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JAINA Newsletter: A Short Clip on Ahimsa, Symposium On Jainism and Mathematics, Jain Center News...


Dear Sadharmik brothers and sisters,
Jai Jinendra!

Watch a beautiful 1-minute clip ‘Ahimsa - The Most Beautiful 1-minute clip, Word Ever Written’, by a young film-maker, Daniel Nilsson, from Sweden.

JAINA and the Jain Center of Greater Boston JCGB are holding an International Symposium: Ancient Wisdom Meets the Modern Age on June 20 -21, 2020 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. The last day to make your registration as a guest is March 1st, 2020. More details are given below.

Jain Center of Minnesota completed its 30th anniversary in 2019 and kicked off the new year with Sangatith puja as every year. Read more about it below.

Mahesh Wadher
JAINA President


Daniel Nilsson, a talented young film-maker, from Sweden, made a beautiful short clip of on Ahimsa:

He has extracted bits of the speech of Phillip Wollen who was one of our Keynote speakers during the JAINA 2019 Convention in Los Angeles. There could be part of the speech Wollen gave at the European Parliament in Brussels.


The Federation of Jain Associations in North America (JAINA) and The Jain Center of Greater Boston (JCGB) will hold an International Symposium on ancient Jain Mathematics on June 20 -21, 2020 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston. Symposium title "Ancient Wisdom Meets the Modern Age".

We invite eminent scholars from all over the world who have conducted original research in studying Jain scriptures, specifically for their mathematical contributions. We also seek papers on newly researched subject matter such as on transmission between Arabic, Greek, Chinese, and Jain mathematics; unpublished Jain mathematical texts in Tamil, Kannada, and other Indian languages and their antiquity; Jain number theory and its uniqueness; earliest positional notations, Jain concept of infinity and modern infinity; unique and independent contributions of Jain mathematics in the outside world.

If you decide to attend the symposium, please register at using the Promo Code “JMATHSTD10”, and also inform us at The last day for registration as a distinguished guest is March 1st, 2020.

For Scholars, all travel, visa, boarding, and lodging expenses will be arranged and paid by us. However, your individual registration at is a requirement.

For more information on the event, please visit
Kindly contact us at for additional information.


Jain Center of Minnesota (JCM) completed its 30th anniversary in 2019 and embarked its journey into 2020, the new year kicked off with its traditional ritual of performing Swetambar Snatra puja and Digambar Panch Parmesthi puja as Sangatith puja, that brings both the communities together as one.

Every year, the JCM performs this pooja to start the new year and seek the blessings of our Tirthankar Bhagwan. JCM Members assembled to perform Sangatith Puja followed by aarti and mangal divo. Over 80 members participated in the event and the bahuman of newly appointed Hindu Temple President. The event was concluded after a scrumptious Swamivatsalya (Lunch), with vegan food options, where our food committee and community volunteers delivered and executed the event effortlessly. JCM now looks forward to many such planned events for the entire year and in the coming months and make another remarkable year to add to their history.


Dr. Kunal Parikh, an inventor, and entrepreneur working at the intersection of Medtech, Social Enterprise, and Finance to enable health equity globally. He was recently recognized by Forbes as one of 30 candidates under 30 in Healthcare for his work inventing and commercializing novel technologies to improve human health. Kunal is a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD where he leads a multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientists, and clinicians to innovate and commercialize biomedical solutions for significant and unmet medical needs globally. His inventions include sutures and stents capable of delivering drugs in a local and sustained manner to eliminate postoperative complications across a broad range of clinical applications in Ophthalmology and beyond. He recently founded the Global Institute for Vision Equity to eliminate avoidable blindness through the development, translation, and distribution of technologies addressing the most critical eye care needs in low- and middle-income countries. Towards this objective, Kunal is Co-founder & President of Eyedea Medical, a medical device company developing a series of technologies to improve access to vision-restoring corneal procedures. He also serves as Co-founder & President of Access HEARS, a social enterprise providing affordable, accessible hearing care to older adults. Prior to his current roles, Kunal built and served as the Executive Director of the Social Innovation Lab (SIL), an incubator for social enterprises where he advised and funded dozens of social entrepreneurs across a broad range of industries.

To date, SIL has incubated 83 companies that have raised $62+M in follow-on funding. He also served as founding CEO of Core Quantum Technologies, a venture-backed biotechnology company developing superior imaging, detection, and targeting reagents. Jainism has been the driving force and motivation for Kunal’s work to alleviate the suffering of others. He regularly performs Atthai and completed Chauvihar Chhat Saat Jatra of Shantrunjaya in 2017. Kunal earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and was recognized as a Leader of Tomorrow for the Mid-Atlantic bio-economy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Ohio State University. He grew up in Reynoldsburg, OH, where his parents, Sailesh and Sonal Parikh still reside.

Jain Center of Central Ohio and JAINA are proud of Dr. Kunal for his work and contribution to the society.


During the time of Mahavir-swami, there lived a wealthy merchant named Rushabhadatt in the city of Rajgrihi. In 542 BCE, his wife Dharini gave birth to a very handsome son whom they named Jambu. He grew up to be a very bright and intelligent young man well-liked by everyone. When he became older, many families were eager to have their daughters marry him. It was a normal practice in those days for a man to have more than one wife, so his parents selected 8 girls from reputed families. Jambu was duly engaged to all of them. It was a joyous time for all.

One day, Mahavir-swami’s Ganadhar, Sudharma-swami, came to Rajgrihi to deliver a sermon and Jambu attended the assembly. The sermon encouraged him to develop a very high sense of detachment towards worldly objects and family members and he decided to renounce his worldly life.


Don't accumulate if you do not need it. The excess of wealth in your hands is for the society, and you are the trustee for the same.

- Bhagwan Mahavir


The YJA Executive Board and Convention Committee met in Dallas at the Fairmont this month to bring to life their visions for YJA 2020! From daytime session planning to nighttime social events and everything in between, all of the pieces are coming together in an amazing way and YJA can’t wait to share what they've got in store for this summer.

Registration for the 2020 YJA Convention is now live! To register, please visit


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