QUT’s Institute for Future Environments, Professor Bronwyn Harch and Professor Rachel Parker, Assistant Dean of Research in the QUT Business School. Past outcomes of the Program include interventions to connect entrepreneurs to resources in Wales, scaling-up of early stage business in London, and an open entrepreneurship and innovation centre in Tokyo. Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch said Queensland’s acceptance into the program was an opportunity for the state to learn from and work with the best in the world to build its reputation as an innovation destination.
“Through participation in MIT REAP, Queensland will further transform our state into a global technology-enabled innovation hub for mining, agriculture and environment,” Ms Enoch said. “We are developing an innovation-led economy which builds on our natural strengths, and this program provides us a seat at the table with global innovators and thought leaders.” Professor Sharma also worked with the Queensland Government to host the fifth MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp at QUT earlier this year. An agreement has been reached to host the next MIT Bootcamp which will focus on the agriculture, mining and the environmental sectors with special emphasis on the Great Barrier Reef. QUT Vice-Chancellor Peter Coaldrake said QUT had cultivated investment in innovation and entrepreneurship, and collaborations with MIT were extremely positive steps to meet the demands of a rapidly changing world. MIT has been ranked as the top university in the world in the QS World University Rankings for the past five years.
Kingsford Smith Drive river walk takes shape BRISBANE’S largest infrastructure project has reached an exciting new milestone, with works to construct a brand new river walk facility underway as part of the flagship Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said river-based works had shifted focus to the construction of retaining walls for the widened road and river walk. “Council is committed to ensuring residents get home quicker and safer, and as recently unveiled in our Budget, we are investing $223 million in 2017/18 to progress construction of Kingsford Smith Drive,” Cr Quirk said. “This major project will change the face of a key entryway to our city, providing more lanes, better intersections, dedicated bikeways and exciting new lifestyle and leisure opportunities with a brand new river walk. “Marine construction works have ramped up over the past few months, with crews working to install 200 piles up to 32 metres-deep along the length of Kingsford Smith Drive and around 400 concrete mattresses to support the widening of the road and protect the river bank from erosion. “Now the first of 120 concrete panels are being installed in between the piles, which have been cast at the Morningside marine logistics facility, and will form the wall between the road and the river. “Once this is complete, a deck will be constructed on top of these walls to form the river walk structure, giving residents a firstlook at this new shared pedestrian and cycle facility. “Council has also launched community feedback on a series of public artworks proposed for the upgraded corridor, with several five-metre-tall artworks to be installed at key locations from Cameron Rocks Reserve to Remora Road. “Residents have the opportunity to view the concept designs and provide feedback at two community information sessions to be held next month, or by contacting Lendlease, which is completing the upgrade on behalf of Council.” Cr Quirk said the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade would not only deliver huge commuter benefits by cutting travel times by up to 30 per cent, but would also deliver a huge boost to the local economy. “More than 2,300 workers have been inducted to work on the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade since work started in early 2016, with more than 3,000 jobs to be created over the life of the project,” he said. For more information on the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade project visit www.ksdupgrade.com.au or www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on 07 3403 8888. 8 — THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, July, 2017
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“A vibrant new community away from the hassle of city, yet close to the city.” is what skin specialist Dr Umesh Sharma and his equally talented wife Suman where looking for, when they fell upon Brookwater and fell in love with its lifestyle. “The exclusivity, diversity and lifestyle of Brookwater is what enticed us to live here. The safe atmosphere and part of a golf community also play a part in making our decision for Brookwater as our home”, said Dr Sharma from the relaxing comfort of their beautiful 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom, double storey family residence. “The best area of the house is the pool and media room, where all the family and friends can relax and watch our favourite sports.” The Sharma family which includes daughters Yukti aged 21, Dee 14 and 11 year old Anni have taken full advantage of Brookwater’s abundant and carefully thought through amenity which, comes from being a premium suburb of Greater Springfield, Queensland’s fastest emerging new city, located just 35 minutes from the Brisbane CBD. “As Greater Springfield is coming up as a city within the city, it has most of the facilities, it suits all the professionals, especially families within the medical profession as they can live and work in the same area”,
added Suman Sharma. “The introduction of the Health City precinct and Mater Private Hospital has pushed the medical professionals family to move to Springfield especially Brookwater so that they can be close to the home and work.” Suman too knows the power of good education. As a dedicated research scientist and devoted mother she has somehow managed to fit in enough time and energy to gain two doctorate degrees, the latest in environmental science. Greater Springfield has over a dozen private and public schools and a major campus of the University of Southern Queensland. A busy TAFE college and a variety of boutique learning and training establishments compliment the much sought after ideal of having a wonderful selection of learning opportunities, for all ages, located within a few minutes of home and business. Dr Sharma believes that makes it a special place for families. “An abundance of our family friends live in Brookwater due to excellent facilities. We are very closely connected group of people in Brookwater. Most of my family friends are medical professionals.”
THE Federation of Indian Communities of Queensland Inc., (FICQ), the peak umbrella body of all Indian Associations in Queensland invites members of all communities in Queensland to come and celebrate Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights. Diwali is considered a signature cultural event and an important contribution to promote the spirit of multiculturalism. It is very generously sponsored and supported by the Queensland Government, the Brisbane City Council, important private sector organisations, the Indian High Commission, several media and non-government organisations. All dignitaries and participants who have attended Diwali in previous years have acknowledged that the festival was very well organised with colourful cultural activities and a wide range of delicious cuisine, all enjoyed in the most spectacular setting in Brisbane, King George Square. Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is one of the most important occasions for people of Hindu, Sikh and Jain origins. Diwali is a major festival in India, but also celebrated in other countries on the subcontinent and around the world. It is a time to celebrate with family, friends and community, and to highlight the values of compassion, selflessness,
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THE FSCAQ is pleased to announce that we have a building at 24 Arnwood Place, Annerley. After over four years of negotiation with Brisbane City Council and providing them with our past experience in working with the communities and ability to successfully run the facility, we finally got the licence to operate this building from Brisbane City Council on 7th March, 2017. There are costs involved in running this community facility and conditions are also laid down by the council for running the centre which has a hall that is available for hire and can accommodate 130 people. Through this centre, our aim is to bring communities together and make them feel this is their home. We will work towards making this community facility a Multicultural
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and other agencies towards domestic violence, Pacific Islanders problems, homelessness, crime, etc. In future we would like to establish counselling services and for that we need Governments’ assistance. The President, Surendra Prasad said that the FSCAQ organised the first fundraising dinner at the centre on 8th April to raise fund for the victims of flood in Logan. We raised $2500 and donated to Water Ford and South Mclean area. About 130 people attended and supported the event. The Fiji Senior Citizens Association of Qld organised the Girmit Remembrance Day on 13th May, 2017 at the venue to remember, appreciate and celebrate their sacrifices and achievements which they made towards building a bright future for their generations and at the
same time working with the local and other communities in building Fiji a Multicultural Society. About 150 people including Mr Brij Lal AM, a well-known personality (Chief Guest speaker), Hon Mark Bailey, Minister for Mains Road, Safety and Port, Minister for Energy and Water Supply, Mr Ian Walker, Shadow Minister for Attorney General and other dignitaries. About 60,000 Indian men and women were brought to Fiji as indentured labourers between 1879 1916. On arrival in Fiji they signed 5 years contract (Girmit) with CSR an Australian Company to work on their sugar cane farm. Despite many hardships and atrocities committed on the Girmitiyas by oversees of CSR company and lack of education and other facilities, they made great sacrifices, and
with hard work , they made significant contributions towards education and maintaining our culture and tradition, building schools, temples, mosque, etc. for their future generations. The teachings by the Girmitiyas that we should respect one another regardless of culture, racial or religious differences and understanding the rights and responsibilities we share as part of that society and sense of belonging for everyone by helping communities and work towards the spirit of inclusiveness and share identities. These teachings have continued amongst today’s generation and also it helps us to integrate with other societies, enabling us to live in peace and harmony with other races. Let’s we forget Surendra Prasad OAM Call 07 3865 6533
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Lest We Forget.... By Indrani Ganguly “Who will care to visit my grave when I am gone, Only the wind will raise its dust when I am gone… But a voice will rise in protest from my grave when I am gone My last wish is this, that those who care for me May strew a few flowers on my grave when I am gone.” Ms Sughra Humayun Mirza (Indian social reformer and poet, 1884-1954)
lata Wadedar who participated in the militant nationalism in Bengal and Punjab, including raids on armouries and attempts to shoot the Governor Bengal and high-ranking officials who were seen as the symbols of British repression. Others joined the Azad Hind Fauz led by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Many of these women were captured, charged with ‘terrorism’ and sentenced to hard labour or killed either by the police or by their own hands to avoid capture. The other, better-known group comprises those who supported the non-violent nationalist movement whose most famous leader was Mahatma Gandhi. Two women who
AS yet another India Independence Day approaches, it is time to remember all the valiant women of undivided India, who came from all walks of life, to fight for independence, to ensure they receive their rightful place not only in the history of the subcontinent, but on the world stage just like their male counterparts. The Indian women followed different paths of struggle. The less well-known to Indians today are women like Bina Das and Preeti-
• Sarojini leading the Salt March with Gandhiji.
• Side by side: Kasturba & Mahatma Gandhi.
• Statue of Preetilata in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
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were very close to the Mahatma, participating in the struggle for independence and promoting women’s rights, but at the same time questioning his idiosyncrasies, were his wife Kasturba Gandhi and Sarojini Naidu. Kasturba Gandhi, affectionately known as Ba, was married to Gandhiji at a very young age. They had five children of whom four survived. She joined him in his struggles in both South Africa and India, often taking his place when he was in jail, though she did not always agree with him. Kasturba focused on helping improve the welfare of women in both South Africa and India. Although she could not take part in Gandhi's famous Salt March in 1930, participated in many civil
Sarojini’s battles for independence and women’s rights began after she met Shri Gopal Krishna Gokhale who told her to use her oratory and poetry to free Mother India. In 1916, she met Mahatma Gandhi. Her first comment to him was how messy his house was! This set the scene for a long friendship which never wavered through more than thirty years of fighting for India's freedom. Sarojini never lost her irreverence for the Mahatma, calling him “Mickey Mouse” and poking fun at him. In 1930 Sarojini marched with Gandhiji on the famous Salt March, also known as Dandi March. She participated in many other movements including the Quit India protest in 1942 for which she was jailed. After independence, she became the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, the first woman governor in India. She died in office in 1949, aged 70. There are many other women like Kamaladevi Chattopadhyaya, Raj Kumar Amrit Kaur, Kamala Nehru, and Aruna Asaf Ali to name a few who fought for independence and women’s rights. There are also many thousands whose names we shall never know but who played a vital role in India’s twin movements for independence and social reform. Let’s keep them all in mind as we celebrate Independence Day. GOPIO Queensland’s annual India Day Fair is a celebration of Indian Independence and will be held on 19th August at Roma Street Parkland.
disobedience campaigns and marches and was arrested and jailed on numerous occasions. Kasturba is well-remembered for her vigorous debates with Gandhiji who is reputed to have said she taught him the art of passive resistance! She died in 1944 at the age of 74 after a bout of illness acquired in prison lying on Gandhiji’s arms. Sarojini Naidu, the Nightingale of India, had a very different entry into the national movement and Gandhiji’s life. Her first rebellion was when she decided to study poetry rather than science or mathematics. Fortunately, her father was very supportive and she studied literature in London and Cambridge. Her poetry attracted a huge Indian and English readership. Her next battle was in 1898, when she fell in love with and married Dr Govindarajulu Naidu, who was from a different background. Again her father supported her. Her • Four unknown women, most probably students, marriage was a very happy one and she had demonstrate against the Government during the Quit India Movement in August 1942. five children.
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Indian Support Center Inc 2nd Anniversary Fund Raising Event THE Indian Support Centre Inc (ISC) has just completed two years. To celebrate the successful completion of its two years since incorporation in March 2015, the ISC organised a Fund Raising Event on 4th June 2017 at the Parramatta Town Hall, Parramatta. The function was started with traditional lighting of lamp by the Hon David Clarke, MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for Justice representing The Hon Gladys Berejiklian the Premier of NSW, Dr Hugh McDermott – Member for Prospect representing the Hon Luke Foley, Leader of the Opposition, and Mr Mark Taylor – Member for Seven Hills representing the Hon Ray Williams MP and Minister for Multiculturalism and Disability Services. This was followed by national anthem of Australia followed by the National Anthem of India. The event was well attended by about 300 people. While welcoming the guests Mr Subba Rao Varigonda, President said – “No one wants problems in life. However when we hit problems we need someone to share with, and if the problems are too hard to solve, we may even require a shoulder to cry. In our adopted country, where we made Australia as our home, you simply don’t know which door to knock at, to share our prob-
• At the Indian Support Center’s 2nd Annual Fund Raiser event 4th June 2017 at Parramatta Town Hall. Sitting from left to right: Clr Susai Benajamin, Mr Mark Talyor MP for Seven Hills, The Hon David Clarke, MLC and Parliamentary Secretary for Justice, Dr Hugh McDermott MP for Prospect.
lems and seek a possible resolution. The Indian Support Center was established in March 2015-with this clear objective in mind. Today the ISC supports new migrants arriving into Australia from the Indian Subcontinent, People who are long term unemployed and seeking jobs after arrival into Australia, people having family feuds and often ending into domestic violence, accidental deaths on roads with bodies to be flown back home, people having issues with pass-
ports and Visas for travel to India and other areas”. After the welcome speech by the President, The Hon David Clarke, MLC and Parliamentary Secretary for Justice spoke very highly of India, and India’s contribution to the world – in particular to the Australian economy. He congratulated the Indian Support Center for its excellent contribution to the community and went on to say – “it is a tribute to the ISC that it is becoming financially self-sufficient
after the initial seed capital grant from the Government of NSW 2015. At the end of his speech, the guests gave a standing ovation, while appreciating his speech. After his speech, the Hon David Clarke released the special issue of a souvenir magazine marking ISC’s 2nd Anniversary Fund Raising event. After the speech by the Hon David Clarke, Subba Rao Varigonda welcomed Dr Hugh McDermott to the stage to address the gathering. While welcoming Dr McDermott, Mr Varigonda quoted from Dr McDermott’s maiden speech in the NSW Parliament about his seat of Prospect – “We are a melting pot of people from across the planet: Tamils, Assyrians, Italians, Lebanese, Indians, Filipinos, Maltese, Eastern Europeans, Irish and Anglo-Celtic Australians, to name but a few of the successful multicultural mix in Prospect. It is great that we are all Aussies, we are all Australians” and went on to say that “This shows how much he recognises and is committed to multicultural Australia!” In his speech Dr Hugh McDermott spoke passionately about ISC’s contribution to the Indian subcontinent community in NSW. In particular he cited the support and assistance given to a Srilankan family when one young boy died while under the custody of NSW Corrective Services in Long Ba jail. After concluding his speech, Dr McDermott inaugurated the release of “The Subcontinent Voice”, a magazine that truly represents the voice of the migrant community from people across the Indian Subcontinent. Dr Chandrika Subramanian, Editor for the TSV and Lynda Vij, the financial partner for the magazine assisted in the release of the magazine. Dr McDermott speech was followed by a brief speech by Mr Mark Taylor, Member for Seven Hills. Mr S K Verma, Consul Consular Services, representing the Consul General of India also spoke passionately about the Indian Support Center and its contribution to the Indian migrant community in NSW. He voiced the views of the Consul General and said the Consulate would like to work closely with the Indian Support Center in addressing some of the issues of the Indian migrant community. The guests for the evening also included Mr Mohit Kumar, President of the Council of Indian Australians, Mr John Kennedy, President of the United Indian Associations, Mr Praful Desai, Ex-President of the Council of Indian Australians, Mr Tony Colaco, President of the Overseas Goan Association, prominent members from the Indian media and other dignitaries. Earlier the program got off to an excellent start by a display of Yoga exercises by the members of the Happy Thoughts group and this was followed by some excellent songs by the well-known singer Ms Shoba Ingleshwar. The Nartan Institute of Performing Arts presented an excellent Bollywood dance performances – both by children and senior girls that was highly appreciated by the guests. The entire backstage was well orchestrated by Arunesh Seth and Ms Jaspreet Chopra. Thanks to Dipak Padhiyar and the young volunteers he brought in – they had assisted in laying of the chairs for 300 guests for the start and taking them off after the function and cleaning up the hall. Haveli @ Harris Park provided excellent food for the evening. Dr Sangeeta Garg proposed vote of thanks. In particular she expressed sincere thanks to ISC’s our Platinum Sponsors – the Subcontinent Voice, Gold Sponsors - the Radhe Group, Bronze Sponsors – the CVFR Group and other sponsors – State Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, RD Cleaning Services, Famous Kitchens, Green and Gold and others, for the evening. All in all it was a fascinating evening and the 300 strong supporters went away with a strong feeling – “IT IS TIME TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY” The Management Committee of the Indian Support Centre Inc comprises of Subba Rao Varigonda - President; Dr Sangeeta Garg – Secretary, Ms Srilalitha Suresh – Treasurer, Ms Jaspreet Chopra, Committee Member, Arunesh Seth – Committee Member, Nalin Patel – Committee Member, Stanley D’Cruz – Committee Member. For more information about the Center and people from the Indian Subcontinent seeking support may contact Subba Rao Varigonda 0411 335 999 or Stanley D’Cruz on 0412 922 179 or email email@example.com, and our website is www.indiansupportcenter.org.au
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GOPIO Qld news...
GOPIO Queensland Business Seminar BUSINESS Council of GOPIO Queensland organised a very successful business seminar on end of financial year tax reduction titled “Leadership in Wealth programme”, on 8th of June. The session presented by Garry Dhaliwal attracted quite a few businessmen, all of whom appreciated the informative session; the timely topic received a favourable response evident by the spirited question and answer session. Garry Dhaliwal presented the topic in a very informative and interesting manner, a manner with which attendees could re-
late well. The presentation was well researched and presented backed by vital statistics he had the audience’s attention throughout the session. Pushpa Bakshi introduced the topic and the presenter, Usha Chandra President of GOPIO Queensland welcomed everyone to the seminar, Yousuf Alikhan moved a vote of thanks. Wine, tea, coffee, and light refreshments was served to all the attendees at this free seminar. GOPIO Queensland organises many such business seminars throughout the year.
GOPIO Queensland’s Bollywood Karaoke and Trivia Night GOPIO Queensland’s Bollywood Trivia and Karaoke night was a sold-out success. Held at delights of Paradise Indian Restaurant the fun filled function attracted a capacity crowd. Jess Kumar as the coordinator did a wonderful job, this is an area of her expertise and she together with her team delivered a rocking function. When audiences’ actually get a chance to be part of the night’s entertainment they are more connected and show greater ownership, as opposed to just listening to a few professional artist, this was definitely the case on this night. The trivia and the karaoke really engaged the audience. The food was great, the cash bar facility really worked, Councillor Angela Owen, Pinky Singh and Freya Ostapovitich all stayed till the end and danced the night away to the Bollywood music. The function raised funds for India Day Fair which will be held at Roma Street Parkland on 19th of August.
India Day Fair show stopper announced GOPIO Queensland at a function held on 22nd June, at Delights of Paradise announced their show stopper for 2017….who is none other than Lakhwinder Wadali. He is the younger generation of the Wadali clan, he is a accomplished musician and singer having performed with Father and uncle throughout the world. Lakhwinder
being classically trained is able handle all genres, he has received his voice training with his Father and Uncle the famous and respected Wadali Brothers. He has started doing a lot of his own shows and is very promising upcoming super star. GOPIO Queensland has teamed up with Bluemoon Production to bring
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Lakhwinder Wadali to Brisbane exclusively for India Day Fair, he will be performing a variety of numbers, including Patriotic, Bollywood and of course Bhangra. Kamar Bal and Rocky Bhullar from Bluemoon Production are no strangers when it comes to the music scene in Brisbane, they have given Brisbane many Back to back www.indiantimes.com.au
sold out Melas. Bluemoon production together with GOPIO Queensland ambassadors will be assisting with the promotion of India Day Fair, Platinum sponsors New England College are happy with GOPIO Queensland’s choice of artist. Lakhwinder will be coming with his own band, a select few local musicians will be invited
to join the troupe. GOPIO Queensland committee is excited that Lakhwinder has accepted their invitation to perform at India Day Fair, with the show stopper sourced and announced the committee can now focus on many other tasks at hand to successfully present India Day Fair 2017. Refer to flyer page 29. Call 07 3865 6533
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Governor of Tamil Nadu & Maharashtra – Sri Ch. Vidyasagar Rao & Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of State for Culture & Tourism light Maha Yogayagna with Sadhguru, Isha Foundation at 112-feet iconic face of Adiyogi on International Day of Yoga at Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore 21st June 2017, Coimbatore: Over 10,000 people including school children, women, members of paramilitary forces, officers from BSF and a large number of people gathered to participate in the third International Day of Yoga Celebrations at 7 am in preseIDYnce of the 112 ft face of Adiyogi- the source of Yoga at Isha Yoga Center in Coimbatore. Hon’ble Governor of Tamil Nadu & Maharashtra Shri C Vidyasagar Rao was the Chief Guest and Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Tourism & Culture (Independent Charge) Dr Mahesh Sharma was the Guest of Honour at the celebrations. Sadhguru, Founder, Isha Foundation, conducted an Upa-yoga session. The Hon’ble Governor and Hon’ble Minister lit the Maha Yoga Yagna along with Sadhguru, a pledge that reinforced the movement to spread Yoga to millions of people worldwide in the coming year. Sadhguru, the Hon’ble Governor and the Hon’ble Minister addressed the
global community and Yoga enthusiasts in over 300 countries and spoke about the significance of Yoga and the International Day of Yoga through a live webstream. Hon’ble Governor Rao said, “As Chancellor of 20 universities in Maharashtra and 20 in Tamil Nadu, I wish that an institutional arrangement happens between universities
Indian Yoga Teacher visits Australia for International Yoga Day
and institutions like Isha for the transfer of the knowledge of Yoga.” Hon’ble Minister Dr Sharma said, “Yoga is of the world. But yoga has a home, and that home is India.” “India has offered yoga as a gift to the world and it is heartening to see that the world is taking up Yoga in a huge way. International Day of Yoga is one of the greatest things that India has offered to the world,” said Sadhguru. To celebrate the third International Day of Yoga, Isha Foundation conducted Yoga sessions across the world in over 250 centers worldwide at zero cost. The Yoga sessions are being offered in collaboration with the Ministry of Ayush, State Education departments, Embassies, Consulates, CRPF, RAF, Indian navy, Prisons, Educational insititutions, Indian Railway, ISRO and a host of Corporate partners around the world. Yoga sessions were conducted at Trafalgar Square, London with High Commission of India, in Machu Picchu with Embassy of India in Peru
and Bolivia, Abu Dhabi and many more places around the world. Isha Foundation is an accredited Yoga institution by Ministry of Ayush and part of the AYUSH ministry’s International Day of Yoga Steering Committee. After the immense impact of the first two years of the International Day of Yoga, Isha Foundation is concentrating its efforts to offer the science of Yoga, with a special focus on students and soldiers of India. Isha also conducted an Upa-yoga session for the Border Security Forces in New Delhi and for over 3000 scientists, engineers and personnel of Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota on the International Day of Yoga. Isha Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Border Security Force (BSF) this month which will equip over 2 lakh 50 thousand BSF personnel to learn Yoga in scientific way through teachers trained by Sadhguru. Isha is in the process of conducting large scale Hatha Yoga programs for paramilitary forces across India. This year Isha is also conducting Yoga sessions in prisons, state & central government institutions, schools, colleges, radio stations, corporate houses, shopping malls etc this year. Isha Foundation is also offering simple 5 minute yoga practices online and through a Mobile App called “Yoga Tools for Transformation” – Log on to isha.sadhguru.org/ For more details, contact - 9487475346
Yoga in Calamvale District Park
• Purshotam Arora Qualified yoga teacher from India recently conducted Yog sessions in Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra. Pictured at Sant Nirankari Mission Brisbane on 21st June 2017.
THE world has just celebrated the 3rd International Yoga Day on 21st June 2017. Sh. Narinder Modi Prime minister of India, proposed to earmark a yoga day in the United Nations General Assembly in its 69th session on the 21st September 2014. Approximately 193 countries, a record number approved the proposal by consensus on 11th December 2014 to celebrate 21st June every year as International Yoga Day. Hence, first International Yoga Day was celebrated on 21st June 2015, when approximately two hundred countries participated. Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian traditions. It is a powerful science of selfhealing for the body and mind. It is a highly respected and trusted discipline. It is the unity of body and mind, thought and action, holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Yoga is not just an exercise, by change in lifestyle, we can build a healthy, strong and 18 — THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, July, 2017
peaceful world population. Yoga brings harmony in all paths of life and is known for disease prevention, health promotion and management of many life related disorders. It is the art and science of healthy living. Millions of people across the globe have been benefited by the practice of yoga. Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The more you practice, the more brighter the flame. Its aim is to restore the mind to be calm and bring simplicity and peace, free it from confusion and distress. Unlike other forms of exercises which strains muscles and bones, yoga gently energises the body and fills up the reservoirs of hope and optimism. Thus, leading to spiritual contentment which makes it the rebirth in true sense. Purshotam Arora Qualified Yoga Teacher who recently visited Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane
ON June 18th Councillor Angela Owen of Calamvale Ward organised a International Yoga Day in the Calamvale District Park. International yoga day in the park was supported by GOPIO Qld, DJJS, Mrs Archana Singh, and Honorary Counsel for India in Queensland. The sessions were shared by different organisation that supports and promotes yoga. Vis-
iting enlightened priests from India representing DJJS Brisbane Chapter were amongst the instructors of the sessions. Free head massage (champpi) and relaxing back massages were very popular booths. Many stall holders had yoga related merchandise for sale and giveaway; Locals appreciated the initiative and participated in the yoga sessions. Call 07 3865 6533
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Iftar Dinners spread goodwill within wider Queensland Community DURING the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims fast for a month from dawn to dusk, at dusk when they break the fast, a dinner function known as Iftar is organised usually with the family and friends. To spread the good will and better understanding of Islamic culture many non-Muslims have been invited to these iftars. In appreciation of their contributions and showing their appreciation many Government organisations have actually hosted these dinners, we will look at a few of them in this article. A community Iftar for mainly non-Muslims was organised at Holland Park Mosque, one of the oldest Mosques. Many faith leaders and politicians from different levels and parties attended the iftar and broke bread not only with the officials of Holland Park Mosque but with Usman Khawaja the famous cricketer. During the dinner, the floor was opened for and question and answer session, attendees were also invited to share their views and feeling on being invited to the dinner, the session was facilitated by none other than Ali Kadri. A professor of statistics in USQ’s School of
Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences, Professor Khan the founding president of the Islamic Society of Toowoomba and the Founding Chair of Toowoomba’s Garden City Mosque Committee since its inception in 2013, was presented with an award by Commissioner Ian Stewart at the Queensland Police Service Community Iftar Dinner 2017 in Brisbane. Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk hosted
an iftar dinner at Sun Pac in Sunnybank, Lord Mayor thanked Yasmin Khan for initiating the idea. The dinner was attended by many community leaders and politicians, Lord Mayor even joined in the prayers, and Councillor Kim Marx was the MC for the dinner. The 10th Annual “Peace & Dialogue Iftar Dinner” and “The Queensland Intercultural Society Awards”, was held on Wednesday, 14th of June 2017 at 5pm at the Queensland
Parliament House, (Premiers Hall, Parliamentary Annexe) Corner of George & Alice Streets, Brisbane. This event was co-hosted by the Queensland Intercultural Society and two of Australia’s most prominent State Members by the Hon Grace Grace MP, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, (ALP) and Mr Steve Minnikin MP, Shadow Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs, (LNP). The dinner was followed by a performance showcasing Music and an Award Ceremony where outstanding members of the community will be honoured for their contributions in enhancing peace and dialogue within the Australian society. Many more Community Iftars were hosted by many community organisations throughout the State. “Doing the right thing often means making sacrifices but always means you are a good citizen. Thank you to those who strive to make our community a better place for all!” said police commissioner Ian Stewart.
30th Anniversary Tamil Program Radio4EB By Mr. Siva Kailasam THE Tamil Language Group of Radio 4EB is known as “Tamil Oli” celebrated their 30th Anniversary of “Tamil-Oli” Program on 17th of June with a range of cultural performances. This is a remarkable breakthrough and represents a great level of dedications from all of Tamil volunteer members since Tamil Oli program was launched on air, in 1986. This celebration was held at the Cannon Hill Christian College Auditorium on the day (17th of June) from 5.30-7.30pm with 450+ spectators. “Olirum Tamil Oli” was the theme of the massive milestone event. The main intention of the program is to thank and appreciate the great efforts of the people who started the Tamil broadcasting 30 years ago, nevertheless its very important to continue the great efforts without any break through all these years, to congratulate each and every one of them in the past and in the present who have contributed to bring the Tamil Oli to the successful level as today. Special thanks to 4EB broadcasting for giving the opportunity and providing the right platform to grow the multiculturalism and 20 — THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, July, 2017
various languages. Few of the committee members of 1986 Tamil-Oli and founding members were present in the event to acknowledge the achievement of the past 30 years and Mr. Ratnam Kandasamy, who was the convenor of 1986 Tamil-Oli delivered a speech. The chief guest of the function was Mr. Peter Russo (Sunnybank MP) delivered his excellent speech congratulating Tamil community and he has provided his support for the growth of the Tamil language. Radio4EB committee members, staff and board of directors were took part in the 30th anniversary celebration. The program is supported by the Lord Mayor’s Suburban Fund, sponsorship from organisations, individuals and political leaders along with the media supports www.indiantimes.com.au
and Best Wishes from various community organisations. The cultural performances performed by various organisations, individuals, dance and music schools were extradionary, the audiences enjoyed every moment of the performances. In a nutshell, the event was an evening filled with festivities that brought together better community engagement and opportunities to develop community harmony, networks with ethnic and non-ethnic members from our community. The quality and popularity of the Tamil oli program is supported by the listening hours on demand being significantly larger than any other 50+ community groups broadcast via Radio4EB. From the data obtained from Radio4EB, currently Tamil-Oli is holding the top place in Global
(No#1 Digital) and within top ten places of the FM98.1(6th place) broadcasted by Radio 4EB in May 2017. These achievements are testimony to the quality of the programs and the dedicated volunteer team whose efforts should not go without acknowledgement. The volunteers contribution apart from all the family and work commitments is very much appreciated. It is important that the cultural heritage of the Tamil language is preserved through this broadcasting. On behalf of the management committee and the event organising committee, the convenor of 4EB Tamil-Oli Mrs. Remadevi Dhanasekar thanked each and every one of them for their support to make this event a grand success. Call 07 3865 6533
HINDU SOCIETY OF QUEENSLAND INC. (GAYATRI MANDIR) Notice of Annual General Meeting and Elections of Management Committee Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Hindu Society of Queensland Inc. will be held at the Gayatri Mandir, 178 Lyndhurst Road, Boondall, Qld 4034 on Sunday 16th July 2017 at 10.00am. All Members are requested to attend. Nominations for the 12 positions on the Management committee are called for and must be compliant as stated below: 1. The nominations must be submitted on the approved Hindu Society of Queensland Inc. nomination forms. 2. The Nominee, the Proposer and the Seconder must be a financial member of the Hindu Society of Queensland Inc. as at 5.00pm on Friday 30 June 2017. 3. When being nominated for any positions on the Committee, the nominees should be aware of the rules and regulations of the Society. Whilst being on the Committee is honorary, it does carry stringent responsibilities and liability. 4. At an election, only Life Members and ordinary members whose subscriptions are paid for the 2016/2017 financial year prior to elections will be eligible to vote at the AGM 5. All Nominations should be addressed to The Secretary, Hindu Society of Qld Inc., PO Box 73, Taigum, Qld 4018 and should reach the postal box no later than 30th June 2017 by close of business (5pm). Please note that Strictly No nominations will be received in person and for your records it is recommended that nominations be sent by registered mail. 6. Failure to comply with above terms and conditions will make nominations invalid. 7. The constitution of the Society as lodged with Office of Fair Trading on 21 May 1992 with subsequent resolutions Lodged after this date shall prevail at all times. David Puran Secretary
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Lord Mayor Graham Quirk of Brisbane City Moved by the Acts of Good Samaritans
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Rathyatra
BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir Brisbane organised their annual Rathyatra on Saturday, 24th June, from their Mandir situated at 45 Clare Road, Kingston. Rathyatra is a cultural festival depicting the journey of Chariots symbolising and promoting goodness, happiness, values and harmony in the community. The procession began at 3pm with the aarathi ceremony and the cracking of coconuts by “Santos” (head priests) and invited dignitaries. The procession turns right onto Clare Rd and follows up Hope Street on To Augustus Street and down Brisbane Street. The procession was led by Chenda Melam Brisbane a keralean percussion group based in Brisbane, Australia. Chenda melam is the most popular art form in Kerala, for more than 300 years. Following Chenda Melam was the “Santos” and dignitaries pulling the chariot behind which many devotees join in joyously. The whole procession and is conducted in a very orderly and coordinated
manner, with support of the dedicated volunteers and members of Queensland Police Service. Refreshments were served at the finish of the procession which concluded by 4:30pm. The evening session “Rathyatra Sabha” took place from 5pm til 7pm, finishing off with “mahaprasad” (dinner).
Siddhartha the musical
SIDDHARTHA the musical, depicting the Life of Sakyamuni Buddha played at QPAC on 16th and 17th June. The performances were
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completely houseful. The musical was presented in English, the main artists were from The Philippines. Twenty-seven budding stars
THE World Mission Society Church of God has been awarded with the Certificate of Appreciation from the Lord Mayor of Brisbane City, Graham Quirk, for protecting and enhancing the environment of Runcorn Ward. On 21 May 2017, members of the World Mission Society Church of God donned in yellow vest gathered in Glenefer Street Park in Runcorn for their ‘3784th Worldwide Environmental Cleanup Campaign’. The rainy weather forecast did not stop them from coming. Volunteers from children to elderly collected over 20 bags of rubbish and discarded household items lying around in the park, streets, Brady Bushland, and along the Bublimba Creek in a morning. Among the bulky items there were tyre retrieved from creek, broken chair, air-con unit. Local Councillor Marx of Runcorn suburb and assistant Heidi turned up to support the group, though Councillor Marx had a swollen ankle due to a fall she turned up with clutches sincerely giving thanks and praise to the volunteers for their good deeds as the people of this society who looks after their environment. Being moved by the efforts of the group, Councillor Marx and showed her continuous support by offering the volunteer group with cleaning tools and refreshments for their future cleanups.
from New Farm State School, Brisbane joined in a segment and did us proud. The choreography, sound and lighting was just amazing, on 17th June a VIP reception was held before the show, invited guests got an opportunity to meet the stars in person and interact with them. The musical presented in two parts covered the birth of Siddhartha till he became the enlightened Buddha. The production and storytelling was of a very high standard, pleasing and eloquent, a feast for the eyes and solace to the soul. A great effort by the students of Guang Ming College Cebu’s, Performing Arts Institute Philippines. The show was organised by Fo Guang Shan Chung Tian Temple, co-organiser was Nan Tien Institute and Buddha’s Light International Association of Queensland and supported by Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and Queensland Government. Siddhartha the musical was produced through the collaboration of Fo Guang Chu
Through this clean up the World Mission Society Church of God has been awarded with the Certificate of Appreciation from the Lord Mayor of Brisbane City, Graham Quirk, for their contribution to the environment of Runcorn Ward. Apart from this cleanup, the group has been going around to different suburbs of Brisbane every month to hold their campaign, and through their campaign they wish to help raise awareness on environmental pollutions as well as global warming through loving and taking care of our environment by not littering for the best of our future. Last year in July 2016 the church was awarded with the ‘Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service’ in UK along with the title MBE, it is the first church group to ever receive the Queen’s Award. Representatives of the World Mission Society Church of God were invited to Garden Party and had an audience with Queen Elizabeth. The World Mission Society Church of God has been established in 175 countries and in 2,500 regions having 2.7million members worldwide. The church carries out various voluntary works such as blood drives, disaster relief, community works- food drive, socks drive, and visiting aged care.
Un Temple in Cebu and Cebu chapter of Buddha’s light International Association in 2007. Depicting the life of Siddhartha Gautama, the Indian prince who became Buddha, the musical features original songs based on the writings of Venerable Master Hsin Yun. Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Councillor Graham Quirk said “festivals, events and shows like Prince Siddhartha create new lifestyle and leisure opportunities and add to the rich tapestry that help make Brisbane a modern and vibrant World City”. Call 07 3865 6533
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• Lalithakalalaya will present Sarvam Sivamayam - The Dance of the Universe on 22 July at Upper Mount Gravatt. Guru Smt. Padmalakshmi Sriram & her disciples look forward to seeing you then. Full details on flyer on page 44.
• Dharam Guru Acharya performing Navgraha Maha Yagna with devotees at Shree Vishnu Maya Mandir. Photo’s courtesy Devika Maharaj.
• The annual Sankabhisekam was held at the New Zealand Thirumurugan Temple on 5th June, 2017. Photo’s courtesy Vimaladevi Varnakulasingham.
• Acting Ipswich Mayor Councillor Paul Tully with the steering committee of Power of Peace Festival planned for 29th October 2017.
• Carnatic Vocal Concert presented by Svaraalaya School of Music on June 18 raised $3,750 for Pandit Unnikrishnan Charity. The funds raised will go to educate 18-19 year old girls in Gujurat for a year. Photo Brian Sullivan. 26 — THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, July, 2017
• Chinmaya Mission Adult Retreat with Swami Shrikarananda.
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• DJJS priests conducting Sundar Kand Katha at Gayatri Mandir, Boondall. The discourse and bhajans were greatly appreciated by a large number of devotees who turned up on the night.
• Prabha Mishra, a well know radio personality celebrated her 75th birthday with Family and friends at Satay Ria Malaysian restaurant. Everyone enjoyed a fun filled night celebrating her milestone birthday.
• New team at the Lions Club of Brisbane United Asia Business Inc charity dinner function held at Grand Chancellor Hotel, Brisbane.
• Umesh Chandra, Minister Grace Grace, Usha Chandra and Nora Amath at the • Sanatan Queensland special general meeting held at their newly acquired land, 550 Wembley Road, Berrinba. Luminous Lantern Parade VIP reception.
• Above & Below: Shiamak Davar’s philosophy of “Have Feet. Will Dance” was proven once again at the spectacular WINTER Funk 2017 by the students of Shiamak’s Winter Workshops.The highlight of the show included performances by The Shiamak Melbourne Dance Team. Our Brisbane performers from ages four to seventy four from Runcorn and Middle Park at the show reiterated Shiamak’s motto of “Have feet, Will Dance”.
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Adi Shankaracharya SHREE Shankara restored the Vedic Sanatan Dharma during the period of dominance of Buddhism and Jainism in India around 8th and 9th century. He is known as the Adi Shankaracharya or the first Shankara. Acharya is a reverential suffix attached to the name of a great religious scholar. A number of biographies, believed to be of Adi Shankaracharya, written over a period of time after his death, offer varying chronology of his life. According to popularly accepted belief, he was born in 788 CE in Kerala in South India and died in 820 CE in Kedarnath in Uttarakhand, India. He is honoured with the title of Jagadguru or the Teacher of the World. His life is full of legendary feats. He was born to devout religious parents after their fervent prayer to Lord Shiva for a child. He was named Shankara in order to express their gratitude to Lord Shiva for his blessing. Many people believe that Shankaracharya was an incarnation of Lord Shankara. Shankara’s father died in his childhood. His thread ceremony, which is the initiation for Vedic learning, was performed after his father’s death. Shankara was a very intelligent child and had the capacity to remember anything by reading only once. In a short period of time, he mastered all the Vedas and Vedangas, or the limbs of the Vedas, at his local traditional Vedic school. From his childhood, Shankara had natural inclination to becoming a Sanyasi, a religious order of saints detached from their family bond. His mother was not willing to let him go, as he was her only son. By chance, one day Shankara went to a river to bathe where
a crocodile caught hold of his leg. Shankara begged his mother, who was also there, to allow him to take Sanyasa else he would be devoured by the crocodile. The mother agreed to let him become a Sanyasi and Shankara promised to see her before her death. Shankara left his native place in search of a spiritual Guru. He travelled north and at a hermitage on the bank of River Narmada he met a famous saint, Govinda Bhagavatapada. After a brief discussion, Govinda Bhagavatapada accepted Shankara as his disciple. Under Govinda Bhagavatapada’s guidance, Shankara mastered Vedanta, yoga and other philosophical disciplines and became an Acharya of spiritual subjects.
Shankaracharya wrote commentaries on Brahma-Sutras, major Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita. He propounded the Advaita or Non Dual philosophy through his writings and teachings. According to this doctrine, the supreme Brahman, the creator, is formless and without attributes. The Jeeva, the soul of individual living entities, is in essence, the same as the supreme Brahman. Hence the Brahman and the Jeeva are not two but one i.e. Advaita. Shankaracharya visited Varanasi, Badrikashrama, Prayaga and other important places all over India, spreading his philosophy and defeating his opponents through Shastratha or philosophical debate. Shastratha was and remains an important tool to propagate a doctrine among the learned and spiritual populaces in India. Shankaracharya defeated Kumarila Bhatt, a well-known advocate of Mimansa or ritualistic Hindu ceremonies during this time. On Kumarila’s advice, Shankaracharya visited Mithila where he debated with Mandan Mishra and his wife Bharati Mishra, great scholars of Hindu philosophy of the time. Elsewhere, he debated with many other scholars adhering to different traditions of Hinduism as well as followers of Buddhism, Jainism, Charvaka and other sects inconsistent with the Vedic Sanatan Dharma. Many who were defeated in spiritual debates became a disciple of Shankaracharya and disseminated Shankaracharya’s doctrine. Shankaracharya’s victorious debating journey led to the resurgence of Vedic Sanatan Dharma. Numerous scholars as well as followers of non-Vedic religions returned to the Vedic religion propagated by Shankaracharya. As per his promise, Shankaracharya visited his mother just before her death and obtained her final blessing. Shankaracharya died dur-
ing his pilgrimage to Kedarnath at the age of 32 years. Shankaracharya is credited with the establishment of Char Dhama, four Mathas or monastic centres in the four directions of India. These Mathas are located at Badrikashrama in the North, Shringeri in the South, Jagannath Puri in the East and Dwarka in the West. These Mathas were established to uphold the triumph of Shankaracharya’s philosophy over the existing non-Vedic religions and misguided Hindu traditions. The four Mathas are revered destinations for Hindu pilgrims from all over the world. The leaders of these Mathas, also known as Shankaracharya of the specific Matha, continue to follow and propagate the tradition established by the Adi Shankaracharya. At the time of Adi Shankaracharya, Hinduism was divided into many groups adhering to different deities such as Vishnu, Shiva, Ganesha, Shakti, Surya and others. Shankaracharya united these various groups and introduced the worship of Panchayatana i.e. five major deities. This continues to be a current practice amongst traditional Hindus. He composed many verses in the praise of Lord Vishnu and his incarnations. He wrote Sanskrit poems including Bhaj Govindam, Kanakdhara Stotram and others. Vivek Chudamani is also an important work created by him. Shankaracharya started the revival of Hinduism after a long dominance of nonVedic religions and pseudo Hindu practices in India. His philosophy became the basis for further development in subsequent Hindu thinking. More information on Hinduism will follow in the next edition of BIT. Awadhesh Sharma
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The importance of Water / Rivers in Hinduism Courtesy Krish Illungo & Mrs. Sujatha Vasudevan Continued from last issue
IT is a tradition in India and other countries of Hindu practitioners to worship, be grateful to all the forms of nature by allocating a day in a year to offer their thanks to the grace of the nature /natural environment such as to the sun, wind, water etc. People in south India and other parts of Hindu practitioners celebrate the 18th Day of the Tamil month Aadi which falls between mid-June/July, celebrate the river festival. On this day during the evening time thousands of people gather around the river banks, or dams. They do a small prayer to thank the river that makes them lead a prosperous life and float their offerings in a banana leaf into the river. This is followed by the dinner with all the family members who are gathered there. They stay till late in the night socialising and enjoying the celebrations. In recent times, partly due the secular beliefs and attitudes of the present generation is changing towards some of their ancestral practices. Via education people recognises the significance of the true nature of water bodies and are making their efforts to preserve and maintain the purity of the rivers, wells and its sustainability. Due to a growing population and over extraction, widespread use of industrial chemicals, polluted water discharges and climate changes threaten our rivers and wells (groundwater) in many parts of the world. The depletion and deterioration of this resources in many countries led to regulate the water resources under sustainable management principles by the water authorities. Humans have long assumed that the ocean’s size allowed them to put anything they wanted into it and to take anything they wanted out. Changing temperatures and chemistry, overfishing and pollution have stressed its ecosystems for decades. The ocean stores more than nine-tenths of the heat trapped on Earth by greenhouse-gas emissions. Like the rivers and freshwater bodies the ocean too nurtures humanity. But recent unsustainable actions show humanity treat oceans with contempt. (Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/indianews/ganga-can-wash-away-all-sins-people-havefailed-the-river-uttarakhand-high-court/storytJ98HIIn42ihOyOvncNjmJ.html)
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The record-breaking heat that made 2016 the hottest year ever recorded – and scientists say human activity to blame, has continued into 2017, pushing the world into ‘truly uncharted territory’, according to the World Meteorological Organisation. This puts enormous pressure to already depleted rivers and groundwater resources. Australia being the driest continent water is a contentious natural resource issue. Authorities here recognise the importance take appropriate measures to sustain the resources and its quality - national water reform agenda is in place for the last 25 years to manage the water resources under a consistent water management frame work. Engaging Indigenous /Aboriginal peoples in water planning and management, by way of identifying and allocating water for cultural values are part of Australian government commitment. On the 15th March 2017 a world first, the Whanganui River in New Zealand has been
given the same legal status as a person. The river will now be the first in the world to have such a status and the Maori the natives welcomes bill’s passing. "From a Whanganui viewpoint the wellbeing of the river is directly linked to the wellbeing of the people and so it is really important that's recognised as its own identity," Te Tai Hauāuru MP Adrian Rurawhe says. Read more: http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21719 409-odd-legal-status-intended-helpprevent-pollution-and-other-abusesnew-zealand-declares Making explicit reference to the Whanganui settlement, the Uttarakhand High Court on the 20th of March 2017 recognised river Ganga as the first living entity of India. This means polluting the Ganga may be seen as human rights violation - if someone pollutes river Ganga, the law will see it equal to harming a human being. The court also ruled the government to form a Ganga Administration Board for cleaning and better maintenance of the river. Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2017/03/20/ut-
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But God Choose... Key Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:27-28 (NIV) 27. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are
DEAR Reader, Last month we shared about the experience of being born again with a new heart and mind in order to reconnect with our Creator. Born again is a revolutionary concept to the people who caught up. Religious traditions created by human efforts to please God. The kingdom of God is personal and not a not a national or ethnic, and its requirements are very simple. Realise that we all are sinners and fallen short of God’s perfect moral law. We need to humble and repent of this human condition of our hearts. Today, we want share another very important truth from the Holy Scriptures. God choose a plan for humanity to be saved from sin, curse and death. The concept of The Cross looked foolish and meaning less even to me when I was not a believer. But one day, I sincerely humbled to ask to forgive my pride and sins. Here are two critical questions we must search for answers. Why should all knowing and all powerful God die on the cross? What is the plan and purpose of God in this supreme sacrifice? I pray and hope, you will know the truth about God’s choice and the cross, and you will also humble and sincerely search your heart. God choose this plan of the cross to shame the people who worship power, influ-
ence and wealth. These people generally are proud of worldly accomplishments and are shallow in their way to help the needy. Jesus, the King of the universe and Creator and author of life came as a hum-ble and suffering servant; He offers His true life of peace and joy to all who humble and seek His heart. He offers forgiveness of our sins and will breaks every generational curse. All you need is a sincere and humble heart to ask for His love to heal your heart. Accept His love by believing in the finished work of His sacrifice on the cross. Bible is totally trustworthy; we know that Jesus died and rose again from death. Therefore the empty tomb means He has con-quered the death. And now He offers His Spirit to you, so that you too can conquer the death and fear of death. His plan of the cross is perfectly perfect and completely complete. You can’t earn good score with God by your human efforts, but by believing and living in faith in Jesus, you will find new life and a true life. “Father God, forgive my sins and wrong way of living to please my own de-sires. Today, I read that I can be born again with a new mind and heart by believing in your perfect and holy sacrifice on the cross for me. Therefore, I con-fess that Jesus died for my sins and rose again to life to give me a new birth to my spirit. Help me to live in the fullness of this new birth until you call me to eternal home. Amen. The Holy Bible says, if you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus is the Lamb of God who has taken away your sins and you will be saved. Please email to us your new birth experience so we can help you grow in the glorious hope in your Creator. Email to us to help you connect with Christ: email@example.com.
The meaning of “AUM” Jitendra Deo President APSQ
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THE syllable AUM symbolizes both the spheres: (1) the phenomenal, visible sphere of the 'jagat', wherein the manifestations of time and space appear and perish, and (2) the transcendent, timeless sphere of the Imperishable Being, which is beyond and yet one with it. Thus, A the 'waking state', U, the 'dream', and M, the 'deep sleep', and the silence, 'turiya', all the four together comprise the totality of this manifestation of AtmanBrahman as a syllable. Just as the sound M manifests itself, grows, becomes transformed in its vocal quality, and finally subsides into the silence that follows so too the four 'states' or components of being ultimately merge into the homogeneous silence of the 'fourth' (turiya). The other three states are transformations of the one experience, which taken together constitute the totality of its modes, whether regarded from the microcosmic or from the macrocosmic point of view. The A and U are essential to the sound as M, or as the silence (turiya) against which the sound appears. Moreover, it would be a mistake to say that AUM did not exist while the silence reigned; for it would be still potentially present even in the silence. The actual manifestation of the syllable, on the other hand, is fleeting and evanescent, whereas the silence abides. The silence, indeed, is present
elsewhere during a local pronunciation of the AUM - that is to say (by analogy), transcendentally during the creation, manifestation, and dissolution of the universe. It may be asked as to why this particular word 'AUM' should be chosen as the word representative of the 'thought' out of which the universe has become manifested. "This AUM is the only possible symbol which covers the whole ground, and there is none other like it. The sphota is the material of all worlds, yet it is not any definite word in its fully formed state. That is to say, if all the particularities which distinguish one word from another be removed, then what remains will be the sphota. Therefore, this sphota is called the Nada-Brahman, the sound-Brahman. Now, every word symbol intended to express the inexpressible sphota, will so particularise it that it will no longer be the sphota. That which particularise it the least and, at the same time, most approximately expresses its nature will be the truest symbol thereof; and this is the AUM, and the AUM only; because, these three letters A, U, M, pronounced in combination as AUM, can alone be the generalized symbol of all possible sounds. The letter A is the least differentiate of all sounds. Again, all articulate sounds are produced in the space within the mouth – beginning with the root of the tongue and ending at the lips – the throatsound is A, and M is the lip-sound; and U exactly represents the rolling forward of the impulse which begins at the root of the tongue, continuing till it ends in the lips." Please contact Jitendra Deo 3273 3029 or Hari Chand 33454716 for information on activities of Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Queensland or log on: www.aryasamajqueensland.com
Your Mortal Nature Sadhguru, Isha Foundation
A HUMAN being does not turn spiritual because he thinks about God. If you think about God, you are usually only thinking about survival. Ninety-eight percent of the prayers in the world are “Dear God, give me this, give me that, protect me.” This is not spirituality, it is just plain survival. It is just that you are routing your survival through heaven and that is the biggest problem in the country. To take care of simple survival, people are calling upon God and India is a living proof that it has not worked. If you want to survive well, you must just learn to use your four limbs and a few brain cells. So don't think you are spiritual because you think about God. If you think about God when you feel insecure or hungry or when you feel something is going to be lost, that is survival not spirituality. You think about spirituality only when you are faced and confronted with death. When you know and realize that you are a mortal, when you become aware that tomorrow morning you may be dead, then you wonder what this is all about. You look like a whole, complete human being, but tomorrow morning you may evaporate and nobody is going to miss you. Everything will be fine in the world without you. The flowers will bloom better because you will be manure. So what does this mean? You want to know what is the nature of “Who I am.” You want to know where you came from and where you will go. Now a spiritual process has started. So it is always in confrontation with death that a spiritual process starts. Everybody should visit the cremation ground once in a while just to understand that this is where you will eventually go. You may think at you are going to so many places, you may think that you are educating yourself or that you are working or doing this and that,
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but your body, without any change in its direction and destination is going straight to the grave. That is the nature of the body. If all that you know is physical, you are going straight to the grave, nowhere else. From the moment you are born, every step that the body takes is just one step closer to the grave. “Oh isn't it a pessimistic way of looking at things?” It is not pessimistic or optimistic, it is a reality that you have to face. Only when you realize the mortal nature of who you are, do you want to know what is beyond this. When the urge to know what is beyond this arises, the spiritual process is on. Ranked amongst the fifty most influential people in India, Sadhguru is a yogi, mystic, visionary and bestselling author. Sadhguru has been conferred the "Padma Vibhushan" by the Government of India in 2017, the highest civilian award of the year, accorded for exceptional and distinguished service. http://isha.sadhguru.org/
DEAR reader it is with great joy we bring to you the word of God. We all can fall in the trap of living a life comparing with others. What you have to realise is that you are unique and there is no one exactly the same as you on this planet. You may have similarities but it’s your differences that makes you so unique. You have something to give to this world that no else can. But too often we let feelings of insecurity and not good enough hold us back. We compare others success, wealth, intelligence etc, with ours, leaving us either filled with pride or feeling worse of. Often times we end living lives unhappy, upset and always in completion with others, and not reaching our full potential. In the scriptures we read of King Saul and David (1 Samuel 18) returning after defeating the Philistines, that some women began to sing and dance and said “Saul has killed his thousands, And David his ten thousands.” David was good at fighting, leading, playing music but all these did not affect Saul until some women began to sing and compare Saul to David. Saul never looked at David the same again because some people said he was at level one thousand while David was at level ten thousand. He compared his success with that of David, and felt so afraid and insecure that he threw spears at David and went chasing after him to get rid of him. In the end he lost his kingdom and his life. Here are 4 things that can keep us away from living a life comparing with others. 1) Know what you are and what you are not. One time some people asked John the Baptist if he was the Christ, a prophet or Elijah. “No I am not”, replied John, “but I am a voice of one crying out ….make straight the way of the Lord.” You have to realise that you are not weak at everything, neither are you strong at everything but you can do your best in everything. When thoughts of comparing
yourself to other people’s success, wealth and intelligence comes to mind just say to yourself “I know what I am and what I am not.” 2) Count your own blessings not somebody else’s. It is easy to count your blessings. Counting others blessings can be difficult and inaccurate. The women said David killed ten thousand, may have been incorrect, yet to Saul it made him look very small. 3) Stop comparing and start living. Comparison puts the focus on the wrong person. The only person who is like you is yourself. If you try and be someone else then who is going to be you. And if you stay away from comparison and run your own race in life, not only will you enjoy your life more but you will see your gifts and talents come out to the full. 4) Stay away from people who have a habit of comparing you to others. They will tell you that you are at level one thousand and somebody else is at level ten thousand. They cannot see your race and destiny. If they cannot compare you then they will compare someone else. But you cannot let their comparison slow you down. Never let their words find roots in your spirit. Know that you are Gods workmanship created in Jesus Christ for good works and God has ordered your steps. That you are prepared to live your own life, a life without comparison! God bless you. Ps Joseph Dass firstname.lastname@example.org Call 07 3865 6533
SELF-EVALUATION Prepared by: Imam Aslam ALL praise be to Allah Ta’allah, the cherisher and the Sustainer of the world. Peace and blessings be upon the Prophet Muhammad sallahu alayhi wasallam. Accounting is a characteristic found in human nature, irrespective of his country, ancestry, community or religion. Man is always preoccupied about things that shall benefit or harm him; he is always worried about his future, his wealth, property and about other things. His mind is always analyzing his strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Accounting is of various kinds. Generally, man takes an account of those things that are related to this temporary world. At such times, he forgets that there is someone else too, who is taking (his) account and whose rewards are everlasting. He is so absorbed in the accounting of this colourful and attractive world, that he has forgotten the terrifying accounting that shall take place in the grave or the impartial accounting of the Day of Mahshar (Day of Gathering on the Last Judgment). Man is busy in finding faults in others. He forgets to take account of himself and see how much he is immersed in sins and how many flaws lie within his own self. Rather, man should make his own self so strong and powerful, that it becomes his advisor. The ‘self’ of man should exhort him towards all obligatory acts and refrain him from committing all prohibited acts. Today, so much time is being wasted in backbiting, accusing others, watching television and committing other sins. Man must realize that everything will be accounted for. The way you trained your children, the way you spent your money, whether you have usurped any one’s right, even if it is a material right, to the extent that even if you have done good or evil of the size of a mustard seed, it will be accounted for. The Day of Judgment is also referred to as ‘The Day of Lamenting’. As Allah (SWT) mention in Noble Qur’an: Whether you show what is in your mind or conceal it, Allah is well aware of that and will call you to, account therefore. (2:284)
It is for this very reason that Holy Prophet Mohammad (saw) has narrated, “Take account (of your deeds) yourself before you are taken account of (by Allah [SWT])”. Holy Prophet Mohammad (saw) says: Oh Abu Dharr! Take account of yourself before you’re taken account of so your accounting will be easier tomorrow. And weigh yourself before you are weighed and prepare for the great staging; the day you will be presented, not the least of a hidden thing of you will be hidden from Allah (SWT). Another companion (Sahabah) Abdullah Bin Mas’ud (ra) narrated that Holy Prophet Mohammad (saw) said, “A man shall be asked concerning five things on the day of resurrection: concerning his life, how he spent it; concerning his youth, how he grew old; concerning his wealth, whence he acquired it, and in what way he spent it; and what was it that he did with the knowledge that he had.” (Tirmidhi 5197) Take account of yourself before the weighing scale is established. And be prepared for a great accounting. Just as man carries a watch in order to keep track of time, in the same manner, he should assign a watch for himself that will keep a track of his daily activities. He should check every day the actions that are beneficial to him and the actions that harm him. Every night when we lie down on the bed, we should analyze our entire day and scrutinize each and every of our actions. ‘What did we eat?’ ‘What did we earn?’ ‘Did we commit any sin?’ At the same time we should also remember about the Day of Qiyamat (day of resurrection). If we find that we have performed good actions, then we should praise Allah (SWT) and if we find that we have performed bad actions, then we should seek forgiveness from Him and resolve not to repeat them. It was asked from Hazrat Ali (R.A): How should a person take account of himself? Hazrat Ali (as) replied: When a person ends his day, then he should turn towards himself and say ‘O self! This day that has passed will not return. Allah (SWT) will ask you about how you wasted your day. He will ask you about the actions you performed, whether
you remembered Him and praised Him? Whether you fulfilled a right of your fellow believer? Did you remove a difficulty that befell upon a believer? Did you protect his children in his absence? Did you safeguard his rights after his death? Did you - on account of your position - prevent anyone from backbiting your believing brother? Did you help any Muslim throughout the day? Thus every man should ponder over his actions that he has performed during the day. If he finds that he has done good actions, then he should praise Allah (SWT) for giving him the opportunity (Taufeeq). But if he finds that he has committed sins, then he should seek forgiveness from Allah (SWT) and make a firm intention that he shall not repeat that act again. Then let us be strict with ourselves every time we account for ourselves, just as a master is strict with his slave, or as a partner takes account of another partner. So account of yourself before your account is taken which will be so severe that there shall be no scope for rectification. Ulama said, Whosoever does not appraise his actions daily, is not intelligent That is, he should evaluate and see that if he has done a good deed, he should ask more of the same from Allah (SWT), and if he has done any sin, he should seek forgiveness from Allah (SWT) and return to Him in penitence. Holy Prophet Mohammad (saw) said to his companion (Sahabah) Abu Dharr al-Ghifari (ra): Oh Abu Dharr! A human being would not be among the (Muttaqin) until he appraises himself every day with greater [scrutiny and] accuracy than [one] appraising his financial partner, and he knows where his food has come from, the source of his drink, and from where has he procured his dress; He should know whether they are from lawful or unlawful means. Holy Prophet Mohammad (saw) said: “An intelligent person is the one who calls himself to account and does deeds to benefit him after death and a foolish person is he who follows his desires. (khulasa, meaning of different hadees) Holy Prophet Mohammad (saw) said: “He
whose two days (of life) are the same (making no spiritual progress) is at loss.” This is what we call “Self-Appraisal (Muhaseba)”, which is highly recommended, because it encourages you to be proud of your accomplishments and candid about your weaknesses. Have you checked the performance of your job, whatever it is? Do you strive to make it perfect? This is what we call “Self Appraisal”. Even the word ‘IMPOSSIBLE’ says ‘I’M POSSIBLE’. Noble Qur’an: “And you see the mountains, which you suppose to be stationery, while they drift like passing clouds. It is the handiwork of Allah, Who has made everything PERFECT.” (An-Naml 27:88) It is said said, “May Allah bless the person who performs a job with precision and perfects it”. Allah is Perfect and likes those who strive to make things perfect. Islam and Self-Judgment and Self-Control Self-Judgment is to call oneself to account every day regarding the good deeds and wrongdoings. If the scale of acts of obedience overweighs that of acts of disobedience, we must thank Allah (SWT), lest we must discipline ourselves. Self-Control stands for protecting oneself against breach of the obligatory religious rites and the commitment of the forbidden. It is necessary for the rational to train himself on self-judgment and self-control, since all human souls are susceptible to evil. If they are neglected, they go away from the right, but if they are controlled by means of guidance, they shine with virtues: “... And (I swear) by the soul and that (Power) which designed it and inspired it with knowledge of evil and piety, those who purify their souls will certainly have everlasting happiness and those who corrupt their souls will certainly be deprived of happiness.” Noble Qur’an (91:7-10) Hukama said: “Before you do a matter that you intend, you should investigate its end result; if it is good, you then should keep on. If not, you should not do it.” The Islamic society of Algester wishes a happy Eid Mubarak to all Muslims.
Hariakhan Babaji Maharaj: The deathless Saint of the Himalayas From Dhaval Vyas Ahmedabad, India Continued from last issue... ONE day as he was walking across his fields, he saw a man with a plow across his shoulders and was immediately reminded of the Avatar Krishna’s brother Balaram, who had also carried a plow across his shoulders in the same manner. For Gumani, everyone was God, and when the man came near, he bowed to his feet with much reverence and devotion. The man stepped back with great surprise saying, “What are you doing? I am a poor laborer, wandering in search of a job. Why are you bowing to my feet?” Gumani replied, “You are my Lord Balaram, don’t try to fool me. For me you are no less than God.” The man said, “I have no house and no place to live. I am a very poor man. Believe me, I am searching for a job”. So Gumani asked the man to come live in his house with him and told him he was welcome to stay as long as he liked. Gumani felt that the man had come to his house by the order of God, and he therefore served him with great respect and devotion. The rainy season was approaching and the man saw from the house that the land around had not yet been tilled or planted. He told Gumani he did not like to sit idle and would like to till his land for him. Gumani accepted his offer as God’s desire and allowed him to do as he wished. Then the man plowed the land and sowed grain upon the fields. After completing the sowing, he disappeared from Gumani’s house. When harvest time arrived it was found that the grain collected was more than fifty times what had been collected in past years. The entire house was filled with rice and there was rice in the granary as well. Seeing the plentiful crop, Gumani realized that the man Call 07 3865 6533
who had sown his fields was none other than Babaji Maharaj himself, who had chosen to repay him for the grain Gumani had offered in serving Babaji’s devotees. When Gumani’s wife heard about the remarkable crop of rice in her fields she was very surprised and returned home to Gumani’s house with her son. Gumani marked the years as they passed waiting for Babaji to return but after five years he decided that he should instead go looking for Babaji Maharaj. So he left immediately for Almora determined to live with him and serve him for the rest of his life. When after five years of separation Gumani was once again reunited with his master he burst into tears and dropped to the ground at his feet. Babaji told him he was just leaving to visit the Badrinath temple high on a peak in the Himalayas, and he invited Gumani to go with him. Gumani was very happy to be invited along on such an auspicious religious pilgrimage and readily agreed to go. Word got out of the pilgrimage and two men showed up and asked to go along. Babaji neither agreed nor refused to take them but kept his silence. When it was time to go, the men followed along behind them nevertheless. As the road got steeper it turned into a narrow trail until after a while they were treading along a ledge with a sheer rock wall on one side, and a deep precipice on the other. Babaji was walking rapidly ahead with Gumani and the two men further back behind him. Suddenly a huge lion came into view blocking the three men’s path. The lion had its tail raised up in a most furious manner. The men told Gumani they should make a hasty retreat but without waiting to see if he was with them, they turned around and ran back the way they had come. Gumani remained there, wanting to continue on after his master. Soon the lion grew calm, laid down and paid no more attention to him. He quietly stepped around it without hesita-
tion or fear and caught up to Babaji. They continued on the steep path until they finally reached the Badrinath temple at the top where they worshipped, and then turned around and returned back to Almora. Babaji now told Gumani to return to his village and look after his family and to continue on with his meditation and worship. Although Gumani did not want to leave his beloved guru, he followed his order and returned back to his home and family. There he performed his worldly duties and his meditations as he had been obstructed. After one year he left his body in peace. By the grace of Babaji Maharaj, the illiterate and simple Gumani had become a true devotee of God and his story and reputation spread throughout the region. The hut that Gumani had built for Babaji to stay in is still preserved today in his native village. A man who was well versed in religious scriptures once came to Babaji Maharaj and wanted to know what was meant by the “cosmic body of God.” Babaji rarely spoke and characteristically kept his silence and continued to sit quietly. But after a while he said: “Close your eyes and worship god for some time, and then open your eyes.” The man did as he was instructed. He closed his eyes and meditate on God for a while and then opened his eyes. As he looked around, everywhere he looked he saw Babaji Maharaj and everything he saw became Babaji Maharaj. Then Babaji said quietly: “No one can really define God by reading the scriptures.” Strange Lights Appear at Siddhashram Besides staying in the Hariakhan area, Babaji also spent some time near the town of Almora. While he was staying there he asked some disciples where he might find a source of cold pure water. The devotees led him into a jungle area where there was a spring flowing slowly, drop by drop providing a small supply of cold water. Babaji pushed his finger into the area where the water was seeping
and the water started gushing out in a steady stream. Because of the beauty of the place and the source of pure spring water, Babaji wanted to set up an ashram there. Some nearby villagers gave him some land and people started gathering at the new ashram which Babaji Maharaj called Siddhashram. The devotees would gather during the day to be with Babaji and at night return to their village homes. One night a devotee named Siromani Pathak stayed all night sleeping with Babaji in the hut that had been built for him. In the middle of the night, Babaji woke the devotee up and told him to look in the direction of the spring. When he did Siromani Pathak saw what appeared to be four bright flames of light hovering near the stream of water. The whole area was lit up by the light emanating from the flames. The flames lasted for some time and then disappeared. When Siromani asked Babaji about the lights he was told that because the place was very sacred, various gods came to the spot and were visible in the form of lights. Other people said that they too had sometimes seen strange lights in the presence of Babaji and they felt that they were very high saints coming to pay their respects. Once Maharaja Sindhiya, the king of Gwalior invited Babaji to come to his palace so that he and his wife might have his Darshan. Babaji agreed and the king and his ministers met with him at the house of a local pandit. Then Babaji went to the queens palace and gave her Darshan separately form the king. After Babaji left, the king wanted to talk to his queen about their encounter with the high saint. It came out in conversation that the queen had guessed Babaji to be around eighty years old but the king said he had appeared to him to be a youth of around eleven years. It was a common occurrence that Babaji would appear differently to different people. Continued next issue THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, July, 2017 — 33
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Ayurvedic guide to Winter Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari Vibrant Ayurveda Wellness Centre
NOW the hot summer and the dry autumn is over, we can take a deep breath, and welcome the winter season. The days are still getting shorter and nights longer. As the temperature drops down, and the cold of winter settles in, we are moving from vata season to kapha season. Autumn and early winter are considered the vata season while kapha season encompasses mid to late winter and early spring. We need to balance vata and kapha doshas during the winter time. Regardless of who you are, the change in the weather plays an important role in your overall state of balance. If we do not adapt to seasonal change, we lose our inner balance. Winter is a time to rest, revitalise, and withdraw some of our outwardly focused energy – the opposite of our face-paced summer activity. By redirecting your focus inward, you build your energy stores and align with the seasonal changes of nature. When the weather is cool, our bodies tend towards storing our inner warmth, which is also good for igniting our digestive fires. For this reason, Ayurveda describes winter season as one of the times of the year when the body has good strength and immunity – provided we adjust our diet and lifestyle to accommodate it. If we don’t have balance we become prone to kapha and vata imbalances that lead to colds, flu, chest infections, sinus congestion, and joint pain. Healthy diet during winter • A supportive winter diet pacifies kapha without increasing vata and vice versa. • Focus on eating warm, cooked, slightly oily, well-spiced foods. • Balance sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes. • Drink room temperature, warm, or hot beverages. Do not drink iced or chilled drinks. • Hearty, warming vegetables like radishes, cooked spinach, onions, carrots, sweet potato and other root vegetables are generally well received at this time of year. Warming spices like garlic, ginger, black pepper, cayenne, and cinnamon are also good. • Cooked grains like oatmeal, cornmeal, barley, tapioca and rice make a healthy breakfast, and lunches and dinners of steamed vegetables, whole wheat breads, and light vegetable soups are ideal. Kitchari is also an excellent food for any meal. • Legumes are generally good for kapha, but they should be well-cooked, well-spiced, and garnished with a spoon of ghee so as not to aggravate vata. • Winter is also a great time to enjoy eggs (especially poached or hard-boiled) and light meats from small animals such as chicken, turkey and rabbit. • Because there is less sunlight in winter, food rich in vitamin D is recommended –
Small part of dairy products like fresh natural yogurt, fresh cottage cheese, fresh orange juice (but not in an empty stomach), zucchini, tomato cooked with spices, salmon, tuna, cod liver oil, fish, cereals, oysters, soy products such as miso soup and tofu, eggs and mushrooms. • In the evenings—may be with or after dinner—you can treat yourself to a few ounces of red wine. • Dairy is best reduced in the winter months, but a cup of warm and spiced golden milk (warm milk with a pinch of turmeric, dried ginger, cardamom and nutmeg) before bed can help to encourage sound sleep. • Winter is also good season to do an occasional one-day juice fast, or a mono diet fast using kitchari. Ayurvedic lifestyle in winter • Begin the day by rising early, brushing your teeth, scraping your tongue with a copper tongue scraper, and doing oil pulling. • It’s important to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day during the winter, whether it be yoga, vigorous walking, or a sport. • To counter the cold of winter, take baths with hot water and drink only warm or hot water. • Oil massage is highly recommended during the winter season. Regular application of oil on the body relieves dry skin, improves blood circulation, helps to relax muscles and relieves aches and pains. • Sweating therapy: To shrug the excess cold, it is good to undergo sweating treatment once in a while. This can be in the form of staying in front of a small fire in a fire place, taking a hot water bath or enjoying an ayurvedic steam sauna. • Sun bath: Whenever you get a chance, expose your skin to sunlight and restore vitamin D. • Sex: Good health and strength during winter supports daily sexual activity, or as per your interest. • Footwear: Always wear footwear in the winter, even at home. Cold through the feet drastically increases vata and can lead to hip and leg pain. • The transition from autumn to winter is also a great time to do an ayurvedic detox which cleanses and balances your body for the coming season. Conclusion The recommendations here will keep you in balance and keep the winter illnesses at bay. Ayurveda offers natural remedies for all winter issues. Before commencing any therapies or herbal remedies, we recommended you consult an expert ayurvedic doctor. They will diagnose your specific conditions and provide a personalised program for your health and wellness.
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HEY Queensland, are you…regular? Do you really know what that means? Bowel movements, stools, faeces or poo – regardless of what you call it, it’s likely you’ve experienced one recently. So, how do you know if yours is normal, or if you’re going too often or too rarely? And what should you do if it suddenly changes texture or colour? What is normal poo? Regularity: Bowel habits will vary for everyone. What is normal for one person might not be for another, which is why it’s important for you to be aware of your own body’s patterns. When a doctor asks if you are regular, what they want to know is if there’s a pattern to your pooing. You might go each morning, after every big meal, or once every three days. What’s most important is that your body has a routine, and it stays pretty much the same. Colour, texture and smell: Healthy poo is brown in colour. This hue comes from stercobilin, or pigments from the bile in your gut. Different foods can affect the colour of your poo, however for the most part it should stay brown.
A healthy poo should also be firm, moist and easy to pass. Spending half an hour on the toilet straining or having poo that is always watery shouldn’t be an expected part of your regular routine. Poo gets is signature scent from the chemical reactions your gut bacteria uses to break down waste, which can produce gases like hydrogen sulphide in the process. Like colour, different foods can affect the smell of your poo, however there’s not much you can do to prevent smelly poo – consider it just another by-product of your body’s amazing waste management system. Why might it change? There are a lot of different factors that can affect your poo, and some of them can be serious, so it’s a good thing to keep an eye on. Diet and lifestyle both play a significant part in digestive health, while stress, medication and various illnesses can make the regularity, colour and texture of poo change. When should I see the doctor? If you’re ever concerned about your bowel habits or you’ve noticed a change, see your doctor or call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) to talk it over with a registered nurse. Call 07 3865 6533
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Astrology Aries - March 21 - April 20
You look at a hectic month Aries. Mercury keeps company with Mars and Sun, in the 4th House from your Sign, as the month begins. With so much planetary action in your Zodiac House of home and heart, expect related matters to catch momentum. Try to remain balanced. Venus moves too, around the same time. Planning to buy a home or a vehicle on 5th or 6th? Mercury shifts to Leo, your 5th House on 7th July. You will be clear and creative in your communication and expression. Health needs watching on 9th. Some monetary gains come your way on 10th or 11th. Sun and Mars are in close company now. Keep a tab on your anger and domineering tendencies. Personal life remains happy. Aries parents to school-age kids shall be super happy on seeing their kids’ commitment. Touchwood! You may, however, not agree with your spouse on certain matters. Partying during weekend may lead to health issues. Find time to rest. Are you feeling extra sensitive on 17th? Important Dates 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28
Taurus - April 21 - May 22
Anxious? Well, last month’s troublesome vibes, concerning relationships and human interactions are still lingering in the air on 1st and 2nd. Try to relax! Unsteadiness and uneasiness will pass soon, assures Ganesha. The ruler of your Sign positioned in your Sign will bail you out of this trouble. You will wish to travel away for some time. Do that, if, you can take time out. On 6th, the ruler of your Sign moves to ‘good at creating confusion when there is not any’ Gemini. You may feel scattered, but this too will pass soon. Mercury enters Leo on 7th. Your anxiety will decrease and you will find it easier to express your concerns. Vibes on 10th will make you feel lighter and optimistic. Be grateful for your fortune. But, don’t begrudge the fact that fortune waves are slow, at the moment. On 13th, the only way to move ahead will be to do your own digging. Love, friends, relations may hold little interest, as career may capture your time and mind. Mid month, you may have challenging time meeting looming deadlines. Important Dates 8, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 25, 26
Gemini - May 23 - Jun 21
Venus posited in the 12th House from your Sign will drive you to enjoy pleasures of life. You will try to increase comforts and luxuries at your home on 3rd and 4th. Don’t play with law, though. On 7th, Venus enters your Sign. Love shall be in air! The ruler of your Sign Mercury also makes a move - to Leo, 3rd House from your Sign. You will be candid. Speak to your mom or a motherly figure. Financial matters may cause confusions. Careful! Business persons and professionals will be lucky in matters of clients and deals, in the second week of July. Benevolent Jupiter posited in the 5th House from your Sign will continue to support you. There may
www.ganeshaspeaks.com be a new addition in your family or circle. In love, don’t trust everything your eye sees. Wait and watch; clarify, if possible. If marriage is on your agenda, you may get a wedding proposal from someone wealthier than you. Married folks may remain confused. There may be some confusion. Spare time to sort this out, says Ganesha. Handsome gains and positive tidings are in store for 17th and 18th. Good time to invest in property and real estate. Important Dates 11, 12, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
Cancer - June 22 - July 22
A month of ups and downs awaits you. Finances and family remain the theme, though. The ruler of your Sign, Moon is debilitated and exchanges Sign with the debilitated Mars, in month's initial days. Moon joins Sun and Mercury that are already posited in your Sign. Tripled planetary activity in your Sign will make you passionate on 3rd and 4th of July. On 6th, Venus leaves its own Sign Taurus to enter, Mercury-ruled Gemini. You will be in double mind about a romantic relationship or a financial proposal. Around the same time, Mercury also enters the fiery Leo, the 2nd House from your Sign. Students pursuing science or technology related courses will gain. Personal and intimate conflicts and differences will prove to be challenging, though. Important Dates 10, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28
Leo - July 23 - August 22
Your prospects remain bright in July. However, you must stay careful of people. You are compassionate by nature. Someone around you, seemingly trustworthy, may be on a prowl, trying to take advantage. Guard your emotions and heart, more than anything else. If you associate with someone new, please check the integrity and credentials of this party/ person, especially if it concerns something long term – marriage and business included. When Venus moves to Gemini, 11th from your Sign, around 6th, you may find yourself dreaming about someone or something. On 10th, yet again, someone may take advantage of your generous nature. Avoid lending money. Retrograde Saturn influencing the 7th House from your Sign, and the malefic Ketu posited in the 7th House shall make matters challenging in marriage and partnership matters. Important Dates 10, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
Virgo - August 23 - October 22
Passionate and driven, you begin July in a diligent mode. Sun and Mars along with Mercury in the 11th House from your Sign are indicative of encouraging gains. But, don’t keep changing your moods and behavior, warns Ganesha. On 6th, Venus moves to Mercury ruled Gemini, the 10th House from your Sign. Polish financial aspects on a project/business deal. Got a small romance going on at your work place? Mercury’s entry in 12th House from your Sign on 7th
may make you detached in your thought and speech. Don’t neglect your loved ones. On 10th, you may be in a review mode, about a certain relationship - a business partnership or a romantic relation, maybe that office romance. Important Dates 8, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
Libra - September 23 - October 22 You
begin the month on a high note. In your hurry to succeed, however, you may miss out on some vital points. Sun and Mars together in the 10th House from your Sign is a great planetary position. It will help you in achieving success in your pursuit. Don’t forget ground realities, though, says Ganesha. On 7th, the ruler of your Sign Venus changes Signs to enter Gemini, 9th House. Fortunes are on your side, but watch your words. Mercury in Leo may make you strong and harsh in speech. Watch out! 10th and 11th bring good news for couples experiencing resistance from their family, regarding a possible love/ marital match. Marriage is likely. Go all out, but just keep your logical brain working too. Important Dates 8, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29
Scorpio - October 23 - Nov 21
Some soul searching is in store, as the month begins. You may also manage to zero on a certain direction, but may not actually follow it. On 6th, Venus moves to airy Gemini, 8th House from your Sign. Mercury too moves to fiery Leo. Don’t risk your money. Don’t lose heart, when a date doesn’t turn out as expected on 8th or 9th. Sun and Mars together will train limelight on you. An out of blue call for a lucrative deal may perk you up on 11th. Go slow. Take into account ground realities too, before embarking on something. You may be tempted to invest a chunk of your savings, in order to grab short-term gains. Well, there may be trouble brewing there, says Ganesha. Don’t let stress affect health on 15th and 16th. Ones looking for cure to an illness shall find so in an alternative system. Important Dates 8, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
Sagittarius - November 22 - Dec 22
You will be driven, pushing incessantly for results, as the month of July begins. Well, you need to relax a bit. A supportive planetary position will help you find solace in spirituality. On 6th, Venus moves to Mercury ruled Gemini. On 7th, Mercury shifts to Leo, the 9th House from your Sign. You will do well in roles that need you to communicate. Rein in your tendency to rush, or you may end up missing out an important detail, on 10th or 11th, says Ganesha. Listen to others, and be receptive towards good advice. Spending extended hours at work is likely on 12th and 13th. Maybe you are trying to make up for the mistake you committed earlier. Important Dates 8, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
Capricorn - December 23 - Jan 30
You need to relax a bit, Capricorn, this month. You also need some down time. You begin the month on a relaxed note, but your nature may not let you enjoy this slow pace. Can’t you let your hair down, sometimes, prods Ganesha? Influence of Mars on the 10th House from your Sign will keep you busy with work related activities. On 6th, you will be thinking analytically in creative and pet projects. On 7th, love is in the air! You shall manage to impress someone special. Hurrah, finally! On 10th and 11th, you will be calm and balanced at work, and won’t have any major concerns. However, you must not act in haste. Planets may push you to spend money indiscriminately. Saturn posited in the 12th House also aspects the 2nd House (concerned with finances and family). Important Dates 8, 10, 15, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29
Aquarius - January 21 - Feb 19
If business or professional success is on your mind, this month think of novel and interesting ways to engage and win over clients. Venus influences your 10th House, helping you sort finances and find relaxation. 6th will be a good day to indulge in creative passions. Combine creativity with analytical ability on the 7th. It will be a good time for singers, orators, actors, computer professionals etc. You may meet someone new in the virtual world. You will be able to concentrate effectively on studies. Refrain from coming across as domineering, though. Charmed by someone? Be careful, but not excessively slow in saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ – whatever it may be, on 17th or 18th. Important Dates 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29
Pisces - February 20 - March 20
You begin the month on a fun note. Passionate and pleasure loving, you will be all for movies, amusement, parties, meeting close ones and more. 6th brings a little jolt of reality, when works call for your attention. Retrograde Saturn in the 10th House from your Sign shall keep you busy, dealing with hurdles in your road to progress. You will do well, though, assures Ganesha. Mercury shifts the fiery Sign Leo. You will have to watch your aggressive words. There may be confusions and roadblocks in creative ventures and in matters related to your kids. Health will need care, on 8th and 9th, especially if you suffer from blood pressure or heart related ailments. Important Dates 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
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