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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Jai Jinendra!

On behalf of JAINA EC and BOD, it gives me great pleasure to extend warm welcome to our new JAINA Member – Jain Center of Los Angeles - JCLA.

JAINA invites your views and opinions on blog where the topic is Jainism and Modern Lifestyle.

JAINA is observing December as month of Anekantvad and is inviting Essays on Principles of Anekantvad from budding writers of our community.

Sincerely,

Ashok Domadia
JAINA President
Chairman - JAINA BOD


QUOTE OF THE WEEK
In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self.
- Bhagwan Mahavir

ANEKANTVAD
The principle of the Anekantvad or Syadvada is a very valuable contribution of Jainism to world thought. This doctrine is also known as the theory of Relativity or the Philosophy of Non‑absolutisim or the philosophy of Relative Pluralism. This principle teaches us how to realize truth in its varied aspects.

Bhagavan Mahavira has said that every substance has infinite attributes and different attributes may be seen through different angles. Just as a prism has many sides, every substance or situation has many aspects which can be seen from more than one side. A man may be son of a father and father of a son or he may be someone's brother. The town in which you stay is in the south for the people of the north and is in the north for the people of the south and so on.




KNOW YOUR TIRTHANKAR
SHEETALNATH BHAGWAN
Sheetalnath Bhagwan is the 10th Tirthankar of the Avsarpani kaal. He was born to King Dradharath and Queen Nanda Devi in the city of Bhadilpur. He attained nirvana at Samet Shikhar and had 81 Gandhars. He took 3 bhavs after Samyak Darshan to attain Moksh. The topic of his first sermon was Samvar Bhavna.

The word samvar means the stoppage of influx of karma. In this Bhavna one thinks about stopping evil thoughts and becomes absorbed in achieving spiritual knowledge.

There are 57 ways by which we can stop or prevent coming of karmas which are as follows-

5 types of Samity
3 types of Gupti
22 types of Parishah
10 types of Yati dharma
12 types of Bhavna, and
5 types of Charitra.

One must contemplate on samity, gupti, yati dharma etc. We must carry out these types of activities and try to reduce or stop new bondage of karma. Now let us take for example a boat, it is obvious that if the boat has a hole, water will slowly creep in and eventually the boat will sink. The only way the boat can be saved is to block the hole. The same way there are many ways from where karmas can creep into our life and spoil it. We have to block these ways and save our soul.


BLOG

Today, in the world of technology where everything is superfast, it is very difficult to keep balance between Jainism and modern lifestyle. As such, it is a major dilemma for many on how to ‘practice’ Jainism in our modern lifestyle.

We believe in Jain principles such as Ahimsa, Aparigraha, Anekantvad, but do we actually practice it in our daily life? Every day we perform numerous tasks, where with little consciousness and effort we can save ourselves from Jiv hinsa, Parigraha, Asatya etc.

Click Here to read complete article and share your views & comments on the same


JAIN CENTER NEWS
JAIN SOCIETY OF CENTRAL VIRGINIA

JSCV has undertaken construction of Shikharbandh Derasar of Shri Shankeshwar Parshwanath Derasar. This Derasar is located 1/4 mile from Interstate I-95 Ext -83 (5 Miles North of Richmond).

They have requested all Jains and Jain Sangh to take Labh in 3 Mulnaik Murti for our Main Gahbhara - Nakro is kept at only $1,101.00 Aadinath Bhagwan - Parshwanath Bhagwan - Mahavirswami Bhagwan. Also only 9 thirthankers Nakro are left & for Entire gokhla in Bhamti, Tirthankara Bhagwan and including Pratishtha Labh for Life time is only $21,101.00.

Richmond Jain Sangh has less than 100 families and taken this monumental task to build a very first Shankeshwar Parshwanath Derasar. Please check the following link for making your valuable contributions to this endeavor of Jain Society of Central Virginia.

http://www.rvajaincenter.org/

JAINA STUDY CENTER OF NORTH CAROLINA
HIGHWAY CLEANUP
Our center participates in Adopt-A-Highway cleanup twice a year. The statewide Adopt-A-Highway program was established in 1988 and is a joint effort between community volunteers and NC \ Department of Transportation to keep our roads clean. JSCNC adopted a stretch of Highway 54 in Cary between Morrisville Parkway and Airport Boulevard.


YJA
YJA would like to thank all those who donated during the #GivingTuesday campaign. We sincerely appreciate your support and look forward to organizing more events to connect Jain youth across the country.

A special Thanksgiving edition of Young Minds was released! Visit bit.ly/ymthanksgiving to read about how young Jains celebrate Thanksgiving and to catch up on recent YJA events such as National Dinners.

YJA has a lot of exciting events planned for December including an Interregional Clothing Drive, ice skating and bowling socials and Dharma and Desserts. Get into the spirit of the giving season by donating clothing items you no longer need from December 5th-19th and help your region win! A full list of drop-off locations can be found on the Facebook event at bit.ly/yjaclothingdrive. For a full listing of December events in your region, visit yja.org.


JAIN STORY ON ANEKANTVAD
ELEPHANT AND THE BLIND MEN
Once upon a time, there lived six blind men in a village. One day the villagers told them, "Hey, there is an elephant in the village today." They had no idea what an elephant is. They decided, "Even though we would not be able to see it, let us go and feel it anyway." All of them went where the elephant was. "Hey, the elephant is a pillar," said the first man who touched his leg. "Oh, no! It is like a rope," said the second man...


INVITATION TO SUBMIT ESSAY ON ANEKANTVAD
JAINA invites the budding writers of all age groups to send in Essay on ‘Principle of Anekantvad ’. The best essay will get published in our newsletter and at www.jaina.org. Please send your entries to submitstory@jaina.org by 21st December, 2016.

Rules:
1. Age: No bar
2. Articles should be in English language and maximum 300 words in a word file.
3. Writing style must be clear and easy to understand.
4. Please write your name, address and phone number along with the essay and also attach your assort size photograph.
5. Essays are welcomed from anywhere in the world.


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To get the answer please visit website http://www.jaina.org/?page=Crossword_Puzzle_12




Find below words:

1) Anekantvad

2) Syadvada

3) Relative Puralism

4) Kevalis

5) Mahavira

6) Vows

7) Jain Principle



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