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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


Dear Sadharmik brothers and sisters,
Pranam & Jai Jinendra!

We are very sorry to learn that we have lost our two dear scholars - Shri Rajnibhai and Shri Anand Jain. On behalf of JAINA, I extend deepest condolence to their families and the Jain community of North America.

Jain Education & Research Foundation invites you to the seventh Bhagwan Mahavir Nirvan lecture on "The Basic Principles of Jainism and Crime Prevention”. Details given below.

Read how Jain Study Center of North Carolina celebrated Paryushan 2019 and about their recent Camp Lalit.

Under the theory of Karma series, let us learn about the five causes of Karmic bondage in this newsletter.

Sincerely,
Mahesh Wadher
JAINA President

SHRADDANJALI TO OUR SCHOLARS - SHRI RAJNIBHAI AND SHRI ANAND JAIN


The Jain community of North America has lost two of our very dear scholars Shri Rajnibhai and Shri Anand Jain. They have been pillars of Jain Center of Charlotte NC , Jain Sangh of NJ (South) center and Canada centers respectively. Their contribution to our Jain Centers is unforgettable, be it Pravachana or Guidance during Paryushana/Das Lakshana.

JAINA pays shraddhanjali to Shri Rajnibhai and Shri Anandbhai and extends deepest condolences to their families and the Jain community of North America.


JERF SEVENTH BHAGWAN MAHAVIR NIRVAN LECTURE


Jain Education & Research Foundation (JERF) invites you to the seventh Bhagwan Mahavir Nirvan lecture on "The Basic Principles of Jainism and Crime Prevention by Suman Kakar on October 21, 2019, at Florida International University. For more details on the event, click here For registration, mail to jerfmiami@gmail.com or call at 305-348-7266.

JAIN CENTER NEWS



Jain Study Center of North Carolina observed Paryushan from Aug 24-31. The occasion was celebrated with Puja on first and last Saturday, Bhavna Bhakti on 29th and 30th and Pratikraman held at various host locations.




JSCNC (Jain Society of Charlotte, NC) had a successful Camp Lalit on September 28-29, 2019. The event was one of a kind experiences for adults and kids. camping with Jain food, hiking, games for adults and kids and overnight fun for everyone. They also had graceful guidance of Samani Malay Pragyaji & Samani Neeti Pragyaji, who led them in several discourses, with the theme "I am the creator of my own destiny." Their sessions around Jain philosophy as well as how to keep our mind and body fit with meditation and exercises is something to practice every day.

KARMA SERIES


THE 5 CAUSES OF KARMIC BONDAGE


  1. Mithyatva (Irrationality and a deluded world view) - The deluded world view is the misunderstanding as to how this world really functions on account of one-sided perspectives, perverse viewpoints, pointless generalizations, and ignorance.
  2. Avirati (non-restraint or a vow less life) - Avirati is the inability to refrain voluntarily from the evil actions, that harm oneself and others. The state of avirati can only be overcome by observing the 12 minor vows (5 Anu-Vrats, 3 Guna-vrats and 4 Siksha-Vrats ) for a layman.
  3. Pramada (carelessness and laxity of conduct) - This third cause of bondage consists of absentmindedness, lack of enthusiasm towards acquiring merit and spiritual growth, and improper actions of mind, body, and speech without any regard to oneself or others.
  4. Kasaya (passions or negative emotions) - The four passions-anger, pride, deceit, and greed are the primary reason for the attachment of the karmas to the soul. They keep the soul immersed in the darkness of delusion leading to deluded conduct and unending cycles of reincarnations.
  5. Yoga (activities of mind, speech, and body) - Each cause pre-supposes the existence of the next cause, but the next cause does not necessarily pre-suppose the existence of the previous cause. A soul is able to advance on the spiritual ladder only when it is able to eliminate the above causes of bondage one by one.

GAUTAM BUDDHA'S ANIMATED LIFE STORY


QUOTE


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


- Bhagwan Mahavir

YJA UPDATE


YJA 2020 is just around the corner! If you are interested in spearheading the planning process for the 2020 YJA Convention in Dallas, apply to be a Convention Committee Co-Chair at bit.ly/dallascochair!

Visit yja.org/cc for Convention Committee Co-Chair descriptions and requirements, as well as to learn about other ways to be involved in the Convention Committee. The last date to apply is October 25, 2019, by 11:59 PST.

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