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Jai Jinendra!

Wishing you and your family Happy Holidays! As we close out 2018, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers across 68 Jain Centers in the USA and Canada, including the JAINA Executive Committee, BOD, and JAINA Committees for all your efforts in serving the Jain Community while continually promoting and keeping alive Jain values through our next generation.

Please send in your valuable tax deductible contributions to make your organization stronger.

Enjoy a spectacular 2019 JAINA Calendar you will be receiving over the Holidays. Kindly provide your valuable feedback at

Warm Regards,
Gunvant Shah
JAINA President


Other beings perceive through their senses whereas the sramana perceives through the Agama.

- Bhagwan Mahavir


Q 1: What is the Navapad Oli?

Q 2: What are the Karmas?


JAINA team wishes your family the Happiest of Holidays during this Holiday Season. Best Wishes for the upcoming New Year.

As the Holiday season approaches each year, there come many opportunities arise for Charitable giving. Are you passionate about helping our community? We humbly appeal to you to consider giving your contributions to JAINA. Every dollar you contribute gets used in the advancement of both youth and adult programs, as well as to promote the learning and cherishment of our culture in so many ways. The attached link gives you an idea as to how many different ways you can contribute to JAINA programs.

Please click here to read more.

Alternatively, please write check in name of "JAINA" and mail to:
Mr. Atul Shah, 948 John Friend Drive, Naperville, IL 60540 USA

Please ask your tax advisor as to how it will impact you personally. But move fast—there are only a few days left in this year to donate.


Jain Study Center of North Carolina(JSCNC) is a proud participant of Greater Triangle Area Crop Hunger Walk 2018. They had a great turnout this year with 49 JSCNC members participating in the walk. Donations from JSCNC community was $2,833 which far exceeded their initial goal of $2000.



A series of historical events have unfolded on the gracious land of Girnar, making it glorious for withstanding numerous storms of arguments and controversies. With the passage of time, there have been pages after pages in History, documenting many instances of dissention on the ownership of Girnar.

Documented in letters of gold in the history of Jainism, this is one such instance of five sons of trader Dhar, who sacrificed their lives for the cause of devotion to this shrine. As he watched the holy land that had turned into a battlefield and the five bloodied dead bodies of his brave sons, trader Dhar’s deepest desire was still unfulfilled. As he took the steps backwards to his home, he was actually determining to leap forward. Despite having sacrificed five sons at the altar of Jainism, trader Dhar was still not at peace. Every passing day further sharpened his pangs to ensure Shwetambar ownership of Girnar.

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If someone utters the word upadhyayji it would mean Shrimad Yashovijayji Upadhyay. ‘So says Upadhyayji’ is regarded as the final word and ultimate authority in scriptural matters. His contemporary monks regarded him as the Sarvajna (omniscient) in matters of the scriptures and also as shrutkevali (scripture – omniscient). Author of more than 100 books in Sanskrit, Prakrit, and Gujarati, he also earned the titles of Tattvavisharad and Kurchatsharda.

Besides writing the books that were theoretical and academic, he composed poems that were immensely popular. As Shri Bhadrabahuswami was known as antim shrutkevali, Upadhyayji can be regarded as antim shrutpargami (last knower of all Jain canonical scriptures). Since his time, there has been no other scholar as learned and competent as him.


From December 25th to January 5th, YJA is running a 12 Days of Forums regional competition on YJA Forums. The region with the most points at the end of the 12 days will receive a special prize at Retreats. You can get points from posting threads, responding to threads, liking posts, and more. The top 1 or 2 people from each region will receive $20 Amazon gift cards.

Additionally, individuals who correctly complete our Scavenger Hunt will have a chance to win a Retreat discount. Clues will be posted each day on new threads. Get started by making an account on today and visit for more details!


On November 28, 2018, representatives of YJP New York came together and had a mini reunion at Beyond Sushi in New York City, followed by attending the annual lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center. Many in New York have expressed interest in helping to coordinate future events by becoming a Local Representative - you can do so here!


A 1: During every year, one does ayambils for 9 days starting on the bright fortnight either on 6th or 7th day in Ashwin and Chaitra months for a period of four and one-half years. Some people may take only one kind of food grain on a given day.

A 2: Karmas are the end results of our activities, which may or may not be associated with passions.

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