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Jai Jinendra!

The Parliament of the World's Religions (PWR) supports the Climate change and Health declaration "Our Planet, Our Health, Our Responsibility" by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in Vatican City.

Shri Mani Kumar Muniji sends his gratitude to JAINA and local Shravaks - Shashikant Sheth, Sanjay Shah, Dilip Shah, Drs. Paresha Shah and Anil Kothari who took active role in his daily care. Please watch Shri Mani Kumar Muniji's attached video about his appreciation for JAINA.

Read an interesting story of how performing Pratikraman helped Sajjan to fight against the Yavan's army.

Watch an interesting YJA Pathshala’s video “Significance of Swastika” and learn how it represents “Jain Universe”

Warm Regards,
Gunvant Shah
JAINA President
Those who hanker after pleasure, those who are attached to or seized by passions and are obstinate like miser, cannot know the nature of samadhi (self-concentration).
- Bhagwan Mahavir
The Parliament of the World's Religions(PWR)supports declaration by the “Pontifical Academy of Sciences” this month in Vatican City on Climate Change and Health. The Parliament of the World's Religions (PWR) and its “Climate Action Task Force” expresses an emphatic appreciation by stating it a “significant and substantive” declaration on climate change and health.

The declaration ‘Our Planet, Our Health, Our Responsibility’ was developed out of data and concepts presented at a workshop “Health of People, Health of Planet and Our Responsibility, Climate Change, Air Pollution and Health” Organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences during its three-day meeting.
With unchecked climate change and air pollution, the very fabric of life on Earth, including that of humans, is at grave risk. The scalable solutions to avoid such catastrophic changes were proposed. The time to act is now.

We human beings are creating a new and dangerous phase of Earth’s history. We are dangerously warming the planet, leaving behind the climate in which civilization developed. With accelerating climate change, we put ourselves at grave risk of massive crop failures, new and re-emerging infectious diseases, heat extremes, droughts, mega-storms, floods and sharply rising sea levels. The economic activities that contribute to global warming are also wreaking other profound damages, including air and water pollution, deforestation, and massive land degradation, causing a rate of species extinction unprecedented for the past 65 million years, and a dire threat to human health through increases in heart disease, stroke, pulmonary disease, mental health, infections and cancer. Climate change threatens to exacerbate the current unprecedented flow of displacement of people and add to human misery by stoking violence and conflict.

The poorest of the planet that are still relying on 19th century technologies to meet basic needs such as cooking and heating, are bearing a heavy brunt of the damages caused by the economic activities of the rich. The rich too are bearing heavy costs of increased flooding, mega-storms, heat extremes, droughts and major forest fires. The climate change and air pollution strikes down the rich and poor alike.

Learn more about the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions.
Shri Mani Kumar Munijji from Kolkata fell sick after his visit to JAINA Convention in New Jersey. He was found unconscious in a motel room due to pneumonia and diabetes and was in comma for 11 days in Hospital. We are happy to report that after a 54 day stay in a hospital in NJ, Shri Mani Kumar Muniji has safely reached his ashram in Kolkata. JAINA helped with medical transportation for Shri Mani Kumar Muniji from hospital to Kolkata, India. Presently Mani Muniji has safely reached his Upasharay in Kolkata. Muniji sends his gratitude to JAINA and local shravaks - Shashikant Sheth, Sanjay Shah, Dilip Shah, Drs. Paresha Shah and Anil Kothari who took active role in his daily care.

Please watch Shri Mani Muniji's attached video about his appreciation for JAINA.
Story #26: Shantinath Temple & Second Ritual

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Shanti means peace. We all yearn for peace but it continues to evade us. It is believed that if one prays with devotion to Shantinath in this temple on Shatrunjay, one can get everlasting peace.

Pilgrims pray by doing the 2nd out of 5 required Chaitya-vandan rituals here. This temple dates to the early 18th century.

Click to read the story & listen to an amazing audio clip in English or Gujarati.
Story #27: Chakkeshwari Devi

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We descend to a passage that feels like a palace. The first thing you see is the shrine of Chakeshwari Devi who serves Adinath. The mirror reflection is worth seeing. In the reflection, the Devi seems alive.

It is said that Chakeshwari Devi appeared in Javad Shah’s dream and helped him find the Takshshila marble to build the main Adinath idol.

As you continue, you come to the shrines of Vagheshwari Devi and Padmawati Devi.

Click to read the story & listen to an amazing audio clip in English or Gujarati.
Jineshwar Lords have taken five types of Pratikraman into account for the human wellbeing. The devotees should observe it with respect. We should stop sinful actions and start noble deeds. That is the real Pratikraman. Thus has been the Pratikraman interpreted by the wise. Right from the ancient period Sansar Pratikraman has been divided into four types
  1. Mithyatva Pratikraman
  2. Asamyam Pratikraman
  3. Kashay Pratikraman
  4. Aprashasta Pratikraman
Returning from Parbhav to Swabhav is defined as Pratikraman. If the same type of sinro included it is called Bhav Pratikraman. Those who conduct Bhav Pratikraman every day become happy in this life and the future lives.


Jain Society of Middle Tennessee(JSMT) celebrated Paryushan 2017 with several events including Mahavir Supan Ceremony, Daily Kalpa Sutra readings, Daily Evening Pratikraman, Samvarsari Pratikraman and Swamivatsalya all in Clarksville, TN. JSMT also celebrated its 25th anniversary with special musical guest Narendra Nandu & Co along with 10 programs with a Bollywood Night theme.

At Jain Center of New Jersey’s both Sankools, Shree Munisuvrat Swami Jinalay & Shree Parshwanath Swami Jinalay, scores of students and their parents celebrated Gnan Pancham on Sunday, Oct 29, 2017. The ceremony started with Gnan Stuti, followed by Gnan Chaityavandan and then Khamasana. Our Swadhyaykar, Shree Arvindbhai Bhandari explained the 5 types of Gnan, before khamasana for each of them. Pathshala Co-coordinator Minaben Shah recited the Duha's for each Khamasana. Volunteers set up a beautiful display of all the Gnan related items. Sadharmiks took labh of Vaskshep Pooja of the Gnan Upkarans on display.

Mung Bean Soup

  • 1/2 cup moong (whole green gram),soaked for 8 hours and drained
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp finely chopped green chilies
  • 4 to 5 curry leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • chopped coriander for garnish
  1. Combine the moong and 3 cups of water in a pressure cooker and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Do not drain the water.
  2. Blend the moong using a hand blender till smooth. Keep aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds.
  4. When the seeds crackle, add the asafoetida, green chilies and curry leaves and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  5. Add the blended moong mixture, salt and 1 cup of water, Mix well and cook on a medium fame for 4 to 5 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the lemon juice and mix well.
  7. Garnished with coriander and serve hot.
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