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President's Message
 
Jai Jinendra!

At the outset, let me acknowledge all the Tapasvis and lot of Anumodna to them. You all are blessed souls who have been able to do Tapasaya. Tapasvis are recognised at www.jaina.org and in this Newsletter.

All Jain Centers must have celebrated Paryushan Parva and Das Lakshan Parva with lot of purity. JAINA had tried a small endeavor to send a newsletter on daily basis during the festival and I am happy to say that it was well appreciated by the community.

JAINA will be hosting World Peace through Non-Violance conference on Capitol Hill on Oct 7, 2016. We are expecting many Senators and members of Congress at this event.

Sincerely,

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

Have benevolence towards all living beings, joy at the sight of the virtuous, compassion and sympathy for the afflicted, and tolerance towards the indolent and ill-behaved.

- Tattvarthasutra 7.11

 
Youth Survey
In order to serve our younger generation in better way and understand their needs, beliefs, opinions and suggestions with regards to Jainism, JAINA had conducted a youth survey at YJA Convention 2016.

With this survey, we tried to understand youth’s involvement with local Jain Center, their participation in volunteer activities, Jain principles they relate to, who influences their spiritual pursuits, their takings on Jainism etc. The purpose of showcasing this survey excerpts is to come together to influence youths’ involvement in Jainism and spread Jain way of living among future generation.

To see survey results and its insights, click on read more button.
 
TAPaSAYA

To have birth as a human being is rare and that too having five senses and a mind to think. Due to Kshay (Attachment, Anger) the process of Karmabandhan is going on and resulting in the cycle of birth and death. One way of getting rid of Karmabandhan is Nirjara, and Tapasya is one of the best way to do Nirjara. Our Mind is responsible for both Karmabandhan and Liberation. If we have positive thoughts (Shubh Bhav) than we move more towards Liberation and with negative thoughts (Ashubh Bhav) we are more into Karmabandhan. The way brake is a must for a car, similarly tapasaya is a must for control of mind. The way Swan can separate milk and water, similarly tapasaya can lead to separation of Soul and Karma.

Tapasaya should not be done with any intention of fame or getting materialistic gain (Rajsik) nor should it be to get any powers which can be used to harm somebody (Tamsik). Tapasya should be Satvik which means only with intention of purifying our soul and Nirjara of Karma. Even Chakravarti (Winner of 6 Khands) has to do a 3 Upvaas before conquering each khand. Tirthankars who are sure of Liberation (Moksh), they also do Tapsaya, therefore Tapasaya is very important in Jainism. Its irony that human beings are very possessive of their physical attributes, more than one’s soul and thus we are not able to give any trouble to our body. As the saying goes ‘NO GAIN WITHOUT PAIN’, so one has to do Tapasaya to attain liberation. To do Tapasaya in an atmosphere where we have so many delicacies to eat, still one when does tapasaya, he controls his mind from getting distracted. There are twelve (12) types of tap and each tap has its importance in purifying his/her soul. We all should appreciate these souls who are able to do Tapasayas.

 
JAINA CONVENTION 2017: Update

Preparations for JAINA Convention 2017 have been proceeding at breakneck pace. All the Jain Centers in North America have been mailed a colorful and descriptive Convention poster with many details about registration and programming. Many Jain centers have reported positive feedback after displaying the poster during Paryushan and Das Laksana observances. Thanks for the enthusiastic support from Jain Centers - over the first 2 weeks, our registration surpassed 1,600 individuals and is continuing to exceed all expectations. The registration fee will increase somewhat after the first 2,500 registrants, so sign up as soon as you can!

By the end of September, the Convention Board will announce details on Convention sponsorship opportunities, souvenir advertising rates, booth rentals, etc. These activities are incredibly important, as registration fees alone do not fully cover the immense costs of holding the convention. In addition, Community participation, including financial support and volunteer service, is a unique opportunity for the entire North American Jain community to come together – students, professionals and retirees - for a Biennial event that celebrates our precious heritage. JAINA Convention is an opportunity to showcase our family values, religious devotion and Jain unity, all of which will be observed and appreciated by the global Jain Community.

 
Jain Centers Spotlight
JAIN TEMPLE OF VIRGINIA

Jain Temple of Virginia, had excellent Angi on all eight days of Paryushan for last two years and congratulations to their Angi team for doing amazing , Angi. The temple is just two year old and have Shankheshwar Pashwanath Pratimaji as a Mulnayak. Please enjoy all Angi Darshan including Real Mogra, Cashew nut, Rajma – Mag, Dhoop etc.


Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington

On Saturday, 3rd September, Swapna Ceremony as part of Paryushan parva were celebrated with around 500 familes. Dr Jitendra Shah explained the importance of each Swapna and the participating members had the honour to carry each swapna to the stage of the auditorium. The Pathshala Class G graduating students were recognized for their hard work. The participants of Pathshala 2016 Essay Competition were also reognised . The ceremony lasting for several hours concluded with Aarti and Mangal Divo and was followed by Swami Vatsalya Bhojan (dinner) at the spacious cafeteria hall of the above High School for all attendees of the auspicious function. An impassioned appeal was made by Dr. Sushil Jain, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, to ensure regular flow of donations for the building fund so as to expedite construction of the proposed multi-million dollar Shikhar Bandhi temple for which plans and drawings have already been approved.

 
YJA: Update

At this time of the year, many young Jains are heading to college. We highly recommend that you become involved with our College Chapter Project. Participating schools include UPenn, Michigan, Pittsburgh, UT-Austin, Illinois, and Boston University. Want to stay connected to Jainism while pursuing your degree? Want to start your own college youth group? Please visit http://yja.org/about/colleges/ to learn more about YJA's College Chapter Project!'.

 
Tapasvi 2016
Bijal Mehta
8 Upvas | Youth
Jain Society Of Central Florida, Orlando Area
Divya Doshi
8 Upvas | Youth
Jain Society Of Central Florida, Orlando Area
Rhea Gandhi
8 Upvas | Youth
Jain Society Of Central Florida, Orlando Area
Arham Jhaveri
4 Upvas | Youth
Farmington Hills, MI
Siddharth Shah
3 Upvas | Youth
Chantilly, VA
Anika Shah
3 Upvas | Youth
Irvine,CA
Sejal Shah
41 Upvas
New Orleans
Somik D. Shah
12 Upvas
New Jersey
Ritaben Parikh
12 Upvas
Jain Society Of Central Florida, Orlando Area
Viralbhai Doshi
12 Upvas
Jain Society Of Central Florida, Orlando Area
Madhukantbhai Sheth
11 Upvas
Jain Society Of Central Florida, Orlando Area
Lilaben Mehta
9 Upvas
Newtown, Pa
Saumil Shah
9 Upvas
Jain Society Of Middle Tennessee
Darshanaben Shah
9 Upvas
Jain Society Of Central Florida, Orlando Area
Jethal Mody
9 Upvas
Valencia
Smitesh Sheth
9 Upvas
Timonium, MD
Sonal Shah
8 Upvas
TriBeca in Manhattan, NY
Chetan Shah
8 Upvas
Jain Center of BC - Vancouver, Canada
Kirtida Bavishi
8 Upvas
Fremont, California
Apurva Bhansal
8 Upvas
Austin
Bhavi Shah
8 Upvas
Austin
Dhanesha Himani
8 Upvas
Austin
Jyotiben Shah
8 Upvas
Austin
Sheetal Shah
8 Upvas
Austin
Parash Shah
8 Upvas
Chantilly, VA
Purvi Kothari
8 Upvas
Pittsburgh
Pooja Mehta
8 Upvas
New York
Vismay Shah
8 Upvas
New Orleans
Mihir Shah
8 Upvas
New Orleans
Bindiya Shah
8 Upvas
Minnesota
Mayur Mehta
8 Upvas
Jain Society Of Middle Tennessee
Namrata Mehta
8 Upvas
Jain Society Of Middle Tennessee
Sagar Shah
8 Upvas
Jain Society Of Middle Tennessee
Diptiben Shah
8 Upvas
Jain Society Of Central Florida, Orlando Area
Kishorbhai Tolia
8 Upvas
Jain Society Of Central Florida, Orlando Area
Dhirenbhai Mehta
8 Upvas
Jain Society Of Central Florida, Orlando Area
Jasmine Priyesh Shah
8 Upvas
Jain Society Of Central Florida, Orlando Area
Binaben Mehta
8 Upvas
Jain Society Of Central Florida, Orlando Area
Devendrabhai Mehta
8 Upvas
Jain Society Of Central Florida, Orlando Area
Manoj Gandhi
8 Upvas
Jain Society Of Central Florida, Orlando Area
Divyesh Shah
8 Upvas
Somerset, NJ
Jaya Shah
8 Upvas
Somerset, NJ
Jubin Chheda
8 Upvas
North Andover, MA
Sejal D.Shah
8 Upvas
New Orleans
Divyesh Shah
8 Upvas
Somerset, NJ
Jaya Shah
8 Upvas
Somerset, NJ
Sharad R. Shah
8 Upvas
Troy MI
Pravin Katwala
8 Upvas
JSMC Chicago
Tejas Shah
Siddhi Tap
Chicago, IL

 
CHILDREN CORNER


To get the answer please visit website http://www.jaina.org/?page=Crossword_Puzzle_6



Down:
1) Mahavira's original name
2) The name of Mahavira's mother
3) His family followed the teachings of_____
4) Mahavira was the last ______which means teachers who make a ford
7) English translation of the Name Mahavira
8) The number of dreams that his mother had in one night before Mahavira was born


Across:
5) Mahavira achieved liberation or __________ in 527 BC
6) The holy books where Mahavira's teachings can be found
9) The name of Mahavira's father
10) The modern state of India where Mahavira was born



 

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