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First Phase of Vedanta Centre Inaugurated BRISBANE Chapter of Vedanta Centre of Sydney now has a permanent home in the leafy prescient of Springfield. The project has been a long time coming and has come to fruition with the hard work and perseverance of the hard working committee under the untiring drive of Swami

Atmeshananda Ji. A project of this magnitude takes a lot of planning and administration. There are a whole lot of permits that need to be sought, many town planning criteria needs to be fulfilled, funds need to be raised and the list goes on, with such strenuous

requirements many committees give up on projects of this size , and their projects never get past the drawing board. The new centre situated in Vedanta Drive, Springfield underwent a full traditional inauguration ceremony which began on 27th June and finished

on 1st July. The prayers on 27th June began with Vigneshwara Puja – prayer to Lord Ganesha remover of all obstacles, Vaastu Shanti – to create to create peace, prosperity and harmony within the new facility. Followed by Rakshoghna Continued on Page 4








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warranty. In reality it is much more than just cars there are so many aspects of taxation that needs to be considered carefully. Many chamber of commerce have been busy with End of Financial Year Seminars, GOPIO Queensland held a successful EOFY seminar at Marriott Brisbane. For us there have been some inevitable back end changes to our operation, these operational changes will not affect in any way the quality of our publication, which remains second to none A lot has been happening since we last spoke, congratulations first of all to Vedanta Society of Sydney, Brisbane Chapter for the successful inauguration of their new centre in Springfield, the inauguration ceremony was spread over three days. The project has been a long time coming, the perseverance of the

committee under the guidance of Swami Atmeshananda , and the support of Dr Maha Sinnathamby and Springfield Land Corporation. Another notable achievement for our community has been the launch of Queensland Vedic Cultural Centre, a project of Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Queensland. The tireless efforts of President Jitendra Deo and his committee has seen this project come to fruition. Acharya Prabhamitra Ji, a scholar of Vedic philosophy and Yog, from Indore, India gracefully conducted the inauguration ceremonies. Moving on I would like to congratulate Ms Janeth Deen, being awarded OAM for her contribution to the Multicultural Communities of Queensland. A worthy recipient may I add, having worked with her on many community projects, a tireless worker having community


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The Final Stage to your Migration Journey – Australian Citizenship WHILST thousands of migrants prepare for their Australian Citizenship Conferral ceremony, with recent reports that the Department of Home Affairs are to again reconsider the requirements for eligibility to become an Australian Citizen, many others are concerned at the prospects of missing out once again. In April 2017, the Department of Home Affairs announced a major overhaul in the legislation and the eligibility criteria for Australian Citizenship. Fortunately, in October 2017, the Senate rejected the proposed changes and eligibility criteria remained the same. With the Australian Citizenship eligibility criteria remaining, this opened the floodgates on the Australian Citizenship Applications. Many are currently facing unprecedented processing times of 12 – 14 months. Parliament is planned in session for the end of June. However, when or how the possible amendments will be introduced is yet to be publicised. However, due to the rejected proposals in October 2017, the Department may assign this bill as a serious consideration within Parliament. Although the revised amendments for June 2018 are yet to be finalised, it appears the Department of Home Affairs may continue to persist with changes tabled in April 2017. The revised amendment may include the following:• Increasing period of permanent residency from one year to four years at the time of lodgement of the Australian Citizenship and; • English test and; • A stronger values requirement and requirement to show the Citizenship

applicant to show integration into the community Prime Minister, Mr. Malcom Turnbull, previously stated “It is plainly in everybody’s interests that ideally everyone should have English language skills… and the key to integration is obviously English, that’s the national language…” if the amendments are passed, such English requirements may become a reality. Although the requirements are yet to be confirmed, an IELTS Level Six or Five is Rumoured for a grant of Australian Citizenship. It has therefore never been more important for applicant’s considering their visa eligibility to seek the help and guidance of experienced migration agents. It is crucial that applicants who are considering applying for a visa understand the changes to avoid refusals, which have dire consequences on future visa application options and financial loss. We wish to remind readers that the first consultation with Migration Guru is free of charge. Migration Guru has assisted a vast number of clients for more than 14 years. Migration Guru has more than 50 years of collective experience in the industry and a team of Migration Agents / Lawyers and office in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Canberra and Hobart. With our vast experience and skills, we are able to provide accurate migration or legal advice based on our clients’ personal circumstances. Our team may be contacted by via email on info at or by calling 07 3036 3800. Readers are encouraged to follow us on Facebook for all the updates to Migration Law - https://

Sangeet ki Mehfil - a Ghazal Tribute to Sarita First Phase of Vedanta THE 2018 Sangeet ki Mehfil With passion for music and his patients come from all Centre Inaugurated is a sentimental musical their kind caring nature, walks of life, from Sigatoka journey dedicated to the late Mrs Sarita Charan of Cecil Hills, Sydney. In February 2018, Sydney’s popular ghazal maestro, Mr Guru Dev Charan lost his beloved wife due to prolonged health issues. Mrs Charan, a retired school teacher formerly of Lautoka, provided tremendous support to Guru’s many musical performances She has always been a welcoming host to the many musicians who have over the years frequented the Charan residence during practice sessions or planned musical evenings. While not a stage performer, Mrs Charan has often accompanied her husband with duets during these musical sessions at home.

Sarita and Guru evolved from ghazal performances to ensuring their passion for ghazals provided much needed financial support to Viseisei Sai Health Centre (VSHC) in Lautoka. The health centre is operated and managed by a great humanitarian Dr Rajat Ganeshwar and his wife Dr Swaran Naidu. Dr Ganeshwar was previously the Director of Gynaecology at Liverpool Public Hospital. Dr Ganeshwar is dedicated to provide a worthwhile community service, and operates a free health centre at Viseisei. Initially the free health service was to be delivered to local Viseisei residents, however, over the past few years and due to Dr Ganeshwar’s popularity,


to Ba. The Fiji Government values Dr Ganeshwar’s immense contribution to the community and has supported him with qualified nurses. With Sarita no longer by his side, our local ghazal maestro, Guru Charan has been left alone to continue the legacy that he established with his wife. This year’s Sangeet ki Mehfil will be Guru’s fourth ghazal concert with all profits once again being donated to VSHC. An emotional Guru commented that the public performances will no longer be the same without Sarita, but he needs to continue the legacy that benefits the many needy folks back in Fiji. He knows that this is what Sarita would have wanted – continuation with the charitable work and Guru’s excellence in his passion. Guru Charan is very fortunate being well supported by like-minded quality musicians who will ensure this year’s Sangeet ki Mehfil is extra special. Once again joining Guru in Sangeet ki Mehfil will be the extremely talented Supreena Prasad, a lawyer by profession who has been influenced by her musical minded parents. William Shakepeare once said, “If music be the food of love, give me excess of it.” In the world of music,

ghazals have a distinct place. With their fine Urdu verses, subtle nuances and music that connects the soul with the divine, they open floodgates to the most hidden and deepest of feelings in us. We all have a dedicated list of our favourite ghazals in which we find solace. Ghazals have the tendency to simply grow on you. A tribute to Sarita is one man’s dedication of love to his wife and the charitable foundation they established together to support their good-samaritan friend, Dr Ganeshwar with his free medical services. Team Guru has discussed the possibility of Sangeet ki Mehfil in Canberra later this year, and have also liaised with promoters in Brisbane for a similar ghazal evening. It is the team’s intention to host similar events in Brisbane and Melbourne in 2019. For tickets, please contact Guru on 0414 520 727.

Continued from Page 1 Homam , Vaasto Homam, Asta dik bali and Deepa Aradhana. Brij Bhajan Mandali did the bhajans, dinner was provided every night. On Thursday 28th the morning program began at 9am and finished by 11:30am at the Marquee. The evening program began at 7pm and concluded by 8:30pm. The program included pooja and Homam during the day, Bhajans and dinner in the night. On Friday 29th the morning session began at 8am and went on till around 12:30pm. Chanting of Durga Saptashati was followed by various worship and finished off with Maha Deepa Aradana , lunch and dinner was provided to all . Saturday 30th June saw a more official program which began by the smoking ceremony by indigenous elder Uncle Des Sandy which led into the procession around the multipurpose building. Senior monks carrying pictures of Sri Ramakrishna, holy mother Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda led devotees around the Ashram building to Vedic chants and hymns. This followed the formal dedication of the shrine whereby Swamjiis placed pictures and made floral

offering and mangal aarati. Dr. Ashim Majumdar, vice president of Vedanta Centre, Brisbane Chapter welcomed official guest and asked the members of the multipath religious leaders to each say a short prayer. After the vote of thanks dignitaries joined Swamijis for a group photo. The evening program was held at Robelle Doman Parkland, with Minister Hon Stirling Hinchliffe as the guest of honour, the cultural program included Skit by children of Bala Sangha, multicultural performances, and festival style food stalls and finished off with the grand finale fireworks. On Sunday 1st July, everyone had a chance of informal musing with Swamijis at the lower ground level hall which finished off with Aarati, lunch and Prasadum. The centre will be open from 8am till 12:30pm and 6pm till 8pm, the daily programme will include morning prayer and meditation from 6:30am till 7:30am and evening Vespers (Aratrikam) from 7pm till 8pm on weekdays, Saturday and Sunday evening prayers will be from 6:30pm till 7:30pm. The contact details of the Centre is as follows email Telephone (07) 3818 9986. Call 07 3865 6533

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WE should regularly celebrate life and living, but we don’t. Time is too short not to feel elated about some very special moments! Just such an occasion recently was our 40th wedding anniversary. Once again, we made our way back to Tasmania – Launceston, to be precise. It’s the cool, calm and tranquil waterfront atmosphere in, and surrounding the Peppers Seaport Hotel, that is the magnetic drawcard. This is where the hive of activity is overwhelming, yet contagious. Here, too, silence is golden. Situated in the beautiful Tamar Valley, Tamania’s second largest city and rugged coast has lots to entertain and amaze. Peppers Seaport Hotel sits in the lively Seaport Precinct in the heart of Launceston, where the North and South Esk Rivers meet. Built on the site of an old dry dock, this stylish and contemporary Launceston accommodation is designed in the shape of a ship, giving it a distinct nautical ambie nce. In a vibrant district of Launceston, overlooking the wharf strip and marina, Peppers puts you right amongst the action. It is the centrepiece of the district. Located on Seaport dock, there are spectacular city and water views from private balconies in your room. The deluxe accommodation is located just five minutes from the city centre, walking the distance is refreshing and it’s a short 15-minute drive from Launceston Airport.

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Seaport is a hive of action, but this is our choice of a home-away-from-home. Scenic waterfront and stunning vistas abound. Watching the sunrise while in a canoe on the Tamar River, cyclists riding in for a mid-morning coffee and joggers keeping active are just some of the activities that are dominant around you. The pace is steady, but the tempo ramps up over the weekend. Nestled just 500 metres from the Launceston CBD, Seaport is a protected space along the waterfront that offers a magnificent panorama coupled with a surprising, but welcome

feeling of serenity. Locals enjoy some of the best dining options the city has to offer. Best of all, you can take advantage of the boardwalk where you’ll find a variety of cafe, bistro and bar settings. Rightly billed as a stylish waterfront apartment and lifestyle development situated at the head of the Tamar, Seaport and Peppers is a haven that must be experienced. Take advantage of the winter accommodation specials. Only after you’ve stayed there, will you believe it! Take the time out to enjoy breakfast treats at the Cube Café. Another dining delight is the Levee Food Co. Restaurant where we were taken with the ‘Mary had a Feta Lamb’ pizza, crispy chips and finished by tasty scoops of their specialty gelato. If contemporary is your meal choice, then head for the Mud Cake Restaurant. Peppers is close to some attractions. Cataract Gorge Reserve (locally known as the Gorge) is a slice of wilderness, just a short walk from the centre of Launceston. It is famous for panoramic views, walking trails, sculpted gardens and a chairlift. The gorge is a natural water basin surrounded by towering cliffs, native bushland, beautiful gardens, scenic walking trails and wildlife. The numerous walking trails also provide great views of the surrounding bushland, dramatic cliffs and the river below.

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While there, gain fascinating insight into Launceston’s cultural heritage. Visit Tasmania’s only theme park, Penny Royal Adventure Park; the Queen Victoria Museum; the vineyards of the Tamar Valley; and the historically important Royal Park. River cruises are a must as are tours to Cradle Mountain, Freycinet National Park and Port Arthur. You can


Spectacular: a bird’s-eye-view across the Tamar River of the Peppers Seaport Hotel, in Launceston, Tasmania. Photo: Rama Gaind

Relax: Peppers Seaport Hotel, at left, towers over the marina and the boardwalk in Launceston. Photo: Rama Gaind

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Mathura and Vrindavan – Places Related to Krishna’s Childhood RECENTLY my wife Sudha and I visited Mathura and Vrindavan, two historical places closely related to Krishna’s childhood activities. The two towns are 11km apart, located on the bank of River Yamuna. The Delhi Agra Highway connects them both to Delhi and other major towns and cities. While travelling from Delhi, one has to pass through three road-toll booths during around 3.5hour trip. Lord Krishna was born in a prison cell in Mathura. Kansa, the king of Mathura, had imprisoned his parents, father Vasudev and mother Devaki. Kansa had usurped power from his own father Ugrasen who ruled his kingdom from the capital Mathura. Krishna’s parents were imprisoned to evade the forecast that their eighth son would kill Kansa. Krishna was taken to Gokul by his father immediately after his birth and transferred to the care of Nanda Maharaj. There, Krishna was brought up by mother Yashoda and Nanda Maharaj. Later Nanda Maharaj along with Krishna, relatives and associates moved to Vrindavan to avoid ongoing harassment by Kansa. Krishna performed childhood activities in and around Vrindavan, which are recorded in detail by poets, devotees and religious scholars. Other important sites in this region, which is also known as Brajabhumi, are Nandgaon where Nanda Maharaj used to live, and Barasana where Radha, the well-known Gopi lover of Krishna, was born. Mathura and Vrindavan are the largest and most well known towns in Brajabhumi. Mathura is a district town with district head quarter and industrial complexes including an oil refinery. Vrindavan is the major pilgrimage centre, especially for the followers of Krishnabased Vaishnava tradition of Hinduism. The earliest reference to Mathura is found in the Ramayana. During the rule of Lord Ram, his brother Shatrughna was sent to quell the rebellion headed by Lavanasur in this region. Shatrughna established a centre named Madhuvan to administer the region. Later it was known as Madhupura and then as Mathura. Mathura became the capital of the Surasen kingdom; the same to which king Ugrasen and 10 — THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, July, 2018

Kansa belonged. It remained a major political and religious centre. The Greek traveller Megasthenes and Chinese traveller Faxian mentioned Mathura in their writings. During Faxian’s visit, Mathura was a major Buddhist centre. Mathura is one of the seven sacred cities in India, the others being Ayodhya, Haridwar, Varanasi, Kanchi, Ujjain and Dwarka. A large number of temples are spread all over Mathura, including Krishna Janmabhumi temple, Dwarkadhish temple and Keshav Deo temple. Among all the temples, the Krishna Janmabhumi temple is the oldest and has a long history of destruction and reconstruction. The original temple was built by the great grandson of Krishna at the site of Krishna’s prison birthplace. During the dominance of Buddhism in India, the temple went into disrepair. After decline of Buddhism, king Chandragupta II restored the temple to its previous glory. The temple was destroyed and rebuilt many times during the Islamic rule over India. The latest destruction of the temple was done by the order of Aurangajeb. The temple was demolished in 1670 AD and a mosque was built at its site. During the British rule, a part of the site was auctioned by the East India Company, and was bought by the king of Varanasi. The construction of the modern temple on the auctioned site, located beside the mosque, was completed in 1965. Thorough security checks are conducted on

every tourist entering the Krishna Janmabhumi temple complex. All belongings including cameras, phones and bags are to be deposited at the entry gate. It remains a sensitive temple, like Shree Ram Janmabhumi temple complex in Ayodhya and the partly demolished Vishwanath temple currently used as a mosque in Varanasi. Mathura is also famous for it museum, the Government Museum. It is a leading museum that houses ancient sculptures, pottery, paintings and coins belonging to between 3rd century BC to 12th century AD recovered from the region. Vrindavan is a small town with a population of around 63,000 (2011). Vrinda means Tulsi or basil plant, and Van mean grove. The name of the place indicates that its area may have been full of basil plants in ancient times. Lord Krishna spent his childhood in and around Vrindavan. The famous Govardhan Mountain and River Yamuna lie in close proximity to the town. Being related to Krishna’s activities, a large number of temples dedicated to Krishna are located in this region, including the Bankey Bihari temple, Radha Damodar temple, ISKCON temple and Prem Mandir. Temples dedicated to other deities, such as Vaishno Devi and Shiva are also available. Bankey Bihari temple is the holiest and one of the most famous temples dedicated to Krishna. It attracts a large number of devotees. Its access is through narrow lanes. Local guides are helpful in facilitating Darshan, viewing of the deity. Prem Mandir and ISKCON temples are

modern constructions accessible from the Bhaktivedanta Swami Marg. Prem Mandir is built of marble on a 54-acre site. Kripalu Maharaj, a well known Krishna’s devotee, established this complex. The ISKCON temple is also a large marble temple located on a sizeable site. The temple complex includes many other structures including a park, residential buildings and other support facilities. From the Bhaktivedanta Swami Marg, one can access Vaishno Devi Mandir. A huge statue of Vaishno Devi on her mount, a lion, can be seen from the road. In addition, there are many other temples built and managed by different sects of Hinduism. Vrindavan is mentioned in religious texts of antiquity. Vallabhacharya (1479–1531 AD), a Vaishnava philosopher, restored the status of Vrindavan as a major pilgrimage centre. He founded the Krishna centred sect of Vaishnavism. He used to stay there for four months each year. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who also preached Krishna based tradition, visited Vrindavan in 1515. With his divine spiritual powers, he was able to locate through his devotees all the important places of Krishna’s childhood in and around Vrindavan. Mira Bai, a famous spiritual poet, spent her last fourteen years of life in a temple in Vrindavan. Vrindavan had been an important place for widows who were sent there by family members to spend their time in spirituality. This practice has sometime resulted in their maltreatment. A lot of monkeys roam around Vrindavan streets. One should be careful with their possessions, especially hats, shaded glasses and mobile phones. Vrindavan has changed from a basil grove to a town like many other places in India due to urbanisation. Many people visit Vrindavan to get initiated into a religious tradition by a spiritual Guru. Vrindavan is now a major international tourist destination thanks to ISKCON and other Krishna centred traditions. More information on Hinduism will follow in the next edition of BIT. Awadhesh Sharma Call 07 3865 6533



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AT six in the morning, the dark alleys of old Varanasi gleam with last night’s rain. One path just wide enough for two men to walk abreast leads past shops down to the holy river Ganges. It’s barely sunrise, but the alleys are already in chaos. Men jostle women, women jostle fat bullocks, bullocks narrowly avoid stepping on children. Everything is for sale – small bottles of holy Ganges water, larger bottles of branded mineral water, tiny figurines of the Lord Shiva, whose town this is. Tourists, almost invariably wearing colorful harem pants, brush shoulders with locals. The storeowners watch the activity with lax interest, slurping tooth-rottingly sweet chai out of thimblesized cups. When asked for directions they come to life, putting away the tea and describing the path with energetic and firm gestures. This may be the city where Hindus come to find enlightenment, but it is easy to lose your way. Lines of Indian pilgrims walk barefoot through the

Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together. – Mark Twain alleys, drawn by occasional glimpses of the holy river. At last, the alleys fall away, and the sluggish green river appears, smooth as a sheet of glass. From here the view extends to the distant eastern bank, hazed with brown dust. This year, the monsoon rains have been below average, and the Ganges lies low and tame between the banks. Tens of narrow steps shine wetly. The pilgrims sigh, picking their way down the steps to the water’s edge. It’s sunrise, the most fortunate hour, and they’re here to take a dip in the Ganges. The land of Varanasi (also known as Kashi & Benaras) has been the ultimate pilgrimage spot for Hindus for ages. Often referred to as Benares, Varanasi (new name) is the oldest living

city in the world. These few lines by Mark Twain say it all: “Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together”. Hindus believe that one who is graced to die on the land of Varanasi would attain salvation and freedom from the cycle of birth and rebirth. Abode of Lord Shiva and Parvati, the origins of Varanasi are yet unknown. Ganges in Varanasi is believed to have the power to wash away the sins of mortals. This ancient city has seen many-many generations of human life. Varanasi has seen the progress of human civilisation since very ancient time. This fact helps this city to obtain the status of being the cultural capital

When God Becomes Your Slave Sadhguru, Isha Foundation

WHAT you call as your body and your mind is a certain accumulation of memory. It is because of memory – or you can call it information – that your body has taken the shape it has taken. Everything that you consider as “myself” is pure memory. For example, if a man eats a piece of bread, the bread becomes a man. If a woman eats it, it becomes a woman. If a dog eats the same bread, it becomes a dog. That’s a smart piece of bread! It is not the bread but the kind of memory the system carries that transforms bread into a man, woman or dog. However, there is a dimension of intelligence within you that is free of memory, unsullied by memory. In yoga, we call this chitta. If you touch this dimension of intelligence, you can live in such a way that this memory, which gives you a certain physical and psychological structure, has no influence on you. If these aspects of life do not come into the experience of individual human beings, if people

are not offered a way to engineer themselves the way they want to be – joyful and blissful – drink and drug will become the biggest phenomena on the planet in another seventy to eighty years’ time. This will happen because every human being – whether they go to the temple or the bar, whether they get doped out or meditate – they are essentially looking for a larger slice of life. The question is only about what is sustainable. If you want human beings to have a phenomenal experience within, but without causing damage to themselves, you have to turn inward. Turning inward can mean many things. One simple way of understanding it is that you touch chitta – that dimension of intelligence which has nothing to do with you. There is no such thing as your chitta and my chitta. It is just there and you as an individual have trapped a little bit of it. To use an analogy, it is like a soap bubble. If you blow a bubble, it’s real. But when it pops, the drop of soap water falls but where did the rest of the bubble go? It doesn’t exist anymore.


This is just like that. We have blown our bubbles and caught something in it. This is not yours or mine, this is a cosmic intelligence – the source of creation. Chitta is what connects you with your consciousness. Whether you are awake or asleep, chitta is on. If that intelligence is not on, we would not even know how to be alive. If you access this dimension, the yogis have a mischievous way of expressing it. It is generally called “Ishwara prana dhyana.” This means god becomes your slave. He works for you from now on. You don’t even have to wish for what you want in your life. Everything that is needed will simply happen in the best possible way. 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, one of the highest annual civilian awards, accorded for exceptional and distinguished service.

of India. Its early history is that of the first Aryan settlement in the middle Ganges valley. By the 2nd millennium BCE, Varanasi was a seat of Aryan religion and philosophy and was also a commercial and industrial centre famous for its muslin and silk fabrics, perfumes, ivory works, and sculpture. Varanasi was the capital of the kingdom of Kashi during the time of the Buddha (6th century BCE), who gave his first sermon nearby at Sarnath. The city remained a centre of religious, educational, and artistic activities as attested by the celebrated Chinese Buddhist pilgrim Its early history is that of the first Aryan settlement in the middle Ganges valley. By the 2nd millennium BCE, Varanasi was a seat of Aryan religion and philosophy and was also a commercial and industrial centre famous for its muslin and silk fabrics, perfumes, ivory works, and sculpture. Varanasi was the capital of the kingdom of Kashi during the time of the Buddha (6th century BCE), who gave his first sermon nearby at Sarnath. The city remained a centre of religious, educational, and artistic activities as attested by the celebrated Chinese Buddhist pilgrim Xuanzang, who visited it in about 635 CE and said that the city extended for about 3 miles (5 km) along the western bank of the Ganges. Xuanzang. Varanasi is a heap of mismatched temples and narrow steps located on the

Ganges’ crescent-shaped western bank, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is a city of scholars, home to one of Asia’s largest universities. It is a city of temples, including the gold-plated Vishwanath sacred to Shiva; the Bharat Mata, or Mother India, temple that boasts a huge three-dimensional relief map of the Indian subcontinent carved out of marble; and the hundreds of small temples that dot the waterways and alleys. It is also a city of legends. Varanasi strains under its own myths, which are contradictory, obscure and impossible to prove. Old Varanasi’s ancient ruins lie on the Rajghat plateau, in the northeastern part of the city. Here, archaeologists discovered pottery that went back to 1000 B.C., and broken masonry from as late as A.D. 1500, suggesting the area has been continuously inhabited for 2,500 years. Varanasi’s legends go back some 10,000 years, to the oldest epics of Hindu literature, including the Puranas, the Vedas and the Mahabharata. They say Varanasi is the city of Lord Shiva, who walked here with his wife Parvati at the beginning of time. It could also be the battlefield where the god Krishna set fire to a duplicate but imposter Krishna, or the place where the Lord Rama came to do penance after slaying the demon king Ravana. Banares is an encyclopedia itself, it has got 100 dimensions, you can’t cover it even in a book. There are stories of Varanasi’s famous ghats, the sets of steps that

lead from the alleys of Varanasi down to the river. Each ghat was constructed by a different medieval king, and though they are young compared to the ancient ruins on Rajghat, the ghats have inspired their own mythology. The most famous is the Desaswamedh Ghat, where the father of Lord Rama once sacrificed 10 horses in an appeal to the sun. Nearly 5000 years ago, Kasikanda described the glory of the city in 15,000 verses in the Skanda Purana. In it Lord Shiva says, ‘the three worlds form one city of mine and Kasi is my royal palace therein’. As Shiva’s abode Varanasi has always been venerated. It is believed that the jyoti linga in its Kasi Vishwanath Temple goes back to the time of the epics. The temple itself is of more recent origin. Successive invasions starting with the destruction of the city in 1193 by Mohammed Ghori and ending with the plunder of Benaras by Warren Hastings nearly 600 years later, saw the temple being built and rebuilt a number of times. The present temple was consructed by Rani Ahalya Bai Holkar, the ruler of Indore, in 1776. A few years later in 1835, at the instance of the Sikh ruler of Lahore, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the temple shikara was gilded with gold leaf. A city which, since it is both an exalted place of pilgrimage and an idealize centre of faith, has been likened to Jerusalem and Mecca. Varanasi, you can also call Benaras or Kashi is a city to go, see & feel. Call 07 3865 6533

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Jitendra Prasad to head Rotary district 9630

ON SATURDAY 7th July Jitendra Prasad was inducted as District Governor of Rotary district 9630 at a gala dinner held at Michaels’ Oriental. For the Indian community and in particular Fiji Indian community it was a proud occasion. Jitendra comes from a family dedicated to community; with such strong foundation one can build a solid and sound future. Here is what Jitendra had to say on his appointment as DG 9630 “I would also like to acknowledge the presence of our other past District Governors, as well as those unable to attend this evening, and gracefully acknowledge their exceptional contributions Rotary District 9630 for their hard work, vision and dreams which have led to many achievements for not only our district for Rotary as a whole. Thank you Catherine for the wonderful toast to Australia and L& G coming from a humble little town of Labasa, Fiji Islands, and given this profound opportunity to be a District Governor in Australia, thank you all, thank you Australia where such opportunities are always readily available for people who want to make the choice to grab this. This is the land of opportunity. L & G, our Rotary International theme for 2018-19 is: “Be the Inspiration”. Since the theme was announced earlier this year by the Rotary International president Barry Rasin, I have spent considerable time reflecting on those three words. What does it mean to “BE THE INSIRATION”? The Oxford dictionary defines Inspiration as the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. The question for us is, how can we as Rotarians motivate those around us to share and believe in our vision where people unite and take action to create lasting change. Rotary is a wonderful vehicle that gives us an ability to inspire people every day. When I think about inspiration, what inspires

us most are ordinary people doing extraordinary work. Mother Teresa. Gandhi. Martin Luther King. Nelson Mandella – despite nearly impossible odds and tremendous opposition, they weren’t afraid to inspire change. The beautiful thing about inspiration of this kind is that these people were just ordinary people. Certainly, each of them had a charismatic ability to lead others to better things. They were successful in inspiring change because they were not afraid to be who they were. They were authentic. They were audacious. They demanded authenticity in those who followed them. Rotary’s long standing motto is “Service above self” and that is indeed an inspirational motto and a catalyst in my view to “BE THE INSPIRATION”. Each one of us has our own unique inspiration in Rotary — the thing that excites us, that pushes us forward to keep doing more. For many, our inspiration has been the work that has united all of Rotary for over three decades: that is our work to eradicate polio. We are now at the cusp of eradicating polio. We will be part of changing the face of mankind when the World Health Organisation declares a polio free world. This year, I have obtained approval from the Brisbane City Council to light up the iconic Story Bridge and Victoria Bridge in the Brisbane City as we celebrate Polio day on 24 October. Every Rotarian can be an inspiration to others. You can all give back and inspire others to do the same. You never know who you’re going to impact when you give. Giving back leaves a legacy that will live on far longer than you will. Being inspired is great, but inspiring others is incredible. So how do we inspire others? Get out there and do something. “WALK THE WALK AND TURN CON V ER SAT IONS INTO ACTIONS” Commit to an initiative. Reach out to someone who has recognized you as a Rotarian or a leader. Show people


why you are an inspiration. Be true to yourself and the Rotary brand and follow our Four Way Test. Be proud of who you are as a Rotarian and what you have accomplished. This will definitely inspire those around you to do the same. Remember, every idea and every Rotary project originates from a member in his or her club. Barry Rassin’s theme to Be the Inspiration has a clear vision statement “together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities and in our selves. In our district, I have consistently observed is the inspirational projects and activities that clubs in our district have embarked upon in the past twelve months. To mention only a few, Project Sailability, Beef bank, providing Ipads to disadvantaged schools, building kitchens, building a kindergarten, supporting youth programs and hosting our wonderful exchange students, and not to forget our flagship peace scholars studying at our very own University of Queensland. Last night I was privileged to be part of the RYLA graduation dinner night where a group of 18-26 young people celebrated the week long leadership program. This was an amazing evening as these young people were re igniting their passion, overcoming adversities and fears to achieve their goals. These projects, and many more such as this, are fundamental to nourishing and enriching our local and international communities. In the planning and the execution of these projects by individuals going the extra mile they have, as ordinary Rotarians,

inspired others, and that to me is what it means to “BE THE INSPIRATION” – ordinary people doing extraordinary things. This year, to build stronger clubs, we need to do a much better job at letting people know who we are and what we do, we need to “toot our horn more loudly, clearly and regularly” by leveraging social media to get our message out. Clubs that are doing this right are attracting new members, and retaining them. In fact, these clubs are being approached by people for membership opportunities – why – because there is clear visibility of what the club is doing to serve humanity. Ultimately, we should all be striving to make our clubs stronger when we leave, than when we had joined. As Rotarians we also need to inspire our younger generation, building Rotaract as a vital force within our organization and giving our clubs better ways to help younger members develop their skills and their leadership. As part of my plans and initiatives for the district this year I have included the concept of ‘RotaKids’, which is aimed at engaging the very youthful in our communities to help them understand at an early age the importance of helping the less fortunate, volunteering and giving back to their communities. We should be more inclusive and welcoming for families with young kids. By including children in club initiatives, we not only help children to learn about giving back, but also encourage them to be accepting and supportive of their parents work with Rotary. This, I think, is extremely positive. Rotary is making it easier for people to start new clubs

that suit their needs, for Rotaractors to start their own Rotary clubs, and for all Rotarians to have the flexibility to serve in the way that works for them. A club that’s inspired is a club that will push forward with these new flexibilities. As I am close to concluding, let me briefly talk about my challenge to the District. Sitting in the hotel room after the RI theme announcement, I thought long and hard about how I could use my role to inspire all 1200 members of District 9630. Eventually an idea that dawned on me was “What about a DG’s challenge”. So today, I would like to present to you my challenge to members for this year. It is simple, and I think very achievable. Simply: Introduce and induct 1 new Rotarian Complete the Rotary Leadership Institute Post at least twice on the District’s Social Media platform Engage in 1 service project in your club Be registered with My Rotary Each one of the above is an effective tool to help share and grow our Rotary vision. As an incentive, if you meet the challenge, and email

us once you do, you could qualify for the DG’s Award for Excellence. L&G, I ask all of you here tonight to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary grow stronger. TO help it go from reaction, to action — to take a hard look at your club’s health check. Seek guidance and help from the District Leadership Team as often as you like to make your clubs even better and stronger. Rotary is a global organization. Together we are a powerful force for truly sustainable service to help build communities that are stronger and more resilient to the changes ahead. It means doing everything we can to make sure the good we do now is still leading to better lives tomorrow, and beyond. We all need to Be the Inspiration for that to happen and together, we can, and we will, inspire the world. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. I sincerely look forward to working with you all this coming year in our collective pursuit to inspire ourselves and each other so we can better serve above self. Together we are: One Mission One Vision One Rhythm One Rotary Call 07 3865 6533

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MONTHLY Bhajans held on 3rd Friday of every month July Bhajan details: Date: Friday, 20 July 2018. Time: 7.15pm 9.30pm. Venue: Helensvale Community Centre, 31 Discovery Drive. Helensvale 4212

Apart from our monthly bhajan on 15 June, we had the following events: 16 June - Joint Yoga session with Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (DJJS) in light of International Yoga Week at Helensvale Community Centre.

A wonderful stretching and breathing session on ‘Vilakshan Yog’ which was wonderful for the body, mind and spirit. The plan is to have a monthly session going forward. We are looking at getting sponsorship to buy the yoga mats for those interested in attending the monthly session. 20 June - Joint sponsorship


Newsletter 138-90 Aadi/Āshāda Month (mid-July 2018 to mid-August 2018) Festivals Dear Sri Selva Vinayaka devotees, Hindu Ahlaya Sangam Qld Inc (HASQ) cordially invites you to Sri Selva Vinayakar Temple Brisbane (South Maclean) for Aadi /Āshāda Month Festivals. Sri Lalitha Sahastranama Stotram Chanting on Sunday 15 July 2018 Aadi Maasa Pirappu (Āshāda month starts)/ Sri AyyapaSwamy Karkataka Rasi Masa Abishekam on Tuesday 17 July 2018 Saint Sundarar Guru Poojai on Saturday 21 July 2018 Pirathosha Viratham on Wednesday 25 July & Thursday 9 August 2018 Full moon/ Powrnami & Sathya Narayanar Poojai on Friday 27 July 2018

Monthly Bhajans and Religious talk on Friday 3 August 2018

or bad, you get it back immaterial of, if the person doing it to you is good or bad. We thank you for all your well wishes, your donations to our appeals to fund the build of our Gold Coast Hindu Education and Cultural Precinct. May our Hindu Education and Cultural legacy live on in Queensland to be enjoyed by our future generations as did our forefathers for us in different countries. GCHCA is a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR), all donations to GCHCA building of more than $2 are tax deductible. Donation and Life membership to: GCHCA Building Donation Account – BSB: 064 - 474 A/C 1048 8900 - http://culture. donations/.

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Sri Vishnu Sahastranamam & Paaraayanam /Aadi Krithikai on Sunday 05 August 2018 Aadi Amavasai Viratham on Saturday 11 August 2018 Aadi Pooram Viratham on Monday 13 August 2018 Naga Chathurthi Viratham on Tuesday 14 August 2017 Visit Brisbane Sri Selva Vinayakar (Ganesha) Temple and get the Blessing of Lord Ganesha. For further information please contact our Temple on 07 5547 7302 or the president Mr: M.Surendra on Mobile-0407-753991


oneself to spread knowledge/ experience to others); 4. Forgive - try and put yourself on the other person’s shoe and don’t harbor revenge if you want peace of mind; 5. Don’t expect anything from friends and family. Do whatever you can and don’t expect a return; 6. Do what is Right and don’t lose yourself in trying to impress others. Be independent and don’t succumb your values because of what others may think of you; and Wish well for everyone even your enemy as the law of reciprocity works every time. The law of reciprocity states that for every action there is an equal reaction, so whatever you do, good

Notice of Annual General Meeting and Elections of Management Committee

Mahaa Sankatahara Chathurthi on Tuesday 31 July 2018

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with Griffith University on MK Angajan’s talk on “8 Daily habits of highly happy people” at Nathan Campus, Griffith University. 1. A scintillating talk by Shri MK Angajan on the practical daily habits to balance life to experience happiness and some habits are as follows: 2. Be grateful for everything you have and are given, Count your blessings as whatever you focus on you get even more; 3. Practice Dravya yagna (offerings to others welfare), and higher than this is Tapo yagna (dedicating yourself to spiritual service), and higher than this is Yoga Yagna (emotional/ unconditional love), and still higher is Gnana Yagna (sacrificing

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 Street, Boondall, Qld 4034 on Sunday 15th July 2018 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: The nominations must be submitted on the approved Hindu Society of Queensland Inc. nomination forms. The person being Nominated, the Proposer and the Seconder must be a current financial member of the Hindu Society of Queensland Inc. as at 5.00pm on Friday 29 June 2018. 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. In the event of an election being conducted, all Life Members and only members whose subscriptions are paid for the 2017/2018 financial year prior to elections will be eligible to vote at the AGM. 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 29th June 2018 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. Failure to comply with above terms and conditions will make nominations invalid. 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. Call 07 3865 6533

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THE opening ceremony of Queensland Vedic Cultural Centre went very well, and with attendance of over 200 people. The Vedic rites was conducted by Acharya Prabhamitra & Acharya Awrity Prabha from Indore India. The members and well-wishers did lots of preparations and the whole program including the official part was wonderful. Various community leaders and their representatives attended the program. We all are blessed to have done the opening ceremony with Vedic rites and also unveiling the plaques with Ved Mantra’s. The whole

event was witnessed by people gathered and I believe such events do not happen too often in Brisbane. The hardworking members and well wishers were also awarded appreciation certificates for their contribution during the construction phase. I wish to thank each and every member and wellwisher who has donated cash, donated food items, did decorations, prepared and served meals, sang bhajans, and most importantly thank the event coordinator Mr Sunil Dutt, Achraya Prabhamitra ji and Acharya Awrity Prabhamitra ji.

Building on Australia's Migrant Success Story

The Hon. Alan Tudge MP

Migrating to a new country can be an enormous gamble. People take huge risks to uproot their lives in order to come here to enjoy the freedoms and opportunities Australia has to offer. People do not come here to fail, but to succeed. And for generations, many have done just that. Migrants have made and continue to make an enormous contribution to the success of our nation. They have helped build modern Australia, making it what it is today. I have

often said that Australia is the most successful multicultural nation in the world. Our success has been firmly based on integration. Over the decades people from all over the world have come to Australia, adopted our values, shared our loyalties and contributed to our society. Migrants have enriched the social, economic and cultural life of our nation. While we come from many culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, no one is expected to stop speaking their native language or give up their cultural heritage. In fact, we recognise the immense value in being bilingual and in retaining or acquiring multiple languages, not just for social and cultural reasons, but also for economic reasons. Cultural and linguistic skills play an important role in doing business with our overseas partners, and a linguistic advantage is invaluable. It is also important for


Australians, particularly children, to learn languages other than English. All States and Territories offer a language-otherthan-English program with it being compulsory in some states. Recently, the Turnbull Government introduced language study at the pre-school level. The study of languages can have enormous cognitive benefits. Learning English also delivers enormous benefits to newly arrived migrants because it helps with settlement, integration and with finding a job. As our national language, English is a shared form of understanding. It impacts all areas of life – from gaining meaningful employment to connecting with the broader community. A shared common language is the glue to a cohesive society. Without a common language, how do we speak to our neighbour? How do we understand each other? How can we

successfully work together? If we cannot communicate, it is difficult to integrate. This is important, because being part of the broader community helps newly arrived migrants to integrate well and settle into life in Australia. That is not to say that a person cannot have a great life and make a terrific contribution to Australia while speaking little or no English. This is an important message which I have discussed over the past six months in consultations with multicultural communities across the country. The feedback, I have received from many migrants on the importance of English language skills has been overwhelmingly positive. Community leaders have repeatedly told me they are supportive of the need to increase the capability of migrants to speak English. The Australian Multicultural Foundation

believes that learning English language is key to breaking down barriers, promoting integration, removing the fear of the unknown and providing employment. The Australian Government is helping migrants to improve their English skills. We offer free English classes through the Adult Migrant English Program. New migrants can access 510 hours of English language classes if they have below functional English. In some cases they can access 1,000 hours. This year we will spend over $300 million on this program – an increase of more than $50 million since we came to office. Not all migrants, however take up the offer of free classes to improve their English. For example, a study of humanitarian migrants showed that one third were not doing English classes three to six months after arriving in Australia. The Government has

therefore been examining how to create more incentives for residents to boost their English capacity, particularly before becoming a citizen. We are currently examining different options with a focus on basic conversational, primary school level English. As we know as part of the ageing process, many elderly migrants who may have in fact learned to speak English quite often revert back to their mother tongue. People aged over 60 (or under 16) will not be effected by any proposed changes to English language requirements. We are committed to ensuring we continue to place migrants in the centre of Australian life, not on the fringes. We want them to thrive and prosper. A successful life in Australia requires the ability retain and celebrate one’s cultural and linguistic heritage but importantly also to communicate in our shared language - English. Call 07 3865 6533

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Hajj, A great spiritual journey for a great spiritual achievement Prepared by Imam Aslam

ASALAMU Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu. All praise is to Allah Ta’ala and peace and blessings be upon his Beloved Prophet Muhammad Salalahu Alayhi Wa Salam.


The most important way of worship performed in this month is “hajj”, one of the five pillars of Islam. The Muslims from every part of the world assemble in Arabia to perform this unique way of worship. Hajj is a worship, which requires at least five days to be performed in its proper way. There are detailed rules for different acts of hajj for which separate books are available, and the present article does not aim at explaining all these details. However, some basic information about its obligation is being given here: Hajj is obligatory on every adult Muslim who can afford to go to Makkah during the hajj season, whether on foot or by any other carriage. A Muslim woman cannot travel for hajj unless she is accompanied by a mahram (i.e. husband or relative of a prohibited degree like son, father, brother etc.) If she does not find any mahram to accompany her, hajj is not obligatory on her until she finds one. However, she must make a will that in case she dies before performing hajj, his heirs should arrange for her hajj-ebadal out of her left over property. Hajj is obligated only once in one’s life. After performing the obligatory hajj; one is not required to perform it again. However, he can perform the nafl (optional hajj as many times as he or she wishes.)

Preparation for the Hajj

Each pilgrim first enters into ihram. This is a spiritual state of purity during which the person must not quarrel, commit any act of violence or engage in sexual activity. Men signify the state of ihram by bathing, and wearing two pieces of unsewn white cloth: “one covers the body from waist to ankle and the other is thrown over the shoulder.” 4 Women usually wear a simple white dress and “a head covering, but not a veil.” 4 “The white garments are symbolic of human equality and unity before God, since all the pilgrims are dressed similarly.” 2 The pilgrim will then repeat the Talbiyah (Talbeeyah) prayer. One English translation is: «Here I am, O God, at Thy Command! Here I am at Thy Command! Thou art without associate; Here I am at Thy Command! Thine are praise and grace and dominion! Thou art without associate.” The pilgrim enters the Holy Mosque at Mecca, right foot first, and recites the prayer: “In the name of Allah, may peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah. Oh Allah, forgive me my sins and open to me the doors of Your mercy. I seek refuge in Allah the Almighty and in His Eminent Face and in His Eternal Dominion from the accursed Satan.” The pilgrim performs the tawaf. This is a counterclockwise procession which circles, “the

Ka’aba, the [cube-shaped] stone building Muslims believe was originally built by Abraham and his son Ishmael... It is a symbol of unity for Muslims because all prayers, wherever they are performed, are oriented in the direction of the Ka’aba.” 4,6 The pilgrim then performs the sa’i. He hurries seven times between two small hills near the Ka’aba, called Safa and Marwah. This commemorates the desperate search for water and food by Hagar, one of Abraham’s wives.

Reflections of Hajj

Hajj in known to be one of the most exhilarating experiences in a person’s life, which leaves a trail of reflections to be pondered upon. Although the reflections of Hajj are more of a personal feeling one feels within himself. Please note that Allah (SWT) opens the heart of those who seek true guidance and repentance on this blessed journey. So we should all seek to come out of Hajj with a tremendous benefit and deep reflections in order to make a positive change in our lives, insha’Allah.

Facts About the Hajj Journey

1. Hajj is an act of Worship - not tourism or promenade - which requires a physical and spiritual preparation. 2. It is a station of renewing faith with hopes of our sins being wiped out by forgiveness and the love and trust of Allah (SWT) increases. The pilgrim gets purified and comes out of his sins like a newborn baby. 3. It is a school of training for Taqwah consciousness of one’s duties towards Allah -, good character and discipline like in the pillars of Islam. 4. It is a manifestation of brotherhood, equality and Unity. The Muslims are like different branches but from one tree. In Hajj, we learn how to develop the Spirit of Unity. 5. It is an annual Muslim convention attended by Muslims from different horizons, colours, races, and tongues. They exchange ideas and news and celebrate their unity in faith and diversity in culture. They meet in their centerpoint Makkah (Qiblah). Muslims always have to have a center-point and should be constantly focused on their noble goals. The following Ahadith from Sahih AlBukhari, shed some light on a few of the aspects associated with the month of Thul Hijjah and Hajj: The Prophet (S), said: “Whoever performs Hajj, only for the sake of Allah (SWT) and does not have sexual relations with his wife (during Hajj), and does not do evil or commit sins, then he will return (after Hajj free from all sins) as if he were born anew.” (The reward for Hajj is a new start with a clean slate.)

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to the city of our Noble Prophet (S). Medinah, which lies 447 kilometers north of the Holy City of Makkah, is the city of the Prophet (S). This is the place in which the Holy Quran was compiled and the Prophet’s (S) companions administered the affairs of the Muslim Ummah. The following is a list of things to consider and implement before and after your arrival to Medinah. 1. When you start traveling to Medinah, Make your intention of performing 40 salats in Masjid Nabawi and to visit Roza tur-Rasool. Rasoolullah(SAW) has stated that whoever prays 40 salats in Masjid nabawi, i will intercede for him. Also during this journey, recite Darud shareef (salawaat upon the prophet sallallahu alahi wasallam)frequently, which is asking Allah to give peace and blessings on the Prophet (S). 2. When the city of Medinah is in sight, show your extreme fondness and excitement and humbly enter the city while reciting Darud Sharif. 3. After putting your luggage at your hotel or place of residence, take a bath or perform ablution (wudu), put on new and nice looking clothes, apply atar, and proceed towards the Prophet’s Mosque while repeating Darud Sharif. 4. Try to enter the mosque through gate Al-Jibril or gate As-Salaam as these are the gates which lead to the grave of the Prophet (S). However, if this is not possible, enter through any other door. 5. Place your right foot first in the entrance, praise Allah (such as say Allahu Akbar, Subhan Allah, Alhamdu Lillah, etc.), recite Darud Sharif and say: “Allah humma aftah li abwabe rahamte ka” “Oh Allah open for me the doors of your mercy.” 6. Upon entrance into the Masjid, offer two raka’s of nafl tahiyyat Al-Masjid (greeting of the Masjid) anywhere in the mosque. If one is able to do this in the Riyadh Al-Jannah area, (the area in the Masjid which is known to rise into Jannah, this is also where the Prophet (S) used to lead the Salah) then this is preferred. However, this place is normally packed of people at all times, especially in the Hajj season. Don’t let that stop you from praying two raka’s there at least once on your visit, but also don’t exhaust yourself trying to always pray there, for this could involve harming other to do so. 7. Visit the grave of the Prophet (S) and that of Abu Bakr and Omar. In front of the sacred tomb of The Holy Prophet (S), there are three sections of brass screens and all three have holes in them. If you stand in front of the middle section between the pillars, you’ll see a big round hole on your left. This is in front of the face of the Holy Prophet (S). Adjacent to it is a door that stays closed. Right after it on the right side is a round hole which is in front of the face of Abu Bakr As-Siddique. On the right of it, there is another round hole which is in front of the face of Umar Bin Khattab. Standing in front of it and facing it, say in a respectful and low voice:” Assalamu alaika, ayyuhan-nabiyya wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu” (Peace be on you, O Prophet, and the mercy and blessings of Allah.) After this say: “Assalatu wassalamu alaika ya Rasul-Allah”, “Assalatu was-salamu alaika ya Nabi-yallah”, “Assalatu was-salamu alaika ya HabibAllah”. Then supplicate to Allah for good things in this life and the life after death.

Then move a little to the right and stand before the grave of Abu Bakr. Greet him and supplicate to Allah to bestow His mercy and forgiveness on him. Then move a little to the right and stand before the grave of Umar. Greet him and supplicate to Allah to bestow His mercy and forgiveness on him. 8. When you have to leave Medinah, offer your Salam again to the Prophet (S), cry at this separation, supplicate to Allah and leave with the earnest desire to come back.

Historical Places of Medinah

The following are some of many historical places in Medinah which a pilgrim would like to visit. Out of these, a visit to Masjid Quba is highly recommended as holds very high status, next to the Holy Prophet’s Mosque. 1. Al-Baqee. The graveyard of Medinah, where a large number of Sahabah (companions) including Usman, Abbas, Imam Hassan, and wives and daughters of the Holy Prophet are buried. This graveyard is close to the tomb of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), right after the courtyard of Masjid Al-Nabawi. 2. Masjid Quba. This is the first mosque in the history of Islam whose foundation stone was laid down by Prophet Muhammad (S) himself on his migration to Medinah. To offer 2 raka’s of nafl in it is equal to one Umrah. After visiting the Prophet’s Mosque and his tomb every pilgrim should try his/her best to visit it and pray in this mosque as well. A visit to Masjid Quba is highly recommended since the Prophet (SWS) used to visit it quite frequently to pray 2 raka’s. 3. Masjid Qiblatain. In this mosque, Allah directed Prophet Muhammad (S), who was in the middle of a Salah along with his companions, to turn his face from Islam’s first Qibla (Bait-ul-Muqqadis) to Ka’aba in Masjid Al-Haram. That is why this mosque is known as a mosque with two Qiblas. 4. Masjid Jumuah. This mosque was built at a place where the Prophet (S) offered his first Jumuah prayer in Medinah. 5. Masjid Ghamama. This mosque is not far from Masjid Al-Nabawi. The Prophet (S) used to offer his Eid prayers here. Once the Prophet led Istasqa prayer (prayer for rain) in it and suddenly the clouds appeared and it started raining, hence the name Ghamama (clouds). 6. Masjid Abu Bakr, Masjid Umar Farooq and Masjid Ali These three mosques that are near Masjid Ghamama. 7. Jabal Al-Uhad. About four miles on the north of Medinah, famous battle of Uhad was fought at 3 A.H. Hazrat Hamza, the Holy Prophet’s uncle, and other companions are buried here. Rasoolullah(SAW) said that this mountain loves us and we love it. There are also many other historical sites in the blessed city of Medinah. Each pilgrim is recommended to visit as many sites as possible in Medinah. Those who are going to perform Hajj, it is better for them to ask forgiveness from those who have been offended or hurt. They must also do Tawba and repent to Allah(SWT). One must go with clean heart to perform Hajj. Islamic Society of Algester wishes Hajj Mubarak to all Hujajj. Call 07 3865 6533

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Jesus said “Arise and Shine…” Dear Reader, We are excited to bring you the Good News of Great Joy. Our theme simple and clear. It is to make God real and personal. And to make God very Real Person so you can kern to know His nature and relate to Him. God is not an object or an image or imagination of human mind. God is a living and loving person. We find this amazing revelation in the pages of Holy Bible. Keep reading with an open heart and humble spirit. You will encounter your Creator today. You don’t need a thousand years for your Salvation (Mukti). You can receive your greatest miracle ‘Mukti’ today. This is the confidence you can have in Christ alone. This month we focus our theme on “Arise and Shine”. Isaiah was a 8th Century BC, Jewish Prophet. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Isaiah wrote clear and astounding message of the future events; including the precise details of birth and ministry of Jesus Christ. And Salvation of Human race through the Atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. Jesus calls all those who believe and follow His ways to “Arise and Shine”. Be-cause the Jesus has redeemed the fallen humanity from the darkness and sin. Christ is the Light

of the world, and when someone welcomes Christ into their heart, they welcome a ‘Living Light’. The supreme purpose of ‘Light’ is to ex-pel the darkness. The world we live in is a not a perfect and peaceful world. Just listen to any TV or Radio news, there is death and destructions. This is filled with darkness and evil. But, when we learn to ‘Arise and Shine’ through the grace and truth of Christ we can enjoy the journey of purpose driven life. Listen to a deep and gentle call of Jesus inside your heart today. He said I am the Light of the world. He did not say I am like a Light. He gives complete as-surance and confidence to people searching in the darkness of their soul. His purpose is to lead all humanity to Truth and Life. Therefore, ask yourself this question; Do I really know the Living Light? Living Light is not a philosophy or an idea of human imagination or traditional practices. What is one of the Best definition of Light? Light is a Person, and a Living and Loving Person. That Person is completely defined and perfectly ex-pressed through the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. Today, take time to ask yourself a simple and a humble question; “I am truly travelling in the way of Living Light ?”. And find your answer in the words of Jesus Himself; Jesus said, “I am the Light of the World”. Therefore, we invite you to pray this with a sincere heart; “Dear Father God, today I thank you for your word that has touched my heart. I

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repent of my wrongs and I confess with my mouth ‘Jesus is Lord’ and I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins, God raised Jesus from the dead for my Mukti (Salvation). Now help me to know Jesus

more and more so that I can grow in the knowledge of your grace and mercy. Teach me your ways so that I can be person who will learn to honour you and learn to love each other. Amen.

Koala research commences at new world-class centre CONSTRUCTION of a scientific research centre designed to focus on genetic and environmental threats to koala populations is now complete, with the state-of-the-art facility set to officially open this weekend. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the $2 million Council-funded facility had been constructed in partnership with Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and was one of several initiatives to conserve koala populations and keep Brisbane clean, green and sustainable. “This world-class research centre will facilitate critical research into the challenges facing koalas in the urban context and will establish Brisbane as the ‘koala capital’ of Australia,” Cr Quirk said. “We are committed to protecting Brisbane’s Sadhguru, Isha Foundation

WHAT you call as your body and your mind is a certain accumulation of memory. It is because of memory – or you can call it information – that your body has taken the shape it has taken. Everything that you consider as “myself” is pure memory. For example, if a man eats a piece of bread, the bread becomes a man. If a woman eats it, it becomes a woman. If a dog eats the same bread, it becomes a dog. That’s a smart piece of bread! It is not the bread but the kind of memory the system carries that transforms bread into a man, woman or dog. However, there is a dimension of intelligence within you that is free of memory, unsullied by memory. In yoga, we call this chitta. If you touch this dimension of intelligence, you can live in

koala population to help stop the decline of this vulnerable species, while ensuring we are delivering more for people to see and do in our city. “The soon-to-open Brisbane Koala Science Institute will feature interactive learning displays, scientific research labs with public viewing areas and a koala observation area to provide a unique eco-tourism experience for visitors to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. “The centre will also be sustainably powered, with a combination of solar power and geothermal power to provide airconditioning needs for the building. “The centre will be staffed by scientific researchers who will collaborate with universities and other research institutions,

focusing on disease and potential breed and release programs.” Cr Quirk said that other koala conservation initiatives were also underway, with fasttracked bushland acquisition and koala-food trees. “A 23-hectare plantation of 8,000 gum trees at Wacol will be farmed to supply up to 120 koalas each day with eucalyptus leaves,” he said. “The trees will supply the Brisbane Koala Science Institute as well as other wildlife carers, to support koalas in care, which can consume up to 500g of food per day. “An annual city-wide koala detection survey is now in its second year, mapping

When God Becomes Your Slave such a way that this memory, which gives you a certain physical and psychological structure, has no influence on you.

If these aspects of life do not come into the experience of individual human beings, if people are not offered a way to engineer themselves the way they want to be – joyful and blissful – drink and drug will become the biggest phenomena on the planet in another seventy to eighty years’ time. This will happen because every human being – whether they go to the temple or the bar, whether they get doped out or meditate – they are essentially looking for a larger slice of life. The question is only about what is sustainable. If you want human beings to have a phenomenal experience

within, but without causing damage to themselves, you have to turn inward. Turning inward can mean many things. One simple way of understanding it is that you touch chitta – that dimension of intelligence which has nothing to do with you. There is no such thing as your chitta and my chitta. It is just there and you as an individual have trapped a little bit of it. To use an analogy, it is like a soap bubble. If you blow a bubble, it’s real. But when it pops, the drop of soap water falls but where did the rest of the bubble go? It doesn’t exist anymore. This is just like that. We have blown our bubbles and caught something in it. This is not yours or mine, this is a cosmic intelligence – the source of creation. Chitta is what connects

koala populations and movement, as well as the spread of genetic diseases. “Council is also investing $120 million in a four-year accelerated bushland acquisition program, as part of our commitment to reach 40 per cent natural habitat cover for Brisbane. “By 2020, more than 750 hectares of additional natural bushland, primarily koala habitat, will be acquired by Council to be preserved for the future of our city.” For more information about the Brisbane Koala Science Institute or Council’s other environmental initiatives, visit www. or call Council on 07 3403 8888.

you with your consciousness. Whether you are awake or asleep, chitta is on. If that intelligence is not on, we would not even know how to be alive. If you access this dimension, the yogis have a mischievous way of expressing it. It is generally called “Ishwara prana dhyana.” This means god becomes your slave. He works for you from now on. You don’t even have to wish for what you want in your life. Everything that is needed will simply happen in the best possible way. 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, one of the highest annual civilian awards, accorded for exceptional and distinguished service.

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On Thursday 21 June, Canberra’s Parliament House welcomed the first ever IABCA Winners Roundtable. A new addition to the IABCA initiative, this roundtable brought together the platform’s key Alumni and stakeholders by providing them the opportunity to speak directly to key decision makers from the Australian and Indian Government. The IABCA Winner Roundtable was kindly hosted by Julian Leeser MP, Federal Member for Berowra and Co-Chair, Parliamentary Friends of India in the presence of His Excellency, Dr. Gondane, High Commissioner of India in Australia and kindly facilitated by Sheba Nandkeolyar, Chair, AIBC and Board member, Australia India Council (DFAT). This cohort of influential leaders addressed several key issues pertaining to the development of India Australia relations, whilst also aiming to identify opportunities to further capitalize on the ever-expanding

Indian diaspora currently residing within Australia. Topics of discussion ranged from government-to-government links, start-ups, international education, arts and culture, sports and community integration. The forum raised a variety of important strategies that will be implemented to continually develop the ways in which Indians and Australians do business with one another. Since its inception in 2014, the IABCA platform has maintained a constantly growing network with more than 1,400 businesses, community and thought leaders from Australia and India who have engaged on the IABCA platform. A long-term objective of the IABCA platform has always been to maintain ongoing relationships with its IABCA alumni and to generate a forum for them to collaborate with one another in increasing the contribution of the Indian diaspora to Australia’s economic and cultural backbone.

The presence of so many influential minds in one room evinced a strong sense that tangible progress was being achieved as every point was raised, as each question was asked, and as each solution was posited. Co-chair of the Parliamentary Friends of India, Julian Leeser MP who led this brilliant initiative said, “The Roundtable was a fantastic event that brought together some of the very dynamic Indian businesses operating in Australia with decisionmakers in Government.  “It was a valuable opportunity to better understand the challenges businesses face and the strengths and opportunities of the Australia-India relationship.  “As the co-Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of India, I welcome these opportunities to highlight the great work of members of the Indian community in Australia and to further broaden the conversation between our two countries.” IABCA would like to extend its appreciation to the following Federal

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Hindu Heritage Camp for Children – Acharya Devo Bhava

Sunday, 6 May 2018, Sunnybank State High School, Sunnybank BALA Samkar Kendra (BSK), education wing of the Vishva Hindu Parishad of Australia Qld Chapter organised a one-day Hindu Heritage Camp for Children on Sunday 6 May 2018. BSK Qld has been organising similar camps for the past six years. Each year the camp is on a particular topic. This year the topic was – “Acharya Devo Bhava” (respect your Acharya or the teacher as god). Last year the topic was “Mathru Devo Bhava, Pithru Devo Bhava”. This year’s camp was a continuation of last year’s theme. Around 60 children between ages of 5-15 participated in the camp. During the camp BSK also celebrated the 125th year anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s speech at the World Congress of Religions at Chicago. There were 23 Junior kids registered aged from 5 to 7 years to participate, learn and share their knowledge and culture. Most of the activities were planned around the same theme to explain students the

fact that the role of a teacher is significant and crucial in their life right from the beginning, until they take a step forward towards their professional career. Guru (Teacher) lays the foundation for developing their nature, confidence and personality that helps students in their journey of life. All the stories and activities during the day had context of Guru, Education, Shishya and faith that describes ‘Guru – Shishya’ (i.e. Teacher Student) relationship which was followed by a small skit! on a similar topic in the end, a famous story of ‘Dhaumya Rishi – three disciples’ wherein Guru and Shishya showed trust in each other. During mid-day, children learnt Yoga, played traditional Indian games, enjoyed craft activity (making Indian flag) and were engaged in a group discussion about good and bad habits. They also learnt about “Mata, Pita, Guru and Devam” i.e. Mother is your first Guru, then Mother and Father guides you to the Guru (Teacher) and he leads you to the God (Devam). It is thus very important for all parents to understand their


critical role for their young child’s life. As rightly said children are like clay in a potter’s hands. Just as a potter gives a desired shape to the clay in his hands, parents and teachers can influence young minds to a great extent. Overall, the children and the teachers had a great day learning about Guru and enjoyed all activities. For the intermediate group (8 to 11 years), during the day, two separate 45 minutes sessions were held to discuss and understand how some aspects of the Guru - Shishya relationship have evolved over time, however some key ideals are the same that our ancestors practiced. Numerous examples of the Guru Shishya relationship from our scriptures were cited through stories and activities. Two 45 minute sessions during the day were also dedicated to physical activity, one for Yoga and one for traditional games. During the Yoga session, a brief introduction of the origins and significance of Yoga was explained. A number of yoga asanas including the surya

namaskar were also practiced. The traditional games played included, Ram Raja Ravan, Sher Bakri and Brahma Vishnu Mahesh. The senior group comprising children in the age group of 12 to 15 years were engaged in group discussion on the difference between an Acharya and a Guru. The discussion was in the form of question and answer that helped the children to think critically and come up with answers in a logical manner. The Bala Samskar Kendra is part of the Vishva Hindu Parishad of Australia Inc., ( The BSK’s objective is to teach children (ages 5 to 15) about the values of the Hindu Dharma, scriptures, Sanskrit and shlokas for every day chanting. In addition, the children are also explained about the various Hindu rituals and their meanings and celebrate festivals at the BSK. BSK celebrates Hindu festivals in an effort to make the children who are growing up in Australia, understand and appreciate the significance of the festivals.

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DEAR READER, it is with much joy, we bring to you the word of God. We all have opportunities to complain, whinge and be ungrateful but that’s not the best way to live. When we go about being thankful for our families, our friends, our freedom and what we have then we give opportunity for Gods blessings to flow into our lives. Having an attitude of thanksgiving is a great way to live. That means instead of focusing on your difficulties, you choose to focus on your blessings. The question is do you want more problems or do you want more blessings. That means if you are going to see breakthroughs, new opportunities, the right people in your life, then you need an attitude of being thankful. Be thankful where you are planted today. When we go about being thankful in advance, that’s really an expression of your faith. In the scriptures (Luke 17v11-19), we read of Jesus healing ten lepers. But only one came back to thank Jesus for his miracle. The other nine did not.

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The one who came back to thank Jesus did not just turn up after his healing. Way before he got healed, he was already living with an attitude of being thankful. It looks like he was saying “Dear God I know of my condition, but I am thankful for my healing, I am sure of your goodness, I am so sure that you are working in my life, that I’m going to thank you right now for what you are going to do tomorrow.” He was already living a life of being grateful. That is why in verse19 Jesus already knowing of his great faith declared “Arise, go your way. Your faith (your personal trust in Me and your confidence in God’s power) has restored you to health.” Through his faith and trust in God, this man had developed an attitude of being thankful.

Here are 4 things we can learn from being grateful: a) Happiness is not about getting what you want but being happy with what you have. Ungratefulness increases problems. Gratefulness increases blessings. b) All happy people may not be thankful, but all thankful people are happy. Living with a grateful or ungrateful attitude will determine the kind of life you going to have. c) When you are thankful for what you have, you are always rewarded with more. Happiness never comes to those who do not appreciate what they have. d) Gratitude is a choice. It takes a strong person to be grateful and give a bit from their heart. Giving a piece of their mind is the work of the weak, they struggle to be grateful, living a life of being upset, frustrated and angry. So today and everyday we are to have an attitude of gratitude and live each day in thanksgiving! God bless you. Pastor Joseph Dass

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THIS IS A FREE SERVICE Ministry of External Affairs will be organizing the 2nd edition of Bharat Ko Janiye Quiz for young overseas Indians (two categories i.e. PIOs and NRIs) in 2018-19.The first round of the quiz contest will be held between 19-21 july,2018 The quiz is being conducted to motivate overseas Indian youth to enhance their knowledge about India. Bharat Ko Janiye Quiz is open for two distinct categories of participants -PIO & NRI between 15 to 35 years. Topics of the Quiz include – Indian Art, Indian Democracy, Economy, Geography, Personalities in Music and Dance, Science & Technology, Languages & Literature, Education, Tradition of Indian Crafts, Indian Cinema, and Renowned Personalities. The entire quiz will be organized in 4 rounds. The first round of quiz will be organised by the Mission. The second, third and fourth rounds will be executed by the Ministry in New Delhi. The second round would be conducted online. The third and fourth round (semi final and final round) would be organized onsite in New Delhi. Mission will select the top three contenders in each category (NRI &PIO) by conducting first round of quiz competition. The top three contenders/participants of the Mission level quiz competition from each category will participate in the second round of quiz (online) to be conducted by the Ministry in New Delhi. Top 10 finalists in each category (PIO & NRI) will be selected on the basis of marks secured in second round and they will be invited to participate in the third round (Semi final) and fourth round (Final round) in New Delhi. All participants, who are invited for onsite round would attend the workshop in New Delhi and participate in the Bharat ko Janiye Yatra, a 15 day tour of India including mesmerising trip to Lakshadweep !! After Yatra, final onsite round will be held in New Delhi and top 3 winners will be awarded Gold/Silver/Bronze medals.

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Article Part 2: FIJI GIRMIT COUNCIL MOVING AHEAD-TIGER ZINDA HAI Fiji Girmit Council Needs Revival: Tiger Zinda Hai - Please Look After It British Indian Raj and its successor Indian Governments IN MY first article, I spoke about how Fiji Girmit Centre

(FGC) in Lautoka, Fiji has degenerated into a sick and poor organisation of healthy and rich members. Sanatan, Muslim League, Arya Samaj, Sikh Association, Gujarat Samaj, TISI Sangam, Ahmadia Muslim, Andhra Sangam, Council of Churches and Kabir Panth – they are the member affiliates who should come to rescue of Fiji Girmit Council. We saluted Mr YP Reddy and other trustees, Messrs Vinod Patel, Pyara Singh and Kanti Punja for being very diligent guardians to our heritage. In my quest of being positive, FIJI PUNDIT has come up with some recommendations, which we hope will be adopted to rejuvenate this injured tiger, which needs care and compassion. Indian Government owes a duty of care and has an ethical obligation to help in this rejuvenation. PART 1 of the article spoke about the history and plight of Fiji Girmit Council (FGC), and its story, of being an injured tiger needing compassion: Ek Tha Tiger once it was something. This article is about how this tiger is alive and able to come kicking if its 10 affiliates come together to remove the thorns in its feet. Yes, it is alive- Tiger Zinda Hai - it can be great once again. With 12.5 acres of land, and over 8 acres still unused there is a great deal of potential. We call upon Fiji Indian Diaspora and those Girmitiya children with skills, resources and pride in their heritage to add value to it, in light of recommendations below. Hence, let us join hands, and put our heads (and wallets) together to move ahead. British Indian Raj and its successor Indian Governments after independence had virtually disinherited and forgotten its stolen children in Fiji. With renewed interest of Indian Government in Pacific in general and Fiji in particular, this is an opportunity for the Indians to appease the ghost of Girmit. [This of course is due to Chinese influence in the ignored Pacific region]. It would be highly commendable for Modi’s BJP Indian Government to redeem India’s past desertion and neglect of Fiji Indians for some 14 decades. After all, those over 35,000 Girmitiyas who chose or were forced to settle back in Fiji, were Indian citizens. We pray India to give a helping hand to realise some or most of the recommendations below.

Suggested Recommendations: 1 ORGANISE AND AWAKEN AFFILIATES, AND ORGANISE 140 YEARS GIRMIT CARNIVAL: Sanatan, Muslim League, Arya Samaj, Sikh Association, Gujarat Samaj, TISI Sangam, Ahmadia Muslim, Andhra

after independence had virtually disinherited and forgotten its stolen children in Fiji. With renewed interest of Indian Government in Pacific in general and Fiji in particular, this is an opportunity for the Indians to appease the ghost of Girmit. [This of course is due to counteracting Chinese influence in the Pacific region India and the Western World had ignored]. It would be highly commendable for Modi’s BJP Indian Government to redeem India’s past desertion and neglect of Fiji Indians for some 14 decades. After all, those over 35,000 Girmitiyas who chose or were forced to settle back in Fiji, were Indian citizens. We pray India to give a helping hand to realise some or most of the recommendations below. Satyamev Jayate…Jai Hind and Jai Girmitiyas….they deserve a fitting monument……

Sangam, Council of Churches and Kabir Panth - they all need to be reminded to fulfil their obligations, pay membership levy and appoint credible delegates. Those not wishing to join or pay may send non-voting delegates, and those wishing to opt out should be given that discretion. FGC needs to reassemble and come with strategic plans for next 12 months that includes 140th year celebration, and also a mid-term plan (5 years) and long term plan (10 year). For 140th year Carnival, I recommend an experienced and very capable candidate, National President of TISI, Mr Sadasivan Naicker be appointed by the reconvened Executives as Chairman of 140th Girmit Celebration Committee. 2 REQUEST FIJI GOVERNMENT TO DECLARE 14 MAY AS PUBLIC HOLIDAY FOR GIRMIT THANKSGIVING DAY Fiji Girmit Council be requested to add voice and already submitted plea from Fiji Girmit Foundation NZ to declare 14 May as Girmit Thanksgiving Day in Fiji with a public Holiday. 3 CONVERTING CENTRE FOR INCOME GENERATION Immediate capital improvements at the centre should make it attractive for wedding and other events needing catering facilities. A modern kitchen with all associated facilities be added to make it into a suitable wedding, social, cultural, corporate and religious venue, among others. 4 PROVIDING ACCOMODATION FACILITIES As a supplement to providing wedding venue, especially for visiting overseas people, the centre should aim to provide accommodation facilities. Girmitiya descendants who are architects and

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builders/contractors, be requested to design and Thakur Ranjit Singh build living facilities they for film/documentary set. Suggested can donate/subsidise and set includes CSR Coolie Lane - living name after their Girmitiya forebears, quarters of Girmitiyas, thatched houses e.g. Bansi, Muthu Sami, Rehman unit, (bure), Sugar mill, railway and sugar etc. transport modes, and other scenario of 5 GIRMIT VATIKA (Orchard) Girmit. This could be used for films and Develop an orchard/forest/green area by documentaries and should be gifted to dedicating at least one acre (may be FGC as part of the expanded museum. more) of landscaped garden. It should 10 SYRIA MONUMENT be planted with, among others, incomeSyria Monument was commenced by generating plant, trees and fruit plants Indian High Commission, Suva in close to Girmitiyas. Among others, Nasilai Village, Rewa, Fiji prior to 2006, they may include Sandalwood, Mango, and was halted after initial foundation Bel, Imli (tamarind), Banana, Jackfruit, because of political events. It is Salipha, Neem, Kaju, Jamun, Guava, recommended that Indian Government Balawa (pundanus), bamboo etc. now be requested to erect it at Girmit Totaram Sanadhya may be perhaps one Centre as it would be very accessible unsung Girmit hero who need to be to tourists and all Fiji Indian Diaspora recognised. Therefore, we may name it visiting Fiji via nearby Nadi Airport. (Totaram) Sanadhya Vatika Nasilai Villagers have already been 6 EXPAND LIBRARY- SHIFT BRIJ rewarded by Fiji Girmit Foundation NZ AND PADMA LIBRARY TO with over $60,000 development in the CENTRE village hall, toilet and kitchen facilities. It would be very fitting to have this Expand the existing Library, and request monument in Lautoka, which would the shift of Brij and Padma Library at further enhance the Girmit Museum. Saweni to Girmit centre. Special plea should go to the new Government to remove travel ban on Professor Brij Lal, Future Action We call on the descendants of all Girmitiyas and he (including Padma) be invited to worldwide to show unity and resolve in formally open the Library as part of 140 adding colour, vibrancy, respect and honour years celebration. to those who went away weeping, and 7 FGC TO BE DECLARED longing for our happiness. At least we owe POLITICALLY AND it to them. RELIGIOUSLY NEUTRAL I suggest the new energised Executive While the inaugurating document Committee of FGC should discuss the above declares that FGC is apolitical recommendations, among others and come and religiously-neutral, it needs up with a strategic plan to make the centre a to be reiterated because of some pride to the memory of Girmitiyas. misinformation and disinformation. And as earlier stated, we approach and People need to be assured of its impartial request Indian Government to help us retain and neutral stance in all issues. The memory of Indians who were their children last thing FGC should be used is as a stolen by the Girmit system. launching pad for political, religious and Let’s do this - let us make this dream into academic opportunism. a reality. 8 GIRMIT MUSEUM Yes, Tiger Zinda hai and will sprint again. Girmit Centre should be housing all About the Author: Thakur Ranjit Singh items relating to Girmit period, and a is Secretary and Founding Trustee of museum should be introduced. People should be requested to donate all old Fiji Girmit Foundation NZ which has items to be housed in the Girmit Centre successfully marked Girmit Remembrance Day in NZ. They had raised Girmit for preservation for future generations. awareness worldwide and requested Fiji 9 BOLLYWOOD FILM SET/ Government to declare 14 May as Girmit LOCATION Public Holiday. Thakur is a journalist, a Request be made to Bollywood to media commentator, and runs his blog FIJI develop part of the Girmit Centre site PUNDIT.

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Global SRI Vishnu SahAsranama (svs) Federation ELEVENTH ANNUAL GLOBAL VSN SATSANG: Families, Community Centers, Organizations and Temples Participate in the GLOBAL sri vishnu sahasranama (VSN) Parayana for Viswa Shanti and Kalyanam, On Saturday, October 13, 2018 (Aashwayuja Masa - First Saturday of Devi Navarathri) The Same Time Satsang in Different Countries Starts as follows:

USA and Canada (930 AM EST), Europe (UK: 230 PM, Berlin: 330 PM), Africa (Zambia: 330 PM, Tanzania: 430 PM), Gulf (Syria: 430 PM, Oman: 530 PM), India and Nepal (0700 PM), Asia (Singapore: 930 PM, Japan: 1030 PM), Australia (Perth: 930 PM, Sydney: 1130 PM), and 130 AM (Sunday) in Auckland, NZ. Please see the following Table for the VSN start time in other countries of the world. Global VSN Satsang Report:

The countries participated in 2017 Global Satsang: Canada, England, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Sultanate of Oman (Gulf), Singapore, Tanzania, and USA Summary of Global VSN Satsangs: 2017: Nearly 10,000 devotees from 9 countries participated 2016: More than 12,000 devotees from 11 countries participated 2015: Nearly 12,000 devotees from 10 countries chanted

2014: Nearly 70,000 devotees from 7 countries chanted 2013: More than 50,000 devotees from 14 countries participated 2012: Nearly 100,000 devotees from 6 countries participated 2011: More than 330,000 devotees from 10 countries participated 2010: More than 10,000 devotees from 7 countries chanted 2009: Nearly 150,000 devotees in 14 countries chanted

2008: Around 7,000 devotees from 4 countries chanted Contact: Suri Vemuri, Ph. D., Global SVS Federation, Palm Bay, FL, USA Phone: 321-759-6993 (Cell), Email: globalavs.satsang@gmail. com Global VSN Satsang Local Timings on Saturday, Sept 23, 2017 Corresponding to 0930 AM EST in US and Canada

Know your status World Hepatitis Day (WHD) - Saturday, 28th July WHAT’S your viral in Queensland in 2016. Hepatitis C: At the start received treatment. People hepatitis C or if you have ENGLISH: hepatitis status? Viral hepatitis includes hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Hepatitis B and hepatitis C are viruses that are passed primarily from blood to blood transfer. These viruses can cause damage to the liver including cirrhosis and cancer. For some people untreated hepatitis can cause liver failure and death. Regular monitoring can detect changes, and can reduce the risk of damage with early identification. This is important for all people that have been diagnosed. Hepatitis B: In Australia, hepatitis B is estimated to affect over 230,000 people, with nearly 42,000 affected

Among people living with hepatitis B in Australia 61% were born overseas. Overseas born from the Asia-Pacific represent 41% of people with Hepatitis B. In Queensland approximately over 38,700 people with hepatitis B are not receiving care. Hepatitis B can be passed from mother to baby during birth, unsterile medical procedures and unprotected sexual activity. If you have been told in the past you are ‘a healthy carrier’ or a ‘carrier’ you have hepatitis B and need to have regular monitoring, and possibly treatment, either with your GP or a liver specialist. Hepatitis B is a vaccine preventable disease.


of 2016, 227,306 people were estimated to have hepatitis C in Australia, with approximately 80% diagnosed and 47% confirmed to have a current infection. The Australian Government heavily subsidises new treatments called Direct Acting Antivirals (for people with a Medicare Card), which saw over 32,500 people treated in 2016, and over 93% of these people cleared and were cured of the hepatitis C virus. Medication that can treat all Genotypes (strains) of the virus was introduced in 2017. In Queensland in 2016, over 54,000 people were estimated to be living with the virus and just over 7,800 people

who have yet to undergo treatment include overseas born people from countries in which hepatitis C is prevalent. How do you know if you have hepatitis? Most people do not have any symptoms, therefore it is important to check if you have the virus.

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A simple blood test with your GP can be done to check for the viruses. Do you know if you have hepatitis B or hepatitis C? Have you been checked for hepatitis B or hepatitis C? If you do not know if you have hepatitis B or

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When: Saturday 28th July 2018 Time: 11.30am to 1.30pm. Lunch will be provided at 11.30am. Where: PCYC Logan City, Jacaranda Ave, Woodridge. The event will provide free information and resources and will include cultural performances, giveaways and personal stories. FREE multicultural lunch will be provided. If you need any further information about hepatitis, please contact:


VIETNAMESE: Phone: (07) 3844-3122 Mobile: 0481-858-151 E: au Other languages can be found at our website: www. In Cairns, you can also contact the local service: Rhondda Lewis, Viral Hepatitis Health Practitioner. Direct: 07 4226 4761 Email: Rhondda.Lewis@ Call 07 3865 6533

‘Women Squad’ doing their bit to save the Planet Leading the Indian Food Industry by example! THE food industry is on the cliff of a transformation every day. A new food paradigm has emerged driven by the knowledge of positive health effects of functional and natural foods. On the contrary, increasing availability and popularity of packaged frozen meals of different cuisine amongst folks is defeating the purpose and creating a hindrance in achieving this shift holistically. They say when strong women come together with a collective intention – MAGIC HAPPENS! Women are the source of new life and undoubtedly the creators of great ideas. Poppin Papadums – is an Indian restaurant located at Camp Hill, Brisbane (Queensland). It is a scrumptious and magical tale of love, camaraderie, passion for food and support. The allwomen squad – Prerna, Jimmy, Hansha, Shatabdi and Mandy; hailing from culturally diverse cities of India and have brought their varied food cultures along with them to Australia. They have known each other for many years and are not just the best of friends but are food enthusiasts. They share a common vision of a world rejoicing with fresh, toxic free, flavoursome recipes made from simplest of ingredients, bringing back authenticity to the food. Over the years Australia has witnessed a trend of

evolving Indian cuisine to cater to western taste buds. However, with more and more people indulging in healthy food lifestyle; Prerna and Jimmy felt it was time to bring back the authentic and traditional cuisine to Australia. They here by endeavour to bring to your table possibly the least processed, healthy, authentic, and yet fast Indian food cooked with the most flavourful, raw and aromatic spices from the land of spices, India. Most of the Indian spices have medicinal & nutritional properties; so, when the food is cooked using these

spices/ingredients; and eaten in balanced/portion size it sure does wonders. From the very first day of opening on 11th May 2018, they pledged to go the most carbon neutral they possibly could by using ecofriendly packaging which does absolutely no harm to the environment. At Poppin Papadums they use packaging made from sugar-cane plant, which is extremely durable, lightweight, and biodegrades in 3090 days once exposed to composting conditions. It is an ideal alternative to

traditional polystyrene meal packaging. At Poppin Papadums, they are using paper products from managed plantations; as sustainable forestry is one of the most effective means to mitigate climate change. They are only using bio-plastics products made from renewable resources compared to the other conventional versions. These products save fossil resources by using biomass which regenerates (annually) and provides the unique potential of carbon neutrality. This ideology and approach of eco-friendliness came after months of thorough research on how they could make a positive difference in the community – not just by serving good food but also serving it right, in ecofriendly manner; thus, reducing their carbon

footprint. Today, Poppin Papadums is ‘Australia’s first ecofriendly Indian restaurant’ aiming to serve the palate and the planet. This budding venture is receiving raving reviews every day for the concept and their fresh and delicious Indian food. They are elated to receive such amazing response and support from the local community. These women visionaries are looking forward to initiating many more small but impactful ideas in their

restaurant in the near future. At Poppin Papadums, they believe why drive when you can fly? All you need to do is connect your power to your passion and off you go. It provides you energy to become what you wish to be. For more information visit - www.PoppinPapadums. Contact Number – 07 3161 6356 Follow them on: Facebook - @PoppinPapadums ;Instagram - @Poppin_ Papadums; Twitter - @ PoppinPapadums

Welcome to Kannada Sangha Queensland New Executive Committee 2018-19 Courtesy Shilpa Aswal, President, Kannada Sangha Queensland Inc.

KANNADA Sangha of Queensland Inc. (KSQ), takes immense pleasure in announcing the new Executive Team for 2018-19. They are: President - Mrs. Shilpa Aswal; 2. Vice President – Dr. Arun Kumar; 3. Secretary – Mr. Chandra Shekar Munintappa; 4. Treasurer – Mr. Anil Kumar Hanumanthappa; 5. Public Relation Officer – Mrs. Veena Joshi; 6. Information Coordinator – Mr. Bharghava Kumar Rayeni; 7. Committee Member 1 – Mr. Krishna Srinivas Gopala; 8. Committee Member 2 – Mr. Satish Malur Shivaji Rao.  About us: Kannada Sangha of Queensland Inc. (KSQ), is a not-for-profit organisation incorporated under the Office of Fair Trading, Queensland. It aims to promote and preserve ‘Kannada’, the language of Karnataka State in South India, through cultural and linguistic activities and thereby educate the younger generation of the rich culture and heritage of Karnataka. KSQ was incorporated in 2004, although it was in existence since 1995, as ‘Kannada Sangha’, an association of a small number of Kannadigas with a view to promote Kannada culture and language. Since then, it has grown in numbers and expanded its forum. The purpose of KSQ is to bring the Kannada community together by organising major festivals such as Ganesha Chaturthi, Call 07 3865 6533

Deepavali, Kannada Rajyotsava and Ugadi which provides a forum for adults, as well as youth born and growing up in Australia to keep in touch with their language and showcase their talent in arts, literature and cultural activities of Karnataka. In addition, KSQ supports the screening of Kannada movies on a regular basis. These social gatherings and events provide an opportunity for Kannadigas to meet people of their own community and network with each other. KSQ is also a registered member of the Federation of Indian Associations of Queensland (FICQ) and participates in various community events such as Independence Day Celebrations. KSQ has organised numerous cultural activities and has encouraged participation by children and adults in a variety of entertainment programs such as singing, dancing, quizzes and dramas that highlight the culture of Karnataka. On some occasions, KSQ has also organised music and other entertainment programs featuring artists from Karnataka. KSQ intends to extend its service beyond Kannada community and engage in wider community services like Fund raising for new temple construction in Gold Coast and other Volunteer work. Through the kind patronage and support of its members and the general public, KSQ hopes to grow and flourish into a thriving organisation and achieve its objectives and

Back - left to right (standing): Krishna Srinivas, Chandra Shekar Munintappa, Arun Kumar, Anil Kumar Hanumanthappa, Bharghava Kumar Rayeni, Satish Malur Shivaji Rao.  Front - left to right (sitting) - Veena Joshi, Shilpa Aswal.

expand its activities to new horizons in the future. The new Executive Committee is hardworking and a bunch of selfmotivated people who are very excited to

serve the Kannada community. As a team, they assure to strive to uplift the reputation of the community further high.  They are working tirelessly to present quality events to the community during the year 2018-19. THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, July, 2018 — 33

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Eid Downunder, once again a very well organised event, which keeps growing every year, Ali Kadri and his team need to be congratulated for the amazing work they are doing with the organisation.

Jeeveshu Ahluwalia , Atul Khatri and Vikramjit Singh after their stand up comedy night at progress hall, Mt Gravatt on 29th June, the troupe was brought to Brisbane by Vvikas Paul and his team, supported by Sandeep Totlani

Arthavan Selvanathan on Mridangam , Jayan Gopinathan – Vocalist, Aswin Narayanan on Violin performed at Forest Lake Community House on 30th June , the curtain raiser was a Hindustani presentation by Binny Jaradi – vocalist who was accompanied by Rvaikesh Singh on Tabla and Shara More on Harmonium

Another successful citizenship ceremony conducted at Brisbane City Hall , by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk .

Sonia Gandhi addresses the roundtable meeting organised by IABCA at Federal parliament house in Canberra (see article)

The official launch of Sprit at Palazzo Versace Gold Coast, full article in real Estate section 34 — THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, July, 2018

During the holy month of Ramadan, many Iftaar dinners were organised , Keeping up the traditions Maurice Blackburn solicitors once again held their iftaar dinner at their facility in Brisbane

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To Attract Tourists, India Eyes China FOR the first time, the foreign tourist arrivals in India crossed 10 million mark last year. Taken together with NRI visitors, the international tourist arrivals were around 16.5 million. NEW DELHI: India will hold a roadshow in China to attract more tourists from that country which has the highest number of outbound people, Union Tourism Minister K J Alphons said today while announcing the schedule for the first India Tourism Mart. The minister said the Tourism Ministry is aiming to double the number of foreign tourist arrivals and receipts from it in the next three years. Last year, India did "extremely well" in tourism, he said. After a successful roadshow to promote tourism in the US, the ministry is going to hold similar events in Russia and Nordic countries in next two weeks, he told a press conference. "We are also going to have a big time roadshow in China because it has the biggest tourist outflow. Last year, it had 144 million outbound tourists. India got only 2.5 lakh of that so we are going to make moves

so that the numbers go up dramatically," Mr Alphons said. For the first time, the foreign tourist arrivals in India crossed 10 million mark last year. Taken together with NRI visitors, the international tourist arrivals (FTA) were around 16.5 million, he said. "The growth of foreign tourist arrivals was 15.6 per cent over the previous year. Our receipts from FTA went up by 20.8 per cent." The first-ever India Tourism Mart (ITM), to be held from September 16 to 18 at Vigyan Bhavan here, is a partnership of the Tourism Ministry and the Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism and Hospitality (FAITH), supported by state and union territories. "Through ITM we are trying to get the best buyers in the world and get them meet our sellers including state governments, tour operators, travel agents and other tourism industry stakeholders," the minister said. Tourism Secretary Rashmi Verma said that the event would help the states reach out to the global tourism market and showcase their products while meeting top industry leaders from across the world.

The government is aiming to double the number of foreign tourist

She also said that the Tourism Ministry's scheme to provide SIM cards to foreign tourists arriving in the country had been "discontinued" as it was felt not "necessary" now.

The event targets to attract over 300 buyers, influencers, bloggers from all over the world in an attempt to create global marketplace for Indian tourism stakeholders including states, hotel, travel and transport segments.

Visa Rule Eased For Foreigners Marrying Indians - Except For These Nations All India, Press Trust of India

THE move came after the Philipino spouse of an Indian national, who married outside the country, faced difficulties in converting her tourist visa to X2 (dependent visa) as the existing visa rules did not permit to do so. NEW DELHI: Spouses of the Indian nationals getting married abroad will no longer have to face difficulties in converting their tourist visa to dependent visa as the government plans to change existing rules. The move came after the Philipino spouse of an Indian national, who married outside the country, faced difficulties in converting her tourist visa to X2 (dependent visa) as the existing visa rules did not permit to do so. The husband had complained to Home Minister Rajnath Singh. "We are doing away with the particular rule and simplifying it so that irrespective of the place of the wedding, the foreign spouse can convert their tourist visa to dependent visa," a senior Home Ministry official said.

The facility will not be oered to nationals of several countries including Pakistan (Representational)

As per the visa manual, tourist visa can be converted to X2 visa only when the marriage takes place in India and gets registered within the validity of the present tourist visa. Contrary to that, if anyone wants to do so has to go back to his or her country and come back on X2 visa. With the amendment of the visa rules and streamlining the process, the conversion of tourist visa to X2 would be allowed even if the marriage takes place on foreign soil. However, the facility will not be offered to the nationals of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan and Iraq, and citizens of Pakistani origin and stateless persons. Addressing the Parliamentary Consultative Committee last week, the Home minister had said that the government would facilitate safe and convenient entry inside the country to legitimate international travellers and provide all visa-related and consular services to foreigners staying in India in a faster and convenient mode.

Dabbawalas call off duty; train Punjab Employees Found Positive services on Western line suspended In Dope Tests Not To Be Punished

Flooding at Nallasopara station has disrupted train services on Western line. (Photo by special arrangement) weather department has predicted that the By Express Web Desk, New Delhi THE weather department has predicted that city is likely to continue to receive heavy to very heavy rain in isolated parts of the city the city is likely to continue to receive heavy on Tuesday and at few places till Thursday. to very heavy rain in isolated parts of the city Train services along the lines of Western on Tuesday and at few places till Thursday. Railway have also been affected, as Incessant rains over the last week Nalasopara station is flooded which has have flooded Mumbai with the Indian disrupted services between Vasai-Virar Meteorological Department warning of stations. Western Railway trains have been heavy to very heavy rain over the Konkan delayed and AC trains services have been region and Goa for the next 48 hours. The suspended Tuesday. 36 — THE BRISBANE INDIAN TIMES, July, 2018

PUNJAB Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday made it clear that government employees who are found positive in the dope test to be conducted on them would not be punished or sacked but would be provided treatment. He said that the identity of employees testing positive will also be kept confidential. Chairing a review meeting of the Cabinet sub-committee set up to monitor the progress of the government's antidrug campaign, the Chief Minister directed the Chief Secretary to formulate guidelines and procedures for conducting dope test for employees, including police personnel.

Amarinder Singh ordered various steps to further augment the government's efforts to ensure strict enforcement of the drug laws, as well as better systems for prevention, de-addiction and rehabilitation. "The government will pursue its EnforcementDe-Addiction-Prevention (EDP) strategy with vigour in order to eliminate the menace of drugs from the state," he said. Besides making Station House Officers accountable for cleaning up villages in their respective areas of the drug menace in timebound manners, the Chief Minister also ordered expediting of pending drug-related cases.

"It shall be the responsibility of the SDMs and DSPs, along with the SHOs concerned, to ensure that their respective areas are totally drug free," he said at the meeting. In another major decision, the Chief Minister said the government will pay for the treatment of drug addicts who cannot afford to pay for the same at government hospitals. The Chief Minister had announced on last Wednesday that all government employees, numbering nearly 3 lakh, including police personnel, will undergo mandatory dope testing as the state grapples with rampant drug abuse. Call 07 3865 6533


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John Elgar Jehu , celebrated his 75th birthday with family and friends at Michaels Oriental Restaurant on 22nd June, organised by Manju Jehu the event was compeered by Lalit Bhalla

On 7th July a modern Ink Painting exhibition was opened at Chung Tain Art Gallery in Priestdale, three main featured artists were Hsiao Chu Sheng, Wang Gow Chang, and Liao Jih Yin , Local artist Melody Chen featured as special artist

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QPASTT observed the United Nations International Day in support of the victims of Torture on 26th June at their centre in Woolloongabba. Umesh Chandra as chairperson of GOPIO International human rights council tied a white ribbon in supprt.

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Discover the remedies of baking soda Nimisha Modi

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HEY GIRLS, this time we are discussing remedies of Backing Soda. Yes I Know we all have box of baking soda always handy in the pantry, these solutions are for smoother hair, brighter skin, smoother foot and hands, and whiter teeth

Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is an amazingly useful product to have on hand. Apply it on those mornings you hit snooze one too many times, after a gym session, or to simply give your hair some added lift. Baking soda makes for a fantastic all-natural dry shampoo which really keeps the oiliness in check. Use it on its own, or mixed with a few drops of essential oil – like lavender, lemon or rose – for a pleasant scent. Those with light coloured hair can just work the powder evenly through

the hair, before brushing. Brunettes may need to add a little cocoa powder to the mix first to avoid a grey tinge.

Repair “Swimmers’ Hair”

If you’re a blonde who swims regularly, you probably suffer from some dullness, discoloration or even a green tinge to your hair! One of the easiest methods of removing this build-up is by mixing a paste of baking soda and water. Coat the green areas with this paste and leave to work in for ten minutes before rinsing with clean water. Make sure to shampoo the sodium bicarbonate out and follow up with a good conditioner as this can be quite drying. Depending on how green your hair is, you may have to repeat the process a few times. In future, soak your hair thoroughly in clean water before entering the pool. This stops the hair from taking up chlorine and other metals from the water

which lead to discoloration

Body exfoliator

Your skin will look dull and ashy if you allow dry, dead cells to build up on the surface. Speed cell turnover and get an enviable all-over glow by exfoliating once a week. No need to buy an expensive scrub; make your own with baking soda by using the same formula as your face: one part water to three parts baking soda.

Detox Bath Soak

Pair baking soda with Epsom salts for the perfect pre-bedtime soak. Not only will this duo help you eliminate toxins, but they will reduce bloating, promote a restful sleep and encourage healthy skin. While running your bath, pour in a half cup of baking soda and a handful of Epsom salts. For added benefit, shake in a few drops of essential oil. Relax in this soothing blend for 20 to 30 minutes, remembering to hydrate afterwards with a glass of water.

Artificial tan remover

Have you ever applied self-tanner expecting a summery bronzed glow and instead ended up with orange skin or unsightly streaks? Next time you have a self-tanner mishap, you don’t have to wait for it to fade away. Use the body exfoliator formula—one part water to three parts baking soda—to gently scrub it away.


If you have sensitive skin, you may be able to use a dusting of baking soda in place of store-bought deodorant. Baking soda neutralizes acids and bases, so it removes odours. It also won’t stain your clothes the way many antiperspirants can.

Razor burn soother

A razor burned bikini line can be painful, not to mention unsightly. Soothe your sensitive skin with a solution of 1 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Allow the solution to dry on your skin (it will

take about 5 minutes), and then rinse with cool water. Men can also use this same formula for a pre-shave or after-shave treatment on their face as long as they avoid the eye area.

Itchy skin reliever

You don’t have to settle for skin that’s dry, itchy, and uncomfortable in the cold winter months. Taking a warm bath (not hot—that’ll make your dry skin problem worse!) with a half-cup of baking soda will soften and soothe your whole body. You can also take a cool baking soda bath in the summer to relieve sunburn or bug bites.

Facial scrub

Love that deep-clean feeling you get from a facial scrub with microbeads? These products may do wonders for your skin. But for a safe alternative: Make your own exfoliating facial scrub using baking soda. Make a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water. Rub onto your face with gentle, circular

strokes, then rinse with warm water.

Cautions of Baking Soda on Skin

While baking soda has a multitude of uses for hair, skin and more, it can be very drying and may even cause irritation to those with sensitive skin. To ensure baking soda is right for you, test out any treatment using sodium bicarbonate on a small patch of skin before applying liberally. Discontinue use if you experience any unwanted side effects. No matter your skin type, you should avoid using baking soda too regularly as it may alter the pH balance of the skin – apply no more than twice per week, or less if you have dry skin. See you all next month where we will discuss even more uses of baking soda. In the meantime, if your face or your hair is giving you too many problems, you can always book a facial or a hair mask with me on 0412 350 013.

Are you doing all the Right Things? Check your Lifestyle You may be surprised to learn that your diet, lifestyle and environment all have a profound bearing on your individual reproductive health. There are a number of things you can do to maximise your chances of conception and encourage a healthy pregnancy. Fertility Window The days leading up to ovulation are the most fertile in your menstrual cycle. You have a greater chance of conceiving if you time having intercourse one

to three days before ovulation or every two days around it. The days leading up to ovulation (when the egg is released from the ovary) are the most fertile ones in your menstrual cycle. This corresponds with the second week, and the beginning of the third, in a 28-day cycle with a 14-day luteal phase. During this fertile time, the egg is moving down the fallopian tube, waiting to be fertilised. You have a greater chance of conceiving if you time having intercourse one to three days before ovulation or every two days around it. This means

that sperm are ready and waiting for the egg when the female ovulates. If you wait until after ovulation before you have sex, you probably will have missed the opportunity for conception that month. The egg can survive for 12 hours post ovulation, while sperm are

able to survive and fertilise an egg for two to three days in the fallopian tubes. To learn more, visit our website www.cityfertility. Fertility facts you should know: If you have not achieved a pregnancy after a year (or six months if you are over 35), you should seek medical advice. • In six months, only 60% of fertile people conceive. • By 12 months, 80% of fertile people will have conceived. • By two years, 95% of people (female aged under 38) will have

conceived. • Once a woman is over 35, her chances of becoming pregnant reduce significantly. It is important for couples to understand that even if they are doing everything right to conceive, it may still take a while to fall pregnant.

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SPRIT, A true Blue luxury of Australian Coastal Living

QUEENSLAND’S tallest residential tower, the $1.2 billion “Spirit”, will rise almost 300 metres above the Gold Coast and inject $1.84 billion into its economy. Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast played the host for the VIP launch of SPRIT, the extravagance of the launch on Friday, 6th July left everyone with awe, and with a grand style launch one can only expect the very best of this project. The who’s who of prestigious Real Estate Industry where present at the momentous occasion. SPRIT, where world class architecture compliments the coast. Rising eighty nine stories above the golden sand, Sprit is set to be Modern Landmark. Glittering high above the shoreline, this will be the tallest tower in the region and home

to some four hundred and seventy nine unique luxury residences. It’s astonishing architectural presence is set to be defining feature of Gold Coast Skyline, admired for years to come. The unique, rippling architecture that defines Sprit allows for an unprecedented choice of apartment types. Designed to the highest standards of form and function, all residences offer generous open space to highlight the stunning view. This unique offering and within the wide variety of contemporary residences available, there will be something for even the most discerning buyer. The developer is dedicated to exploring the possibilities of future cities, Forise is at

the forefront of urban development, and is one of China’s largest and most diversified holding companies which is trusted globally, the architects DBI have for over 30 years been innovating form and function, their design philosophy is centred in the human experience, so while progressive in their approach, they believe in collaboration. The project will be managed by Hickeys who have delivered visionary assets and

projects in Australia for a select group of owner investors internationally. Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate said, he was very enthusiastic about the project and was impressed by Chairmen’s decision to invest in Gold Coast. During his speech he recalled his visit to China and the meeting Chairmen to discuss the prospect of the project.

LM delivers $1.6 billion infrastructure investment in 2018-19 MORE than half of the Lord Mayor’s $3.1 billion 2018-19 Budget will be dedicated to getting residents home quicker and safer, with a $1.6 billion investment to tackle traffic congestion, deliver world-class public transport and create better bikeways across Brisbane. Cr Quirk said $968 million would be invested over the next year into road improvements, while a further $717 million would be dedicated to delivering worldclass, modern public and active transport, including close to $44 million to expand the bikeway network. “I am committed to taking real action on traffic congestion with upgrades to major corridors as well as improvements to more than 1,000 local roads to ensure Brisbane

remains a great place to live, work and relax,” he said. “The Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade is steaming ahead with $96 million allocated in this year’s Budget, as well as close to $7 million to upgrade local Pinkenba roads to ensure they can meet traffic demands that will increase as the new international cruise terminal takes shape. “A further $39 million will be dedicated towards the $128 million Wynnum Road Corridor upgrade, while $35 million will see the completion of the second stage of the Telegraph Road upgrade. “This Budget will include close to $147 million for suburban arterial road upgrades, including upgrades to Green Camp Road in Wakerley and the Murphy and Ellison Road

corridor in Geebung. “Whether it’s a short trip to the shops or a longer commute on the weekend, good roads mean less wear and tear on vehicles, safer journeys and more enjoyable drives, which is why I am also investing a further $90 million to deliver more than 500 smoother suburban streets over the coming year.” Cr Quirk said fewer cars on the road meant quicker and safer trips for all road users, which is why Council would be investing a record $126 million to subside the cost of bus and ferry services for commuters. “Cycling numbers continue to see enormous growth as a result of Council’s continued investment in cycling infrastructure, with the number of people riding to work doubling since 2006,” he said.

“More than $40 million will be allocated to construct key bikeway links, including the Woolloongabba, Kangaroo Point and Indooroopilly Bikeways as well as the Botanic Gardens Riverwalk in the heart of the CBD,” he said. “This will build on my record investment in bicycle infrastructure, with $100 million committed between 2016 and 2020 to deliver five major corridors as well as more than 35 bikeways, creating an even more accessible bikeway network.” “Our ferry network now carries more than five million passengers every year, and I will be investing $68 million over the next year to help river commuters get home quicker and safer, with new express ‘SpeedyCat’ services, a new.

Brisbane homes to benefit from $100M flood-resilience program

LORD Mayor Graham Quirk has today launched a comprehensive package of flood resilience initiatives for Brisbane houses, to mitigate the impact of flooding and assist flood-victims to recover more quickly after flood events. Cr Quirk said his $12 million Flood Resilient Homes program, to be delivered over four years, would be a key feature of the 2018/19 Budget and part of a commitment to ensuring our city has the services and infrastructure to meet the needs of future generations. “The liveability and sustainability of Brisbane is my priority, which is why Council is boosting flood resilience of Brisbane homes that are regularly impacted by flash flooding,” Cr Quirk said. “The new Flood Resilient Homes program will be a two-part scheme, with households first receiving a free in-home professional flood-risk assessment, to provide tailored information about how a property’s flood immunity could be boosted. “Council will then offer eligible

home-owners access to floodresilient property upgrades, including retrofitting floodresilient flooring and walls, relocation of electrics and services, as well as raising the level of timber homes. “Property owners will be able to take advantage of up to $50,000 of flood-resilience retrofitting upgrades from Council, to help prepare for, and more-easily recover from, flash flooding.” Cr Quirk said the Flood Resilient Homes program would be rolledout in two pilot precincts this year, for those residential properties with a risk of being flooded one in every two years through flash flooding. “The owners of more than 220 houses in Rosalie and Inala North will be the first to benefit from the Flood Resilient Homes program, which has been developed in consultation with industry groups including the Insurance Council of Australia, Suncorp, Master Builders and Master Electricians.” Cr Quirk said Council’s drainage construction program and


Voluntary Home Purchase Scheme would continue to increase citywide flood immunity, however, the Flood Resilient Homes program would target properties where drainage would not eliminate flash flooding. “Council will invest $31 million into new major and minor drainage construction this year, to provide additional drainage capacity where it will effectively

reduce flooding and $66 million to maintain the current network,” he said. “In many instances, additional stormwater drainage pipes are not a solution to flash flooding, while in other cases it is not financially viable to install additional pipes, leaving residents without a solution to regular flash flooding during rainfall.

“By investing in the flood resilience of homes in these areas, we can reduce the impact, recovery time and ongoing costs related to flash flooding for residents.” Eligible residents in Rosalie (Paddington) and Inala North will be contacted by Council’s sustainability agency, CitySmart, in coming months to register for the Flood Resilient Homes program. Call 07 3865 6533

GREATER SPRINGFIELD MEDICAL & OFFICE SUITES Mater applauds Springfield City Group for the establishment of the medical suites adjacent to Mater Private Hospital Springfield. The hospital is looking forward to productive conversation and partnerships with doctors who move into this facility. Justin Greenwell Director Mater Private Hospital Springfield

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Astrology Aries (21st March to 20th April): On the first, you plan meticulously, but by the next day, you are in no mood to put those (or any) plans into action. By 3rd, thankfully, you are back to the ground realities, after enjoying a weekend lazing around. Retrograde Mars affects your 2nd House – so you must stay careful in matters related to family and finances. Romance, pleasure and creative activities entice you – but you may not get much time to do anything, or they may not be pleasurable. Be careful, when you meet anyone new. Don’t take any financial decisions impulsively. However, 8th and 9th are great days to meet and greet – your old pals, associates and friends. Soon, Venus moves to its Sign of debilitation - Virgo – your 6th House. This may have an impact on job holders, as they may feel restless and uncomfortable at work. And, this may also affect your health. Stay on guard. Around 11th/ 12th, Jupiter also turns direct – but for you it’s in the 8th House. So, overall positive results may be quite less. Nonetheless, if all goes well, and planets are well placed in your birth chart, this may make you healthier and wealthier, reveals Ganesha. On 16th, you are thinking about money – ill-placed planets prompt you towards some wrong methods. Beware, for this can be dangerous. Now is the time to prove yourself; so stay right on the course. Around 19th and 20th, love makes an entry, brining you some relief. But, things for the married folks may remain, more or less, same. Don’t let this or any stress affect your health. From 23rd, Sun enters your 5th House – however, the overall planetary cluster there is NO good news for your mental peace and financial zone. By 25th, Mercury also turns retrograde in your 5th House. More confusion and trouble ensue. For one thing – people working in creative fields may suffer a setback. Parents and ones expecting kids should also remain extra careful. Sun will help you by bringing you fame, recognition – but not much, in this scenario. Despite all this, on 26th/ 27th you are optimistic and raring to go. But, try not to start anything new. End the month on a relaxed note, as anxiety and tension won’t help. Steer clear of over-indulgences, though. Taurus (21st April to 21st May): Are you wondering, why the luck doesn’t seem to be on your side? Or, why some roadblocks that you had experienced in the past have reappeared? Well, blame it all on the retrograde Saturn – and continue moving ahead. We are not planets, so we have no option to go back – all we can and should do is – move forward, reminds Ganesha. In relationships, be the one with a bigger heart and smaller ego – take initiatives to address and resolve the ongoing issues. Don’t play blame games, and certainly don’t dog out the skeletons from cupboards. On 9th, you are astute and insightful, which helps you take advantage of the available opportunities. Be loving and respectful, towards your elders, as their blessings will help you tide over a troubled period. Soon, your Sign ruler enters Virgo – your 5th House. This pushes you to develop a pragmatic approach, and also indicates better times for new and creative actions. More good news comes when Jupiter becomes direct in motion, around the same time. Heave a sigh of relief! On 16th, you are thinking about some long-term equations – or you may actually be working to reinstate their lost charm. Love makes a grand entry too, but in marriage, you still must keep aside your ego and arrogance. At work, stars ask you to put the best foot forward. Work hard, and don’t leave any loopholes. By 23rd, Sun moves to your 4th House – Leo. Home and heart take the centre-stage. You will be running around getting some repairs done, on 23rd/ 24th. Expenses are foreseen. You manage somehow, though there may be plenty of grumbling. Be positive! When the weekend arrives this time, strangely your mind is full of thoughts about work and action. On 29th or 30th, you are packing your bags for a short business/ work trip. Keep yourself charged up – and eat well. However, with craft Mercury in retrogression, be on guard when you travel, as chances of miscommunications are high. Also, steer clear of major decisions and paper work – for now. Gemini (22nd May to 21st June): Why are you so restless, when the month begins? Continue putting in efforts, stay positive and calm that churning mind, says Ganesha. The ongoing retrogression of two major planets - Jupiter and Saturn – is the reason behind the slow growth. Take care of what you have – instead of worrying about what you are not getting! Health, finances, resources – all need a careful watch – especially when you travel for work/ business (which is likely around 4th or 5th). On 9th, the exalted Moon prompts you to spend after comforts, luxuries and pleasure. Go slow, if you would like to curb your expenses. At the moment, it seems, your family is not happy with you – or amongst each other. Keep enough provisions for your family needs, and understand their aspirations and requirements. By 11th, Venus moves to Virgo (your 4th House – zone of heart and home). Virgo becomes debilitated here – so its positive effects are not strong. Nonetheless, Venus now has a direct eye over Pisces - your 10th House. This will ease pressures and stresses at work and home. Soon enough, Jupiter becomes direct – bringing more gains, relief and contentment. However, troubles with money and family

remain, as Sun and Saturn continue to be in opposition at your 2/8 House axis. Professional front is hectic, leaving you little time for anything else. Just bide you time – and keep a healthy lifestyle and sunny disposition to get through this time unscathed. Love birds will manage their meetings and quick cosy moments, despite this frenzy! By 23rd, things get better, as Sun moves out of the cosmic shadows – and enters its own Sign Leo – your 3rd House. But, be careful, as this House gets affected by retrograde Mars. Sun and Mars in opposition lead to ego and arrogance issues/ conflicts – and in your case, with siblings, cousin, relatives or neighbors. Avoid anger, aggression or negativity. Saturn continues to be in 8th House – so keep your health and well-being top priorities. Aspect of Jupiter over the 10th House can drive discontent over progress at work and business. Stay positive, low-profile and sincere, nonetheless. Things are not easy, but you can always sail through with patience and dedication. Cancer (22nd June to 22nd July): Forgive others, when the month begins. Avoid stretching an argument, as by the 2nd - things will start getting better, anyway. Focus on self-growth; be large hearted. On 3rd, you wish to add to the comforts at your home – because you are driven towards the betterment of your family. In order to increase your income, do not choose a route that is against the law or your work-place guidelines. If you feel ready to risk your money, Ganesha advises you against it – for now. Retrograde Saturn traversing from your 7th House continues to add challenges – yet nothing insurmountable, given your determination and strong will. On 7th and 8th, listen to the signals, your body and mind are giving you. 9th and 10th are pleasant days, and even if they are not – you are driven to make them pleasurable and relaxed. Around 11th, Venus moves to Virgo – your 3rd House, and its Sign of debilitation. This makes you think about household requirements and your relations with close associates, siblings, cousins or relatives. Your confidence is not in top shape, and any presentations, speeches and discussions are liable to leave you somewhat vacuous or unsatisfied. Are you searching for a residential property on 13th/ 14th? Not a bad idea! Jupiter turns direct – in your 5th House – bringing relief and happiness. Around 14th/15th, love birds need to be cautious, as planetary positions indicate chances of developing misunderstandings. Sometimes silence is the best option! On 16th, stars are giving you a leeway to enjoy the life to the fullest, and party hard. Given Sun and Saturn’s opposition, there are bound to be troubles, conflicts and health scares in the background – but you will soar through adversities with sheer optimism and a light, conciliatory approach. Take care of your personal equations, especially with elders, your father and authority figures, says Ganesha. Love brings happiness. By 23rd, Sun moves to your 2nd House – Leo. There is a planetary cluster here now – and retrograde Mars travels in opposition to this House and cluster. Things are unlikely to get better in finances and family related matters. When Mercury also turns retrograde around 25th, situation may become a little more chaotic. Now, you need all your reserves of patience, perseverance and intelligence – be cautious and certainly don’t jump to conclusions. At work, keep a methodical and organized stance. Stars foster love, conception and wedding plans! Leo (23rd July to 22nd August): The month begins on an easygoing note. Relationships, interactions and intimacy bring you peace and happiness. Rejoice! Entrepreneurs may get a number of good opportunities. Delays are likely, though. For professionals, work continues to be hectic and a wee bit challenging too. When something or someone new enchants you – go ahead, but don’t devalue the old and existing, hints Ganesha. From 5th through 8th, your health seems threatened. Be careful. 9th is a busy day, as gains, business negotiations and/ or family responsibilities take up your time. By 11th, Venus moves to Virgo – your 2nd House. Here Venus is not at its best – which may show in your foul, irritable and unhappy mood, especially while dealing with financial issues or family matters. Avoid this tendency! Good news comes with the second astral move, at this time – benevolent Jupiter becomes direct, bringing relief all over. 16th and 17th are sensitive days, as there are possibilities of conflicts getting magnified, or open, heated arguments. Relax; and stop being on this fault-finding mission of yours. Watch your words – don’t say something so hurtful that it spoils your precious equations. Sun, your Sign ruler, is traversing through your 12th House - in direct opposition to wily Saturn (which is retrograde now). Opposition of these two unfriendly giants is not a good cosmic alignment. Watch your health, relations with government agencies, banks, elderly male members, including your father and paternal uncles at home. Thankfully, now direct Jupiter (in your 4th House) will bail you out, assures Ganesha. By 23rd, Sun moves out of Saturnine shadow – into your Sign, bestowing you with confidence and grit. However, here it is in opposition to retrograde Mars. Arrogance and carelessness are RED Signals, and so are threats to your personal safety. Guard against injuries and insults. Don’t consume junk food. Around 25th, Mercury turns


retrograde. Communication glitches can be expected. Thankfully, love remains your biggest ally! 28th and 29th are relaxed days, but don’t let the childe-out vibe make you do something dangerous or rash. As the month draws to an end, you seem to be in no mood to get back to work. Everything seems to have slowed down for now – so it’s okay to go with the flow. Just don’t lose focus! And, remain watchful, calm and centered. Virgo (23rd August to 22nd September): Sometimes, silence is the strongest. When a tricky issue tests your patience, in month’s beginning, take your mind and yourself away – and let the things take their own course. Ganesha is not advising detachment or running away - just a little more discretion and control. Two planets Jupiter and Saturn are retrograde now – so things are, obviously, not easy. Just go with the flow! Too many planets are influencing your 12th House, which may create confusions and increase your expenses. Listen to others, be open to criticism, and assess your spending capabilities properly. Conserve your resources - emotions and energy included. If you are planning to have a religious trip, since long time, but haven’t yet found a right opportunity – stars send you some fortuitous opportunities for it, on 9th and 10th. Jupiter is turning direct soon, so take advantage. This will also refresh you. Around 11th, Venus moves to your Virgo. Venus gets debilitated, so the positive effects may not be much – but whatever little they are – just stay poised to get befitted. A positive and optimistic disposition matters. On the family font, stay close to your siblings, as they may need your attention. Support their ambitions and aspirations. On 16th, Venus and Moon in your Sign indicate romance and dreaminess. Are you feeling attracted towards a friend or buddy? Go, open your heart! Finances, business and gains improve with Jupiter’s direct movement. However, work front remains weakened. Environment may be negative, and the slow paced progress may irritate and frustrate you. Stay on track determined and motivated. Health needs extra care. Around 23rd, Sun makes an entry in its own Sign Leo - your 12th House – and is now in the company of crafty Mercury and malefic Rahu. All of these batter your zone of expenses, losses, unknown and spirituality. To add fuel to fire, the retrograde Mars traverses in opposition to these planets. Financial front looks vulnerable, so don’t trust people with your money. Exercise extreme caution on every front, including health and day to day routine. Unexpected loss or injury is likely. Meditate, pray and continue to keep a calm disposition, especially after 25th, when Mercury also turns retrograde. Get your mojo back by relaxing on the month’s last weekend, Even on the 30th, you don’t seem to be in a mood to get back to work! Review, reflect and relax – find time for love. Libra (23rd September to 22nd October): Are you finding it tough to maintain equilibrium between your work, family and social life? Beware, as your busy schedules may make your spouse and/ or family members angry with you. Well, at the moment, the stars are not supportive – as both Jupiter and Saturn are retrograde – so the entire onus of reinstating peace shall be on you. Opposition of retrograde Saturn and Sun may lead to conflicts with elders, leading to stress and ill-health. Be on absolute guard, and lie low. Business people must be vigilant about the quality of material/goods being supplied or delivered. A small milestone is achieved on 8th or 9th, which makes you happy. It is the result of your heard work and dedication, lauds Ganesha. Around 10th, a small, technical glitch or power-cut may interrupt your daily activities. Don’t fre. Around 11th, two major cosmic changes take place. Venus moves and becomes debilitated in Virgo – your 12th House. Retrograde Mars from your 5th House aspects Venus; this indicates over-spending and self-indulgence (most likely, by your spouse/ partner). Also, Jupiter becomes direct (in your 2nd House), giving you a much-needed boost. What a relief! On 16th, your confidence is touching the sky. Go slow – and be measured, though, as Saturn still views your Sign and your 10th House. Professionals will be overwhelmed on being entrusted with a new project; be ready to brush up your skills now. Love comes calling soon; friends and socializing are not far too. Just take care of your health and well-being. By 23rd, the Sun is moving to fiery Leo – your 11th House – where it joins transiting Mercury and Rahu. Fireworks are in store – be careful, and don’t trust anyone new. Retrograde Mars views this planetary trio, which indicates possibilities of arguments and blame-games. Soon, Mercury turns retrograde too – adding fuel to fire! Cosmos tells you to slow down – look back, reflect and review. Don’t take any major financial or legal decisions. 29th is fun filled – or quite lazy, and the same vibe continues on the 30th. Thankfully, by the month ends, you are back to your usual self. Work, life and everything else takes on a laid-back vibe, though. Scorpio (23rd October to 22nd November): If things don’t seem to be moving, as you desire, don’t lose heart. The planets are to be blamed. With Jupiter retrograde in your Sign – and Saturn retrograde in your 3rd – you are bound to meet potholes and pitfalls. Stay guarded! Work is sane, thankfully - . Job holders shall

feel motivated to work efficiently, while businessmen look set to explore a new territory for expansion. Love also conquers all – and you get some relief. On 6th and 7th, your health and mind require maximum care. 9th sees you in an optimistic frame of mind. Are the electric weekend waves still making you happy? Progress is still stalled – but the vibes are certainly getting better. Strong determination and consistent efforts will pave way for a brighter future. By 11th, Venus moves to Virgo – your 11th House. Be cautious and stay away from suspicious people - with a secretive past. Soon, benevolent Jupiter becomes direct in your Sign. This phase may elevate your mood and increase your efficiency manifold - as productive time starts now! 16th and 17th have something romantic and dreamy about them. Love is in the air – okay it may just be a fling, but it is hugely pleasing. Don’t let that divert your focus from pertinent work and family issues, though. If you are married, stay on course and away from temptations. It is a great time for rekindling your love, socializing and partying. Work hits a hectic note from 18th onwards. Don’t let all the flurry take your focus away from health and fitness, though, warns Ganesha. On 23rd, planning and strategizing are your forte. Yet, the challenging cosmic alignments now remind you to stay on a tight vigil. Sun enters Leo – your 10th House. Rahu and Mercury (which soon turns retrograde) are already in Leo. This trio is in opposition to retrograde Mars. Complex! Anger, jealousy, back-stabbing, financial issues, mistakes, oversights, confusions, struggles and open confrontations are likely. Take some break on 27th and 28th, as the weekend vibes look set to be relaxing now. 30th brings a personal challenge, which doesn’t let you work well. Focus on self-growth and regaining harmony, as the month ends. Jupiter will help you! Sagittarius (23rd November to 21st December): Spend time with your first friends – your siblings, on the 1st and 2nd. They probably now need your insight and guidance to move ahead in life. If there have been conflicts, do your best to maintain a cordial relationship and understand their point of view. Short term travels for business around 3rd/ 4th are likely to be futile. Saturn is in a retrograde mode and opposing the Sun; this planetary alignment restricts high-paced progress. At work, there may be extra tasks and additional struggle. Find time to meditate and relax, especially around 6th and 7th. The month’s second week doesn’t seem to be bring any immediate respite – yet you may get some help and assistance, as someone may willingly share your workload. Expenses are foreseen. Around 11th, Venus moves to Virgo – your 10th House, so vibe may relax at work-place – but only a little. At the same time, Jupiter turns direct in Scorpio – your 12th House. Look forward to some serious, fruitful re-organization. You will be inclined towards spirituality too. 16th brings some serious competition. Are you scared? Don’t be, says Ganesha. Businessmen will succeed in planning a new strategy to win customers and score over competitors. Employees will feel enlightened, after receiving guidance from bosses. Love and romance hit a slow trail. In marriage, the indifferent behaviour of your spouse may baffle you. Stay centred; refrain from any family or financial decisions. 23rd brings another shift. Sun moves to your 9th House Leo, joining transiting Rahu and Mercury. The alliance increases your confidence, but illusions are likely too – especially because this trio is being viewed by the retrograde Mars. Be on guard, and avoid taking rash or impulsive decisions – especially the ones that are against the grain. Around 25th, Mercury turns retrograde, and things become murkier. Instead of doing anything, it would be best to enjoy the slow pace and relaxed vibe of 28th and 29th. . Hugs, cuddles and sensual pleasures can be extremely destressing – you happily realise! On 30th, you are not interested in work – lie low and recharge yourself as a busy phase lies ahead. Capricorn (22nd December to 20th January): All you want is a happy and contended family life. Adding comforts and luxuries – and obviously enhancing your income – is on your agenda, thus. Don’t get fazed by delays and roadblocks. Saturn is your Sign ruler, and it is retrograde – for now, and it can be blamed for struggles that you may be facing. Carry on relentlessly, says Ganesha – yet take care of your health, family relationships, finances and mental peace. Be on Take time out for rest and relaxation. 9th sees you anxious about a personal equation. Are you away from a loved one? Sometimes, distance is the best bridge – as it makes you realise the other person’s worth in your life (and vice versa). Get rid of your belligerent mood, and stop fretting over others’ unbecoming attitude. You can’t change some things. Can you? By 11th, Venus moves out of your 8th House – going to your 9th. Things get better – but not entirely. Soon, Jupiter turns direct – in your 11th House. The cosmic vibes are set to support you considerably. 16th and 17th have something very romantic about them. Marital relations bring happiness; love shines too. Yet, don’t let this diversion digress you from important, pressing matters. By 18th, you are making profits and gains. Direct Jupiter blesses your homefront and relationships too. Ones willing to conceive a baby have the cosmos on their side. 22nd and 23rd see you pretty vulnerable on the health front. Injuries and

pains are likely. Nonetheless, this phase gives you a chance to explore your spiritual side. You may be feeling religious and devoted. Sun is now in Leo – your 8th House – and in opposition to the retrograde Mars. This is NOT a rosy alignment for your wellness, safety and overall physical health. Be extremely careful! Mercury turns retrograde around 25th – adding chaotic fuel to the furious fire. Guard against bloodpressure related issues; anaemic women need to be extra careful. Steer clear of stress and risks. Drive carefully. By 28th and 29th, you are enjoying a relaxed, fun vibe, and 30th is all about continuing on this pleasure trail. The only thing you have been neglecting is, maybe, your work. But, there is nothing to worry much! Just don’t lose focus from what’s important and pertinent. Aquarius (21st January to 18th February): Active and determined, you unleash your imagination, when the month begins. Personality development and self-growth are high on your agenda. Saturn is now retrograde in your 12th House. Some life lessons, challenges and tests are on cards – but don’t lose hope. Conserve your energies and emotions. Your plans to travel abroad or seal a major deal may be thwarted, under this cosmic alignment. It seems you are not in the best of your health on 6th through 8th. Take care – and take rest. 9th is too ambitious, making it difficult for you to relax. Double check your plans, if risks, new ventures or loans feature on your agenda. On 11th, Venus becomes debilitated, on moving into Virgo – your 8th House. Here, Venus is viewed by retrograde Mars. This paints a troubling picture – as you may find it tough to focus; your mind remains disturbed. A happy cosmic change takes place at this time. Jupiter becomes direct in your 10th House, bringing relief. Your imagination has wings on the 16th. You work hard to smooth ruffled feathers and rough edges; this brings praises and recognition – but after considerable effort. Do you mind? It doesn’t seem so. Finances remain stable, thankfully. Overall, home environment improves too – but things are still not easy for the married folks. Keep your cool! On 23rd, it seems that your personal life has decided to not let you breathe easy. Sun moves to its own Sign Leo - your 7th House, and joins the company of malefic Rahu and Mercury present there. Now Sun moves in opposition to retrograde Mars in your Sign. Troubles are foreseen, obviously, given this dramatic astral picture. Cold vibes and heated arguments are likely to become a routine, even with elders at home. If you are married/ committed – likelihood of a third person, most likely, a family elder - interfering in your relationship - is quite high. By 28th/ 29th, you may encounter many hurdles in everyday tasks at workplace. But as they say, this too shall pass, soothes Ganesha. The month’s relatively calmer ending is the proof, as by 30th, you will be ready to leave it all behind and indulge in some pleasurable activities. Pisces (19th February to 20th March): The month’s beginning reinstates your faith in spirituality and mysticism. These unusual experiences make you happy and peaceful; you allow your intuitive ability to show you the way ahead on 2nd and 3rd. Meanwhile, looking at the influence of multiple planets over your 12th House, it is likely that your personal expenses will rise. Mars is also going to move in a retrograde mode, through the 12th House. This adds to the troubling financial picture, warns Ganesha. Be very careful; losses are likely. Drive carefully, and steer clear of drinking or aggression on 5th and 6th – and even later. Your health, at this time, is likely to fluctuate frenetically, putting you in a dilemma about which course of treatment to follow. Watch out! On 9th, you are inspired, willing to think out of the box. At the same time, opposition of retrograde Saturn and mighty Sun throws hurdles onto your path. Don’t lose confidence. Around 12th, your Sign ruler Jupiter becomes direct in Scorpio – your 9th House. Happy days are here again! Slowly yet steadily, the tide turns to your favour. However, on the immediate scene, there may not be respite in personal realm; Venus shifts to Virgo your 7th House, and gets debilitated. Steer clear of temptations, if you are married. On 16th, you are still reeling under stress. The chaotic home front fills you with an urge to run away. Wait, wait – this is a planetary wrath, which will soon end, reminds Ganesha. Ask a trusted friend to step in – and be the messenger of love and peace, if all else fails. On the material plane, stars tell you to be cautious, when it comes to financial transactions. Track your expenses too. Don’t let this frenzy and tension take a toll on your health on 20th and 21st. Find some time to meditate and rest on 22nd. 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Brahma Kumaris Australia – Meditation & Positive Thinking Sessions – Mondays 10.30am to 11.30am: Regular meditation should improve your ability to focus and think clearly. By practising mediations which cultivate our ability to sense and care for our natural energy we are able to live life with greater awareness and confidence. Each class includes guided meditations, discussions, short talks and the introduction and practice of techniques. Each session is a different topic. Meditation sessions Tuesdays 6.30pm to 7.30 pm and Sundays 5.30pm to 6.30pm. During these sessions there will be meditation commentaries, music and periods of silence. You can come and go at any time during these sessions. Venue: 27 Bordeaux Parade, Mermaid Waters. Please phone to register – 5575 2126. Email goldcoast@ or visit www. for more information Brisbane Good Samaritan Prayer Fellowship (Malayam Service) – Congregation on every Sunday from 10am to 12pm at Stafford Scouts, 38 Appleby Road, Stafford, Qld 4053. For further information contact 0468 358 646 or 0411 269 322. Come and hear the message of your eternal life, GOD BLESS Picabeen Community Centre – you’re invited to playgroup! – For parents with children aged 0-5 years from all cultures and backgrounds. Come along and meet families from all backgrounds in your community. Every Monday (Except public holidays) 10am – 12pm. Picabeen Community Centre, 22 Hoben Street, Mitchelton Qld. Phone 3354 2555 Zi Za Dong Zen Association – Energy Healing to improve health and well beings – ZZDZ Assn. Inc is a not for profit charity foundation based in Brisbane. Focusing on energy healing named Qi Gong through meditation, it provides free energy healing sessions and guidance. Practicing Qi Gong will encourage you to achieve a positive outlook on life, by helping to reduce stress and calm your mind. It also increases vitality, enhances your immune system and helps to eliminate negative attitudes and behaviours. Session Times & Locations: Mondays-Thursday & Saturday 9am – 12pm at 10 Cognac Court, Calamvale. Thursday afternoon (except 1st week) 3.30pm – 6pm at Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown Library. 67 Level 2, Cnr Calam & Compton Road. Friday afternoon 2pm-5pm at Logan West Library – 69 Grand Plaza Drive, Brown Plains. For more information email zzdz. or visit

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Hindu Cultural Hub (HCB) at Clayfield – Monthly Cultural congregation – Bar-Jai Community Hall, 178 Alexandra Road,

Clayfield Qld 4011. Pooja by Hindu Priest, Bajan and Kirtan by devotees, monthly religious updates / guest speakers on spiritual (or) yoga techniques. Prasatham with vegetarian dinner served. For more details contact 0469 016 416 or visit www. The John Oxley District Orchid Society – Meeting – We pride ourselves on being a friendly Society and new members and guests are always welcome at our meetings held on the second Wednesday of each month starting at 7.30pm. Venue is Oxley Bowls Club, 24-30 Englefield Road, Oxley. Please contact Sonia Addison 3277 5825 or for more information The Gold Coast Hindu Cultural Association – Gold Coast Bhajan – monthly Bhajans held every third Friday of the month starting at 7.15am at the Helensvale Community Centre - 31 Discovery Rd, Helensvale. Activities include Bhajan recitals, short educational presentations and free vegetarian dinner. All are cordially invited to attend. For further information please contact Director/Religious Activities, Mr S Barataraj on 0417 588 839 or gchcan@ or visit www.goldcoasthindu. org Organization of Hindu Malayalees Queensland (OHM Queensland) – Monthly Bhajans held every first Saturday of Malayalam calendar. Activities include Bhajans, Malayalam Class, Library service, religious short educational presentations, vegetarian dinner etc. For further information please contact President Krishnan AK on 0418 727 570 or Shirdi Sai Sansthan Brisbane Ltd – Shirdi Saibaba Bhajans and Aaratis – last Saturday every month. 5.30pm at Runcorn Heights State School, 200 Nemies Road, Runcorn Qld 4113. Dhoop Aarati, Bhajans, Ashtotaram, Shej Aarati and Mahaprasad at 7.40pm. For more details contact 0416 813 747 or 0479 143 724 – visit www. or follow on facebook Shirdi sai baba Brisbane Mata Amritananadamayi Centre – Brisbane:  Regular Satsangs are held at 32 Burnside Crescent, Westlake on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month at 4 pm.  Spiritual chanting, singing, reading and Arati are followed by a prasad meal. Sri Lalitha Sahasranamavali chanting takes place at the Sri Selva Vinayakar Kovil at South Maclean on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 10:30 am. Register your interest for IAM Meditation courses.   www.; facebook: Amma Brisbane Satsang. Contact: brisbane@; ph:  07 3715 8278 Sri Selva Vinayakar Koyil (Ganesha Temple) Brisbane (South Maclean) – For full list of upcoming events please visit Yoga in Daily Life – Satsang and Full Moon Meditation – Satsang every last Saturday of the Month from 5-7pm with Rajastani Bhajans, meditation & Prasad. Purnima Full Moon Meditation from 7:45pm - 8:30pm (see our website for dates). Regular daily Yoga & Meditation Classes. Shiv Mandir is open daily for Darsan. Website:, Email: brisbane@ Call 07 3865 6533

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When unbridled faith turns to the greatest love of all... To b e s t a g e d o n Date: 4th November 2018, Sunday Timing: 5pm to 7pm Ve n u e : H O TA H O M E O F T H E A R T S


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Meera - When Unbridled Faith Turns To The Greatest Love Of All...

Aarti Bajaj

ONE person’s dream comes to reality when many souls start visualizing it with same passion and integrity. The force of doing doesn’t lie in merely doing but its evident when it’s driven with zeal of inclusiveness and similar madness of making and enjoying the journey. In making of “MEERA”the production, I, Aarti Bajaj, have learnt a lot, evolved within multiple times and most importantly the journey that started

merely just with me and now leading about 300 people along is very enriching and powerful in itself. And I believe the power is in the INCLUSIVENESS nature of the production, its organic approach in making and portraying the passion and energy of true love. Multiple numbers of teams from Production MEERA are working tirelessly to bring this vision to reality and let me take this opportunity to share a little about all the hard work that went in creating the costumes and jewellery for


the performing artists. A whirlwind trip to India, via Dubai.12 hours of stay in Dubai which consisted of 8 hours of continuous meetings, 5 days stay in India, which involved touring of 4 different cities and approx. 18-19 hours of work each day. The physical me might have got a little tired by end of the trip, the creative me within was so enriched and excited and that was because there was this constant pouring of enthusiasm, commitment and a feeling of bringing something

grand and new together that I got to experience from the team who was working with me tirelessly in India and back home in Australia. Vaishnavi Jariwala, our beautiful, super talented gorgeous costume designer, who has curated all the designs and costumes for a large performing cast off 100 artists had done such extensive ground work and research for each of the characters and different dance genres. She completely understood the director’s vision and made sure her designs,

selection of colours and fabric helped in enhancing the theme and story to be told. The main concept of taping through the hearts of wider global audience was well understood and received by her. Keeping the essence of story, which is Indian, she has very well managed to get the modern feel to it by her very thoughtful selection of texture of fabrics, patterns etc. Along with the contemporary taste, the audience will also be able to witness the opulence and

elegance of 16th century of northern Royal India. This amalgamation of ancient Indian love story from 16th century and a  modern twist was a great challenge, but along with our amazing team of over 300 dedicated people we are aiming to unfold the magic on the 4th of November 2018 at the HOTA (Home of the Arts), Gold Coast 5pm to 7pm. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”  ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist. Call 07 3865 6533

Sports News Football Fever Hits Melbourne as Real Madrid World of Football Experience Launches World Premier

Football Federation Victoria Juniors were the first to test out the exhibition and meet Real Madrid C.F. Ambassador and FIFA World Cup Winner, Álvaro Arbeloa. Photos: Jim Lee.

THE Real Madrid World of Football Experience made its world premiere in Melbourne on Saturday at the Melbourne Museum Plaza with a stunning stateof-the-art showcase of the world’s greatest football club. The touring football experience opened amid football fever just ahead of the 2018 FIFA World and in the afterglow of Real

Madrid C.F.’s victory in the UEFA Champions League Final in Kiev.  Real Madrid C.F.’s latest trophy has been flown to Melbourne to feature in Real Madrid World of Football Experience, following Real Madrid C.F.’s record13th victory at the UEFA Champions League in May. “We’re honoured Real

Madrid has chosen Melbourne to make its world premiere of the Real Madrid World of Football Experience in June,” ​ the Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren said.  “Real Madrid are a titan of world football, and are no stranger to Melbourne – thrilling thousands of loyal fans at the MCG in 2015.”

“This special exhibition will celebrate the decorated and iconic history of this proud Spanish club and give Victorians an exclusive look behind the scenes.” “With football fever and the FIFA World Cup just around the corner, this event will attract visitors from across the country – supporting jobs and boosting our major events calendar.” Real Madrid World of Football Experience runs for a strictly limited season until Sunday 5 August.  Tickets are on sale now through Ticketek from $19.50. Click here http://bit.

ly/2LxNnbE to secure your ticket!  Venue: World of Football Pavilion located at Melbourne Museum

Plaza, 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton, VIC 3053 For more information visit:  http://www. 

Brisbane Maroons Triumph

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

BRISBANE Maroons are the new winners of the Vodafone Kshatriya World Cup 2018 tournament at Prince Charles Park, Nadi yesterday. The Maroons pipped London 3-2 in a hard fought final. Maroons coach Jitendra Kumar Balia said they are planning to celebrate the win in Brisbane before they start preparing to defend the title in 2020. What happened: Maroons started strongly and in Call 07 3865 6533

the fifth minute drew first blood when Hitesh Khatri slotted in the first goal. It took time for the London side to settle down but Maroons upped the tempo and Rakesh Solanki slammed in their second goal as they led 2-0. Halftime: Maroons 2-0 London With play being centred around midfield the London

side finally settled down and in the 23rd minute they scored their first goal through Kushal Kamani. Again, catching the Maroons defenders napping they scored the equaliser in the 34th minute through Akash Khatri. The match got heated up as both teams searched for the winning goal. In the 52nd minute a penalty was

awarded to the Maroons and Hitesh Khatri was at hand to place the ball to the back of the net. Star turn: Maroons star Khatri led their comeback and spearheaded the move that led to the penalty kick which gave them the winning goal. Big play; London’s Kamani and Akash Khatri

scored two quick goals in the second half to level the scores at 2-2. Comments; Brisbane Maroons coach Jitendra Kumar Balia said: “The boys’ performance was fantastic because we never thought that we would play in the final. We had so many injuries but we came out stronger after losing to

London in the pool match. “The plan now is to celebrate the win in Brisbane and we will prepare to defend this title in 2020.” London coach Dupa Pratap said: “I wanted them to win today but it was not to be but I’m proud of the boys.”



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