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1. PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


Dear Sadharmik brothers and sisters,
Jai Jinendra!

On November 14th, JAINA co-sponsored Diwali celebration event at Capitol Hill, Washington DC. Over 400 members of the Indian American community attended the event. Read more about it below.

On November 12th, the whole world celebrated the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Ji; an apostle of peace, harmony, coexistence, and respect between all religions and human beings. Read the article, Jains and Sikhs Walking Together, which talks about the intertwined history of Jainism and Sikhism.

We come to the last part of the Theory of Karma series with the remaining four types of Karma.

Sincerely,
Mahesh Wadher
JAINA President



2. DIWALI 2019 AT CAPITOL HILL

On November 14, 2019, JAINA co-sponsored Diwali celebration event on Capitol Hill, Washington DC. The event, hosted by BAPS, was very well attended with over 400 attendees from the Indian diaspora, members of the House and Senate, and Indian Ambassador to the USA, Harsh Vardhan Shringla.

More than 50 Jains represented by JAINA executives, members of regional and local Jain Sanghs joined to represent Jainism. With the backdrop of a banner displaying Bhagwan Mahavir and on the tune of Navkar Mantra, the Congressmen and Congresswomen lighting the Diya kicking off the event. Watch the video here.

Over 400 members of the Indian American community from all over the United States were in attendance to celebrate alongside members of Congress, including Rep. Pete Olson, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Rep. Ro Khanna, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Rep. Joe Wilson, Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Lou Correa, Rep. Marc Veasey, Rep. David Schweikert, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. TJ Cox, as well as Indian Ambassador to the United States Harsh Vardhan Shringla. All celebrated the spirit of Diwali, and the strength of the Indian American community in the USA, which gave hope of better collaboration between the American and Indian community and of building a greater bond between both the nations. Members from several co-hosting and co-sponsoring organizations, including India America Movement, Hindu American Foundation, Indiaspora, The Art of Living, Federation of Jain Associations in North America (JAINA), Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington (JSMW), the U.S.-India Business Council, among others, were also in attendance.

The event brought to light the strides that the Indian American community has made in the American political spectrum and marks their rising participation and representation in the policy and decision-making process of this nation. The event concluded with a scrumptious vegetarian dinner sponsored by BAPS.



3. JAINS AND SIKHS WALKING TOGETHER


On November 12, 2019, the whole world celebrated the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Ji; an apostle of peace, harmony, coexistence, and respect between all religions and human beings. Same day India and Pakistan Governments inaugurated the opening of the Kartapur Sahib Corridor connecting the two holiest Sikh Shrines in India and Pakistan. This has already enabled thousands of devotees to go freely to the Holy places easily.

Jainism is one of the oldest and Sikhism the youngest religions of the World. In terms of population, Sikhism is the 5th largest and Jainism the 6th largest in the world. Both religions are a minority in India. There is so much in common between Jainism and Sikhism.



4. THEORY OF KARMA SERIES

In our series of types of Karma, here are the remaining 4 types of Karma. With these, we end our series on Karma.

1. Vedaniya or situation conferring Karma

By operation of this Karma, a living being is endowed with comfortable or uncomfortable situations. Previous good deeds result in this Karma being Shata vedaniya or one that can be undergone with the feelings of happiness and pleasure; evil actions result in this Karma being Ashata vedaniya or one that can be experienced with the feelings of unhappiness and miseries. Everyone tries to be happy. One however hardly gets results in proportion to his efforts. Only so-called lucky ones succeed and get happiness. That apparently inexplicable phenomenon is witnessed on account of the operation of this Karma.

2. Aayu or life span determining Karma

As the name suggests, this Karma determines the life span of any particular being. It is not normally possible for any being to live longer or shorter than the period fixed by this Karma. This is irrespective of divine, human, animal or infernal life. There are however exceptional cases where persons endowed with special achievements can reduce the life span by bearing the destined consequences in a shorter period. This is known as Udirana.

3. Naam or physique determining Karma

By the operation of this Karma, it is decided what type of body, mind, intellect etc. a living being will have. What we call Gati or state is also decided by this Karma. Divine, human, animal or plant life and infernal life are the four states in which the worldly souls get born from time to time depending upon this Karma.

4. Gotra or status determining Karma

A living being is born in a particular type of family by the operation of this Karma. One is born in a noble or high status or religiously-oriented family by virtue of good Karmas. By indulging in evil Karmas, one has to be born in a low status or not a religiously oriented family.



5. JAIN STORY: KASHAAY



6. QUOTE

A man is seated on top of a tree in the midst of a burning forest. He sees all living beings perish. But he doesn’t realize that the same fate is soon to overtake him also. That man is a fool.

- Bhagwan Mahavir



7. YJP ATTENDED YJA EVENT


On November 17, 2019, members of YJP Houston came out to support YJA in kicking off its first National Lunch in Houston, Texas, where Jain youth came together at the vegan restaurant Loving Hut to make new friends and enjoy delicious food. A special thanks to Loving Hut for providing excellent food and service.



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