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JAIN VISHWA BHARATI
Center for Peace and Preksha Meditation

 
 

              


Do not give short term gains great importance.
Be patient and focus on long term gains.

  
 
 

Excerpt from "1 Advice for Each Day ?" by Acharya Mahashraman

Holi Milan and Hasya Kavi Samelan
 
JVBNA NJ  under guidance of Samani Malay Pragyaji and Samani Neeti Pragyaji celebrated the colorful festival Holi virtually. The festival was celebrated two days in a row with wonderfully organized events.

The first event event was hosted by Venus Jain, with kids taking charge of entertaining and educating all of us with their beautiful performance. The event started with the chant of Navakar Mantra by Samani ji. This was followed by a pravachan by Samani Malay Pragyaji on how to lead and live life. As usual a very inspiring and though provoking speech which makes us realize how much more we can do with our lives. This was followed by brilliant performances one after another by Gyanshala kids. Yashika played the traditional Holi song on keyboard. Dance performances by Freya, Anika, Daksh, Svar and Vivaan just made everyone dance in their living rooms. Pichkari Party Kawali by gyan group kids Vaani, Divisha, Nidhi, Deep, Ayan and Ridhaan added the colors to the whole program. This was followed by a beautiful dance performance by Divisha Jain and a skit on holi played by different people. Last but not the least a debate on Holi by Prahee, Rounak, Aarav, Anya and Gaurav. A beautifully choreographed program by Venus Jain was just what was needed to bring the colorful feeling of the festival right here in our living rooms during these difficult times of social distancing. 

The second event was first time ever in JVB NJ, Hasya Kavi Samelan by six brilliant performers - Dr. Kirti Kale, Rao Ajatshatru, Anoop Bhargav, Sunil Vyas, Parth Naveen and Pramod Bhansali . Each performers are unique in their own ways. The program was coordinated by Dr. Kirti Kale. The whole evening was so magical that everyone was lost in the beautiful world of poetry. The evening is difficult to describe and it is highly recommended that you go to below links to watch both the programs

Holi Milan - Link to YouTube
Hasya Kavi Samelan - Link to YouTube

 
 
Varshitap Parna Mahotsav
 
Jainism has given utmost importance to austerity. The fundamental principle behind the idea of austerities is the ‘Bhava', the emotional awareness, to renounce. Renunciation of anything requires self control, sayam and what is more difficult that controlling hunger. Our entire Saman Sangh teaches us, encourages us and motivates us to perform tapasya as a way to develop control over our feeling and emotions thereby putting oneself in full control of his or her being. Samani Malay Pragyaji is leading us by example in this journey by performing Varshitap for 2 years. JVB NJ gathered together to celebrate the Varshitap Parna of Samani Malay Pragyaji and take inspiration from her to develop self control or sayam and take control of our senses.

This was a two day event with day 1 being virtual celebration. Program started traditionally with the chanting of Navkar Mantra by Samani jis. JVBNA chairman Surendra Ji Kankaria read the message from Mahatapasvi Acharya Mahashraman ji on Samaniji's Varshitap and Samani Neeti Pragyaji read the message sent by Sadhvipramukha Kanakprabhaji and Samani Niyojika Sadhvi Varya Sambuddh Yashaji and Samani Niyojika Malli Pragyaji. Samani Kamal Pragyaji also sent a bouquet of beautiful flowers in form of a poem. There is no feeling better than getting good wishes and appreciation from our Acharyas on this successfully completed Varshitap. 

Performances of the event started with JVB Reporters from all over the world engaging in a Q&A session with Samani Malay Pragyaji both at personal and spiritual level giving us a better gauge of her ability to do Varshitap and inspiring lot of people to do Varshitap in coming years. This was followed by unique and riveting performances by Jagaran Group, Fulwari Group, Utsav Group, Khushaali Group, Jyotirmay Group, Gyanshala kids and beautiful songs by our melodious and mesmerizing singers from JVB. Watch it as many times and you will be amazed by the performances every time. Samani Neeti Pragyaji and Prachi Shah collated testimonials from entire JVB NJ and put it together in a beautiful flipbook format and presented it to Samani Malay Pragyaji. The program was seamlessly and beautifully hosted by Snehal Harkawat. 

Day 2 of the celebration was an in-person Samaniji parna at JVB center. Everyone took necessary precaution and followed the protocols to meet and greet Samaniji on her second Varshitap Parna.
 
Varshitap Parna Mahotsav - Link to YouTube
Bhajan Sandhya

 
JVB NJ under the auspices of Samani Malay Pragyaji and Samani Niti Pragyaji organized melodious evening with beautiful bhajan sung by our very own talented singers from JVB. The program was kicked off with chant of Navakar Mantra by Samaniji.

Sushma Sodhia started with evening with beautifully compiled Navkar Mantra based on the tune of "Ek Pyar ka Nagma". This was just what was needed to raise the energy level of all singers and what followed was truly mesmerizing evening. Kamal Daga then sang the Guru Ki Bhakti based on the tune of  "Chandan sa badan" followed by Vandana Ji Nahata who aced the Anup Jalota song Mat kar tu Abhiman hitting all the perfect notes. Pratibha Kataria sang "Duniya mein dev aneko hain", which get stuck in your head once you have heard it. Sushila Baid followed up with an excellent compilation of "Chandi aur Sone" based on tune of "Chandi ki deewar". The program continued with many more such amazing performances through out the next hour. Samani Neeti Pragyaji sang Maan Ko Shant Banaya hum" to close what could be called a truly calm, peaceful, relaxing evening.

We all hope that JVB NJ can have such bhajan sandhya frequently in the future and encourage more participants to come forward and participate.



JVBNA Bhajan Sandhya - Link to YouTube
Mangal Kaamna
 
After two years of non stop effort to guide the entire JVB community for better quality of life via meditation, daily exercise, spiritual discussion, workshops, camps etc., disciples of  Mahatapaswi Acharya Shri Mahashramanji's Samani Malay Pragyaji and Niti Pragyaji will now move to Houston. Entire JVB NJ feels proud of the efforts put in this last two years under the guidance of Samaniji to truly transform the JVBNJ and make it standout among all the JVB centers across the globe. The number of people and communities we have connected across the globe during this difficult time is a testament of Samaniji's hard work and constant motivation to always move two steps forward instead of doing repetitive work.

The Mangal Kaamna event was celebrated over two days, where each and every member of JVB NJ paid their gratitude towards Samaniji. EC members, Gyanshala teachers, JVB members and kids didn't shy away from pouring out their feeling and emotions towards Samaniji. Members conveyed their messages in form of song, dance, poems and everyway possible to show their gratitude but still we ran out of time. The program commenced on the day 2, this time Samaniji leading with a feedback towards EC, Gyanshala teachers and kids and JVB volunteers & members. It was heartwarming to hear what Samaniji has to say. A word of appreciation from our guru is that we need to fill us with sense of deep pride of our efforts. With a hope that our path cross again, the program concluded with traditional Mangal Path.

Mangal Kamana Part -1 - Link to YouTube
Mangal Kamana Part -2 - Link to YouTube
YouTube Channel Playlist - Link to Playlist Doc

Below is a report of what was achieved during last two years under Samaniji's guidance and the YouTube playlist organization for ease of access:
Karmawad - The Jain Perspective
Certification Course

 
Karma is referred in various religion and culture and Jain literatures possibly has the most in-depth study of Karma. Principle of Karma is in the core of Jain doctrine. These principles are bit difficult for common person to understand in depth, so the objective of  certification course was to provide in depth knowledge of Karmawad which we believe has power to bring peace and happiness to anyone’s life.

Jain Vishwa Bharti North Jersey under the guidance of  Samani Malay Pragyaji and Samani Neeti Pragyaji - disciple of  Mahatapaswi Acharya Shri Mahashramanji took an initiative to share the knowledge of Jain-Karmawad in a simpler and academic format. A unique certification course on “Karmawad-The Jain Perspective” that started on Jan 31 this year and ended on March 28th with total 11 weekly sessions was truly a one of a kind certification course which encouraged people to dive deeper into Jain literature. Globally around 1300+ participants from 11 different countries and 80+ cities formally registered for this course.  A total of 11 interactive zoom sessions conducted on weekend with each of these sessions very well designed in academic format with graphical presentations, poll questions and discussions. Recorded sessions were viewed around 25000+ times as well.  After each sessionwas followed by reviews, attendance activities and discussion on topic to keep it interactive and engaging.

To facilitate this course, participants were provided virtual platforms such as YouTube, WhatsApp and Facebook group to keep the information sharing and communication seamless. As a part of this course JVBNA also conducted International Digital contest to create an opportunity for participants to show their  creativity and knowledge of Karmawad in their own unique style in digital format.  35+ submissions from 4 countries and videos attracted 20000+ viewership. Grand Graduation Ceremony was held on 17th April.  The event started with melodious manglacharan by well-known Singer Meenakshi ji Bhutoria followed by  Certification exam and several interesting events such as Certificate Distribution, Result announcement of digital contest and a quiz competition.  The ceremony was attended by several key guests including Honorable High court Judge of Chhattisgarh (India) Goutamji Chourdiya, movie star Bhagyashree and guest judges. Overall a very successful event that expanded JVBNJ’s boundaries across the globe, several gratitude messages received from participants towards Samaniji’s and JVBNJ for conducting such a impactful event.

The whole program was brilliantly planned and organized by Snehal Harkawat, Shweta Daftary, Madhumita Sacheti and Ashish Jain. The beautiful presentation was prepared by Samani Neeti Pragyaji.

You can watch the previously record sessions on You tube:   Link to YouTube
 
JVBNJ Mega Blood Donation Drive
 
The covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of people all around the world. Along with many other difficulties, this pandemic also created a major difficult situation for our blood banks with the highest demand and lowest donation ratio. We didn’t face such a shortage of life-saving blood in the last many decades. With the mission to give back to local community, Jain Vishwa Bharti North Jersey(JVBNJ)  stepped up for this humanitarian cause and hosted a mega Blood donation drive with  Red Cross America  on Sunday, April 4th, 2021 at its  New Jersey Center for Peace and Mediation located at 155 Front St, South Plainfield, NJ 07080.
 
It took over a month of planning, coordination, spreading awareness, education and much more, which is paid of with a very successful and seamless execution of the donation drive,  Red cross team took all the required COVID safety measures and made the process easy and safe for donors.  Donors were presented with Acharya Mahapragyaji's  Book as thank you note for stepping up for this cause. NJ State Senator Patrick Diegnan visited the donation site to show his support for this effort. His office also issued an endorsement letter in support of this blood donation drive. Senator was very pleased to see such community service efforts from JVBNJ for good cause. Red Cross America appreciated JVBNA efforts in coordinating the successful Blood donation Drive.
 
JVBNA Chairman Surendra Kankariya has shared vote of thanks to event coordinator Snehal Harkawat, Ashish Jain and all the volunteers, donors and Red cross America team for a successful planning and execution of this drive.


Glimpse of the blood donation drive Link to YouTube
 
Daily Sessions

 
Acharyashri Mahashramanji’s learned disciples - Samani Sanmati Pragyaji and Samani Jayant Pragyaji, who have spent more than 7 years in building the JVBNJ Center for Peace and Preksha Mediation, have rejoined the JVBNJ center to assist in the spiritual journey of all the shravaks associated with this center here in NJ as well located else where globally. We will soon be publishing all the details from the Swagat Samaroh event in our upcoming newsletter. JVBNJ is blessed be in auspices of Samani Sanmati Pragyaji and Samani Jayant Pragyaji to take this spiritual journey forward.

              
 
Under the esteemed guidance of Samani Sanmati Pragyaji and Samani Jayant Pragyaji JVBNJ  invites you to spiritually immerse yourself in the upcoming spiritual sessions:
 
Daily recharge your mind, body, soul :  Bhaktamar, Suraksha Kawach with Uvasaggahar Stotra, Pranayam and Meditation
US Time - 7 AM to 8 AM EST
India time - 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Daily Evening session: Prayer & Relaxation (Yog Nidra) 
US Time - 9 PM to 9:30 PM EST
India time - 6:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Evening Pravachan by Samani ji
US Time -  8:00 PM to 9:00 PM NJ EST
India time - 5:30 AM to 6:30 AM (India time (next day))

Thursday - Arhat-Vani

Please join by clicking on JVBNA Zoom link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/650899666?pwd=YlQwWWdscExrRVlwLzYycDRXTFl2QT09 

Or (enter with passcode)

Zoom meeting ID - 650899666
Passcode - 108
 
Or anytime on YouTube : Link to Youtube
Bhaktamar Stotra Learning Series for Kids/Youth

 
🙏🏼श्री आदिनाथ भगवान🙏🏼    🙏🏼आचार्य श्री मानतुंग🙏🏼

Jain Vishwa Bharati (New Jersey) and Bhaktamar North America Team presents Bhaktamar Stotra Learning Series for Kids/Youth Class 2 starting Saturday Feb 13, 2021. We are truly blessed to announce that these classes will be taught by Acharya Maha Shramanji's disciple Samani Neeti Pragyaji. The entire course is completely focused on teaching the meaning and correct pronunciation of Bhaktamar Stotra. It is targeted for kids of all age range (K-12 students) but even adults can attend these session which I am sure they will find it entertaining and enriching, especially if you love listening to stories.

Samani Neeti Pragyaji's expertise in engaging the kids on difficult topics with beautiful stories is well known. But the format is setup in such a way that kids will definitely make very good progress in learning  Bhaktamar Stotra.  To ensure kids are well connected to this experience, every thing is explained in English for easier understanding. There are total 24 sessions (1hour each), every Saturday & Sunday. It will help them to memorize and understand the meaning at the same time.

Session Details
Classes/Sessions: Every Saturday & Sunday starting Feb 13th for 12 weeks, 24 sessions total
Timings: 10 am PST / 1 pm EST / 6 pm BST / 11:30 pm IST (10:30 pm IST Starting Feb 14th)

Zoom Details
Zoom Sessionhttp://tiny.cc/jvbhouston
Zoom Meeting ID: 610 101 7320
Zoom Password: 554530

YouTube Link for past sessions: Link to YouTube
Karen Atmotthan, Banen Vardhaman !
 
On the upcoming Acharya Mahashramanji’s 60th Birthday, under the guidance of Samani Malay Pragyaji and Samani Neeti Pragyaji, JVBNA NJ in association with JVB Ladnun launched the monthly Online Open Book Global Quiz Contest on 09th January 2021. As part of that series, the fifth quiz conducted on 1st May was on the book Shilanyas Dharm Ka . More than 1250+ people from all over the world participated in this online open book quiz and the response received was very encouraging.

The sixth quiz will take place on Saturday, June 5th, 2021. See the included video for further details: Link to YouTube

Please find the details below
Quiz Date - June 5th, 2021
Book - Vijayi Bano
Website
https://nj.jvbharati.org
Ebookhttps://books.jvbharati.org/pdf/jvbebook/8925828341.pdf
Audio Book - Link to YouTube
WhatsApp group for Bane Vardhaman - https://nj.jvbharati.org/whatsapp
Facebook group for Bane Vardhamanhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/banenvardhamaancontest/


Exciting prizes to be won while doing Gyan Aradhana.

सरल शब्दों में दे दिया सुज्ञान
आचार्य श्री महाश्रमण महान
पढ़कर के करें आत्मोत्थान
समझकर सारे बनें वर्द्धमान
 
Yoga and Meditation Sessions
 
Get healthy in the comfort of your home. Ramesh Ji Parmar will be helping us heal our mind, body and soul.

Please use the below link to Register for the program. There is a waiver and liability form that needs to be signed as a part of Registration process. Once you sign that you will get a confirmation email with a link to join. The email will also have the next week schedule for the class. There is a link in the email that allows you to join

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/uZEpc-Cvrjktl3N9-oLkw74JO2ZAWmUnfA

Additional materials
Pranayama for Wellbeing and Inner Strength - Link to Youtube
Meditation Technique to strengthen Fearlessness - Link to Youtube
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