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1. PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Jai Jinendra!

JAINA congratulates Mr Mehul Sanghrajka for the honors he has been conferred by the British Government and this is a proud moment for entire Jain community worldwide.

JAINA delegates will be visiting India from second week of January and JAINA would be well represented in various functions across India. You may contact me at jainahq@jaina.org for further information.

Warm Regards,
Gunvant Shah
JAINA President
01-06-2018

2. QUOTE

Knowing that the earth with its crops of rice and barley, with its gold and cattle, and all this put together will not satisfy one single man, one should practice penance.

- Bhagwan Mahavir

3. QUIZ TIME

Q 1: How many maximum Arihant Bhagwnas can be at any given time?

Q 2: Can you name the current Ariahat Bhagwans?

4. INSTITUTE OF JAINOLOGY

Dr. Mehool Sanghrajka awarded MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 2018 UK New Year Honours List

Institute of Jainology Director has been recognized for services to the Jain Faith and Education.

London, 1 January 2018: The Institute of Jainology is pleased to announce its Director and Trustee, Dr. Mehool Sanghrajka, has been awarded an MBE in the 2018 New Year honors for services to the Jain Faith and Education.

For over 20 years Sanghrajka has played an important role in the Jain community and has substantially raised the profile of Jainism and improved interfaith relations throughout the UK and globally. Sanghrajka’s hard work and dedication have been recognized and an MBE awarded for outstanding achievement from Her Majesty the Queen.

Upon receiving the invitation to receive such a prestigious award, Sanghrajka stated: “I am humbled. It’s a real honor to receive this MBE. Education and Jainism are both very important parts of my life. This inspires me to do even more and I am grateful to all those who work with me in these endeavors.”

Nemu Chandaria OBE, Chairman of Institute of Jainology said, "Thanks to Dr. Sanghrajka’s tireless work Jains are now a more significant part of the religious landscape of the UK. I wish to wholeheartedly congratulate him for this award."

5. DONORS LIST

Donors Town State
Anil Agrawal Jersey City New Jersey
Ashish Bhandari Niagara Falls Ontario
Ashish Jain Westborough Massachusetts
Ashish Shah Peoria Arizona
Dipak Shah Markham Ontario
Gaurang Shah Riverside California
Girish D Parikh  North Olmsted Ohio
Nilay Gandhi West Chester Pennsylvania
Rahul Sudhir Kumar Bellevue Washington
Rupa and Ashish Udani Brookfield Wisconsin
Vishal Sethia Fremont California

6. NAMOKAR MANTRA

Let’s begin this new year by bowing to the Panch Parameshti (Supreme Five):

  • Arihant— Those who have destroyed the four inimical karmas
  • Siddha — The liberated souls
  • Acharyas — The spiritual leaders or preceptors
  • Upadhayaya — Preceptor of less advanced ascetics
  • Sadhu — The monks or sages in the world

7.SHATRUNJAY SERIES

Story#35: FIGHTING OF PEACOCK, SNAKE, LION AND ELEPHANT


Look for two stone reliefs with animal's right behind the main temple on the lower side panel.

One depicts a peacock and a snake, and the other a lion and an elephant. These reliefs signify that when animals broke the sanctity of these holy hills, monks meditating here would calm them down by saying, “Oh living beings, anger and hatred on this holy hill are sins, calm down and be at peace”. Hearing their voice, they calmed down and went their way.

Story#36: RYAN TREE, THE TREE OF CELESTIAL BEINGS


It is believed that Adinath meditated and preached under this tree, and that demigods reside in each and every leaf and branch of this tree. They worshiped an Adinath idol made of precious stones placed here by King Bharat.

Devotees go around this tree 3 times.

There is a belief that if the tree sprinkles you with its milk while you circle around it, you are very close to achieving salvation.

8. TRIPADI

The Tripadi given by Bhagwan Mahavir to his Gandharas is like an alchemy that guarantees transmutation of any substance into gold. This gold producing chemical is amazing. The Tripadi has given words the form of Aagams, the supreme scriptures. An Alchemy does not produce new material but can transmute base metals into gold.

The compassionate lord saw the entire universe in his infinite knowledge and realized the pain and sufferings of all living beings. He saw ignorance to be the root cause of all sufferings. To dispel the darkness of ignorance and spread the knowledge of light, he gave the Tripadi.

9. CHILDREN'S CORNER

IMPORTANCE OF NAMOKAR MANTRA

Once, a man was going to the market. On the way, a hurt ox was lying on the ground. Seeing the ox, the man became restless. He felt that the ox was about to die, so the man sat near it and began to recite the Namokar Mantra. Hearing the Namokar Mantra, the heart of ox became calm and it died with good feelings. In the next birth it became the son of a King. There he got many palaces, beautiful cloths, ornaments, etc. If an animal gets a good life by hearing the Namokar Mantra, then
why will we not get the peace and happiness by reciting the Namokar Mantra?
Every day we should recite the Namokar Mantra to destroy our sins.

10. QUIZ ANSWER

A 1: One Hundred and Seventy

A 2:

  1. Shri Simandhar Swami
  2. Shri Jugmandhar Swami
  3. Shri Bahu Swami
  4. Shri Subahu Swami
  5. Shri Sujitnath Swami
  6. Shri Svayamprabh Swami
  7. Shri Rishbhanan Swami
  8. Shri Anantveerya Swami
  9. Shri Suprabh Swami
  10. Shri Vishalprabh Swami
  11. Shri Vrajdhar Swami
  12. Shri Chandranan Swami
  13. Shri Chandrbahu Swami
  14. Shri Brujandev Swami
  15. Shri Iswar Swami
  16. Shri Nemprabh Swami
  17. Shri Veersen Swami
  18. Shri Mahabhadra Swami
  19. Shri Devajassa Swami
  20. Shri Ajeetsen Swami
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