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I agree with Atul Khara, Sanjay Gandhi et.al.
Jain Temple (or Jain Center) premises should be for religious/adhyatmic activities and not for Bollywood Dances, lights on/off etc. I would hope that the governing documents and administrators of various Jain Societies clearly define what is acceptable and what is not.
Just as an example, in our case, (Jain Society of Greater Cleveland) the Diwali day evening program consisted of evening Pratikramman, Aarti/Mangal Divo followed by "Diwali Gananu". People participating in the "Gananu" stayed at the Jain Center overnight. This was followed by early morning Ashtaprakari pooja, Navkarshi, Nav Smaran and Gautam Swami Raas on New Year (Bestu Varas) day.
My two cents,
Kushal Baid JAINA Director, Jain Society of Greater Cleveland
2014-11-10 16:03 GMT-05:00 Sanjay Gandhi <email@example.com>: Jai Jinendra,
I agree with Atul Khara Jain Society must only entertain religious and adhyatmic activities. Many social activities does help bonding between peers. For example, having Religious Performances, Lectures, picnic, debate , lunch or dinner etc.
Extreme level parties should be a decision of temple board members based on well crafted Bi laws, rules and regulations. Although some temples will allow Raas Garba during Navratri, So the decision is depended on the temple authorizes who must draw a line what is acceptable or not acceptable.
There are many options to have Bollywood dance parties elsewhere, such as community halls, personal home basement, conference rooms at local hotels etc. (Other communities have rented a school hall where this type of youth event was organize at very minimum rent). Also disappointing youth groups and not helping may create another "issue" for them to stay away form temple involvements - so help them with understanding and guidance. They are the future generation who will carry the torch forward for next several decades.
Parents & friends of those youth members should step forward to help organize the event at a location where acceptable to all involved. In India there are so many Derasars and temple properties - where the discipline has been maintained over past decades and centuries.
In todays changing world we will face these sorts of challenges and until something like this happens we (Board members) must help resolve the issues. All Rules and Regulations must be well crafted & to be followed properly to maintain the discipline of temple property.
I really appreciate your concern. Also, I am glad that you are raising this topic. Here is my two cents on this subject.
Jain Society must only entertain religious and adhyatmic activities. Some social activities does help bonding between peers. For example, having picnic, debate , lunch or dinner etc. However, Bollywood songs should never be allowed neither a dance party.
All of the above is only possible when the members are provided with proper education. Diwali is a celebration of Bhagwan Mahavir Nirvan. It is a very auspicious day to be celebrated just like paryushan.
निर्वाण कल्याणक (DIWALI) अभी पंचमकाल प्रारम्भ होने में तीन वर्ष आठ मास तथा पंद्रह दिन का समय शेष था| चौथा काल चल रहा था| प्रभु महावीर का विहार थम गया; वाणी का योग भी मोक्ष गमन के दो दिन पूर्व (धन्य तेरस से) रुक गया| प्रजाजन समज गये कि अब प्रभु के मोक्ष गमन कि तैयारी हे| अनेक देशो के राजा तथा लाखो प्रजाजन भी प्रभु के दर्शनार्थ आ पहुंचे| परम वैराग्य का वातावरण छा गया| भले ही वाणी बंद हो गई थी; तथापि प्रभु कि शांतरस झरती मुद्रा देखकर भी अनेक जीव धर्म प्राप्त करते थे| गौतम गणधरादि मुनिवर ध्यान में अधिकाधिक एकाग्र हो रहे थे| प्रभु कि उपस्थिति में प्रमाद छोड़कर अनेक जीवो ने सम्यक्दर्शन-ज्ञान-चारित्र कि आराधना प्रारम्भ कर दी| इसप्रकार कार्तिककृष्णा-त्रयोदशी तथा चतुर्दर्शी को दो दिन देवेंद्रो ने सर्वज्ञ महावीर तीर्थंकर की अन्तिम महापूजा की| संसार को भूलकर सब मोक्ष की महिमा में तल्लीन थे| चतुर्दर्शी की रात्रि हुई, अर्धरात्रि भी बीत गई और पिछले प्रहर (अमावस्या का प्रभात उदित होने से पूर्व) वीरनाथ सर्वज्ञ प्रभु तेरहवा गुणस्थान लाँधकर चौदहवे गुणस्थान में अयोगिरूप से विराजमान हुए| यहाँ आस्रव का सर्वथा अभाव एवं संवर की पूर्णता हुई| परमशुक्लध्यान ( तीसरा एवं चौथा) प्रगट करके शेष अघाती कर्मो की संपूर्ण निर्जरा प्रारम्भ कर दी और क्षणमात्र में प्रभु सर्वज्ञ महावीर मोक्षभावरूप परिणमित हुए| तत्क्षण ही लोकाग्र में सिद्धालयरूप मोक्षपुरी में पहुँच गये| आज भी वे सर्वज्ञ परमात्मा वह शुद्ध स्वरुप अस्तित्व में विराज रहे हे, उन्हें हमारा नमस्कार हो! HERE IS ANOTHER ARTICLE ON DHANTERAS. धन्य तेरस का जैनशासन में महत्व- कार्तिक कृष्ण तेरस को तीर्थंकर भगवान महावीर ने अपनी सांसारिक भवों भवों के बंधनों को छेदने के लिए,वर्तमान के जल महल, पावापुरी में योग निरोध धारण किया था जिस कारण यह कार्तिक कृष्ण माह की " तेरस " धन्य हो गई थी ! हमारे इस हुन्डावसर्पिणी काल के २४ वे,अंतिम तीर्थंकर भगवान वर्धमान,सन्मति,वीर,अतिवीर,महावीर सूक्ष्म क्रियाप्रतिपाती और व्युपरत क्रिया निवृति शुक्ल ध्यान में लीन होकर चौदवी गुणस्थान के अंतिम दो समयों में अपनी शेष ८५ कर्म प्रकृतियों का क्षय कर मोक्ष प्राप्ति के लिए ध्यानस्थ हुए थे! इसीलिए हम श्रमण संस्कृति के अनुयायी, वर्तमान में जैन धर्मावलम्बी, धन्य तेरस मनाते है ! इस पर्व का धन/अर्थ से दूर दूर तक का कोई वास्ता नही है ,यह तो अन्य मतियों की देखा देखी हम में से कुछ लोगोने इस में धन से संबंधित कर, धन तेरस पर कोई स्वर्ण की वस्तु खरीदने से जोड़ दिया है जो की जैन मान्यताओं के सर्वथा विपरीत है ! हमारे यहाँ तो कश्मी का पूजन भी लक्ष्मी (धन) के रूप में दीपावली पर निषेध है ,हम यदि पूजते है तो मोक्ष लक्ष्मी के रूप में पूजते है न की धन लक्ष्मी के रूप में ! सरस्वती को पूजते है तो केवल ज्ञान को पूजते है न की सरस्वती देवी को ! हमें " धन्य तेरस" को अपने भावों की उत्कृष्टतम विशुद्धि रखते हुए भगवान महावीर के २५४० वर्षों पूर्व के योग निरोध के दृश्यों का चिंतवन करते हुए मनाना चाहिए जिससे निकट भविष्य में स्वात्म कल्याण की प्रेरणा प्राप्त कर,इस दिशा में पुरुषार्थ कर समुचित निमित्त एवं काललब्धि प्राप्त होने पर, हमे भी निकट भविष्य के किसी भव में मोक्ष लक्ष्मी प्राप्त हो सके ! धन्य तेरस की शुभ कामनाओं सहित , कार्तिक कृष्ण तेरस वीर संवत २५४०
WE AT JAIN SOCIETY OF NORTH TEXAS STRICTLY FOLLOWS THESE RULES.
Atul Khara JSNT Jain Society of North Texas 601 W. Parker Road, Suite 106 Plano, TX 75023 972-424-4902
On Nov 10, 2014, at 11:41 AM, al shah wrote:
Dear Jaina Executive Committee Members and Directors:
We had a Diwali Party for teens in Oct./Nov. 2013 at Jain Temple, Chicago. The organizers of this party and then youth secretary had arranged a dance party with Bollywood songs in the basement of temple. During the dance not only the lights were changing colors but the lights were turned off several times, during dance,(Why? We don't know.) that some of the parents find this unacceptable. They thought there are many places, other than temple, where teens can go. Some thought the Bollywood dance in the temple, is not o.k., while some thought the Dance is o.k. but turning lights off?? Is this normal for other Jain Temples? Most people thought, they bring children and teens to the temple to show them that there is something else (like spirituality) exists, other than what the teens get bombarded 24X7, in the outside world.
I send similar email about a year ago. I never received a response. So let's discuss this issue and let me know your opinion.
by Nitin Mehta, One reason why we were made to leave East Africa was that we did not reach out to the local community. Those of us here in or UK or USA are repeating the same mistakes. It is imperative that the Hindu, Jain, Sikh community reach out to the local people--the danger is that with the growing terrorism there will be a backlash and we will all be tared with the same brush unless we make special efforts to educate the local community who we are and what we stand for. Food is a great medium through which to reach out. If Indian organisations in every town and city organised a christmas lunch its impact would be immense. The new Jain temple in Potters Bar, London, had problems with complaints from neighbours and the council. I managed to persuade the then president to organise a Xmas lunch. Many neighbours came-they were fascinated to see the temple and became good friends. The event was also mentioned in the local community newspaper. Now the president has changed and it is not happening! The Navnat group had great parking issues with local neighbours at their old centre in Harrow. They started organising Xmas lunch and all local issues were resolved! Now they have moved and it is not happening! In the Mahabharat there is the story of Dronacharya who sided with the evil Kauravas. When asked why he did that inspite of knowing that Kauravas were in the wrong , he replied , ' I have worked for them all my life -now I have to be faithful to them'. Similarly those of us living outside India have to be loyal, faithful citizens of the country we live in and do everything to uphold its values. You are right--our organisations have to look at the bigger picture. Nitin Mehta
On This Upcoming Auspicious Occasion of Paryushan and Das Laxan Parva We Beg Forgiveness For Our Intentional and Unintentional Wrongdoing Michchhämi Dukkadam
"Hats off to all those Jain Youths who are practicing and promoting total Ahimsak (Vegan) Life Style in North America”
We would like to request you to circulate the recent brochure originally prepared as "Dairy is not a Vegetarian Food Group” and published for the Jain Community of North America from our young Päthashälä teachers and past students of Jain Center of Chicago - Dr Alap Shah M.D., Parinda Shah (Medical Student), Shibani Shah (B Pharm). This brochure is slightly modified by adding Gurudev Chitrabhanu’s quote which explains how to practice Jainism in the Western world. The brochure is printed at the end of this e-mail or you can download the pdf file using the following link:
We are very proud of our Jain youth who are practicing total Ahimsak life and promoting strict vegetarianism by publishing and distributing such brochures.
Pravin K Shah and Members of JAINA Education Committee
Pramoda Chitrabhanu and Members of JAINA Jivadaya Committee
Saurabh Dalal and Shilpa Pandya and Members of JAINA Special Project Committee for Promoting Vegan Lifestyles
Additional News from Jaina Education Committee
Recently we have added Sthanakvasi Pratikraman (mp3 file) in the eLibrary. Now Svetambar Jains can perform the rites of Samvatsari Pratikraman anywhere in world and forgive every soul and requesting forgiveness from every soul of the universe. We will be adding the Pratikramans of the other traditions as we prepared the mp3 files of each traditions.
English Pratikraman Book – Cost $1.00 plus postage
The English Pratikraman Book includes the sutras from various Shvetämbar traditions. The meaning of each Pratikramana Sutras is explained in simple English, which covers six essentials. This way English speaking youth can perform this ritual with proper understanding. We have limited quantity of books left in our inventory.
You can download the English Pratikraman book from the website using following link
You can buy the book using following link ($1.00 + Shipping - payment in US dollars only)
Financial Status of Jaina Education Committee
We will be reporting financial status and the list of the 5 year supporters just after Paryushana/Daslaxana celebration. Please consider supporting Jaina Education committee and eLibrary activity by contributing at least $100 or Rs. 5000 per year for next 5 years. Please use the following link to send your contribution either in Rupees or Dollars.
Thought Provoking Jain Workshop
Striking a Balance: - EXAMINING Social, Cultural, and Spiritual environment that our youth face while growing up in North America. For workshop details – click the following link
The next workshop is schedule at on October 23 and 24 at Alberta Canada.
Compiled by Dr. Alap Shah M.D., Parinda Shah (Medical Student), Shibani Shah (B Pharm) Youth Teachers and past students of Jain Päthashälä of Metropolitan Chicago
One should not injure, subjugate, enslave, torture, or kill any living being including animals, plants, or insects -- Respect for all living beings is Non-Violence.
- Ächäränga Sutra - Bhagawän Mahãvira
In the western world, the best way Jains today can stand for Ahimsa, and give even greater blessings to the world we share, is by relinquishing our consumption and use of milk, dairy products, and all other products from animals. We must refrain from food that comes from suffering and violence, and then that suffering will not come back to us like a boomerang - the universal law of cause and effect from which there is no escape. In this way, Jains can continue to be at the forefront of Ahimsa, each of us showing great compassion and unconditional love. For Paryushan, let us start walking this noble path.
Dairy Cows A cow raised for her milk is forcefully impregnated yearly, and her babies are taken away within a few days. She is either pregnant or lactating 9 or 10 months out of every year only to have the cycle repeat once she gives birth.
Certain amounts of pus and blood are legally permissible in milk. We drink this milk and use it in pujä other rituals.
Dairy cows are no longer vegetarian. Along with grains, they are fed unnatural, high-protein diets, which include approximately 20% meat from dead chickens, pigs, and other cows.
Using powerful hormones, the cows are forced to produce 3 to 4 times as much milk as they naturally would. Also, despite the heavy use of antibiotics, these animals develop mastitis, open wounds and other infections.
A cow’s natural lifespan is about 20 years, but cows used by the dairy industry are slaughtered after only 4 or 5 years, and their meat turned into pet food or hamburgers.
Transport and Slaughter Nearly every adult cow around 5 years of age and almost every male baby cow will be shipped to a slaughterhouse and killed. When transported in hot weather, many cows collapse in the heat; in the cold, cows can freeze to the sides of the truck until workers pry them off with crowbars. Cows are shot in the head with a steel bolt gun meant to stun them, but often this fails to render them insensible to pain. Dairy cows may be conscious when they are shackled, hoisted, and cut.
Confined dairy cows Calf being raised for veal
A dairy cow slaughter
Veal Calves All calves are taken from their mothers within a few days. Female calves become dairy cows and male calves are sold for veal. They are kept confined, many in dark, tiny crates, where they cannot move so that their flesh stays tender. They are slaughtered in about six months.
Organic Milk and "Happy” Cows Many organic or local dairies advertise with pictures of happy cows. In reality, "organic” only means that the cows are fed organic food and are not given antibiotics and growth hormones but they are still abused, slaughtered around 5 years of age, many times kept in small restricted areas, and their newborn calves are taken away for veal. And while some farms may treat cows in slightly better ways, there is no such thing as dairy products made without himsa, particularly under modern conditions that prevail everywhere today.
Calf being raised for veal Cows stand and sleep upon a ground covered with manure Cows treated like machines
"My Visit to A Dairy Farm” "[In May 1995] I visited a dairy farm located north of Burlington, VT… [it] supplies all its milk to Ben and Jerry’s … It was extremely difficult for me to watch the cows' sufferings during the milking… sometimes traces of blood got mixed with the milk… The evening I was there, the farm was shipping three baby calves to a veal factory. The mother cows were crying when their babies were separated from them. I can still hear the cries of the mother cows…” (Pravin K Shah, Raleigh, NC)
Violence to the Environment
Just one 1,200-pound dairy cow alone produces 120 pounds of wet manure per day, the same amount of waste as 23 humans. Manure lagoons from livestock make up nearly 1/3 of all human related methane emissions in the world. Dairies are a significant source of water pollution and air pollution.
Violence to Ourselves
Recently, the dairy industry had to stop its misleading ads that claimed dairy products help you lose weight; studies show that dairy products may increase body weight, as well as cause prostate cancer, breast cancer, heart disease, asthma, allergies and diabetes. The use of antibiotics in cows is a major contributing factor to human antibiotic resistance.
In countries where dairy products are not generally used, there is actually less osteoporosis than in the US. Milk and other animal products actually cause the bones to release calcium to neutralize the acid produced in our bodies by animal protein.
All the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals in cow’s milk—without the excess fat, cholesterol, hormones, antibiotics, and acidity—can easily be obtained in other fortified, non-dairy milks and beverages such as soy milk or various nut milks.
Non-Violent Alternatives for Milk and Other Dairy Products
The easiest, most effective thing we can do, to stop this cruelty, is to buy or make alternatives to dairy products. With the abundance of choices nowadays, it is now very easy to remove the violence from our diet.
Milk: There are many alternatives available in nearly every major grocery store, including soy milk, rice milk, coconut milk, almond milk, and hemp milk sold under the brands of Silk, Westsoy, Rice Dream, or Pacific Foods. To make almond milk or other nut milks, all you need is soaked almonds, a blender and a sweetener if you choose.
Ice Cream: There are soy, rice, and coconut alternatives to ice cream with brands including Tofutti, So Delicious, Soy Dream, Rice Dream, Coconut Bliss, and Turtle Mountain.
Butter, Ghee, Cheese, Yogurt: Soy Garden and Earth Balance make healthful non-dairy butters, which can be clarified to use as vegan ghee. There are numerous non-dairy cheeses, including Daiya vegan cheeses, which melt as well as any dairy cheese. Soy and coconut based yogurts are also available. The "Un-cheese Cookbook” shows you how to make your own non-dairy cheese. Tofutti makes non-dairy sour cream and cream cheese. Among the many vegan cookbooks covering a variety of cuisines, there are at least two that focus on vegan Indian cooking. Remember, there are many choices to fit your tastes and desire for a cruelty-free diet.
So, as you do Paryushan this year, if you have consumed milk, think about saying "Micchami Dukkadam” to the cows, their calves, to the environment, and to yourself! Please consider adopting a vegan diet.
For additional information, please e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide proper guidance based on your specific need.
We received the calendar and it is amazing. The photos are breath-taking. Thus my comments: First, are these photos available for download atwww.jaina.org? It not please get them. Otherwise where can I find them?
Second, the physical calendar is wonderful but how about a calendar for the computer. I use an Apple iMac. I am sure that this 2010 calendar was produced on computer so I presume that there cannot be that much more work to release it for use on computers.
Third, please develop it for the iPhone. Once we have the calendars on computer and the iPhone, then we can enjoy them all the time, everywhere. Consider the amount of time we spend on computers these days.
Fourth, the calendar needs further refinement. For example make a subtle mark for the dates when Pancham, Aantham, Chaudash apply. Also add special religious days. Then we would not also need a second calendar for these days.
Jainism is a religion and a way of life. For
thousands of years, Jains have been practicing vegetarianism, yoga,
meditation, and environmentalism. Jains have three core practices:
Non-Violence, Non-Absolutism, and Non-Possessiveness (Ahimsa,
Anekantvad, and Aparigraha – AAA).
is compassion and forgiveness in thoughts, words, and deeds towards all
living beings. For this reason, Jains are vegetarians. Non- Absolutism is respecting views of others. Jains encourage dialog and harmony with other faiths. Non-Possessiveness is the balancing of needs and desires, while staying detached from our possessions.
Jains believe in the existence of a Soul – in each living being – which is eternal and divine. JAIN WAY OF LIFE (JWOL) respects and honors all living beings through the practice of Non-Violence, Non-Absolutism, and Non-Possessiveness. We are all interdependent and, by living a JAIN WAY OF LIFE (JWOL), we can bring peaceand spirituality to our lives and to those around us.
Why is the Elevator Speech the Way it is:
Jainism is areligion and a way of live (1) . For thousands (2) of years, Jains have been practicing vegetarianism, yoga, meditation, and environmentalism(3).
Jains have three core practices: Non-Violence, Non-Absolutism, and
Non-Possessiveness (Ahimsa, Anekantvad, and Aparigraha – AAA).
Non-Violence is compassion and forgiveness (4) in thoughts, words, and deeds (5) towards all living beings. For this reason, Jains are vegetarians (6). Non- Absolutism is respecting views of others(7).Jains encourage dialog and harmony with other faiths(8). Non-Possessiveness is balancing (9) of needs and desires, while staying detached from these possessions.
Jains believe in the existence of Soul (10) – in each living being – which is eternal and divine (11). JAIN
WAY OF LIFE (JWOL) respects and honors all living beings through the
practice of Non-Violence, Non-Absolutism, and Non-Possessiveness. We
are all interdependent (12) and by living a JAIN WAY OF LIFE (JWOL) we can bring peaceand spirituality (13) to our lives and tothose around us (14).
(1) This is a Way of Life (2) This is the oldest documented religion (3) Although these concepts are new to North America – they have been part of Jain Way of Life for over 5000 years (4) Only now are the scientists realizing the power practicing this..
(5) Here we emphasize not just superficial practice but deep belief
(6) This is critical for a non-violent life style
(7) This is a unique feature of Jainism - only now is the world realizing that Non-Absolutism is the only path to peace
(8) All faiths share the same values - we must be inclusiveness – ready to have a conversation..
(9) Have enough to live an exciting, fun, and enriching life and share with others and not hoard
(10) We are responsible for our own destiny – each living being is divine
(11) Not just a short span in life but a permanence and long term view of life
(12) We’re not an independent island – but need to be in harmony with people and all living beings that inhabit this planet
(13) Everyone wants peace and tranquility – JWOL can bring that not just momentary but in long term.
(14) This life is not just about us but about all living beings – Live and Help Live
Ceremony of Shvetämbar Tradition for Jain Temples in America
are two types of Pratishthä ceremonies performed to install a Tirthankar idol
of the Shvetämbar tradition in a temple.
Präna-Pratishthä which includes an
Simple Pratishthä which does not include
an Anjan-Shaläkä ceremony
article provides an overview of both the ceremonial processes as performed by
Shvetämbar Murtipujak Jain communities. It also explains the benefits and
additional responsibility the members of the society have to fulfill if their
centers decide to install the idols with Anjan-Shaläkä/ Präna-Pratishthä
Some of the new temples in America have decided to install (Pratishthä) a
Tirthankar idol with simple Pratishthä (without an Anjan-Shaläkä on an Idol)
ceremony while others are not sure whether to install the idols with
Anjan-Shaläkä ritual or not. This article may provide some help in your
At Jain Center of Greater Boston - we have added 11x17 size posters. The idea is that in addition to doing prayers in front of the idols, a devotee can also walk around the temple and quickly do scriptural studies as well. This has been a very successful project and can be done at any temple.
The following are some benefits to this project:
•JCGB has 24 posters on Jain
philosophy showcased in the temple.
•The posters provide a quick
Swadhyay, as people come to the temple to pray.
•Non-Jain visitors can learn
about Jainism while touring the temple.
•We can provide help to your JainCenter
in displaying 12 or 24 posters.
For more information on this contact: Rakhi Jain at Rakhi.email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.