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JAINA Newsletter:Jain Centers News, Theory of Karma, YJP Update
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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Dear Sadharmik brothers and sisters,
Pranam & Jai Jinendra!

JAINA will have its annual BOD meeting at Siddhachalam from November 8-10, 2019.

Read how Jain Society of Central Florida celebrated Paryushan and Das Lakshana Parva 2019. See details below.

Atlantic City Hindu/Jain Temple is celebrating the 11th annual Kali Chaudas puja/havan. Details given below.  

Sincerely,
Mahesh Wadher
JAINA President

JAIN SOCIETY OF METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON - SHILANYAS

Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington will be celebrating once-in-a-life-time, opportunity of Shilanyas on October 5th and 6th, 2019.

What is Shilanyas?
Shilanyas is an important ritual performed prior to starting construction of new Shikharbandhi Jain Temple. Shilas (marble slabs) will be laid under Ghabhara, Sthanak, Upashray and other Murties with Ashtaprakari Pooja and chanting of holy mantras to invoke divine blessings of all celestial beings. This ritual is performed to create a solid foundation base for the new temple without any hindrance or negative influence.

Various Labhs for the Shilanyas Mahotsav and event details are available on our website at https://www.jsmw.org/shilanyas.

Watch a virtual walkthrough video of our beautiful New Temple at https://www.jsmw.org/new-temple

THE THEORY OF KARMA SERIES

The whole universe is packed with fine karmic material particles. Only when they get attracted towards the soul through its activity and stick to it, they are designated as karma. The karmic material particles bound with the soul are called Dravya Karma, while the internal mental state of attachment, aversion, etc. are called Bhav Karma. The soul in its impure and perverse state is the doer of Bhava karma as also of Dravya karma. Bhav karma causes Dravya karma and Dravya karma causes Bhav karma. They are mutually related as cause and effect, just as the seed and the sprout are.

Why do some people are successful in life and others are not? Why some are rich and some are poor? Why do some suffer and others enjoy life? Why some children are good in studies and others are not? Why do some live longer while others die at a young age? Why some people are healthy and fit throughout life and others suffer severe disease.

The answer to all of these questions is the effect of our karma. The theory of karma explains the role that karma plays in our lives, how we accumulate karma, and how we get rid of them.

At the time of bondage of karmas to the soul, four characteristics of karmas are decided. They are ;

  1. Prakriti bandh(Nature)
  2. Sthiti bandh(Duration)
  3. Anubhag bandh(Intensity)
  4. Pradesh bandh(quantity)
JAIN CENTER NEWS

Jain Society of Central Florida

Jain Society of Central Florida (JSOCF) (JSOCF) celebrated the Paryushan Parv 2019 under the presence of Dr. Paurik Shah. There was daily seva/puja at the derasar, Sapna Darshan of Trishla Mata, Mahavir Janma Vaanchan. Samvatsari Pratikraman was performed on the final day of the Paryushan. Kids performed Pratikraman in English. The center had organized daily Ekasana during the 8 days of Parushan and Paarnas for all the tapasvis after Paryushan.

Das Lakshana Parv 2019 was celebrated with Abhishek, Dev Shahstra Puja, Laghu Pratikraman and Aarti everyday, and Samvatsari Bruhat Pratikraman on the final day.

On September 14th, JSOCF celebrated the 6th Annual Dhwaja raising ceremony of Anila Vijay Poonai Tirth under the guidance of vidhikar Shri Narendrabhai Nandu and on September 21st, JSOCF members took the annual Chaitya Paripati.

Atlantic City Hindu/Jain Temple

Atlantic City Hindu/Jain Temple invites you to celebrate 11th Annual Kali Chaudas Pujan & Havan of Shree Ghantakarna Mahavir Bhagwan on October 27, 2019. For more details, click here.

VARDHAM SANSKAR DHAM

Vardham Sanskar Dham conducts Jivraksha and Jivdaya Abhiyaan, where they help freeing animals from slaughterhouses and court them to panjrapoles safely. For donation details and to know more about their activities, click here.

JAIN STORY: SABSE SUNDAR KAY HAI?

KING SHRENIK'S DESTINY

Once, in response to King Shrenik’s question about his next birth, Bhagawan Mahavir stated that he will go to hell. On further inquiry as to the reason, Bhagawan Mahavir pointed out the following incident by which King Shrenik had acquired that type of Ayushya karma.

Once the King had gone hunting. He spotted a fleeing deer. The King spurred his horse and pursued it. Ultimately he located it taking a rest under a tree. He wielded his arrow with all his might. The arrow pierced the body of the deer thereby killing the deer as well as the unborn child in its body, but after coming out, the arrow pierced the trunk of the tree and came out on its other side. Instead of feeling regret for the violence, the King felt proud and highly elated at his powers. The feeling of too much arrogance for the gross violence caused him to acquire karma leading to an infernal life.

QUOTE

Anger begets more anger, and forgiveness and love lead to more forgiveness and love.

- Bhagwan Mahavir

YJP UPDATE

On September 13, 2019, YJP officially launched a new chapter in Edmonton, Alberta, the first of its kind in the city. The group gathered at Padmanadi, a Jain/Vegan-friendly restaurant known for its captivating art and delicious cuisine. This is a proud moment for our organization and for all Jains, as it is a testament to their growing presence in new cities. They celebrate YJP Edmonton and look forward to great things to come from this chapter!

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