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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Jai Jinendra!

Jain Milan 2016 event will be held from December 2-4 in Newark, New Jersey. Please forward this Newsletter to anyone who may benefit from this event. Details are provided below.

Sincerely,

Ashok Domadia
JAINA President
Chairman - JAINA BOD

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Non-possessiveness controls the senses in the same way as a hook controls the elephant. As a ditch is useful for the protection of a town, so is non-attachment for the control of the senses.
JAIN MILAN - 2016
Jain Milan is an opportunity for Jain youths between the age of 22 to 42 to meet in person, to make friends, to engage in networking, and to find a life partner. In the past Jain Milan sessions facilitated the interactions through Ice-breakers, interactive sessions, speed dating, Mixers, Meet & Greet Events, Relationship Workshops, River Cruise and Garba-Raas.  Though online and email communication help to a certain extent, nothing comes close to meeting potential suitors in person. Jain Milan is organized to encourage our Jain youth to meet other Jains for the purpose of matrimony and to facilitate face-to- face meeting in a comfortable, welcoming environment. There have been many success stories of people meeting during Jain Milan, becoming friends and eventually getting married. Please do not miss this opportunity for face to face meeting from around the country and world.

We are accepting registration forJain Milan 2016 – in-person event from December 2nd to December 4th 2016 @ Embassy Suites – Newark, New Jersey Airport.





JAIN CENTER NEWS
JAIN SOCIETY OF HOUSTON SANGH
Jain Society of Houston Sangh and JSOC Pathshala celebrated the festival of Deepawali with lot of zeal and enthusiasm this year. Pathshala students started the day by learning how to perform chandan puja and then flower and chalk rangoli. Bhavna group sang amazing stavans and songs while the men and women of the sangh joined in garba and dandia. After rangoli, kids moved on to making vibrant torans and decorated with gemstones, stickers and glitter. Kids then made aarti thali and decorated with electric tea lights.All the kids joined in the Veer Sainik march and came to the main hall with dhol, musical instruments, banners wishing everyone a Happy Diwali with their decorated aarti thali, singing stavans. They all joined with the Bhavna group to sing Aarti and Mangal Deevo. The energy in the temple could not be more festive on that auspicious day as the kids chanted “Mahaveer Bhagvaan ki Jay” twenty one times. No Indian festival is complete without amazing Indian food and all had a variety of snacks followed by lunch..
JAIN STORY
KAMDEV SHRAVAK
Kamdev Shravak, a highly religious-minded and devoted soul was resident of the city of Champanagari. Kamdev spent fourteen years in the service of religion. Then he thought of renouncing everything and spending the rest of his life as an ascetic, observing the twelve vows of Shravak. One morning he renounced the world and sat in meditation. Once Indra Dev, during the course of his address before the religious congregation, praised Kamdev for his deep involvement in matters religious. But…


KNOW YOUR TIRTHANKAR
SUPARSHWANATH
Suparshwanath Bhagwan is the 7th Tirthankar of this Avsarpani Kal. He was the son of King Pratisthit and Queen Prithvi. He was born in Varanasi. He attained Nirvana in Samet Shikhar. He had 95 Gandhars and he took 3 Bhavs after Samyak Darshan to attain Moksh. The topic of his first sermon was Anyatva Bhavna which means that our soul and all the other things present in the world are different. Our soul is one different entitiy and it should not be connected to anything in the world. Our body is temporary but our soul is permanent. The demands of both soul and body are contradicting in nature, like for example, our body needs food, but our soul doesn’t. It is important for us to understand the needs of our soul because only that can take us to Moksh. For us as humans, it is difficult to think from the view point of our soul because for us our body is everything. The reason behind this difficulty is Mohniya Karma. It is the king of all the Karmas and it is very difficult to defeat it but it is not impossible. According to Anyatva Bhavna the person who strongly believes in this,will never get unhappy in his life, because he knows the fact that whatever is happening is happening to all the worldly things and none of them are connected to his/her soul.

JAINA CONVENTION
Wishing you a Happy New Year. Give yourself and your family a New Year gift by registering for JAINA Convention 2017 to be held for first time for 5 days in New Jersey from June 30 to July 4, 2017.

We will soon approach 2500 registrations. Registration price will change after 2500 Registrations.

Our eminent sadhus, sadhvijis and scholars and many scientists will be with us at this convention sharing wonderful topics on “Jainism and Science” theme.

Contact Gunvant Shah at convener2017@jaiana.org for sponsorships. Please go to convention.jaina.org or control and click “register now” link below to register



YJA UPDATE
YJA hosted a few National Dinners this past weekend but there are still more to come! Please encourage anyone you know between the ages of 14 and 29 to attend to meet Jain youth in their area! To find upcoming events near you, visit the regional pages listed below!

Mid-Atlantic  Mid-West  Northeast  South  Southeast  West
JAINA FUND RAISING


JAINA acknowledges the valuable contributions of the following new Donors to JAINA General Fund:
  • Varshaben Patel ($251)
  • Rajendra Shah ($101)
  • Anil & Kokila Sheth ($51)
  • Hemant Vora ($21)
  • Vaibhav Jain ($11)
You are just a click away from a tax deductible donation to JAINA- your own community organization.

INVITATION TO SUBMIT STORY ON APARIGRAHA
JAINA is inviting Stories based on "Principle of Aparighra". The best story will get published in our newsletter and at www.jaina.org. Please send your story to submitstory@jaina.org by 18th November, 2016.

Rules:
1. Age: No bar
2. Articles should be in English language and maximum 400 words long in a word file.
3. Writing style must be clear and easy to understand.
4. Please write your name, address and phone number along with the story.
5. Story is welcomed from anywhere in the world.
CHILDREN'S CORNER


To get the answer please visit website http://www.jaina.org/?page=Crossword_Puzzle_9



Find below words :

1) Aparigraha

2) Jain Principle

3) Mahavira

4) Non Possesiveness

5) Vows

6) Non Attachment




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