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Dear Sadharmik brothers and sisters,
Jai Jinendra!

During these challenging times of Coronavirus, I hope we all give the utmost priority to the health and safety of ourselves and the community.

JAINA is happy to know how our Jain Centers are supporting the community during this difficult time. Below are some inspiring examples.

Cherryhill Sangh with the help of YJA is offering Pathshala online.

Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington hosted a podcast, where Dr. Gita Shah answered a few questions related to Coronavirus. You can listen to the podcast below.

While the Jain Center of Columbus has started an amazing initiative of distributing grocery and medicine at home with no delivery cost to Jain seniors.

Please be wise, safe and pray for all those who are suffering.

Read an interesting article on Six Dravyas.

Mahesh Wadher
JAINA President


3. CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19) Relief Fund
Communities across the country are closely monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and following public health preparedness According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the United States nationally is currently in the initiation phases of COVID-19, but states, where community spread is occurring, are in the acceleration phase. The duration and the severity of each phase can vary depending on the characteristics of the virus and the public health response.

This crisis threatens everyone's way of life, but it is especially difficult for people who are already vulnerable-including those with pre-existing medical conditions, no savings, or inflexible jobs.

JAINA World Community Service (WCS) is launching a fund for the victims of this unfathomable tragedy and ask the Jains of North America to contribute. The funds will be used for a humanitarian project that will be selected & executed against once the relief operations end and rehabilitation work begins.

Please make your tax-deductible contribution through JAINA at the link below.

4. Guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the United States nationally is currently in the initiation phases of COVID-19, but states, where community According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the United States nationally is currently in the initiation phases of COVID-19, but states, where community spread is occurring, are in the acceleration phase. The duration and the severity of each phase can vary depending on the characteristics of the virus and the public health response.

JAINA would like to urge anyone who has symptoms of severe to moderate cold, cough, combined with fever, etc. to refrain from visiting their Temple / Center facilities until the symptoms are resolved. Please note many Jain centers will remain closed until the end of March to prevent the spreading of germs.

MIT symposium on Jainism and Mathematics scheduled for June 20 & 21 is postponed.

There are simple things you can do to help protect yourself and others:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • If the sickness prolongs more than a few days, seek the advice from a Physician.
  • Click Here to View the Latest Guidelines from the CDC
JSMW Podcast on Coronavirus
A senior member of the Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington (JSMW), Dr. Gita Shah, is a Specialist of Infectious Diseases with 45 years of experience. She recently sat down with JSMW Podcast Host, Savita Jain, to answer some of the related questions that we all have. The podcast may help the Jains across the Nation. Dr. Shah is also a strong believer in the healing power of Navkar Mantra and other Jain Stotras. Please listen to this very informational 12 minute podcast session to be better educated about coronavirus:
Jain Center of Columbus - Senior Friends
Recently, Jain Center of Columbus, Ohio started an amazing initiative for the Jain seniors at this difficult time of COVID-19. The center distributes grocery or medicine at no delivery cost and delivers to home for seniors who are staying at home so that they don’t catch Coronavirus.

The senior members of Jain Center of Columbus can reach out to the Center President, Mona Mehta at 614-329-1954 for grocery and medicine requirements.

JAINA is proud of Jain Center of Columbus and appreciates the work of Mona Mehta for helping the community in the time of crisis. JAINA encourages the other Jain Centers to reach out to such community needs and help their local members.
Acharya Shri Mandevsuri has gifted us Laghu Shanti Stotra that can be of tremendous help in fighting all kinds of external threats. Daily reciting of this stotra, can install peace in the home and protect it from natural calamities.

Here are some ways to take advantage of Quarantine while the world heals from the Coronavirus.
  1. Read a book
  2. Do yoga and relax
  3. Get in touch with your spiritual side
  4. Spend time with family and pets
  5. Get creative - let your inner child come out
  6. Learn a new skill - Gardening, Cooking, Language
  7. Exercise daily
  8. Create a JAINA Convention 2021 Logo & win a prize (details are below)
7. JAINA Convention 2021 - Logo Competition
JAINA Convention Planning Committee is working hard to put together everything for the Convention 2021. Here’s how you can contribute to it. Showcase your talent by creating JAINA Convention 2021 Logo on the theme “Jainism - The Path to Peace”. The winner will get an iPad Pro or Apple gift card of equal value.

The deadline to submit your entries is March 31st, 2020. Please read the guidelines and submission details here.
8. Jain STORY : Six Dravyas
Let’s look at the Six Dravyas, or fundamental substances, their attributes, and modifications. The universe consists mainly of two substances, living (jiva) and nonliving (ajiva). The living being alone has consciousness, and the ability to know. The non-living has neither consciousness nor knowledge. Non-living is of five kinds:
  1. Matter (Pudgala) i.e. table, chair, brick, stone, etc. The matter is of many kinds, but the mightiest kind is a karmic matter, which the mundane soul wears and which is the self-wound matter to keep the soul moving in "Samsara."
  2. The principle of Motion (Dharma) is an essential auxiliary of the motion of souls and matter.
  3. The principle of Rest (Adharma) is a similar auxiliary of the cessation of the movements of souls and matter.
  4. Time (Kala) in virtue of which things become old, new, or continue in their existence.
  5. Space (Akasha) which gives their place or location to all substances.
9. YJA Update
In light of recent developments with COVID-19, YJA has come to the difficult decision to cancel Regional Retreats initially slated for the month of March and suspend all local events for the time being.

Despite this, YJA is looking forward to engaging youth through various online initiatives! In the coming weeks, be on the lookout for ways to stay connected with the YJA community through various online platforms such as our upcoming Jain Trivia Challenge, Jain Mathematics Tournament Season 2, YJA Reflect Video Meetups, and more.


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