09.08.2019 ►JCSC ►Weekly News

Published: 09.08.2019
Updated: 11.09.2019

Jain Center of Southern California

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You may not be aware that JCSC has a new page on facebook. Our official page is https://www.facebook.com/JCSCUSA/. You may be following another page on facebook but that is not the official JCSC page. We do regularly update this new page with recent pictures and events. We currently have just 170 individuals that follow this page. Please consider visiting this page and start following us. Please also let your friends know about our official page on facebook.

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RSVP During Paryushan

All Paryshan events (Ekasana and Swamivatsalya) will require RSVP. This is the Jain way as we wish to avoid wasting food. We have simplified the process and details will be published soon. It will be something similar to airline boarding where RSVP response will be an unique QR code and we will scan the QR code during Ekasana/Swamivatsalya and we will know who were the no-shows.

Important Changes - Pathshala 2019-2020 Registration Starts Aug 1, 2019

We have made significant changes in the website, snack duty and charge/fee structure, so please read this 'long' email in its entirety.

Pathshala Registration for 2019 - 2020 session will start from Thursday Aug 1, 2019.

Please Click here for more details

Bhojanshala Update

Due to unavailability of our present cook Meenaben, the Bhojanshala committee has decided to serve only dry food items during Bhojanshala week end days starting from July 27- 28 till August 24 - 25, 2019.

Hemantbhai Gandhi's Swadhyay - Aug 5 - Aug 11, 2019

Venue: Upstairs Classroom

Monday, Aug 5th to Friday, Aug 9th 2019

8.30 PM to 10.00 PM - Swadhyay

Saturady, Aug 10th and Sunday, Aug 11th 2019

9.15 AM - 10.15 AM - Puja in Temple
10.30 AM - Noon - Swadhyay

1.30 PM - 2.30 PM - Swadhyay
2.30 PM - 3.00 PM - Q & A

Jayshree Parekh: 805-501-7066
Anil Shah: 909-263-2064

“Maun Sadhana" Shibir - Aug 10 - Aug 11, 2019

Venue: Aradhana Hall

In India, more than 700 sadhaks participate in the MAUN SHADHNA SHIBIR conducted by Param Pujya Acharya Shri Yashovijayasurishwariji m.s.. Yet everyone doesn’t get a place and they have to wait for future shibir.

We are experiencing enrollment very quickly here too. In just past four days, 46 sadhaks have registered for this shibir.

Therefore, we urge you not to delay such a rare occasion and register your and your family's names quickly.

Why this Shibir is called rare?

1. Param Pujya Acharya Shri Yashovijayasurishwarji Maharaj has blessed our Pujya Shri Girishbhai for conducting this shibir. This is a rarity. This is first time ever United States. That is special!!! It's amazing..!

2. Silence Shibir is not just about the silence of words.. but the silence of words is helpful for the silence of the mind & the silence of the mind is helpful for the introspection and introversion (અંતર્મુખતા), which can lead the Atma becoming one with itself (આત્મપ્રવેશ)... to the mind not being distracted with attachments and aversions, (નિર્વિકલ્પતા),. આત્મલીનતા)..... And to Self realization.

3. Tremendous benefit of achieving calmness of MIND will bring Real Peace of Mind which in turn will bring equanimity in life." Pujya Shree Girishbhai

4. PP Acharya Shri Yashovijayji Maharaj in effort to revive Jain Dhyan Parkriya has developed a practical aspect of meditation. This Shibir will help participants to get some understanding about Antar Dhyan Yatra. It is unique and doesn't require deep scriptural knowledge. If one wants to get some flavor of Adhyatma Yatra this one is right one to join in.

5. Self realization: The essence of human life is to purify the soul and progress on the path of self-realization. Such a pursuit minimizes our Attractions (Raag), Aversions (Dwesh) and Ego centeredness (Ahankar). Meditation then becomes natural and effortless. Silence (Maun) is an important catalyst for internalizing the essence of Honourable Gurudev’s preachings. It will lead us to a path of inwardness, introspection, and purity of soul.

This Shibir will give you the opportunity to put knowledge into practice. We request you to register as soon as possible.

Maun Sadhana Shibir Registration Link is listed below. Please use this link to register for the Shibir.


Bhojanshala Details For Aug 10 - 11, 2019

We have scheduled a Maun Shibir on August 10-11 and participants of the Shibir need to have their meals in a private quiet environment. In order to accommodate this request, we will reserve the dining area exclusively for the Shibir participants for Aug 10 -11, 2019.

Bhojanshala for all the members NOT PARTICIPATING in the Maun Shibir will be arranged in the NEW PROPERTY.

Everyone planning to have lunch at Bhojanshala is requested to proceed with the new property around the building through the parking lot and not through the dining area.

Cooperation will be greatly appreciated.

18 Abhisheks of Private Bhagwans -August 24, 2019

JCSC is pleased to announce the 18 Abhisheks Pujan for Private Bhagwans on Saturday, Aug 24, 2019

The details are as follows:

Day/Date/Timings: Saturday, Aug,24, 2019
Sntrapuja at 12:00 noon - Nakro $ 101.
18 Abhishek Pujan -12:39 pm

Venue: Derasar.

Vidhikar : Jitubhai Sir

Nakro/Boli: $101 for one spot.
: $ 201 for Shihasan Bhagvan.
: Gheeboli for Suryadarshan & Chandradarshan.
: Gheeboli for Aarti,Mangal Divo,Shanti Kalash.

Samgri: Will be provided by JCSC.

Requirement: Puja clothes,Your Bhagvan in Box/Thali with due respect.

Dinner: 5:30 pm.

Please RSVP ASAP and register so that we can make proper arrangements.

Contact: Ketan Parekh at ketanraj[at]sbcglobal.net or 1(714) 299-6789

: Kinal Modi at kinalmodi12[at]yahoo.com or 1(714) 290-9981

Revised Sunrise/Sunset Time To Be Corrected In The JCSC Calendar

Attached is the spreadsheet with correct sunrise and sunset times for Sept - Oct 2019. This error may have occurred, when someone copied sunrise and sunset times from wrong month in the official JCSC calendar. Please review the attached spreadsheet where blue color is for the correct time and red color for the wrong time. Please make corrections in your calendars accordingly.

CLICK HERE for the details

Brush Pen Calligraphy

Reserve a spot now for Saturday August 17, 2019

Learn Brush Pen (Modern) Calligraphy from Ms. Michelle Gandhi, English Teacher by day and a Calligrapher by night with over 15 years experience.

Learn to use Social Media to promote and sell your Arts and Crafts from Pros.

Age: 10 years and over unless accompanied by older sibling or Adult.

CLICK HERE to Register

Wellness Challenge - "Practise Anekantvada"

In this week's challenge you must “Practise Anekantvada (many-sidedness)”. Anekantvada(many-sidedness) refers to the principles of pluralism and multiplicity of viewpoints, or vantage points, the notion that reality is perceived differently from diverse points of view, and that no single point of view is the complete truth, yet taken together they comprise the complete truth. It is one of the most important and fundamental doctrines of Jainism.. If you are interested in learning more and participating, click here.

Ongoing Programs - Aug, 2019

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
Chaudas Pratikraman 8/14, 8/29 6:30 PM (Weekday)
6:00 PM (Weekend)
Sthanakvasi Pakhi Pratikraman 8/15, 8/30 6:15 PM
Monthly Snatra Puja and Navkar Mantra Jaap 9:30 AM
Monthly Bhavna Bhakti 8/30 7:30 PM
JCYC & JSG Pathshala / Adult Swadhyay / Sutra Class

Adult Swadhyay-Tattvarth Sutra
LA Study Group (LASG) 8/11, 8/25 10:00 AM (Post office Building)
Adult Swadhyay (Non Pathshala Days) 8/18, 8/25
  • Please note that due to summer break JCYC and JSG Pathshala dates will be announced after the break. Adult Swadhyay by Shri Girishbhai or Shri Hasendrabhai will continue every Sunday.
  • From Mon - Mon, 8/26 - 9/2 and from Tue - Fri, 9/3 - 9/13, Paryushan and Das Lakshana Program days/dates/timings and events will be observed.
  • Hasendrabhai's swadhyay will resume tentatively on 9/17, after Paryushan and Das Lakshana parv.
  • As Rameshbhai is out of the town, Wednesday Swadhyay is postponed till further notice.

Lifetime Tithis

  • 8/08 - Mehta Dhaval & Chhaya - For Shardaben Mehta
  • 8/16 - Doshi Hemendra & Rekha - For Shantaben Kasturilal Doshi
  • 8/24 - Mehta Manilal & Savitaben - For Bhavanlal and Champaben Mehta
  • 8/28 - Shah Mukundray & Nalini - For Naliniben Shah
  • 8/29 - Shah Kaushal & Bhavi - For father Budhendrabhai Shah Sept
  • 9/01 - Jhaveri Chetan M -Kunal Jhaveri & Anuj Jhaveri Birthday
  • 9/06 - Shah Harshad & Raksha - For Svayamprabha and Ochhavlal Shah
  • 9/16 - Gala Rajeev & Darshana - Punyatithi of Shital Gala(Daughter of Shantilal & Rajul Gala)
  • 9/20 - Shah Jagrut & Darshana - Birthday of Mahika Shah
  • 9/23 - Modi & Shah family - Birthday of Nagindas Modi
  • 9/27 - Shah, Kaushal & Bhavi - For their Sister Purviben Shah
Send a photograph of your loved one to Kinal Modi at kinalmodi12[at]yahoo.com.
Please contact Ketan Parekh at ketan.parekh[at]jaincenter.net for information, questions or any pledges.

Due to Paryushan from Mon - Mon, 8/26 - 9/2 and Das Lakshana from Tue - Fri, 9/3 - 9/13, Paryushan and Das Lakshana program days/dates/timings and events will be observed. Tithis falling during these days will be changed and observed as per the requests.

Upcoming Events

  • 18 Abhisheks Pujan of Private Idols - Sat, 8/24
  • Paryusan Mahaparv - Mon - Mon, 8/26 - 9/2
  • Tapasvi Parna - Fri, 9/3
  • Das Lakshna Mahaparv - Tue - Fri, 9/3 - 9/13
  • Chaitya Paripati - Sun, 9/15

Dignitary Visits & Shibirs

Sat - Sun, Aug 10 -11 - "Maun Shibir"by Shri Girishbhai Shah
Mon - Mon, Aug 05 -12 - Swadhyay & Puja in Temple by Shri Hemantbhai Gandhi
Mon - Mon, Aug 26 - Sept 2 - Paryushan Mahaparv Shri Jitubhai
Mon - Mon, Aug 26 - Sept 2 - Paryushan Swadhyay (English), Bhakti Bhavna - Jainam & Prasham
Tue - Fri, Sept 3 - 13 - Das Lakshna Mahaparv

Other News

1) Kshatriyakund Maha Mahotsav

The Kshatriyakund Maha Mahotsav will be held from 29th January 2020 to 8th February 2020 in Lachwad, Kshatriyakund, Bihar India.

Please CLICK HERE for the information about Kshatriyakund Tirth

Please CLICK HERE for more details

2) Free* and Unique Opportunity to Study Jainism in the Winter Holidays

We are happy to announce that the International School Of Jainism is organizing the 2nd Winter Program on Jain Studies.

Below is the brief details of the Program:

  • Target Participants: Undergraduate students, Graduate students, PhD candidates, Professors and Faculty members of Universities abroad and India, High school teachers, and Jain Professionals who wish to have experiential immersion in Jain Philosophy and way of life. University affiliation is not essential.
  • Place: Ahmedabad (Gujarat), India. Home of Gandhi, Jainism and finest academic institutions in India.
  • Duration: December 28th, 2019 - January 7th, 2020. The program includes two days of visits to famous Jain temples, monks, and institutions around Ahmedabad.

* Refundable security deposit: US$ 100 or it's equivalents in Indian Rupees by cheque in favour of International School for Jain Studies.


  1. The Program Includes Inland travel from Ahmedabad and places to visit, full board and lodge (Jain vegetarian meals and twin bed shared room).

  1. Airfare to and from India, Tourist Visa, and Insurance costs are the responsibility of the participant.


3) Vegan Recipe Book

I'm attaching two things. First is my presentation for the lecture I gave at the YJA convention in Los Angelas a few years back. It was meant to be an insight into moving towards the vegan direction when it comes to diet. Geared towards the younger generation, taking them through the transition, diet, and recipes. I spoke to the slides a great deal so check out the notes section under each slide for more details. It's also animated in slideshow view. I did not focus on the ethical, health, or environmental aspect of veganism because I was told that there were other lectures at JYA that dealt with those topics.

I also attached an excel sheet I put together on vegan product substitutes. Few things to note:
  • I put them into categories, stores you can find them at, and any notes I had
  • I've tried all of these products at some point or another
  • There are MANY vegan brands now, so I listed the top substitutes and my favorite ones
  • These products are vegan, but not necessarily JAIN. I believe Seema was going to check which ones also fit the JAIN diet.
  • For the store location, please note that not all Ralphs or Whole Foods are identical. They stalk brands and products based on demand, so use that column as a guideline, but check your local stores.

And if any of you are wondering...yes we keep 3 different SILK plant-based milks in our fridge all the time for different uses haha:) I listed out other options as well since I know peoples taste buds differ.

Hopefully this list helps. If you have any other questions at all, please don't hesitate to reach out. If I forgot a category, let me know and I'll add it in as I'm sure I missed something.

Thank you!

Anjali Lalani

Vegetarian Gastronomy

Click Here for Vegan Products

Click Here for YJA Presentation

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