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President's Message

Jai Jinendra!

JAINA delegates will be holding “World Peace through Non-violence” conferences in both White House and on Capitol Hill this Friday. We are blessed to have Acharya Chandanaji attend these events in person

Congratulations to incoming YJA Executive Board for 2016-2017.

Please send your entries by October 17 for an essay competition on ‘Practicing Ahimsa In Our Daily Life’. Details are mentioned below.

Sincerely,

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

The essence of all knowledge consists in not committing violence. The doctrine of ahimsa is nothing but the observance of equality i.e. the realization that just as I do not like misery, others also do not like it.

- Sutrakrtanga

AHIMSA
Being a true follower of Jainism, he refused to give such offerings. As a result of going against the Devi, she harmed Kumarpal by giving a disease. However, Kumarpal did ot break his vow. His disease was easily cured by Saint Kalikalsarvagya Hemchandra Acharya. We can see that how our religion helps us and no one can harm us if we are right. 

There are more examples of King Kumarpal. Once he was doing poushad and suddenly a bug stuck to his feet. He had just two options either to kill the bug or let it stay there. Following Ahimsa, he cut part of his skin and saved the life of the bug. 

King Kumarpal was having lunch and suddenly he thought of non-vegetarian food. The thought hurt him so much that he decided to repent. The next day, he took a vow that he would not eat for a day. Kumarpal was so dedicated to Ahimsa that even if he uttered any harmful words, he did upavas. This shows that how truly he followed the path of Ahimsa. 

In our daily lives, we can also follow Ahimsa easily. We just need to be cautious while doing our daily work and ensure that no insect or creature is harmed intentionally or unintentionally. While doing our daily chores, we can strive to save small lives. Practicing Ahimsa is so easy but we often miss out on these small things. We are always engrossed in our busy schedule that we forget to care about others .A little more cautiousness in our daily life will benefit all of us and we can easily follow the path laid out by Lord Mahavir.

KNOW YOUR TIRTHANKAR - Sambhavnath Bhagwan
Sambhavnath Bhagwan is the 3rd Tirthankar of the Avsarpani Kal. He was born to father King Jitari and mother Sena Devi. He was born in Shravasti Nagri. His symbol is Horse and had 102 gandhars. Sambhavnath Bhagwan attained nirvana at Samet Shikhar. Bhagwan took 3 bhavs to attain nirvana after Samiyak Darshan.

Bhagwan Sambhavnath was a king of Kshempuri. His name was Vipul Vahan. He was one of the finest kings and was full of mercy and karuna. The Nagari experienced draught and there were extreme situations where everyone faced a lot of difficulties. Lack of rainfall created scarcity of crops.

Normal public could survive by eating all kinds of vegetables including underground vegetables but the question was about the sadhus and the sadhvis. King Vipul Vahan decided to make food for all the sadhus, sadhvis, shravak, and shravika from his own stock in order to save them from this tragedy. And by this act he attained Samyak Darshan.

After Keval Gyan, the topic of his first sermon was anitya bhavna. If we follow the theory of Anitya Bhavna we can save ourselves from Ashubh dhyan (Aarth Dhyan).

JAINA Fund Raising

JAINA requests and needs your tax deductible donations to ensure JAINA can continue to provide its unique services to Jain Community in North America. Donors names will be published in weekly Newsletters and at www.jaina.org. Over past year, below are just a few examples of cost JAINA incurred and Services JAINA provided for free:

  • Jain Digest:$ 60,000 (3 issues)
  • JAINA Calendar:$ 60,000
  • JAINA Office:$ 20,000
  • Mangalam TV:$ 30,000

JAINA provided many other Services including regular Newsletters, Social Media updates, informative website, holding peace conferences in White House and Capitol Hill etc.. In addition, we are currently developing 24x7 Smart Jain TV for YOU at a significant cost.

Our goal is to raise $ 50,000 by end of this year to build on success of last year and better serve Jain Community. Please note that JAINA is conducting such fund raising for the first time in last 2 years. THANKS for your donation – any amount is deeply appreciated. Your donation is tax deductible and receipt will be provided per IRS Guidelines. Please click on link below.

SPOTLIGHT: JAIN CENTERs NEWS
Jain Center of Central Indiana
Jain Center of Central Indiana is new member of JAINA in September 2016. JCCI is a small group which meets every month to promote spiritual growth of its members. JCCI inaugurated first Jain Shrine in Indianapolis in June 2015 by performing Pratishtha of Mahavir Swami. In June 2016, they also performed Pratishtha of Adinaath Bhagwan.
The Jain temple in Indianapolis is part of the larger Hindu Temple of Central Indiana. Watch the 60 minutes PBS Program "Temple Makers" on http://www.wfyi.org/programs/temple-makers On September 18, JCCI participated in Festival of Faiths held in Indianapolis, where more than 100 different faiths came together to celebrate unity underlying the life on this planet.

Edmonton Jain Samaj
Edmonton Jain Samaj (EJS) celebrated Paryushan and Das Lakhshana Parv with great success. Mahavir Janma Vanchan was organized on Sep 3, 2016 and more than 120 devotees attended the event. There was tremendous interest in Ghee Boli to get various labh such as take Bhagwan Mahavira at home, read Kalpasutra, participate as Indra and Indrani, Mahalaxmi Ji Swapna etc.
At the end of Paryushan and Das Lakhshana Parv tapasvi bahuman (appreciation) was done by Sangh. Volunteers cooked fresh Jain food for all attendees. Lots of efforts and hours invested by committee, sangh and volunteers to upkeep EJS and spread words of Mahavira to all.

YJA NEW EXECUTIVE BOARD


Young Jains of America is excited to introduce their 2016-2017 Executive Board! Please welcome them to JAINA family.

Co-Chair Avish Jain (OH)
Co-Chair Hetali Lodaya (NC)
Director of Education Anjali Doshi (NY)
Director of Events Dharmi Shah (IL)
Director of Finance Nilesh Dagli (IL)
Director of Fundraising Sapna Jain (GA)
Director of IT Pujen Solanki (CA)
Director of Project Development Chintav Shah (PA)
Director of Public Relations Megha Vipani (VA)
Director of Publications Salil Ojha (DC)
Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator Dipal Savla (NY)
Anand Shah (IL) Mid-West Regional Coordinator
Pankti Tamboli (MA) Northeast Regional Coordinator
South Regional Coordinator Siddharth Shah (TX)
Southeast Regional Coordinator Neehar Gandhi (GA)
West Regional Coordinator Rea Savla (CA)
COMPETITION

JAINA is hosting essay competition on ‘Practicing Ahimsa In Our Daily Life’. The best article will get published with your name and picture in our October newsletter and at www.jaina.org. Please send your entries to competition@jaina.org by October 17, 2016.

Competition Rules:
1. Age: No bar
2. Articles should be in English language and maximum 300 words long in a word file.
3. Writing style must be clear and easy to understand.


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