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JAINA Newsletter:JAINA Essay Competition, JAINA Convention 2019, Appeal For Jivdaya etc.
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Jai Jinendra!

JAINA is hosting its first webinar, Fundamental of Jain Principles, on June 9, 2019. To join, kindly register yourself. Details are below.

This week, we have included an essay on "Jainism in the 21st Century" by Dr. Khyati Dhiren Chheda from Mumbai. Read her essay below.

Several districts of Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Rajasthan are facing severe drought conditions. Animals are not able to get water and fodder. JAINA Jivdaya committee requests your immediate help in this noble cause. Donation details are below.

JAINA Women’s Committee has organized a half day conference for women during JAINA Convention 2019. Details are below.

Jain Center of Southern California (JCSC) has organized a Shibir on Samyag Darshan from July 12-14, 2019, which will lead by Dr. Jitendra Shah from Ahmedabad. Details are below.

Warm Regards,
Gunvant Shah
JAINA President


Live and allow others to live; hurt no one; life is dear to all living beings

- Bhagwan Mahavir


JAINA is hosting its first Webinar! Taking out time to read or go to religious lectures is not possible at times, even though we wish to. Hence, JAINA is kicking-off the first webinar where you will learn about Jainism from basics just on your phone or computer without a hassle. Understanding the Fundamental of Jain Principles is the most basic way to learn about Jainism and its other theories. In this one-hour session, Pravin K. Shah will talk about the Fundamental of Jain Principles. Webex allows 200 people to join the session. Kindly register yourself for the webinar. Please note, joining will be on a first come first join basis.

Date: June 9, 2019
Time: 7:45 PM EST (Introduction) 8:00 PM EST (Session starts)
Topic: Fundamental of Jain Principles
Speaker: Pravin K. Shah

When it's time for webex, join the Meeting.


Dr. Khyati Dhiren Chheda from Mumbai writes about "Jainism in the 21st century"...

“Jainism is an Indian religion, teaching a path to spiritual purity through disciplined nonviolence (ahimsa) to all living creatures. It is amazing to see because of omniscience, how the Tirthankaras could visualize the structure of the universe from micro to macro level without the aid of any modern day instruments and research. It is as relevant today as it was then.” She further throws light on how Jain way of life is important in the 21st century to solve many of our health, environmental, ecological, economical and violence related problems. Read her whole essay in the below link...


JAINA Women’s Committee has organized a half day conference for women, Empowerment through cruelty free Living, during JAINA Convention 2019 on July 5, from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM. There will be a Fashion show of Vegan products.

  • Be a leader of Ahimsak lifestyle, advance in your spiritual journey and help reduce carbon footprints.
  • Be the 21 st century woman. Look and feel younger with vegan cosmetics, use fashionable vegan clothes, shoes, belts, purses etc.
  • Enrich your knowledge about vegan vitamins, shampoos, soaps, hair products and household cleaning products.

Experts and scholars will talk about how to integrate Jain way of life with 21st century living.


Kutch Saurashtra - Gujarat, and several districts of Maharashtra and Rajasthan are facing severe conditions of draughts. Animals are not able to get water and fodder. Conditions are very dreadful and need immediate financial help.

JAINA Jivdaya committee has significantly helped in 2017 flood relief in north Gujarat and donated in two years of 2017-2018 approximately $ 94000 as follows:

JAINA Jivdaya Donations 2017 2018
Fund Distribution India $67,260 $16,556
Fund Distribution USA $6,000 $4,500

Cost of providing 10 tons of green fodder is Rs. 35000 -40000, dry fodder is Rs. 75000 -85000 and providing water through tanker is Rs. 1000 – 2500, depending upon the location.

JAINA Jivdaya committee is helping these efforts by providing $25000 for water and fodder through Samast Mahajan in Maharashtra and Rajasthan, and through Wankaner Panjarapoles in Saurashtra Kutch. Jivdaya committee request you for immediate help for noble cause. You can directly donate on JAINA website for Jivdaya donation here and/or send a check to JAINA Jivdaya (mailing address – 5308 E. 80th Place, Tulsa, OK 74136 USA).

Please contact Ketan Sheth –, +1 918 812 7801 for details.


Jain Center of Southern California (JCSC) has organized a Shibir on Samyag Darshan led by Dr. Jitendra Shah from Ahmedabad, India from July 12-14, 2019 (Friday- Sunday). The language will be Gujarati. This is the first shibir of this kind to be held in the USA. Dr. Jitendra Shah has conducted over 25 such shibirs all over India with over 6,500 attendees so far.

In the Shibir, Dr. Shah will talk on "Is it possible to attain 'Moksha' in the present time from where we are (Bharat Kshetra)?" If not, how can someone pursue and achieve Samyaktva now and here? Are any/all the religious practices pursued before attaining Samyktva, useful at all or are they worthless? What should and could be the least yet attainable spiritual goal for all Jains? Is the true faith in Jainism called Samyaktva or 3 Atma Anubhuti (Swanubhuti) the true Samyaktva?

Shibir Venue: Jain Center of Southern California.
Read more details on the Shibir.
Kindly register yourself for the Shibir as limited seats are available.
For queries, contact Narendra Maniar 562-761-3738



Dallas and New Jersey are the top 2 locations for the 2020 YJA Convention! YJA will reveal the final location soon, stay tuned!

Interested in leading the team that will host the greatest Convention yet? Let them know if you plan to apply for the 2019-2020 YJA Executive Board Co-Chair positions by filling out this interest form.

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