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JAINA Celebrates 18th Biennial JAINA Convention

Monday, July 13, 2015  
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JAINA Convention 2015 Press Release

July 2 - 5, 2015 

Atlanta, Georgia

 

JAINA- The Federation of Jain Associations in North America, an umbrella organization of Jains in United States and Canada hosting 4 day convention in Atlanta, Georgia during this July 4th weekend. With the mission of preserving and sharing Jain way of life, JAINA hosts convention every two years. This time JAINA’s 18th biennial convention is hosted by the Jain Society of Greater Atlanta at Georgia International Convention Center near the airport.


Since 1970s, Atlanta has experienced tremendous growth in population. A great part of this growth has come about as Atlanta has become more international in character. Story of Jains in Atlanta parallels that of Atlanta. During this brief period, as Atlanta population quadrupled, Jain population also exploded from less than twenty families to approximately one thousand families. Just as Atlanta saw construction of many tall buildings and many other facilities, Jains also built their own forty five thousand square feet Jain Center and Temple at 669 South Peachtree Street, Norcross, Georgia.


Host city Atlanta’s convention board member Deepak Shah and Anil Shah mentioned that approximately 3,500 persons have registered to attend 18th BIENNIAL 2015 JAINA CONVENTION. This beautiful Convention Center and flexible meeting place was chosen by JAINA for it conveniently located near the busiest airport in the world, Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, and is connected to it with a free Atlanta Sky Train. It is only ten minutes from downtown Atlanta. Presence of large number of hotels in close vicinity was a big consideration in favor of GICC.


Jainism is a religion and a way of life for Jains around the world. The primary purpose of JAINA is to increase the awareness of the principles of Jainism, achieve the unity of all Jains, provide a platform wherefrom to project the voice of Jain religion, promote the feeling of amity and brotherhood among Jains and to promote inter-faith understanding Jainism, which originated in India, at least five thousand years ago, has largest number of followers in India. It has nonetheless, influenced the world peace through its message of non-violence and forgiveness, theme of this Convention. This message greatly influenced Mahatma Gandhi and his non-violence struggle for India's independence. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, was indirectly influenced by Jainism as he followed the example and non-violent methods of Mahatma Gandhi in his struggle for equality and civil rights for all minorities in USA.


Jains have been on a path of Non-Violence, Non-Absolutism (Anekantvad), and Non-possesion (Aparigrah) for thousands of years. And recently Science is walking hand in hand with us on this path. For thousands of years, Jains have believed in meditation, yoga, animal compassion, vegetarianism, environmentalism, equal rights for women, respect for other cultures and forgiveness. Jains believe that universe is eternal and that Jain religion, which explains the rules of the universe, is therefore also eternal, with no beginning and no end. Last perfected soul known to us is Lord Mahavir, who was born in 599BC, near Patna in Bihar, India.


JAINA President Prem Jain (CA) mentioned that over the past 30 years, Jains have over 70 Jain Centers, over 20 temples and more than 150,000 Jains established in North America. Jainism places great importance on controlling passions such as anger, pride, deceit and greed. It emphasizes non-violence by encouraging amity, compassion, appreciation and equanimity. In simple terms, Moksha is achieved by following three jewels of Jainism-Right faith, right knowledge, and right conduct. It emphasizes equality of both sexes and all life forms. It encourages kindness and tolerance for many points of view, which may even appear to be contrary to each other.


Convener and First Vice President of JAINA, Mr. Ashok Domadia (CA) and Chair of Marketing Shobha Vora expressed that, convention brings all youth, seniors and kids together. Starting on July 2nd the major highlights of the Program covers: Welcome and Blessings from Sadhus, Sadhviji, Samaniji, Exhibits Exposition, Raas Garba by Raas Ramzat, Yoga and Meditation.


For the keynote message, Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will address the convention through video. Speakers such as Acharya Chandanji, Acharya Shree Lokesh Muni, Sadvhi Sanghamitraji will grace the convention with their wisdom and share their experiences with the attendees. Also present at the convention will be United States Representative for Georgia, John Lewis, and former Atlanta mayor, Andrew Young, to talk about non-violence as it relates to human rights. We will also host the Founder of Service Space, Nipun Mehta, to deliver the keynote message to the youth.


Through this convention, we hope to empower the attendees with knowledge on how to achieve peace and non-violence and use it to grow not only as individuals but also as a community. The many different session, for youth, young adults, and adults will help build our community and further the goals of JAINA as an organization.


Special artifacts Jain temple and museum has been built at the convention center. For spiritual growth many scholars have been invited who will be delivering lectures in break-out sessions. For entertainment, a music group from India has been invited for Raas Garba and also Bollywood fame Singer Kumar Sanu will provide singing program.


Host city Atlanta Jain Centers President and convention Board member, Samir Shah explained that for past 8 months more than 300 people are working very hard to make this convention memorable. Each and every guest will be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day.


For Further Information please visit www.jaina.org or contact:
Mr. Prem Jain, President, JAINA 408-981-4645, premjain1@gmail.com
Mr. Hemant Shah, Chairman, JAINA PR & Media 847-977-5462 hemantil@yahoo.com

Visit our convention website: convention.jaina.org


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