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JAINA Celebrates the First Annual
International Forgiveness Day
on September 21st

Let Go and Forgive

On this day, Jains greet family and friends with "Micchami Dukkadam," an ancient Prakrit phrase that literally means, "May all the evil that has been done be fruitless."

We seek the forgiveness of both loved ones and enemies for any intentional or unintentional harm that we may have caused them over the past year.
Khämmami Savve Jivänam, Savve Jivä Khamantu Mi Metti Me Savva bhudesu, Vairam majjham na Kena vi.
Meaning in English
I forgive all living beings of the Universe,
May all living beings forgive me for my faults.
I have friendship for all living beings,
I do not have any animosity towards anybody!

Read Anop Vora's Article on Forgiveness (read full article):
Perhaps absolute and total forgiveness is too difficult a goal for us to reach rightaway. Let us see if we can make step by step progress by looking at different stages of forgiveness.
Stage I: Preventive Form of Forgiveness:
Since forgiveness is difficult for us, let us concentrate on animosity prevention. Let us constantly maintain friendly relations with all. Let us clarify misunderstandings rightaway.
Stage II: Passive Forgiveness (Forgiveness involving indifference -Live and let live philosophy)
If we did not succeed in preventing animosity/strained relationship for whatever reason, let us do our best to resolve the situation. If we fail, atleast let us put ourselves in a passive mode.
Stage III: Active Form of Forgiveness:
This is the best form of forgiveness. This would involve not striking back even if someone has harmed us. It entails loving our enemies. This is the highest form of forgiveness.

Anop Vora is a former president of JAINA and the Jain Society of Rochester and is the founding president of International Alumni Association Mahavir Jain Vidyalay (IAAMJV). He recently hosted a series of shows on toxic emotions such as anger for the Jain TV program Mangalam. He has written articles on anger, arrogance, forgiveness, the theory ofkarma, meditation, andsamyag darshan(right faith). To read his and other writers' article, visit the Writers' Circle Blog on The Huffington Post.

Paryushan and Das Lakshan

We hope you all had a peaceful Paryushan and are having a peaceful Das Lakshan this year! If we have hurt you in any way, either knowingly or unknowingly, Micchami Dukkadam. JAINA would like to recognize all the tapasvis, who have fasted or plan to fast this Paryushan or Das Lakshan. If you have completed a tap (fast), or plan to in the near future, or have actively forgiven someone or sought forgiveness from someone please fill out our form here: Paryushan Practice.

We will share the results of our survey in our next e-mail.

Latest Addition to
Jain Bookstore

Introducing Synopsis of Jaina Metaphysics Dravya Sangraha by Rati Dodhia

The treatise "Dravya Sangraha” was composed by Acharya Nemichandra Siddhant Chakravati, who lived in Southern India around 1000. AD. He is called Siddhant Chakravarti because like a Chakravarti (Universal Monarch) who has conquered the entire world, Nemichandra had mastered all the areas of knowledge of the sacred scriptures and therefore was called the paramount lord of those versed in siddhants.

You can download the full book by clicking on the image to your left. We also encourage you to explore the 100+ other Jain Books in English in our Jain Bookstore!

Being Compassionate - Being Charitable

"AHIMSA PARMO DHARMA", which means Non-Violence is the highest duty and it is the highest principle of the religions of the East.

During the auspicious occasion of Paryushan & Das Lakshan, the importance of Jivdaya (care of all living creatures) is emphasized and inspires people to practice Ahimsa in their daily lives. The Jivdaya committee requests your support in taking care of these animals.

Each year, JAINA’s Jivdaya committee receives appealsfrom panjarapoles across India. In the last two years, the Jivdaya committee has distributed almost $39,000 to (17) panjarapoles in India saving 91 animals from the slaughter house.

Learn more by going to

Even a small donation makes a big difference in the lives of animals.


Celebrate AHIMSA DAY with JAINA in Washington on Oct 1! RSVP today!

Join JAINA's leaders along with members of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and Claremont Lincoln University (CLU) as we celebrate Ahimsa Day at the White House on October 1st! This is the 3rd JAINA-AJC Community Partnership Program event in Washington, D.C. The day will begin with a breakfast program featuring presentations by representatives from the State Department's Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Department, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Ministry Business Development Agency from the Department of Commerce. Later there will be a reception during which the Ahimsa Award will be presented to Gurudev Chitrabanuji and Pramodaben. See the link below for the full list of activities!

Learn more by going to
2013 Yatra Trip - CANCELLED

The 99 Yatra Committee has decided to CANCEL the Shree Shatrunjay Mahatirth 99 Yatra 2013 due to lack of participation.

To learn how more about previous 99 Yatra trips and see how you can support in the future, go to

You can contact Dr. Arvind R. Shah at for any further questions.


Join the JAINA Volunteer Corps (JVC) Help Us Make a Difference in the Jain Community!

Are you passionate about supporting our community and the Jain way of life? If you are, we want you to join our team! We are seeking experts to bring JAINA into a new era. Your help is invaluable! We are gathering forces to create a central office for JAINA and to update our technology and social media! JVC needs experienced members of the Jain community to assist with any of the following tasks:
• Updating our website
• Designing web and print material for JAINA
• Maintaining social media
• Generating regular community e-mails
• Answering phone calls
• Responding to e-mails and correspondence
• Liaising with JAINA's 20+ Project Leaders
• Keeping in touch with regional directors
JAINA is growing fast, and we need your skills and expertise to keep up! Over the past 6 months, our online membership has doubled, we've had an excellent response to fundraising campaigns, and have created 17+ projects. Join us today for your chance to work closely with the movers and shakers at JAINA.
To learn more or click on "Join JAINA" button, e-mail Parth Savla at
Boy Scouts of America Meets Jain Values
Want to stay in touch with your Jain values while becoming a service-oriented community leader? Then become a part of JAINA's Boy Scouts of America Project!

A collaboration between JAINA and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), this project offers an Emblem Awards Program which gives eligible Boy Scouts the opportunity to earn special pins recognizing their Jain values and BSA principles.

This project is looking for volunteers interested in expanding the program and Boy Scouts interested in participating. Sign up today!

Learn more by going to

Click on the "Volunteer Interest Form" button to the left to find out how to contact the Project Coordinator, Sanjay Jain.

Mahavira Children's Book Project - Teaching kids early about Jainism, Mahavira, and Compassion

Calling all passionate parents, Pathshala teachers, and educators! Interested in a simple but engaging medium to teach children about the practices of non-violence? Then become a part of the Mahavira Book Project today!

Mahavira: A Compassionate Hero is a collaboration between JAINA, Dr. Manoj Jain, and world-renowned illustrator Demi. This JAINA-sponsored book introduces young people to the story of Mahavira, the last of the 24 Tirthankaras, noted for his teachings regarding non-violence, forgiveness, and compassion towards all living beings.
Learn more by going to

Click on the "Volunteer Interest Form" button to the left to find out how to contact the Project Coordinator, Dr. Manoj Jain.

Support YJA - Buy Your "Keep Calm and Ahimsa" Shirt Today

YJA's goal is always to encourage youth to have pride in their Jain heritage. These YJA-created "Keep Calm and Ahimsa" shirts will help Jain youth keep the "Ahimsa" message alive in their daily lives.

Proceeds from your purchase will help support YJA's efforts to host educational webinars, host exciting new events, and keep YJA thriving for future generations of young Jains. The shirt price of $15.00 also includes shipping costs. Thank you for your support!

Click on the button to the left to purchase your t-shirt and support YJA!
Young Jains UK Looking for Article Writers
Anooj Dodhia, the new editor for the Young Jains UK magazine, is reaching out to our talented community for some budding writers for their next issue, on Jainism & Cosmology. In particular, they would like to discuss the journey of the soul through various stages of the universe - and related matters.

If you're interested in writing for this issue - whether or not you have a particular article in mind - please email

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