18.10.2019 ►JCSC ►Weekly News

Published: 18.10.2019
Updated: 18.10.2019

Jain Center of Southern California

Revised Sunrise & Sunset Times in 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

Study Of "Yoga Vinshika" Followed By Study Of "Yoga Drushti Sammuchaya".

We are blessed by our present day Sashan Nayak, our last Tirthankar, Shri Mahavirswami, as he expounded the philosophy showing us the passage to ultimate liberation 'Moksha". Gandhar Bhagwants with their supreme ability prepared 12 canons, "Dwadvasangi" and gave us the Sutras for our benefits.

Subsequently many great Acharyas with their deep understanding gained from the Acharya Parampara, and their actual experience created literature that we can understand and practice.

One of the brightest star among these Acharya is Haribhadrasuriji Maharaj. Among his vast literary creation his Yoga commentary in four books are used widely even today by Sadhu Mahatmas for it's deeper meaningful explanation and practical use. Jain Yoga means Atma’s union with self.

On this Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at 8:30 PM in Aradhana Hall, we have started the study of " Yoga Vinshika" and follow up with "Yoga Drushti Sammuchaya". We are most fortunate to have these highest caliber Shatras available to us. Acharya Bhagvant Param Pujya Shree Yashovijayji Maharaj has blessed us to commence this study. Pandit Dhirajlal Mehta thankfully made our task even simpler by giving us these invaluable granths in our mother tounge Gujarati.

Together, we will make our best faith effort to understand and practice the knowledge available in these invaluable Yog shastras to help continue our journey to Moksh.

N:B: We need your copies of Yogvinshika and Yog Drashti Samucchay. If you are not using it and have Shubh Bhavana to share, please bring the copies to Aradhana hall.

Diwali Program at JCSC - Oct 26 - Oct 29, 2019

Diwali is one single festival which is celebrated on exactly same day by different religions and faiths for various reasons specific to that religion.

Jains celebrate Diwali to celebrate The Nirwan of Bhagvan Mahavir and Keval Gyan of Shri Gautamswami.

Please CLICK HERE for the details

Roshni Diwali Event at JCSC - Nov 1, 2019

A Free Diwali Event by JCSC and Sankara Eye Foundation will be held on Nov 1, 2019 at the Jain Center, Buena Park.

Please CLICK HERE for the flyer

Please CLICK HERE for details on the artists

Gyan Panchami Program at JCSC - Nov 1, 2019

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 Fri, Nov 1, 2019.We will have Gyan Pujan and Gautam Swami Sthapana at Derasar at 9:30 AM for anyone who wishes to perform Puja.Dev Vandan will follow after Puja.

Upcoming Event Of Jain Senior Association - Nov 3, 2019

The JAIN SENIOR ASSOCIATION will be holding a musical program by the singer Nausad at the Jain Center, Buena Park on Nov 3, 2019. This program will be from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM followed by dinner.

The charges are $10 for the Jain Senior Association Members and $ 15 for Non Members.

Please CLICK HERE for details

Kartiki Poonam & Pat Darshan Program - Nov 11, 2019 (Actual) & Nov 17, 2019 (Observed)

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 Bhagvants, 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. Thus, Kartiki Punam has a big significance for all Jains.

We will have Kartiki Punam Celebration on two days as below:

Day/Date Time Program
  • Tue, 12 Nov, 2019 (Kartiki Punam actual day) 9:30 AM Pat Darshan in Derasar
  • Sun, 17 Nov, 2019 (Kartiki Punam observed) 9:30 AM 11:00 AM Pat Darshan with Khamasna
and Chaitya Vandan
  • Sun, 17 Nov, 2019 - 11:00 AM-General Body Meeting - Cultural hall, followed by Swamivatsalya Lunch

General Body Meeting At JCSC - Nov 17, 2019

Following is the agenda for the General Body Meeting at 11:00 AM at JCSC on Nov 17, 2019:
  1. President's Report
  2. Election Committee Report for BOD and EC positions.
  3. Introduction of incoming EC/BOD members
  4. Thanking outgoing EC & /BOD members
  5. Sunday Pathshala Day Lunch & Bhojanshala Fund Raising
  6. Religious Committee Report
  7. JCLA Presentation
  8. Members Q & A
GBM is for all members and is a platform where you can meet EC & BOD and provide your suggestions/comments or get any questions answered.

Please mark your calendars and make sure to attend this important meeting

JCSC Calendar: 2020

We are happy to announce that preparation for our 8th, Jain Center Calendar for the year 2020 is to begin. This year's calendar is hopefully scheduled to be distributed to JCSC members by Diwali i.e. by 4th week of Nov 2019. This year our 2020 Jain Calendar will publish month wise tithis, sun rise & sunset times of Los Angeles, major events of our Jain center, Ongoing Programs, Pathshala and Swadhyay schedules, Tirthankar Bhagvan's Kalyanaks, Tithi sponsoring families and other valuable information. We are looking for $251 sponsorship for each page to present the Calendar. Once again thank you for your support.

For details, contact Dr Mahendra Shah at 714-757-9490 or email drmcshah[at]hotmail.com

Follow JCSC on Facebook & Twitter

1) Follow JCSC on Facebook

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.

If you capture photo/video at Derasar and would like that to be considered for posting on this page then please email facebook[at]jaincenter.org and someone will reach out to you.

2) Follow JCSC on Twitter

Our official Twitter link is https://twitter.com/jaincenter. Please visit and follow us as we do provide important updates via this social media.

Wellness Challenge - "Eat Berries With Breakfast"

In this week's challenge you must “Eat Berries With Breakfast”. Berries are an incredible food, rich in nutrients for our brain, our digestion, and they’re disease-preventative. They’re also a fresh source of produce and keep us fuller than processed cereals with dried fruits. Add 1/2 cup of your choice frozen or fresh berries to either a smoothie, oatmeal, or just have some with some unsweetened coconut yogurt and a little chia or flax seeds. Berries are also a great source of vitamin C to kickstart your immune system. If you are interested in learning more and participating, click here.

Ongoing Programs - Oct, 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 10/26 6:30 PM
Sthanakvasi Pakhi Pratikraman 10/27 6:15 PM
Monthly Snatra Puja and Navkar Mantra Jaap 9:30 AM
Monthly Bhavna Bhakti 10/25 7:30 PM
JCYC & JSG Pathshala / Adult Swadhyay / Sutra Class 10/20
9:40 AM

Adult Swadhyay-Tattvarth Sutra

Evening Swadhyay:

Adhyatmasar Swadhyay (Shri Girishbhai)
Yog Drashti Samuchay (Shri Hasendrabhai)
Vachanamrutji (Shri Rameshbhai)
Yogsatak Swadhyay (Shri Girishbhai)


Every Monday
Every Tuesday
Every Wednesday
Every Thursday

10:00 AM

8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
8:30 PM to 10:00 PM
8:30 PM to 10:00 PM
8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
LA Study Group (LASG) 10/27 10:00 AM
Bhaktamar Stotra Pravachans 10/20 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Adult Swadhyay (Non Pathshala Days) 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
  • Shri Girishbhai is out of country from Oct 5 - Nov 5, 2019. Shri Hasendrabhai will cover the Sunday Swadhyay in his absence.
  • Evening Swadhyays (Mon/Thurs) by Shri Girishbhai will resume after Diwali.
  • "Yoga Vinshika" follow up with"Yoga Drashti Samuchay" Swadhyay by Shri Hasendrabhai has commenced on Tuesday Evening, October 15th, 2019
  • Shri Rameshbhai is out of country. His Swadhyay is temporarily postponed.

Lifetime Tithis

  • 10/20 - Shreedhar & Rupa Khothari, Suketu & Sejal Kothari - Punyatithi of Shakuntalaben Arvindkumar
  • 10/28 - Modi & Shah Family - Punyatithi of Arunaben Rajnikant Modi
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.

Upcoming Events

  • Sat - Tue, Oct 26 - 29 - Diwali Program
  • Fri, Nov 1 - Gyan Panchami
  • Tue, Nov 12 - Bhakti on Param Krupalu Dev’s Birth Anniversary from 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM at JCSC
  • Tue, Nov 12 - Kartiki Poonam & Pat Darshan (Actual)
  • Sun, Nov 17- Pat Darshan (Observed) & GB Meeting
  • Thu, Nov 28 - Thanksgiving Day, Bhaktamar Recital

Dignitary Visits & Shibirs

To Be Announced

Other News

1) Ahimsa Centre Public Lecture - Oct 19, 2019

Please plan to join us for the Ahimsa Center Public Lecture, “The Relevance of Gandhi for Our Fractured World,” by David Thomas on Saturday, October 19 at 10:30 a.m. The lecture is named after Pradeep and Meenakshi Iyer, and will be held at the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major.

The lecture will be followed by Vegetarian/Vegan lunch.

For event details and speaker bio, please visit:


Kindly RSVP by October 14 to: ahimsacenter[at]cpp.edu

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) Shree Shatrunjay Mahatirth 99 Yatra 2020

With SHREE Adinath's and Acharya Bhagwant's blessings, approximately 78 people in the year 2016 completed an auspicious event that they still remember date.

After the unforgettable 99 Yatra In 2011 and 2016 many Jains felt they missed out on a
wonderful opportunity, but with the support of JAINA, approval was granted to perform this 99 Yatra event again at SHREE SHATRUNJAY MAHATIRTH - 2020/2021.

We are planning to do the following:


Please Click Here for more details.

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