21.10.2016 ►JCSC ►Weekly News

Posted: 21.10.2016


Jain Center of Southern California


In This Issue

  • Ongoing Programs
  • Life Time Tithis
  • Upcoming Events
  • Dignitary Visits/Shibir
  • JCYC Halloween Celebrations
  • Wellness Challenge
  • Diwali, New Year, Kartiki Poonam, Guru Purnima & Pat Darshan at JCSC
  • JAYA Diwali Mela - 11/13
  • Thanks Giving: The Jain Way - 11/24
  • Other news & views


Ongoing Programs | Oct - Nov 2016

 

 

 

Event

Date

Start Time

Daily Ashtprakari Puja

Daily

 7:30 AM

Aarti-Mangal Divo

Weekdays 

 8:15 PM

Sat/Sun/holidays

 7:30 PM

Chundadi

Daily in the morning

 

Chaudus Pratikraman

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

11/25

 7:30 PM

JCYC, JSG Pathshala,

Adult Swadhyay, Sutra Class

11/6, 11/13, 11/20 JCYC Class only

 9:40 AM 

Weekly Evening Swadhyay


Every Mon,Tue & Thu
 

 

Shri Adhyatmsar Granth

Monday

 By Girishbhai (8.00 PM)

14 Gunasthanak

Tuesday

 By Hasendrabhai
 (8.30 PM to 10.00 PM)

Shrimad Rajchandra Vachnamrut

Wednesday

 By Rameshbhai
 (8.30 PM to 10:00 PM)

Shri Yogshatak Granth

Thursday

 By Girishbhai (8.00 PM)

 

NOTE:
 

  • 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

 

 

 

  • 10/28 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

 

 

 

  • Dhan Teras, Kali Chaudas, Diwali - Fri - Sun, Oct 28 - 30, 2016.
  • Besatu Varas - New Year - Mon, Oct 31, 2016.
  • Thanks Giving The Jain Way - Thu, Nov 24, 2016

 

 

 

Dignitary Visits/Shibirs

 

 

  • To be announced

 

 

 

Upcoming JCYC Halloween Celebration - Sun, Nov 6th

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Wellness Challenge - Meditate For 21 Minutes Every Day

 

 

For the upcoming weekly challenge, we are challenging the participants to "meditate for 21 minutes every day." 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.

 

 

 

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

 

 


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

Diwali
 
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: 

  

Date

Day

Time

Program

 

 

 

 

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

Paxalji

 

 

  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 Ashadh 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: 

 

Day/Date

Time

Program

 

 

 

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


 

 

 

 

JAYA 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!!

 

 

 

Celebrating Thanks Giving: The Jain Way - Nov 24, 2016

 

 


Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated by many with the purpose to give thanks and be grateful for your family, friends and loved ones. This year we should all pledge to celebrate a non-violent Thanksgiving and strive to have a Jain Vegan meal.

 In Jainism we are very careful not to harm other life forms and our rituals seem to emphasize beneficial regret and asking for forgiveness. Our Thanksgiving prayer typifies our Jain sensibility. In a complementary way, gratitude can bring a positive aspect to our care for other beings.

We sincerely pray that all the people of the world will avoid inflicting harm on animals and fellow human beings and practice nonviolence and compassion.We express our sorrow at the suffering of all the turkeys and other animals that are being slaughtered. May peace and compassion grow in ourselves and extend to all around us.

We will have recitation of the Bhaktamara Stotra on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, Nov 24, 2016 at 10:30 am in the Aradhana Hall. The Bhaktamara Stotra is a famous Jain Sanskrit prayer. It was composed by Āchārya Manatunga (c. seventh century CE) The prayer praises Lord Rishabhnath (Adinath), the first Tirthankara of Jainism. 

Please all attend to celebrate Thanks Giving in a Jain Way.
 

 

 

 

Other News & Views

 

 

1) Mahamantra Shri Navkar Bhasya Jaap 9-24-16 Video Ready

We all are very much impressed by the interest & faith all of you have taken in "Navkar Mantra Bhasya Jaap Anusthan"
We are all soldiers of Mahavir & it is our duty to spread Jain faith across the world & rest of the universe.
Let us All start with our home specially for our children in USA.
Preparation of this Bhasya Jaap was made possible by contribution from Hardik Doshi (Mumbai, India),
Specifically the slide Show and its content from the below Channel only and not any other websites or channels.
www.youtube.com/NavkarVishwaMantra 

This Navakar Bhasya Jap can be enjoyed over and over again, and get great benefit every time, even sitting at home!
Smt Jayshreeben Doshi from Mumbai has presented the significance with various signs(Mudras) of Navkar Mantra Bhasya Jaap Anusthan.
Navkaar Mahamantra is truly a VISHWA MANTRA. No where does it mention the name of any Teerthankara nor any name of GOD
It simply says: “I bow to the Arihant, the SIDDH, the ACHARYAS, the UPADHYAYAS, the SADHUS/SAINTS, of not only of this WORLD but of the whole UNIVERSE - BRAHMAND!!! 
Collectively, they are called Panch Parmesthi (five supreme spiritual people). In this mantra we worship their virtues rather than worshipping any one particular person;
therefore, this Mantra is not named after Lord Mahavir, Lord Parshvanath or Adinath, etc. When we recite Navkar Mantra it, also reminds us that, we need to be like them. 
This mantra is also called Namaskar or Namokar Mantra because we are bowing down.
The Navkar Mantra contains the main message of Jainism. The message is very clear. If we want to be liberated from this world then we have to take the first step of renunciation by becoming a monk or a nun. 
This is the beginning. If we stay on the right path then we will proceed to a higher state, Arihant, and ultimately proceed to Siddh after nirvana (liberation from the cycle of birth and death). 
The goal of every Jain is/should be to become a Siddh

Navkar Mantra Bhashya Jaap 
The Navkar Jaap can be performed in thre manners i.e. 1] Bhashaya 2] Upanshu 3] Manas all these three manners of performing jaaps are catagorically best. 
The sadhak should go step by step i.e.to start with bhashya & then to manas.
Shri Jayantbhai Rahi has started this bhashya jaap with following 5 mudras & starting 5 mangals with "Aum Hrim Aum" since last 15 years with the blessings of as more as 80 Acharya Bhagvants, with the "Sangeet & Ragas" favourite of Arihant Tirthankars

So, undoubtedly, this is a UNIVERSAL MAHAMANTRA

Here is the YouTube link, provided by Narenbhai Maniar, to the uploaded revised video prepared by Pradipbhai.

https://youtu.be/qN_INth8QsA


જય જિનેન્દ્ર
 
નમસ્કાર ભાષ્ય જાપ નો મહિમા તો અચિંત્ય અને અપાર છે.
 
આપણે બહુ ભાગ્ય શાળી કે આપણને ભારતથી જયશ્રી બેન દોશી, અતિ પવિત્ર યંત્ર ને સાથે લાવીને આપણે વિધિપૂર્વક માર્ગ દર્શન આપીને નમસ્કાર ભાષ્ય જાપ સુલભ કરાવ્યો.  જયશ્રી બેને નમસ્કાર ભાષ્ય જાપ નો મહિમા સુંદર રીતે આ પ્રસંગે જાપ વિધિ દરમ્યાન સમજાવ્યો છે. મુદ્રાના ચિત્રો નો પણ સમાવેશ કરેલો છે. તો એમને જ સંભાળીને સાથે સાથે આપ સહુને નમસ્કાર ભાષ્ય જાપ કરવા અમારી નમ્ર વિનંતી છે.  અને આ વિડીઓ ની સહાયથી નમસ્કાર ભાષ્ય જાપ આપણે સહુ નિયમિત પણે કરી શકીએ એટલુ સુંદર માર્ગ દર્શન આમાં સમાયેલું છે..

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2) CA Election, Jain Centers Oppose Death Penalty: Yes on Prop. 62, No on Prop. 66

In the upcoming National elections on November 8th, there is a Death Penalty Initiative (Proposition 62) which will eliminate a Death Penalty in California, replacing it with Life Imprisonment without the possibility of Parole. The Jains (JCNC, JCSC & JAINA) have joined hands with other religious organizations (Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindu, Zoroastrians, Sikhs, Quakers, and others) in Silicon Valley to support this proposition #62 and advice respective communities to vote “Yes” on this initiative. We have taken this position because “a death penalty (which kills a human being) is against Jain tenets of ahimsa, anukampa, karuna, forgiveness, and sanctity of life, etc)”.  We also inform you that since no death penalty is fundamental to our teachings, that JCSC is well within the law to promote and support this initiative.

This religious group held a “Prayer Service” event on Wednesday, October 19 at 6:00 PM (see the flyer at this link) in San Jose to pray for the proposition #62 passage.  A Jain Prayer was recited in this meeting.

There is also a competing Proposition #66 that wants to “expedite the Death Penalty executions”. Obviously, we need to vote “No” for this initiative.

Lastly, we urge you to vote “YES” for Proposition #62 and “No” for Proposition # 66.

 
JAINA, JCNC & JCSC Brief Statement on Death Penalty: 

[Jains and Jain Organizations (JAINA, JCNC, JCSC) strongly reject the Death Penalty to anyone in California and worldwide. Jain tenets declare “All living beings are potentially divine and should not be deprived to reach the ultimate emancipation”. Its principle of Ahimsa (nonviolence), prohibits taking a life of any living being. Jains additionally believe, “Human Life is precious and Death Penalty is not the answer to any crime. Forgiveness is soul’s innate virtue and only it can bring closure & peace.”]

 

 

 

 

 

Kinal Modi
Public Relations
Jain Center of Southern California

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