14.10.2016 ►JCSC ►Weekly News

Posted: 14.10.2016

Jain Center of Southern California

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    Ongoing Programs | Oct - Nov 2016






    Start Time

    Daily Ashtprakari Puja


     7:30 AM

    Aarti-Mangal Divo


     8:15 PM


     7:30 PM


    Daily in the morning


    Chaudus Pratikraman

    10/15, 10/29, 11/13, 11/28

     6:30 PM (Weekday)

     6:00 PM (Weekend)

    Monthly Snatra Puja and Navkar Mantra Jaap

    (First Saturday of Lunar Month)

     9:00 AM

    Monthly Bhavna Bhakti


     7:30 PM

    JCYC, JSG Pathshala,

    Adult Swadhyay, Sutra Class

    10/16, 11/6, 11/13

     9:40 AM 

    Weekly Evening Swadhyay

    Every Mon,Tue & Thu


    Shri Adhyatmsar Granth


     By Girishbhai (8.00 PM)

    14 Gunasthanak


     By Hasendrabhai
     (8.30 PM to 10.00 PM)

    Shrimad Rajchandra Vachnamrut


     By Rameshbhai
     (8.30 PM to 10:00 PM)

    Shri Yogshatak Granth


     By Girishbhai (8.00 PM)



    • JCYC Pathshala Class on 11/20 will be from 8:40 am-11:30 am.
    • NO JSG Pathshala, Adult Swadhyay and Sutra Class on 11/20 due to Patdarshan/GBM




    Life Time Tithis




    • 10/20 Kothari Shreedhar & Rupa, Kothari Suketu & Sejal - Punyatithi of Shakuntalaben Arvindkumar Kothari
    • 10/28 Modi & Shah Family - Arunaben Rajnikant Modi-Punyatithi
    • 11/05 Shah Varshaben & Kunal-In memory of Tusharbhai Babubhai Shah
    • 11/11 Shah Vijay & Neeta - For Babulal and Lilaben Shah
    • 11/13 Shah Yogesh & Saurabh - Punyatithi of Shardaben Shah
    • 11/16 Shah Nilesh & Krina - For Shah Nanalal Chimanlal 
    • 11/18 Dr Anila Guruji - In memory of Dinesh Guruji

    Send a photograph of your loved one to Kinal Modi at kinalmodi12@yahoo.com. Please contact Ketan Parekh at Ketan.Parekh@JainCenter.net for information, questions or any pledges.




    Upcoming Events



    • Sasvati Ayambil Oli - Sat - Sun, Oct 8-16, 2016.
    • Dhan Teras, Kali Chaudas, Diwali - Fri - Sun, Oct 28 - 30, 2016.
    • Besatu Varas - New Year - Mon, Oct 31, 2016.




    Dignitary Visits/Shibirs



    • To be announced




    Upcoming Pathshala Class & Back To School Schedule, JCYC Halloween & Diwali Celebration



    1) Upcoming Pathshala Class Schedule

     JCYC Pathshala class schedule for October 16, 2016:
    October 16, 2016:
     9:00 -  9:20 am:    Prarthna
     9:30 - 10:45 am:   Regular religion class for children
    10:45 - 11:45 am:  Regular language/culture class for children
    11:45 - 12:30 pm:  Parents attend language/culture class for "Back to Pathshala"  
                                  Children will proceed to lunch
    If your child is not taking any language class, please make sure to pick up your kids at the earlier time.

    Mommy & Me classes (3 classes, 3-4yr/5yr/6yr):  Regular class from 9:30 - 11:30 am and lunch after that
    Class Room Numbers for your kids will be posted in the Cultural Building as well as the Post Office Building. We will also email the room numbers to your email addresses.

    2) JCYC Diwali and Halloween Celebration

    JCYC committee is organizing Halloween celebration for all our children on November, 6th at 12:30 PM onwards in main cultural hall.  This is a fun event for children of all ages.

    Please note that the Oct - Dec newsletter had the date wrong by a month. We are sorry for the confusion that this created.






    Navpad Ayambil Oli - Oct 8 - 16, 2016



    Ayambil Oli is one of the most auspicious religious festivals currently being celebrated from Saturday, October 8th to Sunday, October 16th, 2016. During the days of Ayambil Oli, we have approximately 50 people doing the full 9 days of Ayambil Oli and about 125 to 150 people doing Ayambil on weekends. 
    Please sign up on sign board which day you are going to do Ayambil, this will help us for proper management.  

    9:30 AM onwards: Navpadji Puja on Saturday, October 15, 2016

    We hereby present you an opportunity to sponsor the upcoming 9 days of Ayambil Oli.

    Sponsorship opportunities are as follows:  

    • $250 for each weekday Ayambil Sponsorship 
    • $500 each for Saturday and Sunday Ayambil Sponsorship 
    • $101 for Snatrapuja 
    • $51 for Puja (Total of 9 available) 
    • Asthprakari Puja, Aarti, Mangal Divo, Shanti Kalash per Ghee boli. 

    Ranjanaben Dedhia has forwarded a document indicating the importance of Ayambil Tapascharya. It highlights "Ayambil Aradhana- Going from Ahaar to Anahaar". This document is in Gujarati and may benefit all of us to read it before we embark on Ayambil Tapascharya.

    Please CLICK HERE for the document.

    Grocery purchases, cooking, serving and cleaning for the entire Ayambil Oli is being done by Jain Center volunteers and part-time hired help. We encourage all members to come forward and sponsor this auspicious occasion. As per our policy we will try to accommodate as many sponsors as possible.

    With feedback from community and EC approval, JCSC is pleased to offer the opportunity to sponsor a KANSA set, with $ 31 per set, to use specifically for Ayambil and Ekasana. This Kansu (bronze) set will contain one plate, three bowls, a spoon & a glass. At present this offer is limited to 150 sets. Please grab this opportunity to show your gratitude to Jain culture which insists us to eat in Kansu (bronze) plate.

    Please contact:

    •     Divyaben Gangar (for Ayambil matters) on 714-283-0323 or at ngangar@gmail.com
    •     Padma Shah (for Puja matters) on 714-670-7854 or at padmashah9@gmail.com
    •     Dr Mahendra Shah (for Kansa Set Sponsorship) on 714-757-9490 or at drmcshah@hotmail.com

    Please correct the dates in JCSC Calendar as Sat-Sun, Oct 8-16, 2016, for Sasvati Ayambil Oli and replace the word "Ekasana" from Oct 15 with "Navpadji Puja/Ayambil".




    Shrimad Rajchandra Bhakti: On Occasion Of Atmasiddhi Shastra Rachna Din - Oct 16, 2016



    Jai Jinendra,

    On the occassion of Shri Atmasiddhi Shastra Rachna Din (Aaso Vad Ekam), we will have Param Krupalu Dev Shrimad Rajchandra Bhakti in JCSC Aradhana Hall on Sunday  October 16, 2016 from  2:00 pm - 3:30 pm.

    1-  Navkaar Mantra
    2-  Mangalacharan
    3-  Shri Atmasiddhi Shastra Recital 
    4-  Bhakti pads by Mumukshus
    5-  Kshamapana
    6-  Aarti
    7-  Mangal Divo
    8-  Aho Aho Shri Sadguru
    9-  He Param Krupalu Dev

    In order to participate, please let us know the bhakti pad by no later than Tuesday October 11th, 2016 so that we can plan the program appropriately.

    Please feel free to contact any one of the following if you have any questions or would like to take a bhakti pad.
    Dilip Parekh @ 3107215947  dilipjparekh@gmail.com 
    Ashok Savla @ 6263724246  ashoksavla630@yahoo.com 
    Mahesh Wadher @ 9093764027  Mahesh.Wadher@gmail.com

    Please come in time as the Bhakti program will start promptly at 2:00PM.
    Thank you.




    Diwali, New Year, Gyan Panchami, Kartiki Punam & Pat Darshan Programs at JCSC



    lease look below for the upcoming programs and Diwali celebrations at Jain Center Of Southern California.

    Diwali is celebrated on the new-moon day of Kartik. On the night of that day, Mahavirswami attained Nirvan or deliverance and attained a state of absolute bliss. The Lord discarded the body and the bondage of all Karmas on that night, at Pavapuri and attained Mukti or deliverance. Chaturdasi (the fourteenth day of the bleak fortnight of Kartik), the full‑moon day and the new year (the first day of the fortnight of the waxing moon in Kartik ‑ These three days are celebrated with Paushadh, fasting, special repetition of holy hymns, and meditation. People should fast on the Chaturdasi (14th day) and the new‑moon day and listen to the Uttaradhyayan Sutra which contains the final message of Lord Mahavir.  

    The entire night of Diwali should be spent in the recitation of holy hymns and in meditation on Shraman  Bhagwan Mahavir. In the early morning of the first day of the new year, Ganadhar Gautam Swami, the first disciple of Lord Mahavir attained absolute enlightenment. The Jains begin the new year with a glorification of Lord Gautam Swami; and listen with devotion to the nine Stotras holy hymns and with listening to the auspicious Rasa (epical poem) of Gautam  Swami from their Guru Maharaj.
    New Year
    Lord Mahavir's chief disciple, Indrabhuti Gautam, had not been able to overcome his attachment to his master and that had prevented his achieving enlightenment. The barrier was only broken after a period of grief over his master’s Nirvän. He at last managed to achieve the highest degree of non­-attachment which enabled him to attain the stage of omniscience, the full enlightenment, in the early morning of the first day of the new year. The Jains begin the new year with a glorification of Lord Gautam Swämi; and listen with devotion to the nine Stotras(Navsmaran) and  the auspicious Räs (epochal poem) of Gautam Swami. Some fast for three days including the New Year day. The real wish should be that the whole coming year may be filled with realistic Dharma, intellectual serenity and equanimity.

    Diwali Program At Jain Center - Saturday, 29th Oct - Monday 31st Oct, 2016 

    Diwali is one single festival which is celebrated on exactly same day by different religions and faiths. 
    Jains celebrate Diwali to celebrate The Nirvan of Bhagwan Mahavir. 
    We will celebrate Diwali at Jain Center as per the program below: 










    Sat Oct 29

    Aso Vad 14 Kali Chaudas

      5:30 PM

    Pratikraman in Aradhna Hall





    Sun Oct 30

    Aso Vad 15 Diwali

      7:30 AM




      9:00 AM

    Laddu Puja followed by other Pujas in derasar



      7:30  to  9:30 PM

    Bhakti Bhavna, Arti and Mangal Divo in Derasar



    10:00 PM to 12:00 AM

    Mahavir Swami Nirvaan Jaap in Aradhna Hall





    Mon Oct 31

    Kartik Sud 1 New Year

      4:00 AM

    Gautam Swami Keval Gyan Jaap in Aradhna Hall



      6:30 AM

    Dwar Opening



      7:00 AM

    Manglik in Cultural Hall



      8:00 AM

    Asht Prakari Puja -1 Puja for each idol (Total 5)
    all Panchdhatu Pratimaji Puja



      9:30 AM

    Snatra Puja, Arti, Mangal Divo, Shanti Kalash
    Gautamswami Arti



      8:00  to 10:00 AM

    Sadharmik Bhakti- Navkarshi by sponsorship with
    Nakro of $2001 including food, $ 201 (Excluding Food)

    Please note: Aadesh for Gheebolis of New Year (Oct 31st) will be given on Sun, Oct 30th during Bhavna Bhakti.

    Gyan Panchmi Program - Saturday, Nov 5th, 2016
    Gyan Panchmi is celebrated 5 days after Diwali and is also known as Laabh Pancham.
    It is the day of appreciating acquired/collected knowledge in every form and holy books. 
    A lot of people also observe fast by keeping silence (Maun).  
    This is an auspicious day for those who want to start Pancham with Fasting. This year Gyan Panchmi is on Saturday, Nov 5th, 2016. We will have Gyan Pujan and Gautamswami Sthapana at Derasar at 9:30 AM for anyone who wishes to perform Puja. Dev Vandan will follow after Puja. 
    Kartiki Punam & Pat Darshan (Actual - Mon, Nov 14th, 2016, Observed - Sun, Nov 20th, 2016) 
    Kartiki Punam night is considered as the brightest full moon night in the whole year as the rainy season is supposed to end and night sky is all clear. This is the day to resolve to free oneself of basic instincts.  
    In the rainy/monsoon season, all Acharya Bhagwants, Sadhus, Sadhvis, Munis etc stay at one place and do not travel for four months.This starts from Aso Sud Chaturdashi and ends on Kartik Sud Punam. After Kartik Punam, their Vihar starts again to spread the knowledge of Principles of Jainism such as Truth, Ahimsa, and Compassion etc. 

    A pilgrimage to Shatrunjay‑Palitana on this day is considered to be of great importance. Thousands of Jains go on pilgrimages on this day. This day also is celebrated as the birthday of Kalikalasarvajna, Acharya  Bhagavant Srivijay Hemachandrasooriji who was born on this day. (in Vikram Samvat 1134 or 1078 A.D.) Thus Kartiki Punam has a big significance for all Jains.

    Kartiki Punam Celebrations are as below: 








    Monday, 14th Nov, 2016

    09:30 AM

    Pat Darshan in Aradhana Hall

    (Kartiki Punam actual day)






    Sunday, 20th Nov, 2016

    09:30 AM

    Pat Darshan with Khamasna and Chaityavandan

    (Kartiki Punam observed)




    11:30 AM

    General Body Meeting, Classroom 1&2 (Upstairs in Cultural Center)



    followed by Swamivatsalya Lunch





    Wellness Challenge - Do 15 Minutes Of Cardio Every Day



    For the upcoming weekly challenge, we are challenging the participants to "do 15 minutes of cardio everyday" The whole purpose of this challenge is to increase your heart rate, exercise your heart muscles, and build your endurance. Cardio exercises are very important to keep your heart strong and healthy. They also help lower your cholesterol, burn fat, and reduces your risk of getting heart disease. Please keep in mind to choose an exercise that you are comfortable with and also practice warming up, stretching, and cooling down for these activities. If you are interested in learning more and participating, click here.




    JAYA Event - Diwali Mela - Nov 13, 2016



    JAYA presents Diwali Mela on Sunday, November 13th at 1:00 PM right after Pathshala at JCSC cultural hall!!  Come join us for rangoli, mehndi, crafts, sweets, snacks, cultural talent performances and lots more!!! 

    SAVE THE DATE as you don't want to miss this fun and exciting event that we as a Jaya group will put together.  We want YOU to tell us what talent you or your child has and start signing up!!

    We will be in the basement during lunch after Pathshala on October 9th, 16th and NOVEMBER 6th for Sign Ups... so do come see us and give US YOUR IDEAS!!

    THIS PROGRAM is about YOUR TALENTS, so PLEASE PARTICIPATE and let's make this EVENT a success together!!   

    Please CLICK HERE for the flyer.

    Look forward to seeing everyone!!






    Kinal Modi
    Public Relations
    Jain Center of Southern California

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