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JAINA Newsletter
 
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Dear Sadharmik brothers and sisters,
Pranam & Jai Jinendra!

JAINA is excited to announce new initiatives like the adoption of the new JAINA logo and the formation of an online JAINA University where various courses of Jainism will be offered without any fee or commercial interruptions.

JAINA has a need-based scholarship program to assist and encourage our students in furthering their college education. The URL https://tinyurl.com/JAINAStudentApp will be accepting applications from April 23, 2020 to June 4, 2020. Details of the program are available here.

Read an interesting article on Coronavirus in Global Village by Dr. Sulekh Jain and a Karma flowchart by Dr. Sulekh Jain and Parag Shah.

JAINA Education Committee is conducting online Workshops on Jainism every week. To attend it, please see the details given below.

Read below how various Jain Centers are meeting the challenges of Coronavirus.

Sign the Save Humanity Campaign petition below which will help in minimizing the probability of future pandemics like Coronavirus ( Covid-19 ) & ensure Global Bio-Safety.

Reminder: Beginning April 28, for 4 weeks, every Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 8:30 to 9:15 PM EST (5:30 -6:15 PM PST) JAINA will offer a short course on meditation in collaboration with ICC - Indian Circle for Caring of Boston. The course will be presented via ZOOM and given by Dr. Bindu J. Vyas, a certified Yoga teacher in Boston. Read Dr. Vyas Bio here. Limited spots are available. To sign up for the course, please Register Here. Please note we will confirm your reservation and send you a link to join on a zoom webinar by Sunday, April 26, 2020.

Sincerely,
Mahesh Wadher
JAINA President

New Logo and Online JAINA University

We are glad and excited to announce a couple of new initiatives by JAINA.

During the JAINA Executive Committee meeting on April 20, 2020, the EC approved a new updated and a colorful logo for JAINA. All future communications will carry this new logo.

Also, a resolution to create online courses on Jainism was unanimously adopted. The actual planning for this initiative began in October of 2019, long before coronavirus pandemic. The original idea to offer online courses was proposed by Dr. Jagdish Sheth at the 2015 JAINA Convention.

Preparations are underway to prepare the following courses:

  1. A set of 25 lectures on the Prakrit language course by Dr. Jagat Ram Bhattacharya of Jain Viswa Bharti, Shanti Niketan.
  2. A Set of 6 introductory lectures in English on various Jain subjects by Dr. Bipin Doshi and others that teach Diploma courses on Jainism at Mumbai University.
  3. A 25-lecture course on Tatvarth Sutra by Dr. Jitendra B Shah of Shrutratnakar Trust of Ahmedabad.

JAINA Online courses will be on a new separate JAINA educational portal. All the courses will be offered free of charge and without any commercial interruptions to anyone in the world who wishes to learn Jainism.

JAINA EC has allocated $4,800 towards the creation of the first six courses and additionally, three individuals have pledged to sponsor one lecture each. Many more sponsorship opportunities are available to JAINA members by sponsoring other individual lectures or the entire 25 lecture courses at $800.00 per lecture. JAINA will announce the names of the individual sponsors in the weekly newsletters until all the remaining 50 lectures are sponsored. Credit to the sponsor will appear at the beginning of each video lecture.

JAINA’s past President Dilip V. Shah of Philadelphia has been assigned the responsibility for creating a video recording of these courses.

JAINA Technology Committee will be in charge of creating the new platform for offering these courses. For sponsorship or volunteering opportunities, please write to jainauniversity@jaina.org.

JAINA Scholarship Program

We are glad to announce that JAINA has established a need-based scholarship program to assist and encourage our students in furthering their college education and in better connecting with youth. The URL https://tinyurl.com/JAINAStudentApp will be accepting applications from April 23, 2020, to June 4, 2020. More details are in the link below

CORONAVIRUS IN GLOBAL VILLAGE

Our past President Dr. Sulekh Jain has written an interesting article on Coronavirus in Global Village. The article says, During the last 200 years, due to advances in technology, travel, internet, and instant communication, the world had already become flat and truly a Global village. In a Global village, people care and share with each other and live happily. The recent Coronavirus has brought us even closer. The COVID-19 Pandemic does not see race, religion, color, caste, creed, language, or geographical border before striking and everyone is affected equally. It spares no one and is a great equalizer amongst rich and poor, weak or mighty, and ordinary or VVIPs. PM of U.K. Prince Charles, Hollywood Stars (Tom Hanks and his wife), famous Sports players TV newscasters ( to name just a few) and so many known and unknown people have been affected. It exacts a very death toll too. Read the whole article in the link below.

 
ONLINE JAIN WORKSHOPS BY JAINA EDUCATION COMMITTEE

JAINA Education Committee of North America has started Virtual WebEx Jain Workshop sessions starting last Wednesday, April 22nd. The same sessions will be held twice a week and you can join either of the two sessions at your convenience. Wednesday’s session will be repeated on the following Monday. All sessions will be in English with some explanation in Hindi.

Session Topics will range from:

Fundamental Religious Concepts in Jainism, Six Dravyas, Karma Philosophy, 9 Tattvas, 14 Gunsthanak, Concept of Punya-Paap, Anekantvad, Ashtang Yoga, Application of Karma philosophy in Daily Life, Jain History, Jain Literature, Jain Geography, World Religions, and many more.

The topic for this Wednesday (April 22nd) and Monday (April 27th) will be Fundamental Concepts in Jainism.

Session Timings:
On Wednesdays, it will be from 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM (EST)/ 6:30 AM -7:30 AM (IST)
On Mondays, it will be from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)/ 9:00 PM -10:00 PM (IST)


Please click here and read over WebEx Guidelines before joining the session. To Join Webex sessions, you may be required to download an appropriate application. You may be able to join the sessions in several ways.

Join all Wednesday Sessions via:

1) Clicking on Join Wednesday WebEx session
OR
2) Join directly from www.webex.com using the Meeting number: 791 788 663 | Meeting password: nQhMSgap482
OR
3) Join by Phone: +1-408-418-9388 USA Toll | Access code: 791 788 663

Join all Monday Sessions via:

1) Clicking on Join Monday WebEx session
OR
2) Join directly from www.webex.com using the Meeting number: 798 372 226 | Meeting password: mkWKNaDr553
OR
3) Join by Phone: +1-408-418-9388 USA Toll | Access code: 798 372 226

Karma Flow Chart

Understanding Karma in depth might be a little difficult for some people. For easy understanding, Dr. Sulekh Jain and Parag Shah of Houston have created the Karma flowchart. Look at the flowchart in the link below.

 
JAIN CENTERS - LATEST NEWS
Jain Center of America

During these difficult times, the Jain Center of America (NY) is striving to keep members engaged in religious activities. JCA along with YJA set up on-line classes for kids to resume their weekly pathshala. The center conducts five classes for different age groups each week. JCA has also set up on-line art classes to help kids spend their time productively at home and create something from their imagination. For the elders, they conduct a 24-Hours Bhaktamar Stotra Jaap, Pravachans, and Bhakti Bhavana with multiple scholars in India.

Lastly, for the overall well-being of their Sangh, they launched a program called JAP - JCA Action Plan, that will allow senior citizens who need help to make their requests heard, and JCA is collecting funds to specifically supply Jain food to nearby hospitals treating those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read their 4-pronged action plan to help our community-at-large in these challenging times


Jain Center of Las Vegas

Since the issue of stay-home order issued by the State of Nevada Governor, we at the Jain Center of Las Vegas organized the following activities:

For the last two weeks, JCLV had Swadhyay done through Zoom and included the group chanting of Namokar Mahamantra, Uvvasagaharam Stotra, 41st gatha of Bhaktamar Stotra, Stavans, Bhagwan Shantinath's Navkarvali, etc.


Jain Society of Pittsburgh

To keep the spirits up in this time of Coronavirus Pandemic, Jain Society of Pittsburgh is conducting various religious activities where all of the members can participate through video from their home.

Over the last three weeks, JSP is having video prayer meetings twice a week. They perform Jaap, Laghushanti Path, Uvasggharm Jaap, and Navkar Jaap. During Ayambil Oli, 100 devotees participated in a Siddha Chakra Pujan (shorter version) through video. Mahavir Janma Kalyanak was also celebrated by singing 3 Duhas describing Mahavir Swami’s birth from Snatra Puja, 3 Stavans, and Dhun to commemorate Bhagwan Mahavir.

 
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.

Mahendra & Jyoti Nanavati
New York
$ 1,000.00
Hasmukh Mithani
Virginia
$ 301.00
Mr. & Mrs. Rajparia
-
$ 200.00
Bindesh & Roopal Shah
-
$ 101.00
Kantilal & Aruna Shah
Oklahoma
$ 101.00
Shweta Jain
New Jersey
$ 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

JAINA is partnering with Gujarati Community of North America

Sunday, May 3rd, 2020 on TV AISA & YouTube – 2 hours non-stop entertainment for everybody

SCHEDULE FOR EVENT: 8PM ET TIME: 5 PM PT TIME

100% funds will go towards charity

Log in to the gujaratisocal.org

(A non- profit organization) donate today!

Program Organize by:

Pramod Mistry & Amit Pathak

Supported by:

B.U. Patel – President – GSSC

Mahesh Wadher – President – JAINA

Kanaksinh Zala

Dr. Vithhalbhai Dhaduk – President – SPCS

Vishnubhai Patel – Chairman –KP 42 Gam Samaj

Gujarati Samaj of New York New Jersey, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Washington, Los Angles & Many More Media Partner – TV AISA, INDIA WAST, GUJARAT TIMES.

For More Information Please Call:

Pramod Mistry : 21,610-5824
Mahesh Wadher :909-376-4027
Kanaksinh Zala : 818-644-2826
Dr. Vithal Dhaduk : 570-815-1627
Amit Pathak : 917-660.9460
Mahesh Patel : 510-502-0405 - President - SFO Gujarat Samaj
Harshad(Pakaii) Patel : 917-697-8820 -- President Gujarati samaj of New York
Hemant Brahmbhatt 732-552-6083- Chicago : Chirag Thakkar : 732-236.320.Atlanta

Donor of $10,000 or more will be recognized on all media

Donor of $5000 & More will be recognizes on TV during the program, This program will reach millions of Guajaratis all over the world by social media.

INSTEAD OF EACH SAMAJ DOING THEIR OWN FUND RAISING, LET US UNITE AND DO ONE BIG DONATION AS A ONE GUJARATI CONMUNR

We Thanks TV Asia for sponsoring this event

Jainacharya Yugbhushansuri's letter to Secretary General of United Nations Date: Apr 17, 2020 Category : Save Humanity

Today, the world is gripped with the devastating effects of “COVID-19”, A virus originated from 'Wildlife Contact'. This contact is the ultimate root cause of all of humanity's agony today. Many more such diseases are looming at the horizon, ready to take a leap at us at any point. *The only way to prevent a hazardous situation like this is to start practicing Distancing from Wildlife.

'Wildlife Contact' includes activities like 'hunting', 'poaching', 'wildlife trade', 'deforestation', 'dietary consumption', 'wildlife farming', 'encroachment', 'holding wild in enclosures as pets or for R&D purposes'.

This can be done by considering this contact as the most lethal and devastating mass destructive weapon than any other weapon. As for Nuclear and Biological weapons, the prohibition of this 'Contact' must be included as a part of the disarmament mission.

This can be achieved by either including stringent clauses of avoiding 'Wildlife Contact' in Bio-Weapon disarmament or otherwise. Unless this is done, Global Bio-Security of Humanity will never be assured

Read the full letter here.

*"Save Humanity"*
for *Global Bio-Security...*
Stop "Pandemics" by saving & Distancing from "Wildlife"
Join this *Global Movement...*
Read & Sign the *Petition* here.

 
QUOTE

There is no separate existence of God. Everybody can attain God-hood by making supreme efforts in the right direction.

- Bhagwan Mahavir

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