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Jai Jinendra!

JAINA EC, JAINA Convention Board and Jain Center of Southern California are excited to invite you to a 4-day JAINA Convention from July 4 - 7, 2019 in Los Angeles. Registration opens in August. It's a wonderful opportunity to explore 'Jain Religion in 21st Century' in Southern California. More details are below.

Hope you all had wonderful Mother's’ Day celebration.

Many religions believe in the Theory of Karma and yet the understanding and interpretation of the theory differs. Read about Jain Theory of Karma below and know how it differs from other karma theories.

YJA Convention 2018 preparation is going on in full swing. 730+ people have registered so far and still counting. Best wishes for the successful YJA Convention 2018.

Warm Regards,
Gunvant Shah
JAINA President


As the fire quickly consumes dry wood, even so an adept whose soul is equipoised and unattached causes the accumulated karma structure to disintegrate.

- Bhagwan Mahavir

Q 1: How many different types of Nirjaras are there?

Q 2: What is Akam Nirjara?

"All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother."

- Abraham Lincoln

Mother is not simply a word but it is a whole universe in itself. She is the most important person in everybody’s life. A mother has the ability to love selflessly. Even if her child reaches the age of fifty then also he will be a child in the eyes of a mother. God cannot be everywhere so he made mothers. Everybody’s life is incomplete without a loving mother.

Recently, Jain Temple of Virginia celebrated Mother’s Day by organizing a picnic and spending time with their lovely mothers. Here are some photographs from the event.


Karma is the fruit of one's desire-ridden actions. When actions are performed selfishly and egotistically, one becomes responsible for the consequences of one's actions. The Bhagavad Gita suggests that karma arises not only from the actions we perform but also from our desire for the fruit of such actions. Thus, intention plays an important role.

Belief in karma is common to Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. However, Jainism differs from the other two with regard to the nature and working of the principle of karma. Karma is more a process of self-correction rather than self-punishment. Its purpose is to bring perfection in the doer of actions through a gradual inner transformation.


Chana Dal Seekh Kebab

  • 1/2 cup chana dal
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 1/2 cups steamed raw banana slices
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cabbage
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped green chilies
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped mint leaves
  • 1/2 tsp dried ginger powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp chaat masala
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • salt to taste
  • oil for greasing and cooking
  • chaat masala for sprinkling
  1. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the chana dal and sauté on a slow flame for 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Cool slightly and grind the chana dal to a powder. Keep aside.
  3. Heat the remaining 2 tbsp of oil in the same pan, add the cabbage and sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the bananas, green chilies and mint leaves, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from the flame and blend in a mixer to a smooth paste without using any water.
  5. Combine the chana dal powder, raw banana paste, salt, dry ginger powder, chaat masala and garam masala and mix well.
  6. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and shape each portion into 75 mm.
  7. Heat a non-stick tava, grease it with oil and cook the kebabs on a medium flame using a little oil till they turn golden brown in colour from both the sides.
  8. Sprinkle some chaat masala evenly on the kebabs and serve immediately with green chutney.


Last month, YJP Dallas participated in the Jain Society of North Texas (JSNT) Career Workshop at the JSNT, which focused on the professional development of Jains through leadership development, resume writing, and one-on-one career counseling. The event was met with positive praise and featured many YJP Board members.

A 1: There are two different types of Nirjaras:
  1. Akam Nirjara
  2. Sakam Nirjara
A 2: The shedding of karmas by passive suffering is known as Akam Nirjara. For example: To fast when no food is available to eat. By Akam Nirjara it would take ages to get rid of karmas, which we have accumulated.
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