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1. PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Jai Jinendra!

Wish you and your family sukh sata on the auspicious occasion of Mahavir Janmakalyanak!

On this auspicious occasion, we bring you few incidents of Bhagwan Mahavir’s life and also an animated film on the life of 24th Tirthankara.

JAINA invites Jain Centers to send news article with photos about their Center's “Mahavir Janma Kalyanak” celebration and "Ayambil Oli". Please send your article (maximum 10 lines in word file) and 2-3 photographs of the event to jainahq@jaina.org.

Plase send your comments about JAINA Newsletter to jainahq@jaina.org.

Warm Regards,
Gunvant Shah
JAINA President
03-28-2018
 
2. QUOTE
Silence and Self-control is non-violence.
- Bhagwan Mahavir
 
3. Quiz
Q 1: What is the name for group of the Jivas with four senses?

Q 2: Can you give the examples of four-sensed Jivas?
 
4. JAIN STORY
MAHAVIR JANMA KALYANAK
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...

 
5. TAPOVAN NRI SHIBIR 2018 - FOR KIDS
Would you like your kids to have strong faith and belief towards Jain values and to preserve Jain sanskars with simple study?
Please encourage the kids around you to participate in Tapovan NRI Shibir 2018 - an Exclusive Event for NRI Kids.

Shibir Dates: 15th July, 2018 to 21st July, 2018

Agups: Boys: 7 Years to 16 Years | Girls: 8 Years to 12 Years

Please read the brochure for more details.
 
6. BHAGWAN MAHAVIR'S LIFE STORY
 
7. PRINCE VARDHAMANA'S COURAGE TESTED BY A GOD AND WAS BESTOWED THE TITLE ‘MAHAVIRA’
The world is full of contradictions. While there are people who sing praises and appreciate the valour of a person, there are others who are jealous of him. Bhagavan Mahavira was also subjected to this experience. Once prince Vardhamana was playing with his mates on the outskirts of the city. At that very moment, Sakrendra started paying glowing tributes to the courage, valour, bravery and fearlessness of prince Vardhamana, a young boy of eight. A jealous god challenged the statement on the ground the fear is an instinct inherent amongst all mortals and especially in children.

 
8. PRINCE VARDHAMANA SURPRISES EVERYBODY BY HIS PROFOUND ERUDITION
Thirthankaras possess threefold knowledge, - Mati, Sruta and Avadhi, - right from their birth. The parents, not being aware of this naturally, insist on their attending a school. Prince Vardhamana was accordingly admitted to a school. Indra did not like the idea. He therefore, come to the school in the guise of an old Brahmin and requested the teacher to allow prince Vardhaman to occupy the teacher’s seat.

 
9. GOD SANGAMA TESTS MAHAVIRA'S ENDURANCE AND COURAGE BY TWENTY SEVEN TESTS
To annihilate the remaining Karma, Bhagawan Mahavira selected the most uncivilized regions inhabited by savages and aborigines. He arrived at place called Polasa-caitya. After observing fasts for three days, he started practicing the most severe austerity called Mahapratima, standing in the posture called Jina-mudra. Throughout the night, he stood motionless and absorbed in transcendental meditation. Indra, who witnessed all this divine power, extolled and praised Bhagawan Mahavira and told the assembly of gods, “Nobody can equal Bhagawan Mahavira in meditation and courage”.

 
10. JAIN RECIPE
RICE KHEER
Ingredients:
  • 2 teaspoon ghee
  • ¼ cup pre-soaked and drained rice
  • 1- litre warm milk
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2-3 cardamom crushed
  • Pinch of saffron strands
  • ¼ cup chopped/sliced assorted nuts
  • 1 tablespoon dried rose petals optional
Instructions:
  1. Soak saffron in 1 tablespoon of warm milk and keep aside.
  2. Heat up a heavy bottom non – stick pan. Add in ghee.
  3. Now stir in the drained rice for 1 minute on medium heat.
  4. Now slowly add in the warm milk. Let it come to a boil. Stir occasionally.
  5. Once it starts to boil, lower the heat and keep stirring often to avoid rice or milk sticking to the bottom and the sides.
  6. The milk will start thickening and reduce within 20 minutes.
  7. After 20 minutes, just check the rice, it should be tender enough.
  8. Now add the sugar, cardamom and saffron milk.
  9. Cook it for another 10 minutes. The milk should have considerably reduced.
  10. Mash some rice with the back of the spatula if desired. It might look thin but remember after cooling and chilling it will considerably thicken up.
  11. Stir in the chopped nuts and switch off the flame.
  12. Serve warm or chilled.
  13. Add rose petals just before serving.
 
11. QUIZ ANSWER
A 1: Chaurendriya Jivas

A 2: Examples of four sensed jivas are:
  • Scorpions
  • Crickets
  • Spiders
  • Beetles
  • Locusts
  • Flies of all kinds, etc.
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