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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Dear Sadharmik brothers and sisters,
Jai Jinendra!

I hope you are all in sukh-sata and had a spiritually uplifting Navpad Oli with your family.

JAINA appreciates how Jain Centers are finding ways to interact with their members.

Jain Center of Southern California has received pledges worth $74,000 towards Coronavirus humanitarian funds and using it to provide food and groceries to needy people.

Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago organized Aaradhna for Ayambil Oli, and published the pravachans online. The center is also having online Yoga sessions.

Members of Jain Center of Greater Phoenix illuminated candles, diyas, used mobile/computer light to offer prayers on the evening of Mahavir JanmaKalyanak. Read more about all three Jain Center activities below.

Read an interesting article of Perspective on COVID -19 through the Jain Philosophy.

During this difficult time, YJA is working hard to help local people. Currently, they are co-organizing online pathshala sessions with Jain Centers.

Sincerely,
Mahesh Wadher
JAINA President

Jain Centers - latest News 

Jain Center of Southern California 

Jain Center of Southern California appreciates your generous donations to help the needy people affected by this pandemic. So far JCSC has received pledges worth $76,000 towards Coronavirus Humanitarian Funds. They have immediately started providing food and groceries to needy people, educational supplies including chrome books and medical support. Community members have participated wholeheartedly as volunteers to reach out to needy people in the JCSC community and surrounding neighborhood. JCSC celebrated Mahavir JanmKalyanak including Bhavna Bhakti with a live broadcast and will continue weekly Bhavna Bhakti with a live broadcast.

JCSC urges you to follow safe practices including Prayers, social distancing, frequent hand washing, adequate hydration and rest to stay safe and healthy.

Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago 

Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago had relay Ayambil Aaradhana and Ayambil Oli Aaradhana. During the Ayambil Oli, the center offered online Pravachans by Smt. Rupaben Shah and released 2 videos each day, one in the morning and another in the evening.

JSMC is also having live yoga sessions, where many members are participating.

Jain Center of Greater Phoenix 

Jain Center of Greater Phoenix brought together its members by resonating with Shri Narendra Modiji's initiative of offering prayers on the evening of Mahavir Janma Kalyanak.

The objectives of the prayer were to spread love to all who are impacted due to this disturbance, heal the ones who are suffering, and support everyone who is helping fight this pandemic. JCGP members turned off their lights for 20 minutes, starting 8:55 pm on Sun, April 5, 2020, and lit candles, diyas or used mobile light to offer their prayers.
Perspective on COVID-19 Through the Jain Philosophy 

Today the entire world is engulfed in a global crisis of historical proportions known as COVID-19. As of this writing, the global spread has surpassed 1 million people with over 50,000 deaths in 180+ countries around the world. What initially started as a regional health crisis has now turned out to be a global pandemic and global economic catastrophe with millions of people losing their means of livelihood.

For many, it’s a crisis of lifetime staring in an abyss of destruction, nothingness, disappointment, and shattered dreams. Whatever people have built, created or developed over many years of hard work appears to suddenly collapse or face a potentially dire threat, one from which they feel cannot recover or repair. This is the mother of all crises, which is testing humanity’s collective will and resolve to fight off the disease. Here, a key question emerges as to how to process and digest this unthinkable human and economic catastrophe?

Jain Dharma has, for many centuries, offered a path of understanding life, its meaning, existential purpose and much more. At such critical juncture, it would serve us well to know, understand and reflect on
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CORONAVIRUS RELIEF FUND APPEAL DONATIONS RECEIVED  

The Jaina World Community Services Committee thanks your generosity and deeply appreciates your partnership in helping the needy at this critical time.

Pratik Jhaveri
Missouri
$ 2,951.00
Mahendra Bhandari
-
$ 500.00
Jigar Shah
Tennessee
$ 300.00
Nilesh Shah
Maryland
$ 251.00
Ami & Jatin Shah
Virginia
$ 250.00
Dipak & Vishakha Jhaveri
Illinois
$ 250.00
Becky Kleinschmidt
Michigan
$ 201.00
Jayanti Shah
Pennsylvania
$ 201.00
Prabhudas and Chandrika Lakhani
-
$ 200.00
Dinesh Shah
New York
$ 101.00
Sharad Jain
Illinois
$ 101.00
Heena Seth
California
$ 101.00
Hemanshu Badani
California
$ 101.00
Sheela Shah
Texas
$ 101.00
Uma Parekh
-
$ 100.00
Vijay Shah
California
$ 100.00
Suryakant Shah
Newfoundland and Labrador
$ 100.00
Aagam Aahana Shah
Connecticut
$ 100.00
Jignasas Gadani
Maryland
$ 100.00
Malay Shah
Illinois
$ 100.00
Rajul Shah
Georgia
$ 100.00
Arvind & Kalavati Shah
New York
$ 100.00
Sahil Dharamsi
Virginia
$ 100.00
Kamlesh Parekh
Virginia
$ 100.00
Tanvi Shah
Pewaukee
$ 100.00
Viney and Sunita Jain
-
$ 100.00
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/educational projects selected by the World Community Service Committee & executed once the relief operations end and rehabilitation work begins.

Please make your tax-deductible contribution through JAINA at the link below.
Corona Donation
SPECIAL YOGA & BREATHING EXERCISE FOR THE BENEFIT OF HUMAN WELFARE

Learn this special Yoga and breathing exercise that will protect you against Coronavirus. The exercise is taught by Arun Yogiji, a disciple of Acharya Roopchandraji Maharaaj. Protect your life practicing the technique in the video and please share it with everyone for the benefit of human welfare.

- Bhagwan Mahavir

Quote 

External renunciation is meaningless if the soul remains fettered by internal shackles.

- Bhagwan Mahavir

Local Representative Spotlights

While YJA has put its regional and local events on hold for the time being, they are excited to bring you new opportunities and ways to stay involved over the next few weeks. YJA will be organizing online YJAxReflect book club meetings, webinars related to college lifestyle & admissions, virtual Google Meet calls, nightly prayers, and much more.

At the local level, Jain Sanghs and temples have been greatly impacted by COVID-19, as well.,YJA has been actively working with Pathshala teachers across the nation to make Jain education accessible by setting up their classes online through Google Meet. So far, YJA has helped set-up online classes for the following Sanghs:

Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago
Jain Center of America
Jain Society of Houston
Jain Sangh of PA/NJ/DE
Jain Society of Greater Detroit
Jain Center of Cincinnati-Dayton
Jain Society of North Texas
Jain Samaj of USA
Jain Center of New Jersey - Gujarati Classes

Need help getting your Sangh’s classes online or want to learn more about their online programs? Email to events@yja.org.

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