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Education Committee Activity Report

Tuesday, August 16, 2011   (0 Comments)
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Activity Report, English Pratikraman, and Paryushana Prabhavna Books

Antim Darshan of Shri Chandrashekharji Maharaj

Born in Mumbai in the rich family of Ray Bahadur Jivatlal Pratapsinh Radhanpurvala, Chandrashekhar Vijayji Maharaj's real name was Indravadan. In 1952, at the age of 18 he took diksha at Bhaykhala in Mumbai and became a monk. His spiritual guide was Premsuri Maharaj Saheb. Chandrashekhar Vijayji Maharaj gave diksha to 87 of his disciples.

He was a strong believer in Indian culture and samskar. He was instrumental in creation of Tapovan vidyapeeths at Amiyapur near Gandhinagar Ahmedabad and south Gujarat town of Navsari where thousands of children have received education in Indian tradition.

He was also instrumental in convincing the Gujarat government of closing slaughter houses in the state for eight days during Paryushan every year. He was one of the best orators among the Jain saints. Chandrashekhar Vijayji Maharaj authored 275 books.

Jain Sutra Book (Samayik, Pratikraman, and Chaitya-vandan Sutras Book)

We have planned to publish the Sutra book of each major Jain sects. We have started collecting and compiling the necessary information. Each Sutra chapter will have Original Sutra, English transliteration, simple meaning of each stanza and overall general meaning of the entire sutra in simple English. As we compile the file of each sutra, we will upload them in the Jain eLibrary website (Word 7 - docx formatted file in Unicode font) for your review, comments, suggestions and corrections. The compilation of Svetambar Murtipujak Sutras (Samayik, Chaityavandan and Pratikraman sutras) are almost complete and will be uploaded in Jain Library website within a month.

English Pratikraman Book (JES 931- 96 pages with many color photos) – Cost $1.00

It is our humble attempt to bring together a simple Pratikraman ritual for the English speaking youth and adult community of North America and other countries. In this ritual, we have maintained the traditional flavor of original sutras along with their essence and meaning.

The English Pratikraman Book includes the sutras from various Jain traditions which covers six essentials. The meaning of each Pratikramana Sutras is explained in simple English. This way English speaking youth can perform this ritual with proper understanding and reflection.

Over the past four years we distributed more than 4000 books. However this year we have published the new (revised) edition in color. We strongly recommend that you use the revised edition book this year and recycle the old edition book.

You can download the entire English Pratikraman book (pdf file) and use it during Paryushan / Das-laxana celebration.

The following link has the complete pdf file of the English Pratikraman.$JES931_English_Pratikramana_Color_E5.pdf

You can buy the Pratikraman book – the subsidize Cost is $1.00 per book + postage ($3.00 + 0.60 for each additional book in USA).

Please download the Jaina Education book "purchase order form" and fill in your order and send the form as an attachment to You can mail your payment check later on or make payment using your credit card as indicated below.

Jaina Education books "purchase order form" link$Pathshala_Books_Order_Form_USA_and_Others.doc

To pay your Pathshala Education Books using the credit card - Use the following link


Prabhavana Books for Paryushana

The JAINA Education Committee is pleased to present a set of JAINA Education books of all ages of students interested in learning Jainism. The following books are available in quantities for Paryushan Prabhavana. All books (except JES 922 and JES 202G - Gujarati) are in English. We have categorized the available books asfollow:

Young Children Books
High School Youth Books

Adults Books
Large Size Photos (18” x 24”) of Five Tirthas

The soft copy of the books and ordering information is available on the Jain eLibrary website

If you have any question, please call me or send an E-Mail


Paryushana Prabhavana Literature

JES 901


Jainism – Religion of Compassion and Ecology

JES 911


Essence of World Religions

JES 921


The Book of Compassion (English

JES 922


The Book of Compassion (Gujarati)

JES 931


English Pratikraman

JES 202G


Jain Story Book in Gujarati



JAINA E-Library 4DVDs – Jain eLibrary - 2000 Jain books

Pathshala Education Books







Level -1

05 to 09


Jain Activity Book


Level -1

05 to 09


Jainism I-Basics of Jainism


Level -1

05 to 09


Jain Alphabet Book


Level -1

05 to 09


Jain Moral Skits


Level -2

10 to 12


Jain Story Book


Level -2

10 to 12


First Step to Jainism


Level -2

10 to 12


Work Book - First Step to Jainism


Level -3

13 to 15


Jain Philosophy and Practice I


Level -4

16 up


Jain Philosophy and Practice II

Paryushana Prabhavana Books - Short Description

Jain Story Book in Gujarati (JES 202 G) - New

The Jain Story Book, written very informatively, has beautiful color pictures to go with every story, and is in fact valuable for readers of allages. Reading life stories of various Tirthankars, Ganadhars, Acharyas, and Shravaks will make us all proud of our rich heritage. Every story includes an inspiring Key Message, highlighted at the end. It contains 40 stories. This very attractive book is a must for all Gujarati Jain household with kids. Hindi version will be published later.

Jainism – Religion of Compassion and Ecology (JES 901)

This booklet provides a basic introduction of the Jain religion to English speaking Jain youth of North America and other countries. It briefly covers various aspects of Jain philosophy, ethics, conduct, scriptures, religious holidays, prayers, symbols, and the life of Lord Mahavir. It is also helpful for a beginner of Jainism as it touches important aspects of Jainism in an easy manner. Several Jain temples give this book to its visitors.

Essence of World Religions (JES 911)

This book is a simple summary of the world's 12 major spiritual paths. With its easy readability you can get a good grasp of the essential truths of every major faith practiced today. Information about the founder, major scriptures, sects, beliefs and holidays is given in a concise manner. Comparison between Indian and western religion at the end of the book is very helpful in understanding the concepts clearly.

The Book of Compassion (JES 921)

This book is a compilation of informative articles about animal cruelty in dairy industry, animal byproducts used in everyday goods, animal testing for cosmetics, and meat industry's effect on polluting the environment. It also gives useful information on use of alternative products to avoid violence, so we can live an ethical and compassionate life.

The Book of Compassion (In Gujarati) (JES 922)

The above book is translated in Gujarati.

English Pratikraman (JES 931) - New Edition in Color

In this ritual, we have maintained the traditional flavor of original sutras along with their essence and meaning. Pratikraman means to go back, to reflect and review, to confess and atone for transgressions of mind, body, and speech in one's daily activities. It also means returning to and reaffirming the path of nonviolence, truthfulness, and non-attachment. The English Pratikraman Book includes the sutras from various Shvetambar traditions. The meaning of each Pratikramana Sutras is explained in simple English, which covers six essentials. This way youth can perform this ritual with proper understanding and reflection.


The Jaina E-Library DVD set (four DVDs in a set) which contain more than 2000 E-Books (pdf files).

Pathshala Education Books

Level-1 Books (Ages 5-9 Years)

The Jain Activity Book (JES 101 - Level 1)

This book is a lively and delightful approach to introduce Jainism to our children. With big color pictures of the Tirthankars' Lanchhans and Tirthankar's Mother's Dreams, this book is very user friendly for all children. Puzzles, mazes and questions at the end of the book will make learning very interesting. Simple explanations of Puja, Arati, and symbols can help our children understand the meaning and importance of our traditions and rituals.

Jainism I - Basics of Jainism (JES 102 - Level 1)

The book focuses on non-violence, vegetarianism, and universal virtues such as kindness and honesty. This way by exposing young children to Jain virtues at an early age, we are well on thepath keeping Jainism alive in the Western world. The book consists of 28 lessons which include more than 150 color photos.

Jain Alphabet Book (JES 103 - Level 1)

This book introduces Jainism in an ABC format. 26 different words, from A to Z, are accompanied by pictures and explain cardinal principles of Jainism and Jainvocabulary. A for Ahimsa, M for Mahavir, and F for forgiveness are just some examples of the terminology represented in this book.

The Jain Moral Skits (JES 104 - Level 1)

This book teaches very fundamental and important life lessons like honesty, truthfulness, sharing, humility, and friendship through simple skits that can be performed easily in the classroom with simple props. It also has helpfullittle stage directions for performing the skits. Children will relate verywell to the simple drawings and humorous tone of this book.

Level-2 Books (Ages 10-12 Years) Jain Story Book (JES 202 - Level 2)

The Jain Story Book, written very informatively, has beautiful color pictures to go with every story, and is in fact valuable for readers of allages. Reading life stories of various Tirthankars, Ganadhars, Acharyas, and Shravaks will make us all proud of our rich heritage. Every story includes an inspiring Key Message, highlighted at the end. This very attractive book is a must for all Jain household with kids.

The First Step of Jainism (JES 203 - Level 2)

This stunning full-color book is a unique approach to connect Jain principles to everyday life. Basic principles of Jainism are thoroughly explained and Jain values are exemplified with both stories from scriptures and more modern parables. Poems, anecdotes, and quotes from scriptures scattered throughout enliven the pages. Also included is a chapter on the practical aspects of Jainism, such as nutrition, consumer goods, and the environment that help us make conscious choices to lead a life of nonviolence. At the end of the book is an illustrated section on yoga and a glossary of Jain vocabulary. This beautiful book is essential for every Jain household.

Work Book of First Step of Jainism Book (JES 203Q – Level 2)

This is a companion book to First Step of Jainism (JES203). The work book will provide needed assistance to Pathashala teachers and students of Level 2 classes. It contains home work lessons of every chapter of the text book.

Level-3 Books (Ages 13-15 Years) Jain Philosophy and Practice I (JES 302 - Level 3)

This book presents an introduction to the tenets of Jainism, in a methodical way. Concepts include Jain theism, the theory of Karma, the five major and twelve minor vows, and a brief synopsis of Jain history and more. The chapter on the application of non-violence in everyday life and its relevance to preserving the environment makes a solid ground for practicing Ahimsa. This introductory text encourages youth to learn more about Jainism.

Level-4 Books (Ages 15 up Years) Jain Philosophy and practice II (JES 401 - Level 4)

This book covers all major subject matter of Jainism in a very comprehensive style. Topics like threefold path of liberation, codes of conduct and vows of an ascetic and ahouseholder, meditation, contemplation, stages of spiritual development, theory of multiplicity of view points, six fundamental truths, Jain history, and Jain Agam literature are explained in detail with Jain terminology and its meaning. This book will be very useful for advanced study of Jainism for a high school or a college student.


Purpose of Pratikraman Ritual (short article)

Anger, ego, deceit, and greed arising out of attachment and aversion are the soul's impurities. To remove such impurities, Jainism has prescribed six essential practices (rituals) known as Avashyaka to be performed daily of which Pratikramana is defined as the 4thAvashyak.

During the last few centuries, studies of Jain literature work indicate that the word "Pratikraman” is used as a common noun for all six essential acts (six Avashyaka). This is also meaningful because during the course of time the traditional Pratikraman ritual has been expanded and enhanced to include all six Avashyaka.

Hence the entire Pratikraman ritual which covers all six Avashyaka or six essential acts, occupies such an important place in the Jain tradition as does Sandhya in the Vedic (Hindu) tradition, Namaj in the Islam, Kharavela Avesta in the Zoroastrian, and prayer in the Jewish and Christian traditions.

The six practices are:



Devotional Prayer


Respecting Ascetics


Repentance and Confession of sins


Non-attachment to the Body


Religious Vows

Pratyakhyana / Pachchakhana

The Pratikraman ritual book is divided into six sub-sections corresponding to each Essential. This way one will have clear understanding of the performance of each Essential.

Monks and nuns and devoted Jain laymen (Shravaks and Shravikas) staunchly observe these rituals daily, while other laymen practice them occasionally. The annual Pratikraman that all Jains should strive to participate in is called Samvatsari Pratikraman, which is performed on the last day of Paryushan.

We have also included the following articles related to Pratikraman and Paryushan in the English Pratikraman book. Please read these articles before you perform traditional or the English Pratikraman ritual.

1. Paryushan and Das Lakshana Parva
2. Pratikraman and Six Avashyaka (Essential Rituals)

Samayika - Equanimity
Chaturvimshati Stava - Prayer
Vandana – Respecting Ascetics
Pratikraman – Repentance and Confession of Sins
Kayotsarga – Non-attachment to the Body
Pratyakhyana / Pachchakhana – Religious Vows

3. Twelve Vows of Laymen (Shravaks and Shravikas)
4. 108 Attributes of the Five Supreme Beings


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