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JAINA Newsletter: Yugpurush Mahotsav, Uvasaggaharam Stotra, International School for Jain Studies
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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Jai Jinendra!

Please find an Invitation from Shrimad Rajchandra Ashram, Dharampur for weekend celebrations of 150 years of Shrimad Rajchandraji Birth Anniversary. A spiritual extravaganza called 'Yugpurush Mahotsav' will be held from 2nd to 5th Nov 2017 at the sacred space of Shrimad Rajchandra Ashram, Dharampur, India.

The International Summer School for Jain Studies (ISSJS) conducts an annual academic summer program for studies in Jainism in India. The details are given below for interested candidates.

Warm Regards,
Gunvant Shah
JAINA President
10-30-2017
 
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QUOTE
Other beings perceive through their senses whereas the sramana perceives through the Agama.
- Bhagwan Mahavir
 
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YUGPURUSH MAHOTSAV

CELEBRATING 150th BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF SHRIMAD RAJCHANDRA


On the occasion of 150th year Birth Anniversary of Yugpurush, Shrimad Rajchandraji, a spiritual extravaganza called 'Yugpurush Mahotsav' to be held from 2nd to 5th Nov 2017 at the sacred space of 'Shrimad Rajchandra Ashram, Dharampur' in the presence of Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai and other Dignitaries - Shri Shri Ravi Shankarji, Pujyashri Morari Bapu, Pujya Shri Viveksagar Swami.

Please see below for the details of the celebrations:

MUDRA - Nov 2, Thu
Morning:
  • Majestic Shobha Yatra in Dharampur Town
Evening:
  • Satsang
  • Unveiling of the World’s Tallest Pratimaji of Shrimad RajchandrajiEntralling Bhakti with renowned singers
VACHANAMRUT - Nov 3, Fri
Morning:
  • Maha Pujan of Shrimad Rajchandra Vachanamrut
Evening:
  • Satsang
  • Celebrating Milestones of ‘YUGPURUSH’ Mahatma na Mahatma
SATSAMAGAM - Nov 4, Sat
Morning:
  • Mahamastakabhishek Ceremony
  • Khaatmahurat Ceremony of the new 200 bed - Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital
Evening:
  • Satsang
  • Drama on the Exalted State of Shrimad Rajchandra
Nov 5, Sun
  • Satsang
  • Amarpit Diksha Ceremony
  • Grand Finale
 
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YAKSHA AND YAKSHANI
Jains pay their respect and worship idols of Jinas for three reasons:
  1. He has liberated Himself and attained Moksha
  2. He expounded the path of Liberation
  3. To get inspiration to become like Him
The only goal of Jainism is to free ourselves from the worldly sufferings and attain liberation. Jina is a liberated soul, freed of its material body and resides at the top of the universe, in a region called Siddha-loka, according to Jain Cosmology. The images/idols of Jinas are intended to serve as reminders to the faithful, of the possibility of liberation. They served as role models for both the Jain laity, guiding their ethical code of living, and for the aspirant, providing inspiration and a reminder that spiritual liberation is an attainable goal. Read full article here.
 
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SHATRUNJAY SERIES

#21: VIMALNATH TEMPLE WITH 5 DOMES
Walk through the Ram Pol gate, beyond the corridor where the porters are resting.You will see three temples. The one on the far right is the temple dedicated to Vimalnath, the thirteenth tirthankar. The temple has five spires, or “Shikhar”. No other temple on this summit has five spires. This is NOT a “must see” temple, but if you have time, go in and take a look around.

Tirthankar idols appear similar at first glance but have small details that differentiate them from each other. A Tirthankar’s idol represents the qualities and virtues of the Tirthankar. Each idol has its own distinguishing emblem.

Vimalnath’s emblem is a boar. The symbol is on the base of the idol. If you decide to explore this temple, look for this symbol.

Click to read the story & listen to an amazing audio clip in English or Gujarati.
 
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UVASAGGAHARAM STOTRA

Uvasaggaharam Stotra was composed 2,100 years ago by Shree Bhadrabahu Swami, a very powerful Jain Monk. Another powerful Jain monk was Varahmihir but he could not bear to see his brother getting the Acharya position and getting more respect. Varahmihir became angry with Jains and the Jain religion on the whole.

 

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL FOR JAIN STUDIES

STUDY JAINISM IN INDIA

The International Summer School for Jain Studies (ISSJS) is an annual academic summer program that began in 2005. The current program, is intended to provide students and scholars with the opportunity to pursue Jain studies and non-violence (ahimsa) in India from June 08 to July 29, 2018. . Following program are available for 2018 summer. Application form is available at www.isjs.in.
 
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JAIN CENTER NEWS
Jain Study Center of North Carolina and Jaina Education Committee jointly held a 3 day workshop for learning the “Fundamentals of Jainism and how to apply Jain principles in daily life” in Raleigh, North Carolina on October 6-8, 2017.

Forty eight (48) people from 13 different states and majority below 50 years of age and born/raised in US attended this workshop.

Simple Vegan food was served all throughout the Workshop in Recyclable Paper products.

The workshop was moderated and presented by Pravin K Shah, chairperson of JAINA Education Committee.

The topics included were Fundamental concepts of Jainism, Four Anuyogs and their limitations, Six Dravyas, Nine Tattvas, Karma Philosophy Five Samvays and the concept of Anekantwad, Holistic Spirituality, which includes Ahimsa, Compassion, Health, Environment, and Spirituality. A detailed explanation on “How one can live a life with minimum violence” was provided. A brief overview of Jain Agam scriptures was also included during this workshop.

Diversity of World Religious Expressions covering a brief overview of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism and a brief comparison between Western (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) and Eastern Religions were discussed.

The workshop presentation (ppt) files can be downloaded from the following link. The link also contains pre-requisite reading material files, which you can also download.
http://www.jainlibrary.org/$workshop/.index.php
 
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CHILDREN'S CORNER

Life of Mahavir Animated Story
 
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