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A person who attaches himself to an incident becomes sad and who just observes the events with composure, can be free from sorrows.


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

JVBNA Gyanotsav 2021

Under the auspicious guidance of Samani Sanmati Pragyaji and Samani Jayant Pragyaji and with immense effort and planning from Prachi Ji, Shweta Ji, Gyanshala teachers and students, JVBNA celebrated the Gyanotsav - Celebration of Knowledge for the calendar year 2020-2021. For Central Gyanshala, similar to last year, this year also Gyanshala was celebrated virtually and was viewed around the world by extended families. 

Gyanotsav 2021 was hosted by Gyanshala chief coordinator Prachi Shah along with Sonia Jain, Shweta Rampuria and Shweta Daftary. With each passing year, Gyanshala has evolved and brought about significant changes in the curriculum and year end projects. This year students were asked to recreate stories they studied using animation tools instead of writing stories for Gyanshala magazines and the output was just mind blowing. This was followed by recognition of all the bright and wonderful Gyanshala students along with individual achievements, Gyanshala teachers and feedback from graduating Gyanshala students, teachers and parents. The Student of the Year award went to Riya Jain and the Teacher of the Year award went to Poonam Bafna for the calendar year 2020-2021.

Samani Sanmati Pragyaji gave her blessing to the students and thanked unconditional support provided by teachers. This was followed by beautifully choreographed performances by kids (a must watch). Shweta ji Daftary provided the details on various JVBNA online studies and education initiatives. The program concluded with vote of thanks from JVBNA chairman Surendra Ji Kankaria and JVBNJ President Ashish Jain followed by mangal path from Samani Ji.

North Gyanshala hosted their Gyanotsav at Siddhachalam Temple on 6th June. Kids really enjoyed seeing each other after a very long time. 

Gyanotsav - Link to YouTube

Tulsi Bhajan Contest

Under the auspicious guidance of Samani Sanmati Pragyaji and Samani Jayant Pragyaji and with immense effort and planning from all Jain Vishwa Bharati Centers of North America, JVBNJ organized the the Tulsi Bhajan Contest on the occasion of Acharya Shri Tulsi's 25th Svargarohan Divas. The mesmerizing video complied of of various important achievements, milestones and society changing events of Acharya Shri Tulsi's life was played to kick off the program. Since Gurudev Tulsi was an accomplished poet, it was only fitting that we pay our tribute to him by singing the Poems and Bhajans written by him. The program was well coordinated between multiple center and hosted by Deepali  Jain from New Jersey, Manoj Gandhi from Orlando, Pradeep Jain from Houston.

Samani Shri Jin Pragyaji gave us insight to important life events of Acharya Shri Tulsi and how those events translated to the positive change in the society. Samani Malay Pragyaji decoded the personality of Acharya Shri Tulsi and provided an insight to how he used to operate, his thought process and his management skills. Samani Punya Pragyaji set the tone for the Tulsi Bhajan Contest with her melodious voice. Samani Sanmati Pragyaji who initiated and organized this program and coordinated the program across all JVBNA centers, spoke about the Acharya Tulsi achievements and quoted Acharya Shri:

Chinta Nahi, Chintan Karo
Vyatha Nahi, Vyavastha Karo
Prashansa nahi, Prastuti Karo
The event progressed with glimpse of very melodious singers, who are blessed with voice that touches the soul, performing Gurudev's bhajan and songs. "Naina ri jyoti kiya mein bhulawa ji" by Samani Sanmati Pragyaji and Jayant Pragyaji was so soothing, beautifully sung and very emotional. Ashok Jain from JVB Houston declared the final results for the contest which was decided by the panel consisting of : Kamal Sethia, Priti Cholera, Kamal Sancheti and Sangeeta Sharma. The contest was won by Vandana Ji Nahata who sang "Nij Bhool Sudharo Ji". The program ended with vote of thanks from JVBNA President Ashish Ji Jain followed by Mangal Path from Samani Sanmati Pragyaji and Jayant Pragyaji.
Tulsi Bhajan Contest - Link to YouTube
Karen Atmotthan, Banen Vardhaman !
JVBNJ under the guidance of Samani Sanmati Pragyaji and Jayant Pragyaji and in association with JVB Ladnu is participating in the monthly Online Open Book Global Quiz Contest which was launched on 09th January 2021. As part of that series, the seventh quiz conducted on 3rd July was on the book Sampann Bano . More than 1250+ people from all over the world participated in this online open book quiz and the response received was very encouraging.

The eighth quiz will take place on Saturday, August 7th, 2021. 

Please find the details below
Quiz Date - August 7th, 2021
Book - Sampann Bano
Audio Book - Link to YouTube
WhatsApp group for Bane Vardhaman -
Facebook group for Bane Vardhaman

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
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