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JVB Preksha Meditation Center for Houston

e-Jain Digest I e-Jain Digest October 2009 

JVB Preksha Meditation Center for Houston

From its humble beginnings at the facilities of the Arya Samaj of Greater Houston in the year 1999, the Houston chapter of Jain Vishwa Bharati has come a long way. This year the JVB Preksha Meditation Center, Houston, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the inauguration of its new building facilities. The Grand Opening Celebrations of the new facilities has been set for the 9th, 10th, and 11th of October 2009. The three day event will include cultural programs, pravachans, message from Acharya Maharapragya Ji, and an enactment of ‘Shalibhadra’ – a play in Hindi. Sunday, October 11th will be marked with the Pratima Pratishtha of Shree Mahavir Swami in the Swadhyay Hall of the new facilities.


The celebrations will also be of historic significance for the city of Houston with the auspicious congregation of eight Jain Samanijis’ for the very first time in the Greater Houston area. Prof. Gary Francione, has agreed to be the keynote speaker for the inauguration. He is a noted animal rights activist and scholar, and is Distinguished Professor of Law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law & Philosophy at Rutgers School of Law-Newark.

With the continuous presence of Samanijis in Houston, the center has been instrumental in spreading invaluable ancient knowledge to the local community over the last 10 years, and the new facilities have been eagerly awaited by the ever growing number of patrons of the center. The new facilities consist of two buildings – a two storey Main Building (8000 sq. feet) which houses Samanijis’ living quarters, a Swadhyay Hall/Mandir, 4 Class Rooms to be utilized for children’s Gyanshala, a Library, a Guest Room, along with a Kitchen and Dining Hall. The second building is the "Pyramid Meditation Hall” (3600 sq. feet). This ‘cardinal pyramid’ shaped meditation hall has been specially designed, and its unique structure has the capability of receiving the highest amount of cosmic energy; which can help a person meditating inside to achieve a "no thoughts” state (Nirvikalp Sthiti) approximately three times faster than normal.


The JVB Preksha Meditation Center, Houston (under the auspices of Jain Vishwa Bharati, Ladnun, India) is dedicated to instilling physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health by utilizing Preksha Meditation techniques. Preksha Meditation is a combination of knowledge from ancient Jain scriptures and modern science and experience. It is the practice of purifying our emotions, our conscious and realizing our own self. Preksha Meditation is a technique of meditation for attitudinal change, behavioral modification and integrated development of personality. Initiated in India in 1970, Preksha Meditation is the result of the untiring efforts of Ganadhipati Tulsi and Acharya Mahapragya. Acharya Mahapragya researched and experimented for twenty years to rediscover the process of meditation as it was practiced by Bhagwan Mahavir. Preksha meditation is for everyone, irrespective of race, religion, language, color, gender and belief.

For more information about JVB Houston and its activities, please visit www.jvbhouston.org or contact Samanijis’ via email at samaniji@jvbhouston.org or call 281.596.YOGA(9642).

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