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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

 
 

Dear Sadharmik brothers and sisters,
Jai Jinendra!

On behalf of JAINA Executive Committee, I wish you sukh shata on the auspicious occasion of Parvadhiraj Shri Paryushan and Das Lakshan Mahaparv. It is a time for introspection in a journey toward purification of the soul. It involves examining our actions/faults, gather good karmas while shedding bad karmas, requesting and granting unconditional forgiveness and initiate a spiritual journey that hopefully lasts a lifetime.

Jain Digest team is planning to include different sections like Information, Education, Compassion, Devotion, Inspiration etc. from October issue, for which, the team is looking for Writers, Editors, and Graphic Artists. See below.

JAINA Convention 2019 Temple Resurrected in Sacramento, California. When the 6,000 square feet temple was planned for the Convention, the rebirth of the temple was never planned but since it was created with the right “Bhaav” it has found its pristine location. Details given below.

During the pious period of Paryushan and Das Lakshana, kindly consider donating to Jivdaya. At this time we need to help advance our youth and adults to learn and cherish our culture in various ways like community events, education, scholarships, internships, network and infrastructure that is based on the principles of Jainism.

Like every year, JAINA will announce Paryushan/Das Lakshana tap anumodna of all the tapasvis by recognizing them in eNewsletter and JAINA website. For details and form link see below.



Sincerely,
Mahesh Wadher
JAINA President

 
 
 
 
 

WHAT IS FORGIVENESS ?

Jain Community is about to celebrate the Paryushan Maha Parva aimed at cleansing the hearts with the realization that we are all erring mortals and need to grant forgiveness to those who may have hurt us and seek forgiveness from those whom we have hurt. It is the time we need to let go and stop thinking of punishing others in the future. We have heard this message repeatedly but most of have not changed much because we expect perfection from others when we are far from being perfect. We need to be humble enough to accept our faults and learn to forget and forgive.

Most of us are intelligent enough to realize our own mistakes internally but our ego and pride make it difficult for us to admit them. we feel that if we accept our mistakes, we wrongly perceive that we would be viewed negatively by society, which is simply not true. In the same way, if someone hurts us, we can’t forgive either and erase the old wound. Paryushan Parva gives us a wonderful platform to introspect and correct our behavior.

Also, we all need to learn to be sensitive to the feelings of others and if something happens, let us clear up the misunderstanding right at the outset. We all know that once the knot gets tight, it is very difficult to untangle. To understand forgiveness in-depth and to comprehend the essence of Paryushan, please view the beautiful slides with footnotes on this topic by clicking on the box "Read more" below. They will touch your heart profoundly. Instead of rushing through them, please read each slide carefully, contemplate on it, digest and link it with your life to get the most out of them. They are simple and yet very powerful. Also, please do not miss the last slide that contains Tera Mangal – a wonderful prayer by Reshma Jain. If you have any questions, please contact Anop Vora at vora5000@yahoo.com.

- Anop Vora, Rochester, NY

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JAIN DIGEST TEAM IS LOOKING FOR WRITERS, EDITORS AND GRAPHICS ARTISTS

For the past four years, in each issue of Jain Digest, we have focused on a specific theme. In general, more than half the magazine was dedicated to the articles on that theme. Recently, the Editorial Team has decided to increase the scope of the type of articles we will publish in the upcoming issue. The goal is to cater to readers that have varied interests so that everyone finds something of their interest in the magazine.

Beginning with the October 2019 issue, we plan to have the following sections in the magazine: Information, Education, Compassion, Devotion, Inspiration, Transformation , and Young Generation. We plan to have an editor for each section and in each issue of the magazine, we will have 2 to 3 articles in each section. Read more about the content of each section.

With this increased scope of work, we need more people to join us in this effort. We are looking for writers, editors , and graphic artists. Please email to jaindigestpublication@gmail.com Or call Dilip Parekh at 310-721-5947.

 
 
 

JAINA - 19 TEMPLE, RESURRECTED IN SACRAMENTO, CALIFONIA

 
 

Every Jain, observes and appreciates the Art and installations during any festivities. Then again, when we rethink our Jain principles we are saddened by the thought of the carbon imprint we’ll leave behind. From the optimist school of thought what starts with a good intention, ends well. So, when the 6,000 square feet temple was planned for the Convention the rebirth of the temple was never planned but since it was created with the right “Bhaav” it has found its pristine location. As soon as the Jain Sangh of Greater Sacramento walked in they were in awe! And immediately requested the JAINA Committee to extend the life of this beautifully handmade (USA) temple by opening up the doors of their Center to house the temporary temple with a special request that Rahulbhai Jobalia helps in its resurrection. It worked perfectly!

- By Dr. Jasvant Modi
                                                                              

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ANUMODNA DURING PARYUSHAN AND DAS LAKSHANA

 

Like every year, JAINA will announce tap anumodna of all the following tapasvis by recognizing them in eNewsletter and JAINA website.
Adults (18+) : 8 or more Upvas and Youths ( Below 18 years) : 3 or more Upvas,
Click the link below to fill out the form.
Anumodna Form.

 
 
 
 
 

JAINA FUNDRAISING APPEAL

During Paryushan/Das Lakshana Parva starting from the next week, every Jain family begins to feel the environment of kindness, forgiveness, and hearts begin to open up with charitable giving. Please donate to JAINA which has been around well over four decades helping our own families through community events, education, scholarships, internships, network and infrastructure at the local, national and international levels with the Jain way of life and serves over 150,000 Jains and over in North America.

JAINA’s mission is to preserve Jain Religion, share the Jain way of life and have a unified Jain Community in North America.

Every dollar you contribute gets most efficiently and effectively used in various programs like Jivdaya, JAINA Calendar, JAINA General Funds, Jain Connect, Jain Digest, YJA, Young Jain Professionals, JAINA Mangalam TV Show, JAINA long Range Planning,Uplifting Jains out of Poverty, Wellness and Women Empowerment programs that are designed to advance our youth and adults to learn and cherish our culture in so many ways. We accept your kind donation at the link below.

Donate
 
 
 
 
 
 

JAIN STORY: PUNYO SHRAVAK

Jain Story

 
 
 
 
 
 

PARYUSHAN MEALS (NJ & NY)

Registration for 'Paryushan 2019' meals have started with the intention of providing fresh and pure Jain meals to those who are willing but are unable to follow dietary restrictions during the auspicious "Paryushan Parv". Currently, they offer this service in New York and New Jersey (at selected centers).You can register here for the meals. Visit www.paryushanmeals.org ffor more information. For any questions please email at paryushanameals@gmail.com.

 
 
 
 
 
 

QUOTE

 

In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self.

- Bhagwan Mahavir

 
 
 
 
 

QUIZ

Q 1: Can you name the three supreme gems of Jainism?
A 1: Three supreme gems of Jainism are:

  1. Samyakjnan
  2. Samyakdarshan
  3. Samyakcharitra

Q 2: What does Samyakdarshan mean?
A 2: Samyakdarshan means right faith in the teachings of Jina.

Q 3: What does Samyakjnan mean?
A 3: Samyakjnan means the right knowledge that the body and soul are two different things.

Q 4: What does Samyakcharitra mean?
A 4: Samyakcharitra means the right conduct in day-to-day life.

 
 
 
 
 
 

YJA UPDATE

 

A few weeks ago YJA had its first ever YJA Alumni event at TopGolf in Edison, NJ. They had a fun filled morning reconnecting (and connecting) with the alumni of YJA!

 
 
 
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