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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 Central Indiana - JCCI.

Due to an overwhelming response to Paryushan and Das Lakshana Special newsletters, JAINA plans to publish newsletters weekly effective immediately .

Sincerely,

Ashok Domadia
JAINA President
Chairman - JAINA BOD
 
Quote of the month

One should fight one’s inner enemies – passions, attachment, aversion, desires and the like. What is the purpose of fighting the external enemies? Conquering the self through self-reliance leads to happiness.

- Uttaraadhyayan Sutra

 
SHRUT BHAKTI
Aagam is the holy book of Jainism. It is the only book that brings us the words of Lord Mahavir. Originally Aagam was in such a language that it wouldn’t have been possible for us to read and understand. For us to understand Aagam, many saadhus and sadhvis have contributed their knowledge and time. Earlier we had many Sadhus who took the initiative of converting these Aagams into Granths so that we could understand them. Today what we see as Aagams is actually the Granths that are in an easier language.

In the fifth Ara we don’t have Kevalis (The enlightened), Thirthankars, and Gandhars etc to take us towards the right path and so it is only the Granths that help us and act as a guide towards the right path of Jainism. There are many Sadhus, Sadhvis, and Munis etc who have converted them like:-
1) Acharaya Umaswatiji, who wrote 500 Granths.
2) Kalikasarwagya Hemchandra Acharayaji wrote Granths consisting of 3.5crore shlokes.
3) Shri Haribhadra Suriji wrote 1444 Granths.

Shri Haribhadra Suriji had to face a few problems while writing these Granths. Every day he would start writing them in the morning and would continue till sunset. He wouldn’t like to stop writing those Granths because he had less time and had to complete all the Granths. One day Laling Seth was passing by and saw that Shri Haribhadra Suriji was sad. In curiosity he asked him, “The one who removes sadness from everyone’s life, how is it that he himself is sad?”Shri Haribhadra Suriji told him about his problem. Laling Seth had a very precious diamond that would shine throughout the day. Without any hesitation he just gives Shri Haribhadra Suriji the diamond so that he could continue writing even after sunlight.

We see that how people have contributed their precious time and things, so that we can understand the Aagams. We should always appreciate these contributions and dedication as it is only because of them that we can study the Aagams.

 
KNOW YOUR TIRTHANKAR - RUSHABHDEV BHAGWAN

Rushabhdev Bhagwan was the 1st Tirthankar of this Avsarpinikaal. He was son of King Nabhi and Marudeva Mata and was born at Ayodhya. His symbol is ox and it symbolizes farming. He introduced the technique of farming.

Rushabhdev Bhagwan had 84 Gandhar and his place of Nirvaan is Mount Ashtapada. Rushabhdev Bhagwan in his first sermon said that human being should avoid pramad (laziness). He gave an example that like when the deserts are too hot in day time, people instead of sleeping in night , cross the desert in night as its cool. Similarly too much sleeping (nidra) is also pramad and one should avoid it. To get eternal peace and blissfulness one should do less pramad and spend more time in Dharma Aradhana.

 
VIRCHAND RAGHAV GANDHI - A LEGEND

Shri Virchand Raghav Gandhi (VRG), born on Aug 25, 1864 was a great Jain Scholar, Patriot, Humanitarian, Reformer, Philosopher, the 1st ever graduate and a Barrister at Law, among the Jain community. He was a Jain Delegate at the 1st Parliament of World Religions held at Chicago way back in 1893 where Swami Vivekanand represented the Hindu Religion & Shri Dharmpal, the Buddhist religion.



 
Message from Shri Vijay Rupani- CM of Gujarat

Please read the transcript of message from honorable CM of Gujarat, Shri Vijay Rupaniji on Shri VR Gandhi.

“I am very glad to hear that the 150th birth Centenary of Shri Virchand Raghavji Gandhi, the great scholar and well-wisher of the Jain Sangh, has been celebrated with great pomp and show. Throughout his life Shri VR Gandhi was completely committed to the Nation. I feel honored in paying tribute to such a great soul. Not only hope, I strongly believe that the name, fame and the life history of Shri VR Gandhi will spread across the whole World, please accept my best wishes.”

 
ACHARYASHRI CHANDANAJI AT WORLD CONFERENCE OF RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN ISRAEL

Working to strengthen Israel-Asia ties, the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin met with spiritual leaders from the East.

Acharyashri Chandanaji and Sadhvi Shilapiji of Veerayatan represented the Jain Leadership in this conference. The conference, organized by the Israeli MFA in cooperation with American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the World Council of Religious Leaders, saw fifteen prominent spiritual leaders from Asia come under one roof and discuss such questions as the role of Religious Leadership in our societies today, and how faith leadership can help better protect our planet and conserve its resources.

Religious leaders from India, China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Myanmar took part in this special event, with India having the largest representation of religious leaders, comprising of Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Swami Avdeshanand Giri, Swami Parmatmananda, Giani Gurbachan Singh, Acharya Chandana ji and Sadhvi Shilapiji of Veerayatan.

 
CENTER SPOTLIGHT: JAIN CENTER OF MINNESOTA

JCM organized annual summer picnic on July 31 stat Barker Regional Park at Maple Plain. The Picnic was well attended by more than 100 community members with fellowship.The highlight of the event was Bollywood Antakshari played by all families with children.

 
YJP: APPLY FOR 2017 EXECUTIVE BOARD

Are you a leader who enjoys making a difference? Do you enjoy community organizing in meaningful ways? Interested in leaving behind a legacy?

Young Jain Professionals is accepting applications for the 2017 Executive Board! This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with YJP and give back to the community. Be part of an amazing team to help Jain professionals’ network and inspire each other.

Job Description Apply

For more information, please contact your 2016 YJP Co-Chairs:
Neal Daftary - neal.daftary@yjp.jaina.org
Purvin Vakharwala - purvin.vakharwala@yjp.jaina.org

Look out for next newsletter for interesting competition with attractive prizes.

 

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