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1. PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


Jai Jinendra!

Registration for YJA Convention 2018 is open and we request youth of North America and the globe to participate in the Convention in large numbers. It’s a great opportunity for the youth to interact and socialize with their peers.

JAINA Convention 2019 preparations are also going on and soon we will make important announcements.

UNT to conduct one day Conference on Jainism and the Environment on April 14, 2018. Read more details below.

Warm Regards,
Gunvant Shah
JAINA President
03-03-2017

2. QUOTE


The more you get, the more you want. The greed increases with the gain. What could be accomplished by two masas (grams) of gold could not be done by ten millions.

- Bhagwan Mahavir

3. QUIZ TIME


Q 1: What is the name for the group of Jivas with two senses?

Q 2: Can you give the examples of two-sensed Jivas?

4. UNT CONFERENCE ON JAINISM AND THE ENVIRONMENT


University of North Texas to conduct one day conference on Jainism and the Environment on April 14, 2018. Conference will have three sessions:
1) Jainism, Environmental History, and Built Environments,
2) Jainism and Ecology Revisited,
3) Jainism and the Global Environment,
where various speakers will talk about Jainism, Ecology, Bioethics, Social Role of Jain Architecture, Orthodox Diaspora Jain Perspectives and many other interesting topics. The conference will be followed by recognition dinner.

5. MEANING OF JAIN SYMBOL


6. SHATRUNJAY SERIES

STORY #49: ADINATH'S SON, PUNDARIK SWAMI TEMPLE


Once you are out of the new toonk, walk towards the exit. A temple dedicated to Pundarik Swami is just above the stairs. Adinath, in the main temple, and Pundarik Swami are seated facing each other, just as a teacher and disciple do. If you remember, Pundrik Swami is grandson of Adinath.

Here pilgrims perform the 4th of 5 rituals “Chaityavandan”. This is where our circle ends. We are now going in the main temple for the last time. After that, we will start our return journey.

Click to read the story & listen to an amazing audio clip in English or Gujarati.

STORY #50: SURAJ KUND WITH MAGICAL WATER


Suraj Kund is a reservoir of reputedly magical waters. According to legend, King Mahipala was afflicted with leprosy. After bathing in this reservoir, he was cured.

Click to read the story & listen to an amazing audio clip in English or Gujarati.

7. CHILDREN'S CORNER


HUMANITY


Once Satyavati was going to the school with her friend Manju. On the way the saw a crowd under a tree. When they reached near the tree, there were some naughty children who were throwing stones towards an old lady. She was weeping loudly and her head was bleeding.

Satyavati came at once and rebuked all of them. At that time a boy said to Satyavati, "Oh my sister Satyavati, keep away yourself from her otherwise she will devour you". Satyavati asked,"
Why are you saying this?
"A mother cannot devour her children". Then the boys went to their school. Satyavati dressed the woman with bandages.

The old lady blessed her and said," I don't understand why the world troubles me like this. God had already given me so much misery". Satyavati replied, "Oh mother, God does not give pains or misery to anybody. We blame God in our ignorance. We are suffering as a result of our sins, which we have committed in our previous life. For a good future life, we should avoid these sins".

8. JAIN CENTER NEWS


Young members of Jain Center of Connecticut (JCC) participated in YJA North East Retreat in Boston, MA. JCC conducts regular Pathshala twice month on Sunday with participation from about 35 students. It will also be hosting Mahavir Jayanti celebration on 1st April, 2018 in Fairfield, CT.

9. YJA


YJA Convention
Registration for the 2018 YJA Convention is now live! Register at convention.yja.org.

YJA Southeast Retreat
YJA still has spots available for the YJA Southeast Retreat! Click here to find out more information.

10. YJP UPDATE


In their February Issue YJP got the opportunity to talk more with Nipun Mehta by digging deep into his mind on how he creates an amazing platform to thrive with the community. Read more about interview with him here.

National Dinners are happening across North America, So be sure to take a look in YJP’s latest issue to find out where and when near you. If you don’t find any dinners near you then reach out at chairs@yjp.jaina.org and YJP will work with you to make it happen.

If you like to cook in your free time and/or like sweets, be sure to check out our recipe corner in this month’s edition.

Are you a professional who wants to grow their network and give back to the community?
If so, then come be a part of a growing team who are full of professionals just like you by applying here.

11. QUIZ ANSWER


A 1: Beindriya Jivas

A 2: Examples of two-sensed jivas are:
Germs:
1. The microbes in stale food
2. The minute creatures in water
3. The worms that eat away wood etc..

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