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Jai Jinendra!

ISSJS is again providing unique opportunity to study Jainism in India. Program and Registration details are given below. Share it with your friends and family who are interested.

JAINA team visited Bidada Eye Camp organized by Sarvoday Trust, Kutcch, Sammed Shikharji and Global Veerayatan in Rajgir this week. Stay tuned for all the details of the trip.

Warm Regards,
Gunvant Shah
JAINA President


A person who is free from delusion, has no misery. A person who is without any longing has no delusion. A person without greed has no longing. A person who does not have possessions has no greed.


Q 1: What is meant by the Jiva?

Q 2: What are the different Jivas?

Q 3: How are the different Jivas described depending upon spirituality?


Here's an unique opportunity to Study Nonviolence & Jainism in India. International Summer School for Jain Studies (ISSJS) is currently accepting applications for three, four and six week study programs in India.

Jain Dharma/Religion originated in India several thousand years ago. An elder cousin of Buddhism, Jain dharma teaches a lifestyle rooted in the practice of unconditional nonviolence.

Its teachings inspired and influenced Mahatma Gandhi. Students and scholars will learn about Jain traditions from learned lay scholars as well as practicing monks and nuns in India.

The Program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students, Post-Doctoral Fellows, full time faculty and High School Teachers with an interest in the Jain Studies and ahimsa (non-violence). The three, four and six week long, stand alone and separate intensive courses in International Summer School for Jain Studies (ISSJS) 2018 will entail morning lectures, afternoon field trips, visits to some schools, time in a few ancient cities and meetings with Jain professionals, monks and nuns.

For the last 13 years, every summer, ISSJS have been of fered regularly in India. The number of participants has seen a steady increase every year. Nearly 800 students and scholars from many universities and High Schools have participated in ISSJS programs so far and ISSJS-2018 is excited to offer its 14th annual year.

ISSJS is unique in that;

It is an experiential and India based program and makes India a classroom for the study of ahimsa /non-violence, Jain, history, art, culture and philosophy.

This program is highly subsidized by the Jain community.

For Program Details & Application, Visit our website


Story #40: Miraculous Parshwanath

In this temple you will see a 2 inch small black idol, flanked by two larger idols. The idol in the center is considered to be miraculous. There’s a story behind why it’s been placed in the center: every morning when the pujari came to the temple and opened the doors, they would find this idol seated on the lap of Adinath in the main temple. Once they moved it to the center, the idol has not moved.


Who is the beggar?


Moong Dal Paratha


  • 1/2 cup green moong dal with skin
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp coarsely powdered coriander seeds
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped coriander
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried mango powder
  • 2 tsp oil
  • salt to taste
  • whole wheat flour for rolling

  1. Clean, wash and soak the moong dal in enough water in a bowl for 2 to 3 hours. Drain well.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl and knead into a soft dough using enough water.
  3. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions and roll each ball with the help of wheat flour.
  4. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle) and cook each paratha, using oil, till they turn golden brown in colour from both the sides.
  5. Serve the parathas with chutney and curd.


A 1: Jiva means one which can breathe, regenerate or reproduce, eat and have mind to think, etc.

A 2: The souls are divided into two categories.

A 3: There are two kind of jivas:

  1. the liberated souls, the muktatma, the soul that is bodiless and has been once and for all freed from the bondage of all the karmas and cycle of births and deaths.

  2. the non-liberated souls, samsari atma, the soul that has a body and is caught in the bondage of karmas and cycle of births and deaths.


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