JVB NJ ►Inspiration Vol 15 ● News

Published: 10.01.2015
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Samani Bhavit Pragya

Samani Sangh Pragya


 

The Art of Walking

"A small prod can control a huge elephant, a small lamp can remove intense darkness, and a small thunderbolt can destroy big mountains. Therefore, small should not be ignored."

Human life is precious. To make it worthwhile, it is necessary to pay attention to matters that may seem small and simple but can actually shape one’s life. These include how to stand, how to sit, how to talk, and how to walk.

Walking

Walking is a fundamental activity of life. Moving one foot after another is the result of muscle movements. However, the act of walking says more about a person than just his muscular action.

 
Let us reflect on the act of walking. A newborn cannot walk on his legs because his physique is too weak. After a few months the baby begins to sit. Then learns to walk by holding his parents finger. After that he tries to walk without any assistance. His first tottering steps bring joy to all. Thus walking is not a mere coordination of muscles; it involves many other faculties as well.

To walk means to move. There are two types of movements. One refers to moving with the legs and the other implies progress in life. The former is physical whereas the latter is abstract. All creatures in this world move methodically. However, walking should be a conscious act. The mind should be engaged in telling you how to walk, when to walk, and why.

The first thing to consider is the purpose of walking. Walking miles and miles is meaningful only if it has an objective. To walk even a step without an aim is a waste of time and energy. 

Morning and evening walks are considered good for health. The lungs normally have the capacity to take in five to six liters of oxygen, but generally people do not use their full potential. Walking enhances the capacity for intake of oxygen, which in turn keeps you more energetic. Morning walks are deemed healthiest because with the sunrise trees release more fresh oxygen and the environment is not polluted. Walking is particularly beneficial for people with diabetes, depression, obesity, and asthma.

Mindful Walking (Gamanyoga)

The word Gamanyoga, as described in the preksha meditation system, means to walk carefully. Gaman yoga is simply a non violent walk with the intent to avoid hurting other beings.

It  also emphasizes choosing the right place and the right path and following safety rules. Every so often, despite awareness of the rules of the road, people still walk on the forbidden side just for the ease or sheer neglect. Such violations could be dangerous. While walking, reflection should be limited.

Before embarking on a journey, one should recite favorite mantra to make the journey auspicious. 

Walking is not merely a physical act but also reflects your personality. Graceful walking leaves a positive impression. Some people tread softly, while others move hastily and heavily, making a great deal of noise. Some people  keep their body in a straight line and others bend their neck and shoulders forward. Some people walk energetically with firm steps while other walk nervously.

The following Guidelines for walking can effectively change your personality:

Staying conscious of each and every movement of the feet makes you more cautious and alert.

Taking balanced and firm steps represents courage and confidence.

 
Walking on the entire foot is more natural than walking only on the toes.

A disturbed person tends to split himself while walking; His physical movement is in one direction, his vision is in another, and his mind may be taking an entirely different path. Let the body, mind, and vision go in unison. 

Hitting other people, creatures, or objects in the vicinity is a sign of frustration and aggression and  should  be avoided. 

A mindful walk awakens and energizes the non violent consciousness within.

Walking for a cause can bring about the awareness and positive change in society. History testifies to the success of peace walks and marches in achieving the seemingly impossible all around the world. Walking for a cause draws global attention to poverty, exploitation inhumane behavior, racism, nuclear armament, and war. Many great men like Mahatma Gandhi, Vinobha Bhave, Martin Luther King Jr., Lech Walesa and Nelson Mandela have been crusaders of peaceful revolutions through peace marches. I myself along with H.H. Acharya Mahapragya, have been on peace marches that have resulted in awakening non- violent consciousness and reinforcing the moral values of the society.

Internal Walking: Spiritual Progress

The abstract or metaphysical meaning of walking is progress, specifically spiritual progress.

Indian culture lays emphasis on charaiveti which means, “To keep going”. According to this concept luck favors those who put forth the most effort, whereas a person who sits idle can never be expected to enjoy good fortune.

“To keep going” in this context is to proceed in spiritual path. Of course, such movement requires right perception and guidance besides physical effort.

What really matters is how effectively one uses knowledge for progress in life. Usually people stress the importance of bookish knowledge. Progress in life should not be judged by this or name or fame. The most meaningful measure of ones knowledge is its proper use for spirituality and enlightenment.

Views of Acharya Mahashraman from "LIFE, Twelve Golden Principles for Holistic Living"

Reflections on 2014

2014 was an eventful year at JVBNA. With Samanijis' blessings and inspiration, and while working as a cohesive team, we were able to conclude the year with quite a few achievements.

We connected to our selves with spiritually enriching programs such as the Annual Spiritual Family Camp, Paryushan celebration, Agam Swadhyay, Yoga & Meditation classes, and Gyanshala for children. We published our first Gyanshala magazine.

We connected to the community with our spiritual-cultural programs to celebrate New Year, Holi, Akshay Tritiya, Kshamapana, and Diwali.

We reached out to the community with our first Bone Marrow Drive and our first Blood Drive. Our Gyanshala children successfully organized a holiday food drive and raised funds for Vimal Vidya Vihar - a school for young children in Ladnun, Rajasthan.

We dramatically improved our communication abilities with the launch of a brand new website and email system. Our monthly newsletters continued to inspire and inform you.

We had a successful 2014 and we will continue to grow in 2015. We wish all our readers a very Happy 2015!

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New Year Jaap, AGM, & EC Oath, - Jan 1, 2015

JVBNA hosted New Year Jaap along with Samanijis' pravachan, Annual General Meeting, and Executive Committee Oath ceremony on January 1, 2015. Dinesh Jain, master of ceremony, started the program off with new year greetings. Namokar Mantra Jaap and New Year Jaap led by Samanijis followed.

The Annual General Meeting followed. President Madhumita Sacheti spoke about the achievements of JVBNA for 2014. She congratulated individual EC members for their contributions and stressed the importance of team work. A brief video presentation of the events of 2014 followed. The video was prepared by Ashish Jain. JVBNA treasurer Sudhir Jain presented the financial statements of JVBNA for the year 2014. A Q&A session followed. 

Board chairman Pratap ji Jain congratulated EC 2014 for its work in the past year. He also spoke about the latest developments in the new property project.

Thereafter, Samanijis announced the Executive Committee for 2015 and Pratap ji Jain led the oath ceremony of the new EC members of JVBNA for the year 2015.

Mool ji Singhi invited the members of JVBNA for the centennial celebration of Singhi Jain Temple at Sujangarh, Rajasthan to be held from January 31- February 3, 2015. Surendra ji Kankariya recited a short poem written by him to express his mangal kamana for Samanjis' India trip.

Samanaji started their pravachan with a new year song about a new beginning, hope, and growth for 2015. She explained that we all have five fingers but not one finger is more important than the others. Only when all five fingers work together, they are powerful. She stressed the importance of working with others in order to make any endeavor successful whether it's at home, work, or JVBNA.

The program was also a send off for both Samaniji who will be in India for a few months. We wish them both a safe and spiritually rejuvenating trip to India and back.

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A Warm Welcome to JVBNA Executive Committee 2015!

President:                            Madhumita Sacheti
Vice President:                    Sumitra Kankariya
Secretary:                            Sonya Doshi
Joint Secretary:                    Hemant Surana
Treasurer:                            Sudhir Jain
Deputy Treasurer:                Kokila Turakhia

Gyanshala:
Prachi Shah, Alka Jain, & Venus Jain
Gyanshala Cultural:
Venus Jain, Ankita Jain, & Deepali Jain
Family and Summer Camp:
Shweta Daftary, HIna Shah, & Jaya Parmar
Gyan Sabha:
Kusum Jain & Pramila Jain
Facilities Management:
Shanti Singhi, Vijayaa Daga, & Rajendra Kumar
Assets Management:
Kiran Nahata, Rupal Talati, & Swati Shah
Cultural:
Kavita Kothari, Sushma Sodhia, & Madhu Bhandhari
Community Outreach:
Suba Parmar, Kamal (S) Daga, & Ashish Jain
Technology & Communications:
Vikram Parmar, Pratiti Dugad, & Hina Harkawat
Gochari:
Varsha Mehta
Membership:
Sheetal Daftary, Kamal (V) Daga, & Amit Baid
Event logistics:
Dinesh Jain, Atul Shah, Girish Shah, & Bhupendra Mehta
Audio-Video:
Ashish Jain, Hemant Surana, & Vipul Marlecha
Newsletter:
Supriya Bothra & Reena Bothra
Photography:
Sandeep Sacheti & Sheetal Daftary
Sadharmik Vatsalya:
Asha Jain, Rekha Jain, & Sunita Jain
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JVBNA New Jersey
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  1. Acharya
  2. Acharya Mahapragya
  3. Acharya Mahashraman
  4. Agam
  5. Akshay Tritiya
  6. Atul Shah
  7. Bhavit
  8. Body
  9. Consciousness
  10. Diwali
  11. Environment
  12. Gochari
  13. Gyan
  14. Gyanshala
  15. Holi
  16. JVBNA
  17. Jaap
  18. Jain Temple
  19. Jaya
  20. Kshamapana
  21. Kusum Jain
  22. Ladnun
  23. Mahapragya
  24. Mahashraman
  25. Mahatma
  26. Mahatma Gandhi
  27. Mantra
  28. Meditation
  29. Namokar Mantra
  30. Paryushan
  31. Pragya
  32. Pravachan
  33. Preksha
  34. Preksha Meditation
  35. Rajasthan
  36. Rekha Jain
  37. Sabha
  38. Samani
  39. Samani Bhavit Pragya
  40. Samani Sangh Pragya
  41. Sangh
  42. Sujangarh
  43. Sunita Jain
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  48. Vimal Vidya Vihar
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