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1. PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Jai Jinendra!

Jain community members have launched ‘Save Shikharji Campaign’ to protect the sanctity of Mount Shikarji and urged to join hands in preserving & promoting the spiritual abode and holiest place of Jains by signing the petition at www.saveshikharji.com Read more about it below..

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 YJA Executive Board! JAINA wishes you success in all your future endeavors. More details are given below.

It was very exciting to attend very enthusiastic and energetic Convention kickoff meeting at Ontario, CA. About 200 attended from various part of the country for making and planning the upcoming convention 2019.

Warm Regards,
Gunvant Shah
JAINA President
10-14-2018
 
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2. QUOTE

One who cultivates an attitude of equality towards all living beings,mobile and stationary, can attain equanimity. Thus do what kevalis say.
- Bhagwan Mahavir
 
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3. QUIZ TIME

Q 1: What is Prayaschita Tapa (Austerity)?

Q 2: What is Vinay Tapa (Austerity)?
 
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4. JAINA CONVENTION 2019 IN JAINA CONVENTION PLANNING

 
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5. SAVE SHIKHAJI CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED BY JAIN COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Jain community members from across India, aggrieved over the overzealous attempt to commercially exploit in an unplanned manner the sanctity of Mount Shikarji (also known as Parasnath Hills), have launched ‘Save Shikharji Campaign’ nationally and urged every citizen of the country to join hands in preserving & promoting the spiritual abode and holiest place of Jains by signing the petition at www.saveshikharji.com and also sharing it on social media using #SaveShikharji

The Shikarji mountain range, located in Giridih district of Jharkhand, India, has been of spiritual, cultural and religious importance to our nation even before the beginning of modern history. Inscriptions in Sanskrit older than 16th century only validates them. Mount Shikarji is a national treasure where 20 of the 24 Jain Tirthankaras along with many other monks attained Moksha thousands of years ago and even today people perform Parikrama around the entire Parasnath hill (a round trip of 27 kms).

In September 2015, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Raghubar Das, had publicly committed to develop Shikharji as ‘an international seat of spiritualism and enlightenment’. He even welcomed a Jain delegation and showed keen interest to provide infrastructure without disturbing its sanctity to preserve the holiness and sanctity of the hill. Even after three years these commitments remain unfulfilled and this lack of action from Jharkhand Government is worrying Jain Community Members. On the contrary, there are visible signs of commitment being reneged and concerted attempts being made to exploit Mount Shikharji commercially through rampant urbanization which is virtually threatening the spiritual sanctity of the holy place.

Against this backdrop, the Jain Community Members are of the view that reestablishing the sanctity of such a holy hill is the need of the hour and for this to happen it is of paramount importance to declare Mount Shikharji ‘a place of worship’ through an act of legislation as done in the case of many famed temple towns across the country. By doing this Mount Shikharji will stand to gain more and will go a long way in achieving the following - Conserve nation’s spiritual abode & cultural treasure; Promote peace, tolerance & acceptance; Preserve history & protect it from vandalism; Help protect the sensitive ecology & wildlife of Madhuban forest range; Increase livelihood of local economy by outgrowing their dependence on forest & wildlife and importantly pave way for human beings to be more spiritually inclined to attain nirvana.

Shikharji Tirth Raksha Committee is requesting all Jain Sanghs to sign below two petitions to be emailed to PM Narendrabhai Modi and the State Government of Jharkhand to look into the matter immediately regarding the Holy Shikharji Tirth.

Letter to PM Narendra Modi

Letter to Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das
 
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6. PARLIAMENT OF WORLD'S RELIGIONS


Why Jain Should Participate?

As Jain, we may be a minority religion - not just in India but across the world - but we are incredibly well respected and regarded as interfaith platforms. From the time of the 1893 Parliament, where Shri Virchand Gandhiji participated alongside Swami Vivekanand to the most recent 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, where a Jain temple was constructed in the entrance hall and a center of attraction and interest of all participants, Jain have been an important part of the Parliament. And we must continue to be.

To register, please visit https://parliamentofreligions.org/

 
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7. JAIN CENTERS NEWS

Jain Society of Central Florida




Jain Society of Central Florida (JSOCF) celebrated the Paryushan Mahaparva with a lot of enthusiasm and participation from its Sangh Members. Just like last few years, JSOCF has been very fortunate to have scholars visit us during the Paryushan. This time, Smt. Tarlaben Doshi gave lectures on Jainism. JSOCF also organized Ekasana for all 8 days of Paryushan Mahaparv. They celebrated Supan Darshan/Mahavir Janma Vaanchan with a participation of about more than 225 sangh members. More than 150 people did Samvatsari Pratikraman.

During Das Lakshan Parva they had daily Abhisheks and Lagu Shanti Puja conducted by Digambar Sangh members. Also organized Ekasana for younger pathshala kids and more than 20 kids performed this Tapasya.

Jain Center of Greater Boston




Jain Center of Greater Boston (JCGB) celebrates 18 days of Paryushana and Das Lakshan Parva every year. This year we had labh of two distinguished scholars from India – Prof. Abhay Doshi of Mumbai University during the Paryushana Parva and Dr. Abhay Dagedeji for Das Laxan Parva. Dr. Abhayji concluded the Das Laxan Parva with beautiful Das Laxan Vidhan and Pratikraman.

The Tapasvi Bahuman and Swamivatshalya program were celebrated on Sunday, September 30, 2018. The names of tapsavis who did 8 or more Tapascharya are listed below. A small skit depicting “Sat Sukh and Delusion of Sukh” was performed by Shrimad Swadhyay group and was very well received.

Jain Society of Pittsburgh




During this Paryushan, Jain Society of Pittsburgh (JSOP) had various religious activities. Every morning the temple held Samuh Navaang Puja and lectures by Arvindbhai Bhandari (from New Jersey) in the afternoon. Other topics for the week were Rahasya of Navaang Puja/ Aasthprakari Puja, Shatrunjay and Girnar tirth’s Mahtmya, Atma( know your own soul) and Kshamapna. Along with the members of Jain society of Pittsburgh, students from local universities and Penn State also participated in this auspicious celebration. There were about 6 people who did aththam, one person had five upvas, and one had 45 ekasanas.

Das Lakshan Parv was celebrated with same enthusiasm. They had Das Lakshan Puja at the beginning of the Parv and kshamavani puja was attended by approximately 80 people. Many of the members did tapsya during the ten days and observed one of the ten dharmas every day.

On September 29, the Sangh from New York (JCA) visited JSOP Temple for Chaityaparipati. The members of Jain Society gave them a warm welcome. We had Sangh Puja, Samuh Chaitya- Vandan, Aarti and Mangal-Divo. The delicious lunch (Sadhrmik Vatsalya) was served at the community hall.

Jain Society of Toronto

Jain Society of Toronto (JSOT) celebrated Paryushan and Das Lakshan Parva with great spirituality and enthusiasm.Learned Scholars Jayesh Bhai Jain, Jayendra Bhai Naik and Paras Bhai Shah enlightened Jain community by the teachings of Bhagwan Mahavir through their lectures (vyakhyan) and Bhakti Bhavna. There were Snatra Puja in the mornings, lecture/bhaav yatras in afternoons, Pratikaman in the evenings followed by Prabhujis Bhakti Bhavna and aarti.

JSOT being the largest Jain congregation in Canada, Jains from different parts of the Greater Toronto Area came together to celebrate Bhagwan Mahavir Swapna Darshan / Janam Vanchan Mahotsav. This year the celebration was held at BAPS Swami Narayan Temple, Toronto. 1,500 Jains attended the program and the Swapna Darshan Ghee Boli broke last year’s records. The exuberance and enthusiasm of all the people were remarkable which made the event even more successful. They also had grand Jal Yatra on Sun, 23rd Sept.
 
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8. JAIN MILAN OCTOBER 26-28, 2018 - ORLANDO, FL

This will be the first Jain Milan where Jain Milan is going to have events, activities and entertainment that is in line with what the singles face today as they search for their life partner. You will have structured activities in a casual and relaxed environment and catered towards the modern dating, meeting & networking scene. You will have an opportunity to meet with people within your age group / criteria and really get to know each other in a one-on-one environment, if you choose to. Relax at a lounge after a long day, dance away or just have a relaxing conversation with your prospect. This event is designed to help facilitate you in finding a life partner in the modern era. It’s worth attending. Here’s the detailed agenda of the 3 days event. Your feedback is important so please email at jainmilan@jaina.org.
 
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9. ANUMODNA

Rajan Jhaveri
16 Upvas
JCGB
Dilip Mehta
16 Upvas
JCGB
Gaurya Jain
10 Upvas
JCGB
Nina Jain
10 Upvas
JCGB
Veena Rani Jain
10 Upvas
JCGB
 Sangita Gandhi
8 upvas & 3 upvas
JCGB
Jay Gala
9 Upvas
JCCI
Harsh Sanghvi
9 Upvas
JCM
Manisha Shah
9 Upvas
JCM
Tanya Jain
9 Upvas
JCGB
Ashish Sheth
8 Upvas
JCGB
Bindiya Shah
8 Upvas
JCM
Dipen Nandu
8 Upvas
JCGB
Hiral Nandu
8 Upvas
JCGB
Hitesh Jain
8 Upvas
JCGB
Neela Shah
8 Upvas
JCGB
Neela Gala
8 Upvas
JCCI
Parthiv Shah
8 Upvas
JCM
Ratanbhai Singhvi
8 Upvas
JCGB
Ronak Shah
8 Upvas
JCM
Viraj Gandhi
8 Upvas
JCM
 
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10. YJP UPDATE

On September 30, 2018, Young Jain Professionals (YJP) officially launched a new chapter in Tampa, Florida at the Jain Society of Tampa Bay. At this historic event, YJP Southeast Regional Coordinator,Arpit Meha, discussed future initiatives for YJP Tampa. They celebrated YJP Tampa and look forward to great things to come from this beautiful chapter!
 
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11. YJA Executive Board 2018-19

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 YJA Executive Board! They recently gathered in Boston for their first meeting and are thrilled to bring their passion and ideas to the organization. Introducing the new Executive Board members:
  • Co-Chair: Charmi Vakharia
  • Co-Chair: Monika Jain
  • Director of Education: Parshva Vakharia
  • Director of Events: Simmi Nandu
  • Director of Finance: Vatsal Gandhi
  • Director of Fundraising: Aanya Gandhi
  • Director of IT: Vineet Shah
  • Director of Project Development: Mahima Shah
  • Director of Public Relations: Sanjana Jhaveri
  • Director of Publications: Rachna Shah
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator: Achal Shah
  • Mid-West Regional Coordinator: Janvi Shah
  • Northeast Regional Coordinator: Kaivan Shah
  • South Regional Coordinator: Ketan Kapasi
  • Southeast Regional Coordinator: Juhi Nahata
  • West Regional Coordinator: Akshay Madhani
 
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12. QUIZ ANSWER

A 1: In Prayaschit Tapa, one confesses the various errors of commission and omission, the faults and the sins committed knowingly or unknowingly to the sadhu, to the person concerned or to oneself. One says Micchchamidukadam. One fully carries out the prescribed atonement by sadhu.

A 2: In Vinay Tapa, one becomes polite and respectful towards all.
 
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