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JAINA Newsletter:Jain Connect, 100 feet Statue of PARSHWANATH BHAGWAN, etc...
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Dear Sadharmik brothers and sisters,
Jai Jinendra!

JAINA has consolidated JAINA's past projects and committees of Jain Networking Forum (JNF) and Jain Milan into a new committee named Jain Connect. See details below.

Vadodara Municipal Corporation will install 100 feet statue of Parshwanath Bhagwan in Sama Pond. The project was proposed by Jain International Organization. See details below.

Mahesh Wadher
JAINA President


JAINA has consolidated JAINA's past projects and committees of Jain Networking Forum (JNF) and Jain Milan into a new committee named Jain Connect beginning this new term and appointed Piyush Gandhi of Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago, as a new Chairperson of Jain Connect. JAINA appreciates the contribution made by Purvin Vakharwala as a past Chair of Jain Milan.


Jain International Organization (JIO) had proposed to construct a 100-foot tall idol of Jain Tirthankar Lord Parshwanath in Sama pond, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. It's great news for Jain community that Vadodara Municipal Corporation cleared the proposal. This is the second such proposal cleared by the civic body this year. JIO will be funding the project and has proposed to come up with the idol after making an island in the pond. They will do the landscaping of the island and illuminate it too. The civic body will, however, have to seek a nod from the district collector regarding the project.


Does Jainism allow the usage of animals for medical research?

This is an important question that has very compelling perspectives for both sides, for and against the use of animals for medical research. Animals, from the fruit fly to the mouse, are widely used in research. From the perspective of the Jain principles, this question is straightforward, however, it can quickly become complicated in the current environment/lifestyle and also as we start hypothesizing scenarios.


Don't accumulate if you do not need. The excess of wealth in your hands is for the society, and you are the trustee for the same.

- Bhagwan Mahavir



Q 1: How can you get rid of the Antaraya karma?

A 1: Perform the charity. Give food and clothes or help sadhus, sadhvies, neighbours, friends or other living beings in need.

Q 2: What happens when you get rid of the Antaraya karma?

A 2: You become anant shakti, meaning capable of doing anything.



Summertime Retreat season is in full swing! Phase 1, discounted registration has ended for the Mid-Atlantic Summertime Retreat. Registration is still open for our Northeast Summertime Retreat, as well. You can register and find out more at



With the impending work week, school week or other obligations we have as young Jain professionals, Sunday nights can be a lot to deal with! With each coming week, we only get busier, and we often don’t take time to recognize how we’re feeling.

There is nothing wrong in asking for help! If you would like our help to combat the “Sunday Scaries,” sign up for our YJP Listening Sessions. You will be able to chat on the phone, free of judgment, with a YJP Board Member!

Break the silence. Tell them what’s on your mind, the YJP Board is here to listen and be supportive. Sign-up at


Paryushan/Das Lakshana is just around the corner and we would like to throw some light on why we celebrate the festival. Paryushan/Das Lakshana is the celebration of spiritual awareness. Unlike most other festivals which aim to bring people together, this Jain festival aims to take us nearer to our soul. This annual event occurs sometime in August or September. While Shvetambar Jains observe Paryushan for eight days, Digambar Jains observe it for ten days. The festival is a time for self-analysis and soul searching. During Paryushan/Das Lakshana, Jains exercise self-discipline and do penance to purify their souls to the best of their individual capacities.

Paryushan/Das Lakshana has been prescribed as part of the code of conduct for monks in the last section of the sacred Jain scripture, Kalpa Sutra. During the Parva, the monks stay in one place. This provides the householders with an opportunity to gain a deeper knowledge of Jainism from them. It is a fact that even if we make a serious effort to live within the framework of high moral standards, we cannot avoid mistakes due to the complexities and hardships of life. During the auspicious occasion, we Jains review our activities of the past year in light of the teachings of Jainism, forgive others for their mistakes, ask forgiveness from others and resolve to lead a spiritually cleaner life in the future. One of the great aphorisms to ask for forgiveness is:

Khamemi savva jive,
Savve jiva khamantu me
Mitti me savva bhooesu,
Veram majjha na kenai.
I grant forgiveness to all living beings,
May all living beings grant me forgiveness
My friendship is with all living beings,
My enmity is non-existent.
Let there be peace, harmony, and prosperity for all.


If you reside in New Jersey & New York, there is an accessibility to Jain meals to those who are willing but are unable to follow dietary restrictions during the auspicious "Paryushan Parv". You can register here to be added to their list.

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