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JAIN VISHWA BHARATI
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The Nature of Pragmatic Right Faith and Deshavrati

 
In ancient times, a shravak would observe twelve vows. By observing the vows, he would practice renunciation partially. That’s why he is known as deshavrati (partial restraint). How does a shravak become deshavrati technically?

Kshayopashama (subsistence-cum-destruction) of darshansaptak is the first necessary condition for partial restraint. The consciousness of restraint never gets awakened in the absence of samyaktva. The second condition of accepting partial restraint is subsiding-cum-destruction of pratyaakhyaanaavaran karma (the cause of non-renunciation). One detests taking any vow or practicing restraint, whilst this karma exists.

There are four stages of Mohaniya karma (Deluding karma):
1. Anantaanubandhi – Cause of endless transmigration
2. Apratyaakhyaanaavaran – Cause of non-renunciation
3. Pratyaakhyaanaavaran – Cause of hindrance in complete renunciation
4. Sanjvalan – Obstacle in veetaraagata (state of complete detachment)

Samyaktva cannot take place while the first stage exists. The consciousness of partial renunciation gets awakened with the subsistence-cum-destruction of apratyaakhyaanaavaran, which is the second stage. Subsistence-cum-destruction of the third stage pratyaakhyaanaavaran karma is required for complete renunciation. For veetaraagata, destruction of the fourth stage is required.
 

Excerpts from "Who is a Jain Shravak ?" by Acharya Mahaprajna 

Paryushan Mahaparva 2020
 
 
Navkar mantra is supreme among all mantras, there is no bigger Charity than Abhay Daan, similarly  Paryushan is the supreme festival among all festivals. The first seven days of the festival are celebrated for spiritual upliftment of the soul and the eighth day is for attainment. The eight day is called - Samvatsari which is dedicated to forgiveness. A day to let go of our likes and dislikes. 

Under guidance of Samani Malaypragyaji and Samani Neetipragyaji’s guidance, Paryushan activities and celebration reached a new high at JVBNA in 2020.The celebration started on the eve of Paryushan with Samani Malaypragyaji’s special session on Gateway to Get Away. She set the tone and motivated participants to get ready for a true spiritual immersion for the eight days of Paryushan.

At JVBNA, New Jersey, daily schedule of Paryushan Mahaparva included, Mantra Jaap (Bhaktamar Strotra, Chaitta Bharam, Namioon, Navkar Mantra Jaap) , discussion on "Decoding Navkar Mantra" with Samani Neetipragyaji, daily evening Pratikraman and Pravachan series on Paving the Path to Purity with Samani Malaypragyaji.


Decoding Navkar Mantra:   Link to YouTube Playlist

Samani Neetipragyaji discussed the meaning of supreme Mantra, Navkar Mahamantra. We recite this everyday but yet never thought about the hidden meaning and purpose of this most powerful mantra and its real purpose. Navkar Mahamantra is the most profound mantra that is universal and the most powerful. This mantra addresses the divine qualities and attainments of all the arihantas, siddhas and sages. Navkar mantra is beyond the boundaries of religion, caste and creed. Chanting this mantra regularly with devotion, dedication and sincerity can have a great cleansing effect on the individuals. This mantra is not for achieving your desires, but the right purpose of this mantra is to get rid of your desires. The creation of this mantra is for spiritual upliftment. 

Paving the Path to Purity:  Link to YouTube Playlist

Samani Malaypragyaji discussed on how to pave our path to purity using Mangal Bhavana. The lecture series used how Mangal Bhavna Mantra can be used to achieve Prosperity(Shree Sampann), Self Discipline (Hri Sampann), Wisdom (Dhi Sampann), Patience ( Dhriti Sampann), Strength (Shakti Sampann), Peace ( Shanti Sampann), Happiness ( Nandi Sampann). Samaniji discussed these topics with beautiful examples which gave insight to the importance of achieving these qualities and how it can transform our day to day working, thinking and social interaction. How materialistic thinking differ from spiritual thinking ? How can we identify which is better and more stratifying in the long run ? And much more of such self introspective thinking. 

Samvatsari 2020: Link to YouTube Playlist

For the first time in JVBNA, Samani Malaypragyaji and Samani Neetipragyaji, live streamed for more than 12 hours on eighth day of Prayushan Mahaparv - Samvatsari. Samanijis covered interesting topics throughout the day and engaged participants who listened attentively via zoom as well as Youtube Live. Samanijis shed light on importance and reasons for celebrating Samvatsari, being aware of various procedures and practices followed during Samvatsari, Kalpasutra vachan - the life story of Lord Mahavir, participants practiced Dhyan, Kayotsarg and also participated in beautiful bhajans and melodious Jain songs. The evening also included interactive session, where Samaniji engaged participants with interesting questions and quizzes. The energy and dedication of Samanjis never stop to amaze us and is a source of inspiration to all of us.

Paryushan @ South East Asia

This year's Paryushan Mahaparva was unique in more than one way. Apart from New Jersey, Samani Malaypragyaji and Samani Neetipragyaji also presided over the Paryushan celebration for a group of five countries - Singapore, Hongkong, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia which was organized by Jain Swetamber Terapanthi Mahasabha, Singapore from 7AM to 10 AM EST. They conducted evening Pratikraman, kids sessions, meditation and pravachan every day according to the time zone of that region during Paryushan. Despite the pandemic, the shravaks of different countries were able to take advantage of virtual celebrations in their homes. Just goes to show the dedication and effort put in by Samanijis to make themselves available at anytime of the day.
 

Kshamapana Diwas 2020


Kshamapana Diwas 2020: Link to YouTube Playlist

With the blessing of Mahatapaswi Acharya Shri Mahashramanji and under the guidance of Samani Malaypragyaji and Nitipragyaji, for the first time, the followers from Jain Vishwa Bharati New Jersey(JVBNJ), Jain Vishwa Bharati North America (JVBNA), Singapore, Dubai and Middle East, Singapore, HongKong and Far East including India came together to celebrate 2020 Kshamapana Diwas.

The program was coordinated beautifully by Madhumitaji Sancheti. The program started with Navkar Mahamantra by Samani Malaypragyaji.  Madhumitaji Sancheti paid sincere gratitude and appreciation to Samanijis on behalf of entire Jain Vishwa Bharati for their constant inspiration for inner upliftment, passing more and more knowledge to the listeners and their non stop effort and dedication to help each one of us individually to rise and challenge ourselves to achieve more. This was followed with an address by JVBNA Chairman and JVB International Vice President Surendraji Kankaria, who echoed his gratitude for Samanijis constant efforts. The program was also presided and addressed by key members from Jain community from India (Shri Rakeshji Khater, Shri Sushilji Bafana, ), Singapore(Shri Shreyansji Singhi, Shri Praveenji Jain), HongKong (Shri Manrajji Nahata) and Dubai (Shri Dineshji Kothari, Shri Nishantji Tater). This was followed by some beautiful songs and bhajans sung by Vandanaji Nahata, Namitaji Mehta and Kamalji Daga. Samaniji then addressed the listeners on the importance of Samvatsari and forgiveness. This was followed by an address by JVBNA President Ashishji Jain and Vice President for Education Shwetaji Daftary seeking forgiveness from Samanijis and all participants on behalf of EC and JVBNA families. They also thanked the volunteers for working tirelessly during these festivities to bring uninterrupted  voices of Samaniji to our homes and showed their gratitude towards Samaniji's.

On Samvatsari day,  more than 40 had people observed 4,6,8 prahari Paushadh on inspiration by Samani Malaypragyaji and Samani Nitipragyaji. Samaniji blessed all the tapasvi with special mention to those who did Paushadh, three days fast and up and all young tapasvi who did upvas for one or more than 1 day. Agam Kothari did 9 Upvas. Rahulji(Singapore), Namrataji, Lalitaji Surana and Mahipalji did 8 Upvas. The bigger surprise was the number of youngsters who did upvas and other forms of fasting (Ekasana etc.).

Terapanth Ro Ram - Bhikhu Shyam


Terapanth Ro Ram - Bhikhu Shyam - Link to YouTube

Under the guidance of Samani Malaypragyaji and Samani Nitipragyaji JVBNA NJ partnered with Utssav Group to celebrate 218th Charamotsava on the eve of Bhikshu Teras. People from USA, Canada, Dubai, Singapore, Hongkong, Nepal and India participated directly and indirectly to turn this program into a Grand Virtual stage show. 

The program was splendidly hosted by Yashika Khater, Rajesh Khater, and Rakesh Khater. The event began with the recital of the auspicious Navkar Mantra performed by Preeti Jain from Singapore, followed by various classical performances, bhajans, kawaali, Bhikshu sangeet and enlightening skits on the life of about Acharya Bhikshu. More than 35 performers from seven nations contributed in various ways in celebrating a saint who lived with highly Jain values and asceticism and did not let adversity deter him. The program showcased the melodious singers of our community whose voices engulfed everyone with feeling of utmost devotion for Bhikshu Swami. The program gathered for than 13K views on Youtube.

Samani Malaypragyaji and Samani Neetipragyaji gave their insights on life of Acharya Bhikshu. Samani Neetipragyaji provided detailed insight on how Acharya Bhikshu created one of the most stable sect of his time, bound strong rules which applied to everyone equally and most importantly followed to the letter. There was no scope of individual interpretation. Samani Malaypragyaji decoded the life and strong character of Acharya Bhikshu for the viewers. How his focus was never to start his own sect but to improve himself and follow the path shown by Lord Mahavir.

The evening culminated with vote of thanks by JVBNA President Ashishji Jain and Mangal Path by Samanijis.

Jain Education Center


Under the guidance of Samani Malaypragyaji and Samani Nitipragyaji, JVBNA NJ is now an established center for the Jain Vidhya Karyashala /  Saman Sanskriti Sankay, JVB Ladnu. 

In the past month, participants from the New Jersey center appeared for Jain Vidhya exam and Sambodhi exam on the Sambodhi & Terapanth app along with thousands of people around the world. It is commendable that despite the pandemic and social distancing protocols, studies and exams could continue by adapting with changing times. More participants are encouraged to join and avail of these wonderful opportunities. 

Next in agenda is Open Book exam of Vivagsuyam Agam.

Bhaktamar Workshop


Bhaktamar Workshop - Link to YouTube Playlist

With the blessing of  Mahatapaswi Acharya Shri Mahashramanji, Jain Swetambar Terapanthi Mahasabha concluded daily workshop on Bhaktamar on 05th September. Everyday, Samani Malaypragyaji from JVBNA shared her in-depth knowledge with clear pronunciation, interpretation and spiritual secrets of Bhaktamar Strotra. This was a very unique way of educating thousands of people on one of the most auspicious creations of Jainism.

These sessions saw a huge surge in listeners across various platforms. People enthusiastically join the zoom sessions and also reviewed the sessions on YouTube. We are very hopeful that these sessions will encourage lot more people to learn, practice and deepen their faith in Bhaktamar Strotra.
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Jain Vishwa Bharati of North America is constantly making progress as part of global outreach to assist more and more people to improve the quality of life by cleansing the mind, body and soul by practicing preksha mediation and other spiritual techniques. To achieve this, JVBNA has expanded its presence in social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube. We encourage you to subscribe to these platforms to receive latest news, participate in live sessions and view recorded sessions of past events.

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Gyanshala - 2020-21

Calling out all aspiring children seeking to learn Jainism / Jain Philosophy, science of living , yoga meditation and much more under the guidance of Samani Malaypragyaji and Samani Neetipragyaji. 

Register now for JVBNA Gyanshala which will be a Remote program beginning 13th September. Take this advantage and register today !

Registration Link:  https://tinyurl.com/gyanshala2020
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