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JAINA Newsletter

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


Dear Sadharmik brothers and sisters,
Jai Jinendra!

On behalf of JAINA, I wish you all sukh-shata during this Navpad Ayambil Oli. Read about the Navpads we bow down to during the Ayambil Oli.

The Jain community received a message from the Vatican on the 2618th Birth Anniversary of Bhagwan Mahavir. Please read the message below.

Jain Center of Las Vegas performed and an online Jaap during this time of Corona Virus while Jain Society of Greater Detroit performed an online Siddha Chakra Pujan at the starting of Navpad Oli. Respective Jain center members participated in the events.

During this difficult time, Jain organizations like Shrimad Rajchandra Love & Care, Tapovan Sanskar Pith in India are coming forward to help poor people and animals by providing them food. Watch the videos below.

Sincerely,
Mahesh Wadher
JAINA President

Mahavir Janma Kalyanak Message from the Vatican


Jains have received a message from the President of Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Vatican, Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, on the 2618th Birth Anniversary of Tirthankar Mahavir. The message says...

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue extends its warmest greetings to all of you as you commemorate the 2618th Birth Anniversary of Tirthankar Mahavir on 6 April this year. May the celebrations centered on this feast reinforce the spirit of togetherness among you and fill your families and communities with peace and joy!

Taking forward our cherished tradition of sharing a few thoughts with you on the relevant theme on this occasion, this year we wish to reflect on how we, Christians and Jains can promote together a culture of conviviality for a harmonious coexistence and prosperity of all in the world. Read the whole message here.

Seva Done By Jains In India During COVID-19


Jain religious and educational organizations in India are coming forward to help people as well as animals during the crisis of Coronavirus. There are people and animals who are struggling to have some food in a day due to complete lockdown in the country. To help them, Jain organizations like Shrimad Rajchandra Love & Care and Tapovan Sanskar Pith are providing food to the needy. Watch the videos on how they are helping while they maintain the guidelines from the Government.



To extend your Love and Care to those affected, you can now contribute towards the various schemes in the link below: http://loveandcare.srmd.org/coronavirus-relief


Jain Centers News


Jain Center of Las Vegas


During these difficult times due to Coronavirus, Jain Center of Las Vegas (JCLV) has begun doing Jaap every day for 30-40 minutes onto the Zoom video conference. During the Jaap, they chant Namokar Mantra, Stuti of Bhagwan Parshavanath, and Bhagwan Shanti Nath, Uvasaggahram Stotra, some other prayers and a few minutes of reflections and contemplations.

Every day, members of the JCLV are looking forward to joining in. This program is conceived, organized and is led by Neetaben Daulat who regularly organizes Swadhayaya at JCLV. JAINA is proud of the efforts of Jain Centers in coming together to fight the virus while maintaining the social distance. JAINA encourages all the Jain Centers in North America to do similar activities.


Jain Society of Greater Detroit


On March 31, 2020, Jain Society of Greater Detroit performed an online mini Siddha-Chakra Pujan on the webex from 10:20 AM - 11:15 AM as a part of Navpad Oli. The pujan was suggested to perform at a quiet place, with Pujan book while placing the Siddha Chakra Yantra with Vaskshepa, at the higher place. Many JSGD members attended this online Pujan.


Navpad Oli


Jains observe Festival of Navpad Oli, which lasts for nine days, twice a year. The first one falls in the bright fortnight of Ashwina month (September/October) and the second during the bright fortnight of Chaitra month.

It is exactly between Shukla Saptami (Seventh lunar day) to Purnima (Full moon day) in both Ashwina and Chaitra months. Navpad Oli starts in the middle of the Navratri, Hindu festival of India. Both of Navpad Oli falls among five Shaswata Atthais For Jains. The rest of three Atthai are Chaturmasik Athais

Jains performs Ayambil Tapa for nine days to salute these nine supreme posts in the universe. Ayambil is a special type of fast in that one eats only boiled grains that too once in a day. It is not permitted to add anything including salt/sugar/ oil to the boiled grains.

Science Behind the Navpad Oli


The earth moves around the sun and the duration of days and nights is constantly changing around the year. The duration of a day and night in India is almost equal during March-April and September-October. These are the days of Navapad Oli.

As the duration of days and nights are almost equal, nature lives in equilibrium in these days. These neither are scorching heat nor chill cold. These are also moderate seasons, perfectly suitable for worshiping supreme powers of the universe.

Navapad Oli in Chaitra comes at the beginning of summer and end of the winter. Similarly, Navapad Oli in Ashwina comes at the beginning of winter and the end of the summer.

Both seasons are crucial for our mental and physical health. Devotion and Navpad prayer keep us mentally healthy whereas Ayambil (fast) and other penance energize us to fight with diseases and keep us healthy physically.

Quote


The unenlightened takes millions of lives to extirpate the effects of karma whereas a man possessing spiritual knowledge and discipline obliterates them in a single moment.


- Bhagwan Mahavir


JAINA STORY : Six Dravyas - Part 3


A moment before death movements are perceptible in a living man but the moment after death nothing is perceived in the dead body. Death does not mean the annihilation of anything, soul or matter. It is only a separation of the outer body from the soul, which is still combined with two material but fine bodies, i.e. electric and karmic. It is only when the soul obtains liberation, that it becomes permanently pure and completely rid of all combined with the matter. By careful comparison, we can find a trace to the characteristic features of life and its differences from lifelessness.

Read previous articles here: Part 1 & Part 2

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