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JAINA Newsletter : Tribute to Gurudev Chitrabhanuji, COVID-19 Poem, Coronavirus Webinar, etc..
JAINA Newsletter


PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Dear Sadharmik brothers and sisters,
Pranam & Jai Jinendra!

On April 19, 2020, it's been a year since Gurudev Chitrabhanuji's soul left his body and started the divine journey. JAINA requests you all to observe silence for two minutes with your family and pay tribute to Gurudev Chitrabhanuji.

JAINA gives Anumodna to all the Tapasvis and hopes VarshitapTapasvi’s, who must have broken their year-long fasting on AkshayTritya, are in Sukh-Sata. Read below the story behind the importance of AkshayTritya, the day when Bhagwan Adinath broke his 400 days of fasting with Sugarcane juice.

A young Jain Professional, Ms. Mayuri Bhandari, has created a video where she sings her self-written poem about ecology and the environment during COVID-19. Watch her beautiful work below.

Those who could not attend Dr. Manoj Jain’s webinar on Coronavirus on April 23, 2020, can watch, download, and even share from the link given below.

We have received many good reviews of the JAINA meditation seminars offered by Dr. Bindu Vyas in collaboration with Indian Circle for Caring of Boston on Tuesday and Thursdays at 8:30 PM on ZOOM platform. If you wish to join, Please register here. Please note we will confirm your reservation and send you a link to join for a ZOOM Webinar.

Do not miss Karona-Dan event on May 3rd at 5 pm PST and 8 pm EST. See the details below.

Sincerely,
Mahesh Wadher
JAINA President

Remembering Gurudev Shri Chirtabhanuji
On April 19, it’s been a year to when Gurudev Chitrabhanuji's soul left his body. JAINA EC observed silence for two minutes on April 20, 2020, at the beginning of the EC meeting to pay tribute to Gurudev Chitrabhanuji. JAINA requests you to observe silence for two minutes with your family.

Shri Chandraprabh Sagarji Maharaj whom we lovingly know as Gurudev Chitrabhanuji was one of the co-founders of JAINA - which represents all Jains without distinction of sects or the region. His departure will always remain irreparable loss to JAINA and the entire Jain Community around the world.

Let’s remember the Gurudev once again by reading about his life journey and listening to ‘Maitri Bhaav Nu Pavitra Zarnu’ which was written by the Gurudev himself and sung for the first time by the Bollywood singer, Mukesh.

JAINA Online University
As announced in last week’s newsletter, JAINA is preparing online lectures on Jainism for what we hope will become JAINA Online University. The first course we are getting ready to start recording (soon after lockdown is lifted in India) is a 25-lecture course on Prakrit language. For the importance of Prakrit language to study of Jainism, please read article by Professor Kamal Chand Soghani here.

You can sponsor one or more lectures on Prakrit or Tatvarth Sutra (25 lectures) each. As announced last week JAINA has sponsored the first 6 lectures.

We are very happy to acknowledge the following individuals who have offered to sponsor one or more lectures at $800.00 each.

Mahesh Wadher -California
Pravin K Shah – North Carolina
Arvin Shah - Michigan
Golecha family - California
Dr. Nitin Shah – California
Siddhrath Dalal – New Jersey
Pankaj Shah – Massachusetts
Mr. Chandra Lunia -Florida

If you would like to sponsor a lecture, or need more information please write to: jainauniversity@jaina.org.
‘Thank You, COVID-19’ - A Poem by A Jain Professional
Please watch this beautiful video on ecology and environment with an appropriate poem written and sung by Ms. Mayuri Bhandari, a young Jain Professional with several degrees and accomplishments from Loyola Marymount University and other places.

Mayuri has attended International School for Jain Studies in India, is a highly acclaimed dancer in Indian art, a great speaker and so much more. Her family is part of Jain Irrigation Company in Jalgaon in Maharashtra, India, which has done so much good work with agriculture in India. She is also cited in the new Forum on Religion and Ecology essay on Jainism.

A Webinar On Coronavirus by Dr. Manoj Jain
On April 23, 2020, Dr. Manoj Jain conducted a webinar on Coronavirus. If you have missed it or want to re-watch here’s the recorded video, Coronvirus Webinar, which you can download and even with others.

Please contact Dr. Nitin Shah at nitinshahmd@gmail.com if you have any further questions or concerns.
Swetambar Agams On JAINA e-Library
Jain muni, Pujya Shri Agam Divakar Dr. Deepratna-sagarji has dedicated his entire life to the service of Jain Literature. He has compiled 537 Agam related literature & 85 books of Non-Aagam literature, in printed as well as soft copy. JAINA Education committee is very thankful to Muni Shri Agam Divakar Dr. Deepratna-sagarji for his total support to make all his literature available on www.jainelibrary.org. Know more about this Know more about this list of Aagams, dictionary and other work here.
Online Jain Workshops by JAINA Education Committee - Reminder
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 read the 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
Jain center - latest News


Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington contributed towards COVID-19 food donation, which they called it Neighbor Helping Neighbors. JSMW had originally planned that 40-45 families will distribute the food, but finally 86 families distributed which came to 688 meals! Each box contained, 5lb rice, pasta, canned vegetables, beans, peanut butter, and pretzel bags and four facemasks. JSMW is grateful to all the donors and volunteers who came during the pandemic and supported the event.

It was announced that JSMW will have a doctor and CPA on-site if anyone needs help beyond the food they can discuss with those professionals. JSMW thanks to Dr. Pavan Zaveri and Satishbhai Shah for these efforts. The Center is ready for the next run on May 8th. This time JSMW will try to go to vegan meals.
Importance of Akshay Tritya
For Jains,AkshayTritya/Akha Teej is the day when all VarshitapTapasvi's shall have Parana’s with Sugarcane juice after their tap of 400 Days. BhagwanRishabhdev did it with 400 Upvas's but has been kind enough on us to provide us a way to do it with Upvas on Alternate days with Biyasna's on other alternate days &Balas (2 Upvas's) in between when upvas days are followed by Tithi's so all Varshitaptapasvi's do more than 220 Upvas's.

Quote
Start the practice of self-control with some penance; begin with fasting.

- Bhagwan Mahavir

JAINA is partnering with Gujarati Community of North America

Sunday, May 03, 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 jaina.org

(A non- profit organization) donate today!

Program Organized by:

Pramod Mistry & Amit Pathak

Supported by:

B.U. Patel – President – GSSC

Mahesh Wadher – President – JAINA

Kanaksinh Zala

Harshad (Pakaji) Patel - Gujarati Samaj of New York

Shree Jalaram Mandir - Chicago

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

Connecticut & Many More

Media Partner – TV ASIA, INDIA WAST, GUJARAT TIMES.

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

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

 

We Thank TV Asia for sponsoring this event

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

YJP Update
Quarantine has kept us indoors, but have we really visited the world within?
Join YJP for a retreat of the mind, a mental reset with a Yoga and Pranayama session. Please reserve your spot here: https://bit.ly/2yQbgtW.
YJA Update
YJA Adult Volunteer Coordinator Convention Committee is holding a discussion session on May 9th, 2020 with prospective adult volunteers and parents and wanted to include a blurb for it in the newsletter. The details are as follows:

YJA is hosting a virtual session for parents and prospective adult volunteers geared around the question: “What practices should we start, stop, and continue at home, in our mandir/local sangh, and across the nation in order to better pursue the principles of Jainism?" on Saturday, May 9th at 3 pm CST.

The Zoom link for the virtual session can be found here: https://bit.ly/YJA-Parents-Design-Thinking-Session and the password to join is 7DeYGA. YJA would love to hear your thoughts on this topic and hopes to see you there!

Please feel free to reach out at volunteer.dtx@yja.org with any thoughts, questions, or concerns.

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