10.01.2017 ►JVB NJ ►Inspiration | Vol 38 December News & Upcoming Programs

Posted: 10.01.2017





Suttesu yavi padibuddhajivi
Na visase pandie asupanne
Ghora muhutta abalam sariram
bharanda pakkhi va chare'ppamatto

A wise person of sharp intelligence should remain conscious even among those who sleep. He should not be complacent as time is relentless and the body is weak. So he should always be vigilant like the fabulous bird Bharanda.





From Acharya Mahashraman


Roj Ki Ek Salaah

Years come and go. This is not significant. What is significant is that each passing year becomes a reflection of progress of the inner self.
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From Acharya Mahaprajna


The Secret of Anekanta: The Opening of the Third Eye

The Acharyas of Anekanta have said that there is nothing permanent or impermanent in the world. The eye that looks for permanence is one and the eye that looks for impermanence is another. But the third eye is that which sees the truth. When that third eye opens, a third category comes into being. That is neither permanent nor impermanent. One man sees equality, another sees inequality. But with the opening of the third eye, there is no equality or inequality, everything is both equal and unequal......making for a separate category. The opening of the third eye or the creation of the third category is the secret of Anekanta. As long as we continue to live between two categories, we will not be able to catch the truth but will find ourselves eternally grappling with truth and untruth.

Excerpts from "ANEKANTA, THE THIRD EYE" By Acharya Mahaprajna




JVBNA Upcoming Programs 2017 

  • Holi Milan & Samanijis’ Swagat Samaroh - Sat, March 25
  • Path of Ahimsa - Mahaveer Jayanti, Akshay Tritiya & Tribute to Gurus – Sat, May 6
  • Gyanshala & Youth Forum Annual Day – Sat, June 3
  • Annual Spiritual Family Camp - Fri-Sun, June 9-11
  • International Yoga Day Celebration – Sun, June 25
  • Paryushan - Sat-Sat, August 19-26
  • Kshamapana & Bhikshu Jaap – Sat, September 9
  • Mahaveer Nirvan Jaap – Thu, Oct 19
  • New Year Mangal Path – Fri, Oct 20
  • Diwali Milan – Sat, Nov 4
  • 8 Day Weekend Agam Workshop - Sat-Sun, Nov 11, 12, 18, 19, Dec 2, 3, 9, 10
  • Gyanshala & Youth Forum Holiday Community Activity - Dec
  • New Year Jaap, AGM, EC Oath - Mon, Jan 1, 2018




Gyanshala & Youth Forum Community Project

On Dec 10, 2016, under the guidance of Samanijis, JVBNJ Gyanshala & Youth Forum children embarked on their annual holiday community project to aid the underprivileged strata of society. This year's project involved preparing and serving vegan meals to the homeless and the needy in collaboration with Hunger Van. With the help of teachers and parents, the children prepared 125+ meals at the JVBNJ CPPM, and distributed these in the Newark, NJ area. This was a tremendously fulfilling and learning experience for the children and adults alike. The event was coordinated by Community Outreach coordinator Ashish Jain, and Gyanshala coordinator Prachi Shah and her team.

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Vipakshrut Agam Workshop

Under the auspicious guidance of Samani Sanmati Pragyaji and Samani Jayant Pragyaji, a 7 Day weekend Vipakshrut Agam workshop was held at JVBNJ from Nov 19 - Dec 18, 2016. This was JVBNJ's 4th Annual Agam Workshop. Vipakshrut Agam, the 11th book of the Dwadashangi, is a treatise on the connections that exist among actions, karma, joy, and sorrow, and elucidates these connections through simple stories. Samanijis led the attendees through extremely engaging and interactive sessions outlining these stories and explaining their messages. In addition, attendees also got an opportunity to delve into the details and intricacies of Karma Theory. The workshop was very well received by more than 20 attendees.

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Successful Completion of Jainism 101 Online Classroom
Dec 31, 2016 marked the successful completion of the first year of JVBNJ Online Classroom that was launched under the auspicious guidance of Samanijis. The Online Classroom, a structured platform to refine the knowledge of Jainism, its philosophy and principles, launched its first course - Jainism 101 - on Jan 1, 2016. The course was conducted over a year to cover 4 main segments in 4 quarters - Jeev 101, Ajeev 101, Nav Tattva 101, and Shad Dravya 101 - in a self-study mode using audio-video technology for delivery of weekly lectures. Relevant reference materials were also provided. Participation and understanding was evaluated via periodic quizzes and assignments. The course was coordinated by Online Classroom Coordinator Shweta Daftary and her team and was well received by students. The course is still open for enrollment. Please click to enroll.





New Year Jaap, AGM, EC Oath, Samanijis' Mangal Kamana
On Jan 1, JVBNJ, with blessings and the guidance from Acharyashri Mahashraman and Samani Sanmati Pragyaji & Samani Jayant Pragyaji, welcomed the New Year 2017 with Jaap and Mangal Bhavana led by Samanijis. Outgoing EC led by President Madhumita Sacheti conducted the Annual General Meeting as it shared highlights of 2016 via a photo show prepared by Ashish Jain, and expressed gratitude towards Samanijis, Board, and members for their support through the year. Treasurer Sudhir Jain presented the Financials of the organization. Director Surendra Kankariya praised the outgoing EC for their exemplary work and successful 2016, welcomed the incoming EC 2017, and expressed Mangal Kamana for Samanijis' journey to India.

The Executive Committee for 2017 was nominated. After three successful years of outgoing EC led by President Madhumita Sacheti, the torch of the Presidency was gracefully accepted by Shilpa Bhansali. Shilpa, along with Vice-Presidents Sumitra Kankariya & Kamal Daga, Secretary Ashish Jain, Joint secretary Lokendra Jain, Treasurer Sudhir Jain, Joint Treasurer Kiran Nahata and other members of the new EC took oath of office administered by Director Mool Singhi. President Shilpa Bhansali expressed her thoughts and hopes for 2017 and the new team presented a group song welcoming the new year and expressing mangal kamana for Samanijis' annual journey to India.

Samanijis spoke about the significance of New Year. Samani Sanmati Pragyaji said that New Year marks the confluence of success and dreams at JVBNJ as the outgoing EC can take comfort from its exemplary success as the incoming EC starts with fresh dreams. Samanijis conducted a fun interactive session with the audience involving riddles and the program ended with Mangal Path. Madhumita Sacheti and Sheetal Daftary were presented certificates for successful completion of Jainism 101 Online Class. Ashish Jain was the MC for the event.

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