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Quotes from Acharyashri, May News & Upcoming Programs
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Anupreksha and Bhavana

 
Dhyana (Meditation) means preksha, i.e., perceiving and seeing. Preksha is followed by Anupreksha i.e., thinking or contemplation on subject which free the mind of its infatuation. Repeated thinking on a subject or idea influences the mind. Such thinking or practice is called bhavana. The man, who practices bhavana, becomes capable of meditation. The practice of four bhavana is necessary for the development of meditational capacity :

1. Knowledge-oriented bhavana : The practice of knowing things objectively and impartially without attachment, aversion and delusion.
2. Perception-oriented bhavana : The practice of seeing things objectively and impartially without attachment, aversion and delusion.
3. Conduct-oriented bhavana : The practice of acting objectively and impartially without attachment, aversion and delusion.
4. Detachment-oriented bhavana : The practice of nonattachment, non-aspiration and fearlessness.

The object after which a man aspires, the practice which he repeats so often, conditions his mind. This is the process of self-hypnosis. It can also be called ‘japa’ (constant reiteration of a spell or the name of a deity). One who constantly aspires after and contemplates on the soul, gets established in the soul. That is the quintessence of the repeated iteration of ‘soham’ (I am the Supreme Soul—the basic maxim of the Vedanta Philosophy). He who constantly practices the recitation of ‘arham’ (I am the Jin, the Buddha or the Shiva) sets in motion the process of becoming ‘the Jin or the Buddha or the Shiva’.

One person may be inspired by devotion, another by chaste conduct, still another by good fellowship. Different people are permeated by various kinds of aspirations. Anyone who derives inspiration from any good action, is led by that inspiration towards his goal. During the course of spiritual practice, meditation should be followed by self-study and self-study should be followed again by meditation. The term, ‘self-study’, subsumes japa, bhavana, and Anupreksha. All these should be practiced, depending upon time and one’s capacity in “Dhyana-Shatak”. It is said in “Dhyan-Shatak” that at the conclusion of each meditational session, one should practice Anupreksha, such as the Anupreksha of the transistorizes of life, etc. In order to keep the mind detached from various experiences during meditation, the practice of Anupreksha is very important. After religious meditation, four Anupreksha are generally practiced :

1. Anupreksha of solitariness
2. Anupreksha of the transistorizes of life
3. Anupreksha of helplessness
4. Anupreksha of cycle of birth and death.

Excerpts from "Abstract Thinking" by Acharya Mahaprajna 

News - May-2019

Akshaya Tritiya & Mahavir Jayanti
 
On May 4th, 2019 JVBNA celebrated the auspicious occasion of Akshay Tritiya, Mahavir Jayanti and Tribute to the Gurus at the JVBNA Center for Peace and Meditation hosted by Utsav Group under the auspicious guidance of Samani Malay Pragyaji and Samani Neeti Pragyaji.
The event commenced with the recital of Navkar mantra and jaap by Samanijis.The program was adeptly steered by Master of Ceremony Pratiti Dugad and Swati Jain keeping the audience engaged. Program included lovely performances by Gyanshala’s talented bunch  including musical drama on Akshay Tritiya and skit showing conversation between Bhagwaan Mahavir and Gautam Swami and glimpses of Bhagwaan Rishabhi Dev’s life. 
Utsav Group men’s showcased their hidden talent with a melodious Kawaali. And this was not all, Snehal Harkawat accompanied by Diya Jain hosted quiz with event theme which had variety of rounds like audio visual, rapid fire and most interesting dumb charades round depicting the events related to these topics. Additionally Ashish Jain updated the audience about upcoming events and Sudhir Jain conducted Annual General Meeting. Samani Neeti Pragya ji sang inspiring stavan on our guru Acharya MahaShraman ji and gave a discourse covering life lessons and power of vision, awareness, non-attachment etc. Samani Malay Pragya ji spoke about the importance of the day on May 4th which arrived after 300 years. She explained in detail the importance of each of these celebration, how important it is to have a good leader and key life lesson one cannot change the situation but can change their perspective.
 
Program ended with auspicious Mangal Path by Samani ji followed by Dinner.


Fight For Hunger
 
W.I.N organized an event Fight for Hunger on May 11th. Right from buying the groceries to delivering the meals was experienced by the children along with their parents. The participants were able to deliver 150 brown bag lunches to 3 shelters located in the Middlesex country. This was made possible because of the group of volunteers who came forward to organize the social cause in short time. It was well received by the shelters and we look forward to such activities of similar nature in the future. Events like these teach the younger generation the true meaning of caring and helping each other and making them aware of the different pockets of society we live in.

Upcoming Events
 
  • Family Camp - June 7th to June 9th, 2019
  • Summer Camp - July 22nd to July 25th, 2019






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