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What Leads to Higher Forms of Life ?

In ancient times, there was no facility of writing and printing. Knowledge was transferred verbally. One, who would stay close to his guru, would get the opportunity to listen to the unprecedented knowledge. In Bhagavati sutra, we find a very beautiful delineation of ten stages of the spiritual development achieved by staying close to a scholar shraman or maahan, which is described in the following order:

  1. By staying close to shraman, one gets the opportunity of shravan (listening) dharm or spirituality.
  2. By listening, one gets gyaan (spiritual knowledge). The consciousness of knowledge is awakened.
  3. By knowledge, one develops the vivek (discrimination) i.e. the power to discriminate between dos and don’ts.
  4. Conscience means analytical knowledge. After knowing the right distinction between acceptable and unacceptable, one does pratyaakhyaan (renunciation) of unacceptable.
  5. Renunciation leads to sanyam (self-restraint). One can control the senses and the mind only when the conscience of renunciation awakens.
  6. Consciousness of self-restraint, when developed, samvar (inhibition of karma) begins i.e. the inflow of new karma is inhibited.
  7. Having samvar in action, the consciousness of tap (penance) is awakened and special auspicious activity takes place.
  8. By penance there is nirjara (eradication) of past karmas and the karmic system becomes less effective.
  9. The more the nirjara the greater will be the inhibition of the mental, vocal, and physical activities. Such inhibition leads one towards the state of akriya (non-action).
  10. Non-action leads to moksha (emancipation). In this state, all activities or fickleness end. Emancipation is not possible till action exists. The state of complete non-action is must for emancipation. Emancipation is the ultimate stage of spiritual development.

These ten stages have their independent existence. Each stage is important and accounts for a relation between cause and effect. The Gita mentions a process of hearing, contemplating and self realizing. This leads a person to renunciation. At first, one listens, then he contemplates, awakens the consciousness of knowledge, and then renounces. However, the journey of anuvrat and mahaavrat is nothing but renunciation of the unwanted action to reach the ultimate destination moksha. Without rejecting the unacceptable, emancipation is impossible.

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

News - January 2020
Gyan Chetna Varsh

Under the auspices of Acharyashri Mahashraman ji and continued inspiration and guidance by Samani Malayapragya ji and Samani Nitipragya ji, JVBNA is blissfully celebrating Acharya Mahapragya Centenary Celebration and Gyan Chetna Varsh. As part of the yearlong celebration, programs are conducted with emphasis on enrichment in Jain values to spread the message of Jainism and works by Acharya Mahapragyaji. Participants are actively engaged in the fields of Jain philosophy, mantras, education and content development.

Ongoing & Upcoming Events:

  1. Who is a Jain Shravak? – Worldwide Open Book Competition.
    • More details at – Deadline March 15, 2020 
  2. Who is a Jain Shravak ? - Phase 2 - Live Competition - JVBNA, New Jersey – March 14, 2020
  3. Jain Vidhya Exam – September 6, 2020
  4. 25 Bol, Shravak Pratikraman, Bhaktamar Stotra – 2nd week, September 2020 
  5. Monthly Camps with various themes
  6. Ongoing Swadhyay via WhatsApp by Samani Malayapragya ji 
    • 25 Bol -
    •  Mahapragya100
    • Samyak Gyan Forum

Past Events:
  1. Sambodhi – a book by Acharya Mahapragya – Online exam in conjunction with India.
  2. Jain Vidhya exam – Multilevel exam in conjunction with India.
  3.  ‘Pehchan Jain Shravak Ki’ – a book by Acharya Mahapragya - Hindi Open book competition
  4. Aagam Swadhyay - Samvaayo
News - January 2020
JVBNA Samyaik Festival
Jain community worldwide celebrated Samayik Festival to start new year 2020 in its own unique way. Samayik is Jain tradition, it is a 48 min journey of inner peace, and simple step towards purifying soul. Jain community from all over world participated in this unique initiative.

Keeping up with this  unique initiative, on Jan 5th, 2020 JVB members under auspicious guidance of Samani Malay Pragyaji and Samani Neeti Pragyaji participated with great enthusiasm and became part of the this worldwide event. 
News - January 2020
News Flash
  • Agam classes this year were very successful and gained lot of traction among JVBNJ members. The next schedule of classes will be announced soon.
  • Parents sessions during Gyanshala are cancelled at the moment as Samanjis are in India. The sessions will resume upon their return.
Upcoming Events
  • Holi - 14th March, 2020
  • Path of Ahimsa - 25th April, 2020
  • Gyanotsav - 6th June, 2020
  • Family Camp - 12-14th June, 2020
  • Kids Camp - 20-25th July, 2020
  • Paryushan - 16-23rd August, 2020
  • Bhikshu Jaap - 29th August, 2020
  • Logassa Anushthan - 19th September, 2020
  • Diwali - 15th November, 2020

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