Quotes from Acharyashri, News & Upcoming Programs
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Thought (vichaar in hindi) means the one which moves ( in hindi, char means walk) . How can one that moves be permanent? The one that is temporary cannot be permanent and the one that is permanent cannot be temporary. Every dravya or substance has both facets- permanence and impermanence. Thoughts always remain impermanent. Some are astonished at a change in opinions. But, what is so surprising? If thoughts do not change, that is surprising. The nature of thoughts is to change. If one thought stays an entire lifetime, the person should be thought of as a very rigid person, closed to new ideas. A person often experiences pride at having clung to a thought tightly. He thinks he is strong. But, it, in reality, is foolishness. When bones become too rigid, it is an alarm of bad health. Bones should remain flexible. That is why, getting stuck at one thought is not something special. But, men and women sometimes assume a foolish act to be special. When the mind is not stable, even the wrong seems right. The field of thoughts is unique. Here, thoughts which oppose one another are nurtured. Beneath the veil of right understanding, foolishness is nurtured.

In the field of thoughts, opposite thoughts cannot be ignored. There cannot be a thought which only produces harmony. Thoughts produce duality, because the nature of thoughts is to move and change. In this dual world of thoughts, thinking something should happen this way or that way, something will happen or wont happen, is illusionary- there is no reality to it. We are contemplating on how to think because we sometimes, have positive life-building thoughts and sometimes, destructive thoughts.We want the latter to be less. This can be achieved if we could refine our thoughts. And thoughts can be refined by achieving a balance of thoughtlessness and the state of thoughtfulness. Clear thoughts cannot be achieved by just thinking as there is struggle in the field of thoughts. More we experience thoughtlessness, more our thoughts become clear and positive. Intellect cannot clean thoughts. Only thoughtlessness can. From it, comes positivity, faith, will-power, the ability for self-effort, and the radiance of light which is within us. 

But what is thoughtlessness? It is the state of meditation. In this state, there are no thoughts and no imagination. Doors of all kinds of thoughts are closed. That consciousness arises which is beyond the senses, the mind, and the intellect. One only experiences the pure soul. The state is entirely a subject of experience. It cannot be discussed in words.

Excerpts from "Kaise Soche" by Acharya Mahaprajna 

News - June-2019

Gyanotsav - The celebration of Knowledge
Gyanotsav, the celebration of Knowledge was scheduled on 1 st June 2019. The primary agenda of Gyanotsav was to acknowledge JVBNA Gyanshala students and Adult Gyanshabha participants. The program was hosted by Fulwari group under the auspicious guidance and support of Samani Malaya Pragyaji and Samani Neeti Pragyaji. The aura was enhanced by beautiful décor crafted by Sonya Doshi, Smriti Kankariya and Hina Shah of Fulwari group. It was inaugurated by blissful navkaar mantra by Samanijis. The detailed outline of the program was crafted by Prachi Shah which was deliberately delivered and conducted by bright Gyanshala ex-students and volunteer teachers Palak Shah, Tanvi Shah and Arnav Sacheti. The showstopper of the event was flamboyant parade by Gyanshala students and teachers. This was followed by students acknowledgement bequeathing them with Trophy, certificates and gifts sponsored by JVBNA. Teachers and Volunteers were then recognized by certificates. During the event, Samani Neetipragyaji engaged everyone including students by her alluring pravachan in the form of an appealing story. Samani Malaypragyaji expressed through her words in her pravachan, how important it is to seek spiritual knowledge during every step of your life and there is no end to learning. Learning process should be your daily need. She encouraged everyone to attend swadhyay and seek spiritual knowledge.
Fulwari group finally stroked their vocal cords and presented a beautiful song in their melodious voice “Gyaan ke Chandan se Meheki…” written by Samani Malay Pragyaji and Music directed by Sushmaji Sodhia. To add to the event’s highlight, all Gyanshala students presented a wonderful showcase of their knowledge in the form of a skit written by Samani Neeti Pragyaji and directed by Venus Jain in coordination with Samaniji and Prachi shah. Students deliberately presented what they learnt throughout their journey at Gyanshala, be it Bhaktamar and Logassa path, knowledge on Nav Tatva, Leshya , and Yoga demonstration. The skit was supported by brilliant act out of Gyanshala teachers as well. Adding to showcasing students knowledge, the annual Gyanshala Magazine was launched by magazine editor Hina Harkawat and inaugurated by Samaniji. This year, in order to go paperless, and supporting the 21 st century technology savvy society, the magazine was published on a flash drive and made available on the same. Not to forget the adults participant of JVBNA Gyansabha were acknowledged by Pratapji Jain in coordination with Sheetal Daftary.
Winding up the program, it was time for the much-awaited interactive games and activities, where the audience was divided into adults and children. Children took their lead to the basement where Suba Parmar, Pooja Chaudhury, Smriti Baid and Sajeev Jain had lined up set of fun games and creative activities for children. Adults were guided by a very innovative Jain Snakes and ladder game “Kaun Pahochenge Siddh Lok?” organized by Shweta and Sheetal Daftary, Rameshji Parmar, Nimisha Jain with the support of Samani Malay Pragyaji. The game truly engaged every member of the audience and built up the thrill enormously. The program was concluded with auspicious Magalpath by Samanijis, followed by Dinner.
Jun 7th - Jun 9th

Annual Spritiual Family Summer Camp
Jain Vishwa Bharti’s annual weekend camp not only teaches the attendees about the philosophy of Jainism, but also offers a completely transparent view into the lives of a true Jain.  From June 7th to June 9th, about 150 people, from the age range of five to eighty, put a pause on their manic and fast-paced lives to detox from the mind and heart, and learn that they indeed are the creators of their own destiny. The camp, hosted in Arsha bodha in the Poconos, began at 5:45 in the morning with the peaceful and serene chanting of the Bhaktambar, followed by an hour of learning yoga and its benefits. Throughout the day, every age group attended seminars hosted by our Samnijis, and learned about topics ranging from astrophysics to learning how to control our emotions, actions, and lifestyle. After about ten hours of back to back sessions, everyone reconvened at night time to play games and act out impromptu skits, all tying back to the twelve Agams. 

This camp was more than reciting shlokas of Jain prayers. It was about learning the meaning behind them, and what should be the true reason behind our drive to attain Moksha. How can we, as humans living in the 21st century, come closer to achieving liberation when there is nothing but obstacles set in our path? It was a lifetime experience and people who attended had a wonderful time and had filled themselves with positivity and energy!

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Jun 30th
Acharya Mahapragyaji Centenary Celebration

Jain Vishwa Bharati of New Jersey commenced Acharya Mahapragyaji's Centenary Celebration on Jun 30th. We are embarking on a journey of year long spiritual celebration. Samani Malay Pragyaji and Neeti Pragya ji have announced a series 11 lectures and workshop over the next year to commemorate the 10th Guru of Terapanth sect. The lectures will cover discourses on the books that Gurudev authored. Workshops will also be interactive and will offer audience to participate in Mantra recitations, and hone their skills in Preksha meditation: a skill that was scientifically explained, practised and brought to life by Achraya Mahapragya. On this occassion, many people spoke about their experiences and lasting impact Achraya Mahapragyaji left in their lives and we all hope to follow the path he taught. 

A WhatsApp group  ‘Mahapragya 100’ is created to share
  • Short Daily pearls of wisdom from Acharyashri’s books by Samani Malaypragyaji & Samani Neetipragyaji 
  • Weekly audio from Sambodhi - a book by Acharya Mahapragya 
  • Weekly audio from Acharya Mahapragyaji’s autobiography 
  • Weekly video snippets from Acharya Mahapragyaji’s lectures 
Please join the WhatsApp group Mahapragya 100 by clicking on the link. Share with your family and friends to join in the celebration as we collectively strive to celebrate the life and work of Acharya Mahapragyaji and adopt the learning in our lives.

Also a Whatsapp "Mahapragya 100" group 2 is created to share Autobiography of Acharya Mahapragya. Samani Malaypragyaji has undertaken the task of converting the book - Yatra ek Akinchan ki - into audiobook. It would be an enriching experience to listen to the Acharyashri’s autobiography in her voice everyday. 

 Join Mahapragya 100
 Join Mahapragya 100 Group 2
Jul 28th

Acharya Mahapragaya Birth Centenary Celebration Lecture Series
 Day Camp 1 (1 out 11)
How to Think (Soche Kaise)
Jain Vishwa Bharati of New Jersey is celebrating Acharya Mahapragyaji’s centenary. Over the year, series of 11 day events are planned: the first event took place on Jun 28th. “How to think?” was the theme of the first monthly day camp led by Samani Malay Pragyaji and Samani Neeti Pragyaji.  Samani Malay Pragyaji explained the concept of mind and thoughts, its origination, types and various factors including karma that exert influences on them.  The explanations were interspersed with practical nuggets and Preksha meditation session. Attendees expressed their gratitude to Samaniji for such a maiden effort, which is beneficial in daily life.  All expressed their enthusiasm and support to continue such regular camps. About 125 individuals attended the event and there were parallel sessions for adults and children. Samani Neeti Pragyaji led the youth and children session. Everyone enjoyed the lunch, which was sponsored by an anonymous couple.

Upcoming: Anusthaan -  August 11th

‘Mantra Meditation’ (Anuthaan) is the 2nd camp being organized on the occasion of Acharya Mahapragyaji’s Centenary celebration.  Chandra Prajnapti Sutra is an agam (upang) that describes the moon, the planets and the associated mathematics regarding their motion.  Samaniji will elaborate a selected gaatha (stanza) from this agam.  The selected sutra and each word of this sutra in itself is powerful and beneficial in many respects including eliminating any obstacles - health, home, business and financial, and fulfilling desires.
Upcoming Events
  • Summer Camp for Kids - August 5th - Aug 9th Register Now
  • JVBNA Annual Family Picnic - August 17 Register Now
  • 2019 Paryushana Mahautsav - Aug 27th - Sep 4th 
  • Acharya Mahapragya Centenary: Anusthaan  - Sept 1st

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