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Jai Jinendra!

Youth Exchange Program 2018, a premier event of JAINA with JITO and BJS is round the corner. The program is an intensive international experience that enables you to learn, explore and indulge in journey of infinite opportunities. This year youth form India will be visiting New York, Washington DC, Chicago and San Francisco. Last date to apply is March 4th, 2018. They will have a great learning experience with fun and fellowship.

Warm Regards,
Gunvant Shah
JAINA President
A Sramana devoid of the knowledge of Agama does neither know himself, nor others.
- Bhagwan Mahavir
Q 1: What is the name for the group of Jivas with one sense?

Q 2: Can you give an example of one sensed Jivas?
JITO, JAINA and BJS Jain Youth Exchange Program are back with its 4th edition this year after the immensely successful previous 3 editions. The tentative dates for the Program are June 15, 2018 to July 10, 2018. This year youth from India will be visiting New York, Washington DC, Chicago and San Francisco. Last date to apply is March 4th, 2018.

Eligibility Criteria:
  • 18 to 23 years of age.
  • Applicant must be Jain
Register here:
Jain Sangh of Greater Austin is honored to inform you all about their upcoming “Pratishtha Mahotsav” which will take place from July 13-16th, 2018.

Since 2001, JSGA has been one of the fastest growing Jain communities in Texas. The Sangh currently comprises of around 125 families. With Dev-Guru Krupa and Blessings, their long-awaited dream of an Austin Jain Community Center and Derasar has finally come to fruition. Please forward this information about their auspicious event to your Sangh members and encourage them to attend the events. A registration link and invitation will be sent out in a few weeks. All events will be free for devotees and guests, however, registration will be mandatory.

Story # 45: Vis Viharman with silver palm and feet
Vis means twenty. Viharman loosely means, “residing”. Here we see 20 sets of handprints and 20 sets of footprints covered in silver.

These represent the 20 living tirthankars that currently reside in Mahavideh, another world within the Jain mythological universe.

According to Jains, every time-cycle era is half “waxing” and a half “waning”. Imagine the face of a clock. The “waxing” half is the positive half. All 24 Tirthankars are born and attain salvation during that half of the era. The final tirthankara was Mahavir, whom historians estimate lived between 599-527 BCE.

We are currently in the second half, the negative “waning” half when tirthankars do not incarnate.

However, on Mahavideh, a separate world from ours, a “positive” time-cycle exists continuously. There, living Tirthankar perpetually incarnate.

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

Story #46: Ashtapad, the lost mountain

What you see before you is Ashtapad. In Jain literature, Ashtapad is recorded as being a four-sided, eight-stepped, and probably very extensive structure. The identity and location of Ashtapad have been lost to time. Mount Kailash in the Himalayas is frequently thought to be this mountain. Adinath attained salvation on Ashtapad.

Look closely at the representation in front of you. On one side of the two idols of tirthankars is a ten-headed representation of Ravan. On the other side is his queen Mandodari.

Legend has it that Ravan and his wife Mandodari were praying at the Ashtapad temple. Mandodari was in a state of trance while dancing in devotion as Ravan played a musical instrument called the veena. Suddenly, a string of the veena snapped. But Ravan determined to not let that come in the way of Mandodari's divine dance, plucked out a vein from his thigh to keep the instrument playing.

Look for another representation: see if you can find a monk feeding many other hermits. This is the story of Gautam Swami, a disciple of Mahavir, who was able to feed 1,500 hermits from a single small bowl of Rice Pudding or “Kheer”. While serving, he kept his thumb in the bowl in order to feed all of them.

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

The auspicious event of the chyavan of Bhagwan Mahavira took place on the midnight of 6th day of the bright half of the month of ashadh in the 544th year before the Vikram Era (600 B.C.) as His soul descended from the 10th devlok - Pranta.

King Siddhartha and Queen Trishla were blessed with the great fortune of being the parents of Bhagwan Mahavira. On the beautiful moonlit night, when Queen Trishla conceived Bhagwan, she saw 14 auspicious dreams
  1. An elephant
  2. A bull
  3. A lion
  4. Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth
  5. A garland of flowers
  6. The moon
  7. The sun
  8. A flag
  9. A jar filled with water
  10. A lotus-lake
  11. An ocean
  12. A celestial, aerial car
  13. A heap of jewels
  14. Smokeless fire
The dream interpreters proclaimed that the dreams augured the birth of a Great One, a Tirthankar.


  • 1 cup cabbage or lettuce
  • ½ cup sweet corn
  • 1 cup green red and yellow bell pepper
  • 1 green chili
  • 1 red chili flakes as desired
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 3-4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds ground or any sauce you like
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper pounded
  • salt to taste
  • 6 slices bread
  1. Chop all the vegetables finely.
  2. Put the vegetables and green chillies in a bowl. Add mayonnaise, chilli flakes, black pepper, mustard powder, salt and mix it well.
  3. Toast the bread putting some butter or you can even skip toasting.
  4. Spread the mixture on the bread. Place another slice and cut in triangle.
  5. Serve mayonnaise sandwich with mint chutney.
A 1: Ekindriya Jivas.

A 2: Examples of one-sensed jivas are:
  1. Earth
  2. Water
  3. Fire
  4. Air
  5. Vegetable beings
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