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1. PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Jai Jinendra!

We are starting a new series of Question and Answers (Quize Time)and through these members can get benefit of learning about our religion in an interesting way. The answers to questions are at the end of the Newsletter.

As you all are aware that donations made to JAINA are eligible for Income Tax benefit, so please avail this opportunity and make your own organization strong.

Warm Regards,
Gunvant Shah
JAINA President
12-08-2017
2. QUOTE

I condemn what is worthy of condemnation. I censure what is worthy of censure. I atone for all the outer and inner encroachments on the soul.

- Bhagwan Mahavir


3. QUIZ TIME

Q 1: Who is the Tirthankar Arihants?

Q 2: Who is the Ordinary Arihants?


4. SHATRUNJAY SERIES

STORY #31: Acharya Sri Dhaneshwar's Shatrunjay Poem

Farther ahead on the same side as one-hundred pillar temple is the small shrine of Acharaya Sri Dhaneshwar Suri. He is widely respected for his epic work the Sri Shatrunjay Mahatmya, a 9000 stanza detailed history and description of Shatrunjay and its significance to Jains.

When paying respect to an Acharya, we join our hands, bow and say “MathhenVandami”. Acharya can also be called Guru, or mentor.

Look closely at the idol. On either side of the guru are small idols, sitting and touching the guru’s toe.

What does this represent?
When a Guru is in deep meditation and his disciples need his attention urgently, they press his toe to call him out of his meditative state.

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


5. JAIN STORY

DEVADHIDEV TIRTHANKAR PARSHVANATH

In the Jambu continent on the sides of the mountain Meru, there is a mountain called Samabhutala (level-surfaced). In its 7200 miles territory there are clusters of planets. Beyond it there are crores of Yojanas, and going beyond them, there are dwellings of gods like Saudharma and Isana. Beyond this, there is the tenth heaven which is known as Pranata. In this heaven the age limit is up to twenty Sagaropama.



6. JAIN CENTER NEWS

JAIN SOCIETY OF NORTH TEXAS – DIWALI CELEBRATION 2017

Jain Society of North Texas (JSNT) hosted Bhagwan Mahavir Nirvan Kalyanak celebration on Oct 15th 2017 in Dallas Texas. The event was celebrated with an excellent attendance of over 1000 attendees. The festivities began at 10:00 am with Pooja at Digambar Jin Mandir and Ashtaprakari Pooja at Swetamber Jinalaya. After the Pooja, over 125 Pathshala Students enthusiastically performed skits, stavans and dances to present Jainism principles of Bhagwan Mahavir. Thanks to the JSNT members who generously participated in fundraising goals and JSNT exceeded the goals. Pictures of the performances can be viewed at www.dfwjains.org.

JSNT recognized all the Tapasvis from Paryushan & Das Lakshana MahaParva during the Tapasvi Anumodna at the event. The celebration concluded with a delicious Diwali feast which was cooked by over 50 volunteers in the JSNT kitchen.


7. YJA UPDATE

GIVING TUESDAY

Thank you all that donated to YJA's Giving Tuesday campaign! These funds will help our initiatives such as college chapters, regional retreats, and Jain Sangh outreach. If you are still interested in donating, you may do so at yja.org/donate.


YJA CLOTHING DRIVE

YJA's two favorite things are coming together this year – a little interregional rivalry, and a whole lot of giving – just in time for the holiday season! YJA is hosting its second annual Clothing Drive from Dec. 1st to Jan. 15th to benefit families in your community that may be ill-prepared for the winter. From the gently-used coats at the back of your closet to the jeans that fit a little tighter than you'd like to admit, we'll take all of your new and gently-used clothing articles! On board with donating?
Of course you are! Check out yja.org/clothingdrive to see where the nearest drop off location is to you!


8. QUIZ ANSWER

A 1: Those Arihants who reestablish Jain Tirth are called Tirthankar Arihants.

A 2: Those Arihants who do not reestablish the Jain Tirth are called ordinary Arihants.
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