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Dear Sadharmik brothers and sisters,
Jai Jinendra!

Jain Youth Exchange Program (USA to India) has extended its application deadline to November 15th, 2019. This is your last chance to grab the opportunity. More details are given below.

Read how Jain Society of Pittsburgh celebrated Sharad Purnima with Bhakti Bhavna program.

Under the Theory of Karma series, let’s learn about the eight attributes of the soul.

Mahesh Wadher
JAINA President


The Jain Youth Exchange Program (JYEP) offers exposure to different cultures and ranks as one of the most powerful ways to promote both the Indian culture and the Jain way of life. JYEP participants will meet people from other countries and experience new cultures, planting the seeds for a life of international understanding. The program is designed to offer numerous benefits to its young participants and their hosts and mentors, Jain leaders and to the Jain community at large both in North American and India.

As the JYEP participant’s concept of the world expands, they mature and develop a deeper understanding of themselves. Immersion in another country’s value system enhances their academic, professional, social, and personal growth.

The JYEP Program team will take 12 young adult followers of the Jain Way of Life (ages 18 - 24) from North America to India from December 20, 2019, to January 3, 2020, to Ahmedabad, Pune, and Lonavala.

To celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Shri Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi this year, the selected JYEP leaders will have unique opportunities to volunteer at Manav Sadhana ( ) at Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, meet fellow Jain young adults and successful entrepreneurs and industrialists.

1. Students from North American will be responsible for all airfare (both international and domestic) health insurance, and additional expenses (for example, souvenirs)

2. JITO (in India) will arrange local transportation, lodging, and boarding in each city. The local host families may sponsor additional events, cultural activities, or programs time permitting.

How to apply?
To apply for this program, please download the application form from the website and submit via e-mail

Key Dates:
1. Application deadline: November 15th, 2019
2. Selection notification: November 22, 2019
3. Travel to India: December 20, 2019, through January 3, 2020

The tentative Itinerary:

For more information, please contact Kamlesh Mehta or Soha Shah either via e-mail or phone (408) 475-7481.


On October 13th (Sharad Purnima), the Jain Society of Pittsburgh sponsored Bhakti Bhavna Program by the famous Khelaiya Group from Bombay, India. The group presented wonderful devotional songs that captivated the listeners in the bhakti of Bhagwan Parshwanath and Mahavir swami.

The temple was decorated with beautiful lights and colorful globes. The entrance way to Garbhdwar was made with shimmering fabrics. The Aangi of lord Parshwanath looked glorious, and immaculate Rangoli on the floor was created with fresh flowers. The temple looked like a Dev-Viman.

The entire Hindu-Jain community was invited. There were about 225 attendees. The blissful atmosphere of temple mesmerized everyone.


  1. Kevaljnana (Perfect Knowledge) - State in which the soul knows everything, past, present, and future that is happening in the world, all at the same time. Jnanavarniya Karma obscures this attribute.
  2. Kevaldarshan (Perfect Perception) - State in which the soul can see, hear and perceive everything from the past, present, and future all at the same time. Darshanavarniya Karma obscures this attribute.
  3. Anant Virya (Infinite Power) - State in which the soul has infinite power. Antarya Karma obstructs this attribute.
  4. Vitraga (Victory over Inner Enemies) - State in which the pure soul has no attachment or hatred for anyone. Mohniya Karma obscures this attribute.

    The aforementioned four attributes of the soul are experienced by Lord Arihants. The following four attributes are experienced only when the soul is liberated and when Lord Arihants become Lord Siddhas upon their death.

  5. Infinite Bliss (No Joy or Sorrow) - State in which there is no pain, suffering, or happiness; the soul has ultimate peace. Vedniya Karma obscures this attribute.
  6. Ajaramar (End of the Cycle of Birth and Death) - Point at which the soul is never again born. Ayushya Karma obscures this attribute.
  7. Arupi (No form) - State in which the pure soul no longer occupies a body and is formless. Nam Karma obscures this attribute.
  8. Agurulaghu (End of Status) - Fact that all liberated souls are equal; none is higher or lower in status than any other. Gotra Karma obscures this attribute.



The soul is the central point of spiritual discipline.

- Bhagwan Mahavir


Aneka, a YJA podcast about people, perspectives, and participation, has released the second episode in its series. In this episode, we explore if religion is indeed declining as research studies show, how religion has changed over centuries and generations, and how people of different perspectives interpret and understand this change. Ultimately, YJA attempts to piece together what this means for us in today's world. Follow and listen in on your favorite podcast streaming platform!

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