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Jai Jinendra!

Thank you for the amazing response to JAINA essay competition and for sending your entries. As we are still receiving many entries, we have extended the date to May 21, 2019. Please make sure you send your essay to by May 21st.

The International Ahimsa Foundation and JAINA celebrated birth anniversaries of Bhagwan Mahavir (2618th) and Mahatma Gandhi (150th) at India Consulate, New York. JAINA had co-sponsored the event. Read more about it below.

Read below about various activities at different Jain Centers.

Now on, we will publish a question answer from the JAINA Education Committee’s blog, which will teach us Jainism in a very easy way. Read the first question answer below.

Warm Regards,
Gunvant Shah
JAINA President


Just as fire is not quenched by the fuel and the ocean by thousands of rivers, similarly no living being is satisfied even with all the wealth of all the three worlds.

- Bhagwan Mahavir


Q 1: What are the five senses and how are they defined in Jainism? How do the five senses play a role in determining our actions/intentions from violence point of view?

A 1: The five senses are Touch, Taste, Smell, Sight, and Hearing.

Senses possessed by living beings Examples of living beings with these senses
1 sense - Touch Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Plants
2 senses - Touch and Taste Worms, Shell
3 senses - Touch, Taste and Smell Ants, Black Ants, Lice
4 senses - Touch, Taste, Smell and Sight Flies, Bees, Wasps
5 senses - Touch, Taste, Smell, Sight and Hearing Humans, Animals, Birds

The Jain literature indicates that a living being with a higher number of senses possesses higher faculties of knowledge (Gyan). The faculty of knowledge increases in the order of touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing.

Among the five sense living beings, grown-up human beings possess a fully developed mind and human beings are the only ones who can do meditation and ultimately attain self-realization and liberation...


"An Exciting Unique experience for Women"
Friday July 5, 2019 1:00pm to 4:30pm

  • Distinguished keynote speaker Ingrid Newkirk-President-PETA International-Animal Cruelty and Vegan alternates
  • Renowned Jain Scholar-Dr. Kusum Jain-Ex Dean Jaipur University-India- Integrating vegan living in 21st Century Jain Way of Life
  • Well known experts and dealers of Vegan products will speak about vegan clothing, cosmetics, hair and skin care and household cleaning products – See and feel the products and interact with the experts
  • A mini fashion Show to conclude the session


The International Ahimsa Foundation USA celebrated “A Message of Lord Mahavir” on his 2618th birth anniversary and also commemorated the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, at the Consulate General of India premises, in New York, on May 7, 2019. The event was cosponsored by JAINA.

Over 200 guests attended the event, including Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Professor Lawrence A. Babb of Amherst College, Assemblyman David Weprin, New York State Senators John Liu, and Kevin Thomas, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. From JAINA, Gunvant Shah - JAINA President, Mahesh Wadher - First VP, Haresh Shah, Rajeev Pandya, Jigar Shah and Harshad Shah had attended the event with their respective spouses.

The Dignitaries spoke about the Lord Mahavir, Mahatma Gandhi, and their principles respectively. The guests were entertained by cultural performances by artists and performers. The program concluded with a Jain Dinner for all guests.


We are thankful for your amazing response and sending out your entries for the essay competition. As we are still receiving many entries, we have extended the date to May 21, 2019. Please make sure you send your essay on Jainism in 21st Century to by above date. Entries received after that won’t be considered. The best story will be published in JAINA newsletter and at

  1. Age: No bar
  2. Articles should be in English language and a maximum of 400 words long in a word file.
  3. Writing style must be clear and easy to understand.
  4. Please write your name, address and phone number along with the story. An essay is welcomed from anywhere in the world.


Jain Center of Central Ohio

Jain Center of Central Ohio celebrated Bhagwan Mahavira Janma Kalyanak on May 4th in a very unique way, where over 35 kids from pathshala participated in the program.

Ever wondered what is Golf Course of Life? Yamaraj and Chitragupt came to Columbus, Ohio to enlighten with some of the aspects of life that we possibly ignore or take it for granted. Jainism has defined 18 sin (Papasthan) that describe the types of acts one can be careful about. These are the acts in which one can get involved knowingly or unknowingly, causing harm to self and/or others. Awareness of these sins helps in making the right choice for the decisions one makes. Making the right choices helps attain eternal peace and lightens the path to salvation.

The kids walked through the 18 sin holes in the golf course of life. They participated in 18 small dramas, depicting each sin, in a real-life scenario, as the audience watched them through the eyes of Chitragupt and Yamaraj. They had about 20 volunteers who had been working hard to put this program together. It was a great way to learn about the 18 sins and the 10 virtues that help overcome the sins. The program ended with distributing trophies to all participants and dinner.

Jain Society of Central Florida

On April 28th, 2019, more than 300 Jains in the Orlando area attended the Mahavir Janma Kalyanak 2019 celebrations at Jain Society of Central Florida. The program started with the Navkar Mantra by the JSOCF pathshala students and the teachers. A variety of beautiful dances, skits, a creative Jain rap song, and other items were performed by students agre from 5 and under. They demonstrated the Jain religion, the way of life, how to minimize our Karmas, and how our life is affected by our actions.

Also, vimochan of the book “JSOCF – Past, Present, and Future” written by Rajendra Mehta was done. This book describes the history of the temple, Jain religion and description of Tirthankars, Dev Devies, Nav Grahs, 10 Dikpals, 16 Vidhya Devies and Four tirth pats. The program was followed by Swami Vatsalya Bhojan.

JAINA appreciates and gives Anumodna to all the kids and volunteers for their efforts and making it successful.

Jain Center of Southern California

On April 27, Mina Choksi was invited to speak at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London about “Art with Jain Virtues” as an Ambassador for Kala Circle. It was initiated at the Jain Center of Southern California in Buena Park to connect with the community and become emissaries to manifest the Jain Virtues with the Immersive Art Medium.



In April 2019, YJP Miami celebrated and volunteered during the Mahavir Jayanti and Dhwaja Ceremonies at the Jain Center of South Florida (JCSF). At this event, the Southeast Regional Coordinator Arpit Mehta addressed the sangh members of upcoming YJP activities and initiatives, their newly launch newsletter YJPerspectives, and opportunities on how to get involved.

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