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JAINA Newsletter:JAINA EC & BOD Meeting at Siddhachalam, Honor of Mr. Rajeev Pandya, etc.
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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Dear Sadharmik brothers and sisters,
Jai Jinendra!

JAINA had a successful EC/BOD meeting at Siddhachalam, New Jersey from Nov 8 -10, 2019. More details are given below.

New York City Hall Council - the Governing Legislative Body of New York City honored Mr. Rajeev Pandya for his work in the Diamond Industry of New York and his association with Jain Community. Read more about it below.

Those who missed watching YUGPURUSH drama at the 2017 JAINA convention has a new opportunity to see it on their TV on November 17 on COLOR TV channel at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time or 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time. This play has performed over 1,000 shows within last three years and is much admired. Please see the poster below.

Let us learn the first four types of Karmas which are called Ghatiya Karmas.

Sincerely,
Mahesh Wadher
JAINA President

 
JAINA EC AND BOD MEETING 2019 - AT SIDDHACHALAM

JAINA had a successful Executive Committee and Board of Directors meeting at Siddhachalam, New Jersey for three days from November 8-10, 2019. The meeting covered reviewing of financial reports, JAINA accomplishments and initiatives for the next two years, YJA and YJP updates. It also held a full-day session with 35 committees presenting their updates and future plans. There was also a session brainstorming on how to grow JAINA.

JAINA is grateful to Siddhachalam for their hospitality for the meeting.
 
DIWALI AT NEW YORK CITY HALL - HONOR OF MR. RAJEEV PANDYA
On Nov 5, 2019, Council Member Rory I. Lancman, Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and fifteen other Council Members hosted a Diwali Celebration in Council Chambers at New York City Hall that featured a lamp lighting ceremony, dance performances, and the presentation of proclamations to distinguished South Asian leaders.

“Diwali is a special time when millions of South Asians across the world rejoice and fill the world with light and love,” said Council Member Rory I. Lancman. “I am honoured to join the many Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists in our city who celebrate this important holiday.”


During the Diwali celebration, one South Asian group and two prominent South Asian leaders were recognized. Out of which, one was Mr. Rajeev Pandya. He was honored by the New York City Hall Council - the Governing Legislative Body of New York City for his work in the Diamond Jewelry Industry in New York City as well as his Association and Volunteer work with JAINA, JITO USA, Jain Center of America NY & IDCA among other Organizations. Read the whole proclamation here.
JAIN CENTER NEWS


On November 2, 2019, the Jain Society of Greater Detroit celebrated the Diwali and Bhumi Pujan for installation of Elephant statue at the Jain Temple. Here are some glimpses from the celebration.
 
US PREMIERE OF YOUGPURUSH IN HINDI
(Mahatma Ke Mahatma)

Those who missed watching YUGPURUSH drama at the 2017 JAINA convention has a new opportunity to see it on their TV on November 17 on COLOR TV channel at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time or 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time. This play has performed over 1,000 shows within last three years and is much admired. Please see the poster below.
 
THE THEORY OF KARMA SERIES: TYPES OF KARMAS
Karmas are of innumerable types. Lord Umaswati in Tattwarthasutra mentions 97 types in all. Some others specify 148 types. All of them can, however, be broadly classified into 8 categories as detailed below. Of these the first four are called Ghatiya in the sense that they tend to defile the real nature of the soul; they do not allow soul’s true properties to be manifested. The remaining four are called Aghatiya. Though the soul has to bear its consequences, the operation of these Karmas does not come in the way of manifestation of its true properties.

1. Jnanavaraniya or Knowledge Obscuring Karma

Soul has an infinite capacity of knowing anything and everything. We, however, do not realize this capacity because the knowing property of the soul is obscured by the operation of this Karma. It does not actually reduce its inherent capacity of knowing, but its operation remains restricted as the impact of sunlight gets limited when the sky is clouded. Similarly, the operation of this Karma hampers the manifestation of the soul’s knowability. This type of Karma is acquired mainly by disregard of preceptors and of the sources of knowledge. Matijnan, Shrutjnan, Avadhijnan, Manahparyayjnan, and Kewaljnan are the five divisions of Jnana.

2. Darshanavaraniya or Perception Obscuring Karma

Perceiving property of soul gets obscured by the operation of this Karma. This also does not reduce the soul’s inherent capacity of perceiving but restricts its manifestation. This Karma is acquired on account of the absence of conviction and loss of faith in the tenets of Dharma. Chakshudarshan, Achakshudarshan, Avadhidarshan, and Kewaldarshan are the four divisions of Darshan.

3. Mohaniya or Deluding Karma

The operation of this Karma deludes the soul by causing the wrong perception. On account of this Karma, the soul fails to perceive the realities and tends to identify itself with the ephemeral body, its worldly connections, acquisitions, etc. Thereby, the soul happens to perceive the comforts or discomforts of the body and its environments as its own happiness or misery. One feels pleased when such situations are comfortable and strives to maintain them as such. If the situations are not comfortable, (s)he strives hard to change them to his/her liking and indulges in different types of defilements, when something does not happen to his/her liking. This arises from our basic ignorance on account of which our Self is smeared with defilements and we indulge in craving and aversion.

This Karma is divided into two parts viz. Darshan Mohaniya and Charitra Mohaniya. The former arises on account of ignorance and the latter from indulgence in defilements. There are 28 subdivisions of this Karma.

4. Antaraya or obstructing Karma

By the operation of this Karma, we experience obstacles or obstructions in our efforts for Self-realization or in our intention to do something good. For instance, there may be a lecture of some enlightened person and we might be intending to attend it. But all of a sudden, we may be overcome by some bodily pain, or some one in our family get sick, or the car gets stuck or any such eventuality may arise preventing us from going to the lecture. It would be possible to conceive of such obstructions arising when we get ready for undertaking some good or desirable activities like charity, extending help to others, enjoying any situation, etc. Five subdivisions of this Karma are: Danantaraya, Labhantaraya, Bhogantaraya, Upabhogantaraya, and Viryantaraya.
JAIN STORY: DHOOL PAR DHOOL
 
QUOTE
The nature of things is dharma
- Bhagwan Mahavir
YJA UPDATE
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