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Posted: 07.10.2014
Updated on: 30.07.2015


Samani Bhavit Pragya

Samani Sangh Pragya


Where does life end?

Many viewpoints are at work in order to define and discuss life. It is necessary, therefore, to keep in mind those viewpoints, while discussing the end of life. If the definition of life that is based on seven levels like the body, the senses, etc., is accepted, then it can be said that the combination of the body and the consciousness is life, and their separation is the end of life. Even after the disintegration of the physical body, the soul attached to the world remains tied to the subtle bodies. The subtle bodies, once again, create the physical bodies and the journey of life resumes. Life that is sustained by bio-potential and vital energy is also restricted within a definite time span. At one point the capacity of the body-power and the vital breath gets exhausted. This process continues until the soul or consciousness attains the state of purity.


Whose life can become Philosophy?

The life of those, who live an exceptional, artistic, and enlightened life, becomes philosophy. Among the individuals whose life has become philosophy, Mahavir is our ideal. He determined a goal in his life. He adopted the path suited to that goal, and followed it with complete faith. His life became philosophy. 

Mahavir was not born in any unusual manner. His childhood was spent like an ordinary child till he entered his youth. There was nothing extraordinary in his life. He lived one kind of life for twenty eight years. However, his life in the following two years strengthened the background of his determined goal. He gave a new turn to his life at the age of thirty years. Turning his back to his family, royal palace, grandeur of the royal life, he wandered alone for twelve years. His aim was to practice the “Samayik Sadhana”. Samayik is the practice of equanimity in all situations. He lived his life with equanimity. Later Mahavir said: “When the individual maintains his equilibrium in the five mutually opposite situations, gains and loss, happiness and misery, life and death, condemnation and praise, respect and insult, his life becomes a philosophy.” Again he said, “When the individual is free from the apprehensions regarding this life and the other life, when he regards the tranchet and the anointment of sandalwood as the same, and is indifferent whether he gets his meal or not when he is hungry, his life becomes a philosophy.


Views of Acharya Tulsi on"Philosophical Life"  from "The Vision of New Society"

Kshamapana Diwas

JVBNA celebrated Kshamapana and Bhikshu Jaap Diwas on September 13, 2014 under the guidance of Samani Bhavitpragyaji and Samani Sanghpragyaji. The master of ceremony, Deepa Jain graciously announced the commencement of the program with Navkar Mantra by Samanijis, followed by Bhikshu Swami Jaap. Samani Sanghpragyaji spoke about the life of Swami Bhikshu. Swami Bhikshu  had to face many adversities in his life related to food, clothing, and shelter. Acharya Bhikshu's first shelter was a cremation ground, which is generally the last shelter for an ordinary person. He was not able to procure adequate food and stayed in cramped and haunted places. These adverse conditions did not perturb him as he continued to follow the right path and is now Indra in the fifth devlok. Samani Bhavitpragyaji spoke about the importance of forgiveness in our lives and encouraged the audience to resolve the differences in their lives to attain the highest state of self. Forgiveness is a brave act and a person, who can seek forgiveness, inculcates sahajta, and rijuta in his life.

Samanijis gave away prizes to the winners of Paryushan worksheet - Bhavi Daftary, Tanvi Shah, Gaurav Shah, Hersh Daftary, and Dr. Namrata Shah.

JVBNA treasurer Sudhir ji Jain acknowledged the Annual Contributors for 2014-15, and motivated others to donate towards the mission and activities of JVBNA.  Past Chairman of the Board, Surendraji Kankariya introduced our special guest Maestro Kummar Chatterjee, who mesmerized the audience with spiritual Jain Bhajans. The program was followed by Sadharmik Vatsalya.


Samanijis lead Prayer at NJ Assembly

Samani Bhavitpragyaji and Samani Sanghpragyaji were invited to the NJ Assembly to lead a prayer session on Monday Sept 29, 2014. JVBNA President Madhumita Sacheti delivered the introduction. Samanijis discussed the meaning and benefits of Navkar Mantra and Mangal Bhavana, as they recited these prayers in front of the NJ assemblymen. The prayer session was sponsored by Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan and was very well received at the well attended assembly session.

Prayer at NJ Assembly, Sep 29, 2014


Upcoming Events

  1. Gyanshala 2014-15 Session Begins - Sunday, Oct 5
  2. Diwali Jaap - Thursday, Oct 23 - 10AM-11AM - JVBNA Center

  3. Upasak Dasha Agam 8 Day-Weekend Course - Nov 15, 16, 22, 23, Dec 6, 7, 13, 14 - 10AM-12:30PM - JVBNA Center
  4. New Year, AGM, EC Oath, & Samanijis' Mangal Kamana Samaroh - Thursday, Jan 1


Ongoing Activities at the JVBNA Center

Wednesdays - Yoga
Thursdays - Swadhyay
Saturdays - Prayer, Meditation, and Swadhyay

(We have started this monthly newsletter on the occasion of Achrya Tulsi’s Centennial Birthday Celebration. Acharya Tulsi was the man of Mission and Motives. Dr. Radhakrishnan former President of India (1888-1975) his book "Living with Purpose" included him in 15 great persons. Read more about Acharya Tulsi in upcoming issues.)

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