06.04.2016 ►JVB NJ ►Inspiration | Vol 30 News & Upcoming Programs

Posted: 06.04.2016

From Acharya Tulsi

Par mein jo atmiya mati
vahi dukhon ka mula
vismriti hai nijabhava ki
yah kaisa vatula.

The root cause of unhappiness is to have feelings of "MY" or "MINE" for objects. It is a fact that whatever is beyond our soul in this world is other object. When this truth is curtained, a man establishes the relationship with other things. Thus, it causes the forgetfulness of the real form of the self. It is strange whirl-wind.

Regular Sessions

Preksha Meditation
Tuesdays  - 7:30PM - 8:30PM - JVB Iselin Center


Thursdays - 7:30PM  - 8:30PM - JVB Iselin Center

Youth Forum

3rd Friday of every month - 7PM - 9PM - JVB Iselin Center - Upcoming - April 15

Samayik (Prayer, Meditation, Swadhyay)
Every Sunday -  10AM - 11:30AM -  JVB Iselin Center


Two Sundays every month - 3:30PM - 6PM - Franklin Temple Classrooms

Pakshik Pratikraman

Every Pakkhi - 7:30 PM - JVB Iselin Center - Upcoming - April 7

Online Classroom
Weekly - 2nd quarter in progress - Ajeev 101 - began April 1, 2016      



Anekanta is Life's Philoshophy

Nothing is independent. Everything is connected. Always a difference or always a similarity, always opposition or always syncronization, always one's own or always somebody else's....these are all  just illusions, not reality. If we want to live in reality, then we have to develop the anekanta view in our practical life.

The biggest mistake is that we have mistaken anekanta for philosophy. That only in discussion of truth does one use anekanta. This is a mistaken belief. That explanation, which does not apply to real life does not apply to the quest for truth either.

Life is also a truth. It is a great truth and all explanations derive from it. All principles, streams of thought and arguments originate from it. No truth or discussion can be located away from life.

The principle that does not have any link with life does not have validity anywhere."Yatha pinde tatha brahmande." The one who gave this dictum gave something very significant. That much truth as is contained in a small particle is contained in the whole universe. All the truth that is contained in the universe is contained in a small particle.
Excerpts from "ANEKANTA THE THIRD EYE" by Acharya Mahaprajna


JVBNA Upcoming Programs 



Holi Milan was a significant event for JVBNA this year, not only because of the significance of the festival itself but also as it was one of the first events to have taken place at our own Center for Peace and Meditation under the auspicious presence of Samani Satya Pragyaji, Samani Shukla Pragyaji, Samani Rohini Pragyaji, and Samani Rohit Pragyaji. The celebration took place on March 19 and JVBNA was very fortunate to have two visiting Samanjiis from FIU, Miami - Samani Shukla Pragyaji and Samani Rohit Pragyaji at the celebration.

Master of the ceremony, Vivek Baid, graciously started the program with Samanjiis’ blessings and Navkar Mantra. The JVB choir comprised of Kamal Daga, Sunil Bothra, Rajiv Jain, Surendra Kankariya, Sumitra Kankariya, Sushma Sodhia, and Shilpa Bhansali, sang Mangalcharan. 

President Madhumita Sacheti expressed JVBNA's gratitude towards all 4 Samanijis to have inspired members through various innovative initiatives over many years thereby aiding in their spiritual growth and wished them well as they get ready to embark on their future spiritual journey.

Gyanshala students performed a dance and two skits highlighting the colors of Navkar Mantra and soul. The wonderful performances were conceptualized and written by Samanijis and were choreographed by Venus Jain, Sonya Doshi, Ankita Jain, Deepali Jain, and Ansh Doshi. The Youth Forum staged an intergalactic conference on colors conceptualized by Samanijis and written by Youth Forum children.

Chairman Pratap Jain, spoke about the new center and its benefits for the Jain and non-Jain community. Director Ramesh Parmar explained more in details about the new center and the future plans and appealed to the audience to come forward and contribute their time, talent, and financial resources generously. 

The audience was very fortunate to hear from all four Samanijis on the occasion. Samani Satya Pragyaji spoke on the importance of Holi. She said “In this world nothing is devoid of color. We have all colors within. Holi is the festival of entertainment that comes only for a day but we should try to make our everyday colorful by living a life of values.” Samani Shukla Pragyaji discussed how one can bring color into his life by applying three ‘S’ in it.  She inspired people to live a life with Smile, Simplicity, and Serenity. Samani Rohini Pragyaji and Samani Rohit Pragyaji, through a dialogue program, presented the dedication of ancient Jain Shravaks toward spiritual practices. In their presentation, they also appreciated the members of Jain Vishwa Bharati New Jersey and their commitment to take part in various activities to uplift their soul and bring change in their lives. The program ended with Mangal Path.

The second part of the program comprised of an Antakshari Competition, which was conducted by Kavika and Vivek Baid, and enjoyed by all. The Holi program would have been incomplete without playing with colors. Children and adults played with dry colors outside in spite of  cool temperatures. This Holi celebration was one of its kind in JVBNA history and was enjoyed by all.


Youth Forum

By Aditya Katariya

March Youth Forum meeting was held on Friday, March 18 under the guidance of Samani Rohini Pragyaji and Samani Rohit Pragyaji. First up, the Youth Forum members rehearsed the part that they played in the Holi Milan. The Milan would occur just on the next day. All of the kids would practice their topics on the colors of the universe and the Rainbow it creates. Each kid had a certain color to discuss about and while creating the setting for the background and idea for the intergalactic meeting of the colors and their places from the solar system. After a little while of preparation for the big day tomorrow, the Samanijis and the kids had a meditation session including calming the mind, practicing breathing techniques and more. After an entertaining Holi program, I'm looking forward to the next meeting!



::- SAMAYIK -::

Samayik is very important in Jain Dharma. Samayik is that in which equanimity is practiced and benefits are obtained. To practice and adhere to equanimity, rules of samayik are read.
The duration of samayik is 48 minutes which is called one muhoort.



Karemi Bhantel! 
Savajjam jogam 
(Muhuttam egam) 
N Karemi 
N Karavemi 
Manasa, Vayasa,
Tass Bhante!

Venerable Sir! I take to
All the sinful activities
I vow to abstain from 
For the period prescribed
(One muhoort)! 
(I will) observe it 
by two modes and 
Three ways
Neither will I do
nor cause others to do 
by mind, speech
and body
Venerable Sir! 
I shun sinful activities
I censure them 
I reprimand them 
I am detaching 
my soul (from all sins).



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