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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

 
 

Dear Sadharmik brothers and sisters,
Jai Jinendra!

Saal Mubarak!
I hope you had a wonderful Diwali Celebrations with your family and friends

The inauguration of first “Shrimad Rajchandra Endowed Chair in Jain Studies” took place at the University of California, Riverside on October 23, 2019. Around 75 people gathered at UCR for the event. Read more about it below.

Let’s learn four levels of bondage under the Theory of Karma series.

Sincerely,
Mahesh Wadher
JAINA President

 
 
 
 
 

CELEBRATION OF SHRIMAD RAJCHANDRA ENDOWED CHAIR IN JAIN STUDIES AT UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE

Jain Chair at UC Riverside is the fastest Chair that Jain Community has orchestrated in Southern California from thought to actual hiring of the Chair!

The University celebrated the inauguration of first Chair “Shrimad Rajchandra Endowed Chair in Jain Studies” at the University of California, Riverside, (UCR) California, USA on October 23, 2019. Associate Professor Mrs. Ana Bajzelj is the incumbent occupant of the chair. Around 75 people gathered at UCR for the event.

The event began with Navkar Mantra prayer by two Samnijis from Florida. Senior Director of Development Emily. The event began with Navkar Mantra prayer by two Samnijis from Florida. Senior Director of Development Emily Rankin then invited Dr. Sulekh Jain, from Houston, for the occasion to give a history of Jain Academic education in North America and how did Jain Chair at UCR happen. He mentioned that Dr. Harvinder Sahota and Dr. Pashuara Singh who is the Chair of Religious Studies at UCR encouraged him to discuss with the Dean Milagrosa Pena of School of Humanities, Arts and Social Science about Jain Chair. Dean Pena, Emily Rankin, and others visited Jain Center of Southern California (JCSC) and met with the Jain community. Seeds were planted then for further discussions. Two donor families Mr. Mahesh & Usha Wadher and Drs. Jasvant and Meera Modi took the pledge to raise $ 1 Million required to establish the Chair. Mr. Vijay and Madhu Chheda, Mr. Dilip and Sushama Parekh and others have also contributed. JCSC, Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur and Jain Temple of Los Angeles were involved in helping gather necessary funds.

Later, JAINA President, Mr. Mahesh Wadher, spoke on behalf of donors and gave the significance of Jain chair in spreading Jain principles. He also gave a brief about who was Shirmad Rajchandra and how he was one of the people who influenced Mahatma Gandhi about the Non-Violence movement. He also appreciated the blessings of Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai who inspired his family with Shrimad Rajchadra’s Jain teachings. He was very appreciative of UCR for their enthusiasm for creating a Jain Chair. He believed that Jain teachings are very important in present-day and age to curb violence in the world!

Chair Ana Bajzelj spoke and gave progress made after she started at UCR and presented the first Shrimad Rajchandra award following a competition on Rajchandraji’s teachings/life. Chancellor Wilcox spoke about the importance of diversity in the university and how critical it is to be able to offer different religious perspectives to students. JAINA presented a plaque to UC Riverside recognizing their generosity that was accepted by Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox.

The event ended with a dinner catered by Jaybharat restaurant with Jain Vegan food. Jain community is thrilled and looking forward to great progress in Jain teachings to mainstream American students with the help of Shrimad Rajchandra Endowed Chair Ana Bajzelj.

 
 
 
 
 
 

THEORY OF KARMA SERIES

When karmas attach to the soul, there are four levels of bondage:

  1. Sprusta or Sithil (Loose): Karmas can be easily shed by regret.
  2. Baddha or Gadha (Tight): Karmas can be shed by offering an apology.
  3. Nidhatta (Tighter): Karmas can shed by very strong efforts, like austerity.
  4. Nikachit (Tightest): Karmas can only be shed by bearing the results.

It should be realized that it is not always true that we have to wait in order to bear the results of Our karmas; we can change the course of Our karmas before they mature. They can be altered in duration and Intensity as well as in nature too. This is a very important point because it means, that not only we do have control over our karmas, but that we can change our fate. For explanatory purpose let us understand some terms.

  1. Abadhakal - the duration of the bondage of karmas to the soul, which starts from the time of the karmas, bondage until its maturity.
  2. Bandh - the bondage of karmas to the soul.
  3. Uday - refers to the results of karmas being manifested in normal during their normal maturation time.
  4. Udirana - refers to the results of karmas being manifested prematurely.
  5. Satta - refers to those karmas which are dormant on the soul.
  6. Sankramana - Depending on our activities, bonded karmas can transform within some of their sub-types.

    Example: Shata and Ashata Vedniya karmas are the two sub-types of Vedniya karmas. Shata Vedniya karma causes comfort while Ashata Vedniya karma causes discomfort. If our current activities cause comfort to someone then our Ashata Vedniya karma gets transformed to Shata Vedniya karma. And, so it works for opposite activities.
  7. Utkarshana - an increase of duration and intensity of karmas that are already bonded to the soul.
  8. Apakramana - diminution of duration and intensity of karmas which are already bonded.
  9. Upashama - a state in which karmas are suppressed and cannot produce results.
  10. Nidhatti bondage - a type of bondage in which karmas are neither brought into operation prematurely nor transferred into that of another sub-class but may increase or decrease in duration and intensity of results.
  11. Nikachit bondage - a type of bondage in which karmas do not operate prematurely, nor transferred, nor increase or decrease in duration or intensity of results.
 
 
 
 
 

QUOTE

Just as you do not like misery, in the same way, others also do not like it. Knowing this, you should do unto them what you want them to do unto you.

- Bhagwan Mahavir

 
 
 
 
 

JAIN STORY: BHAGWAN PARSHWANATH

 
 

 
 
 
 
 

YJA CONVENTION 2020

Convention Committee applications for the YJA 2020 Convention in Dallas, TX is live! Visit yja.org/cc to apply and learn more about the Convention Committee. Apply by November 4th at 11:59 PM PST.

Work with motivated individuals in the Adult Volunteer Coordinator, Audio Visual Technologies, Daytime Programming, Fundraising, Hospitality and Souvenirs, Jain Networking Forum, Public Relations, Registration and Technology, Security, Site, and Social Programming Committees.

For queries about the elections process, write an email at elections@yja.org.

 
 
 
 
 

YJP 3RD ANNUAL CONFERENCE & EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTIONS 2020

 
 

YJP’s 2019 Board would like to thank all attendees, volunteers, and speakers for a successful 3rd Annual YJP Conference in Chicago! Attendees were able to make professional connections, engage with diverse and highly accomplished speakers, as well as make lasting memories and close friendships. New to the conference this year, YJP piloted the first annual Jain Shark Tank event and showed out in force at Falguni Pathak’s 2019 Dandiya Dhoom in Schaumberg as well as the Jain Center of Metropolitan Chicago.

Applications for the 2020 Executive Board and Co-Chair position are now open. The deadline is November 7th at 11:59 pm EDT. Sign up to be on YJP Executive Board 2020!

 
 
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