President's Message

Dear Sadharmik brothers and sisters,
Pranam & Jai Jinendra!

JAINA is regularly receiving appeals for help due to unfortunate financial conditions made worse by COVID-19. Listening to heart-wrenching stories, JAINA has formed a Sadharmik Bhakti Committee under the leadership of Dr. Jayesh Shah, President of Jain Center of Southern California. The Committee is hoping to raise as much funds as it can this year to support most disadvantaged families in India and is looking forward to your generous donation. Our goal is to raise $250,000 for this cause that will allow us to deliver Rs 5,000 to one thousand families for 4 months. Please support the committee to help the needy and the underpriviledged. For your convinience please click on Sadharmik Bhakti Fund Button below to donate.

Join the once-a-year Sadhana of Mahaprabhavak Uvasaggahar Stotra with Shree Namramuni Maharaj Saheb from September 25th to 27th. Details given below.

In July, Members of the Jain Study Center of North Carolina Assistance Program (JAP) joined the Hindu Society of North Carolina (HSNC) in preparing meals to serve the needy families during the on-going crisis of the Coronavirus pandemic in the community. JAINA encourages such activities by Jain centers to help and uplift the community. Let’s stand together with our fellow citizens in these difficult times.

First event of Jain connect is on today which was over booked and as such a second single mixer event is arranged to take place on September 27th which is almost getting full. Registration and other details given below.

Join Young Jain Professionals for their 4th annual National conference in October. The conference will be held virtually and in a 4-session series - on 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th of October. See details below.

Jain Digest Committee will be publishing a special COVID-19 issue of Jain Digest in October. This edition will contain the results of the survey the Committee had done to find out how the Jain community has dealt with the challenges of COVID-19. There will be intresting articles that discussess the Pandemic from Jain perspective. Click on the button given below if you are intrested in reading earler issues of Jain Digest.

Please take a short survey developed by Jain Center of Greater Boston, with support from JAINA LRP, and JITO that accurately captures the current state of Jainism and the Jain Way of Life among the Jains around the world. Also, share this survey, which is linked below, with your Jain network.

Under Jain Story, read part one of the interesting story of King Bharat & King Bahubali, sons of Bhagwan Adinath.

Sincerely,

Mahesh Wadher
JAINA President

JAINA’s Sadharmik Bhakti Fund - An Urgent Appeal

We hope all of you had uplifting Aradhana during the Paryushan and Das Lakshana and are in good shata. As all of you are aware, COVID-19 has caused devastating effects all over the world. With this message, we are reaching out to you for desperately needed help for certain Sadharmik families in India, who are experiencing unfortunate financial conditions made worse by COVID-19. Many mid and low-income Jain families are going through severe hardships, but many are too proud to ask for help. Such circumstances have caused extenuating situations such as a 75-year-old shravika taking care of her 52-year-old mentally-disabled son while accepting cooking jobs at three different homes; Pathshala teachers going 5 months without salaries; a 68-year-old shravak working as a night watchman to support his household with two grandchildren and a daughter-in-law because his 30-year-old son passed away; a prestigious shop owner, who once was a Sanghpathi and viewed as well off, not being able to afford a bag of groceries. There have even been reported cases of suicide. Hearing these heart-wrenching stories underscore the hardships these families are going through.

We would like to raise $250,000 for this cause that will allow us to deliver Rs 5,000 to one thousand needy families for 4 months.

JAINA is regularly receiving appeals for help and has formed a Sadharmik Bhakti Committee under the leadership of Dr. Jayesh Shah, President of Jain Center of Southern California. The need for funds is urgent. Initially, JAINA will work with Samkit Jain Charitable Trust in Mumbai and Samast Mahajan Trust, which are providing financial support to families every month. The Sadharmik Bhakti Committee is hoping to raise as many funds as it can this year to support many underprivileged families in India and is looking forward to your generous donation. Our goal is to raise $250,000 for this cause that will allow us to deliver Rs 5,000 to one thousand needy families for 4 months.

The message of Paryushan and Das Lakshana serves as a reminder of our five basic Kartavyas (duties). Sadharmik Bhakti is one of them. It is not just our duty but is our responsibility to help our Sadharmic Jain families during this unprecedented and difficult time. We urge every one of you to donate generously for this noble cause.

If you wish to volunteer for the Sadharmik Bhakti Committee, please write to Dr. Jayesh Shah at jayeshshahmd@gmail.com.

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Paramotsav 2020 - Sadhana of Uvasaggahar Stotra

 
Jain Center Latest News

In July, members of the Jain Study Center of North Carolina Assistance Program (JAP) engaged with the Hindu Society of North Carolina (HSNC) in preparing meals that go to those who were hit hard by the recent crisis of Coronavirus pandemic in our community. This is a great way to give back.

JAIN CONNECT SINGLE MIXER - September 27, 2020

We know. Meeting new people in 2020 is difficult. Join us for (one more) Zoom call on Sunday, September 27 at 1pm PST / 4pm EST. While we can't make any guarantees, we are confident that you will leave the meeting feeling even more connected. You may even make a new friend!

What's in it for me? Great question. We have two fun and engaging hosts - Varun Gandhi and Meit Shah - who will tap into their Zoom technology skills to make this as interesting as possible through a computer screen. They will weave jokes and serious relationship advice between breakout sessions where you will meet other singles in groups of 4. We're not trying to make it awkward. But rather a place where you can meet someone new.

Register today (AND EARLY) as we only have 100 spots for this event. We SOLD OUT for our first mixer! Of course, if we get more interest, we'll open up future sessions! To register, you simply create a profile and RSVP for the event. Your confirmation will include access to the Zoom meeting.

Jain Connect is a modern way of meeting people in our community. We do this through our online platform (and soon to be released app). When you sign up for our platform, you'll be able to search other singles that are compatible. Visit jainconnect.net to get started!

We look forward to "seeing" you on Zoom!

Questions? Reach out to Sheenika Shah Gandhi or Piyush Gandhi at jcchair@jaina.org.

Click here to Register for Event

Yjp conference

Young Jain Professionals (YJP) is organizing its 4th annual National conference to be held virtually, in the month of October. The conference has been designed to be delivered in a 4-session series, to be held on 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th of October from 2PM to 5PM EST.

2020 has been a year filled with unique circumstances. While the world may have come to a halt, Young Jain Professionals enjoyed engaging and learning with Jains across North America. The traditional hustle and bustle of our working lives leave little room for self-growth so YJP introduced a virtual wellness series and a competition or two along the way.

More details in their newsletter.

Coming Soon - October 2020 e-Jain Digest

In October we will be publishing a special COVID-19 issue of Jain Digest. It will contain the results of the survey we had done to find out how the Jain community has dealt with the challenges of COVID-19. And we also have a few articles that discuss the Pandemic from Jainism perspective. Soon after that, we plan to publish a Special Edition of Jain Digest that will cover the history and current status of Jain Academic Education and Pathshala education in North America. Both these issues will be very interesting and informative.

Click here to read all Jain Digest issues

WORLDWIDE JAIN SURVEY

Around us, the world is changing. A pandemic has swept through the world, matters of social justice are combing through North America, and many Americans are out of jobs. However, our religion has stayed fairly constant throughout all of this -- though it may be susceptible to change, too.

Noting this, the Jain Center of Greater Boston, with support from JAINA LRP, and JITO, has developed a short, anonymous survey that accurately captures the current state of Jainism and the Jain Way of Life. Targeting the approximately 150,000 Jains in the US and nearly 6,000,000 worldwide, the survey poses both demographic and lifestyle questions to provide a comprehensive, current picture of the Jain religion. Once enough data is gathered, the results will be analyzed, and recommendations will be provided to temple leaders, allowing them to better connect with their constituents and improve our religion for all practitioners.

We now invite you to help the Jain community by filling out Survey of Jains Worldwide - 2020 and sharing with your more extensive Jain network.

 
Jain Story: Bharat and Bahubali (Part 1)

Before his renunciation of worldly life, Bhagwan Rishabhadev or Adinath was known as King Rishabh and had two wives, Sumangala and Sunanda. By Sumangala, he had 99 sons, of whom Bharat was the eldest and the best known, and one daughter named Brahmi. By the second wife, Sunanda, he had one son named Bahubali and a daughter named Sundari. All of them were given proper training in different arts and crafts. Bharat became a great warrior and a politician. Sunanda's son was tall, well built, and strong, and hence was called Bahubali. In Sanskrit, ‘Bahu’ means arm and ‘Bali’ means mighty. Brahmi attained a very high level of literary proficiency. She developed the first known script, known as the Brahmi script. Sundari was very proficient in mathematics. After Bhagwan Rishabhadev attained omniscience, both girls renounced their worldly lives and became his disciples.

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There is no separate existence of God. Everybody can attain god-hood by making supreme efforts in the right direction.

Newsletter 2020

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