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JAINA Special Newsletter: Paryushan Mahaparva day - 7
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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Dear Sadharmik brothers and sisters,
Jai Jinendra!


Just last two days of Parvadhiraj Paryushan Parva are remaining. Hope you are in Sukh Shata, especially those who are fasting.

Today, let's understand the soul which makes a non-living body a living being.

JAINA will soon announce Paryushan tap anumodna of the tapasvis, by recognizing them in eNewsletter and on JAINA website. Read below how to send out Tapasvi details.

Sincerely,
Mahesh Wadher
JAINA President
SOUL/AATMA

What is Soul?
Where is it? What color is it?
What shape is it? Does it really exist?
If it does exist why do we not see the Soul?

Undoubtedly, we believe in the existence of matter. We can see it and detect it around us. We usually tend to believe only what we see, hear, feel, touch or smell. The presence of certain objects or phenomenon is, in many cases, beyond the scope of our senses. For example, we cannot see the air and electricity, but we realize their existence by their operations. Similarly, the existence of a soul or Atma can be realized by its operations. Jains believe that the difference between a living being and a nonliving object is that the living being has a soul and a nonliving object does not. The eternal question of “WHO AM I?” logically and spiritually establishes the existence of a soul. The distinguishing quality of the soul is consciousness (Chetana) i.e. awareness of existence, feelings, and thoughts.

The Inherent Qualities of the Soul are:

Infinite Knowledge (Anant Jnan)

The Soul is an ocean of intelligence. Potentially, the Soul is an ocean of knowledge. Nothing is hidden from the Soul. Nothing is unknown to the Soul.

Infinite Perception (Anant Darshan)

Just as the Soul knows everything, it sees, feels, and observes everything.

Infinite Happiness (Anant Sukh)

The Soul is never angry, mad, or sad. The natural state of a Soul is bliss.

Infinite Energy (Anant Virya)

When the Soul becomes non-attached, it has infinite power. In a pure Soul, there is infinite power and limitless capacity.

These inherent qualities of the soul do not come from outside. But karmic matter clouds and obscures these qualities and capabilities. Upon destruction and removal of the karmic bondage, the qualities of the soul shines forth. All souls are capable of attaining liberation (Moksha).


I AM A SOUL.
I LIVE IN A BODY.
I AM INVISIBLE.
I HAVE INFINITE POWER.
THE BODY AND I ARE TWO SEPARATE THINGS.
THE BODY CAN NOT SEE, THINK, OR FEEL WITHOUT ME.
QUOTE

All human beings are miserable due to their own faults, and they themselves can be happy by correcting these faults.


- Bhagwan Mahavir
PARYUSHAN TAP ANUMODNA

Khub Khub Anumodna to all the Tapasvis!

JAINA would be glad to recognize tapasvis, who have done below taps, in eNewsletter and JAINA website.
  • Adults (18+) : 8 or more Upvas
  • Youths ( Below 18 years) : 3 or more Upvas
To send a tapasvi details, please fill out this Anumodna Form.
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