JVB Orlando - 5th Anniversary Celebration

Posted: 13.05.2005
Updated on: 15.02.2008

Jain Vishwa Bharati Orlando USA

On May 7th and 8th, the Jain Vishwa Bharati Orlando, Florida, celebrated their 5th anniversary.

Over 200 people attended this two day, joy-filled event, and, in the mean time, reinforcing their religious commitment to the center and deepening their spiritual awareness. The profound significance of the center’s success indubitably inspired all attendees to strengthen their participation in the activities of the center.

As a testament to the center’s value as a place of worship and spiritual growth, as the setting for social assembly, as an educational institution, and as a place where all can experience the orderliness of wellbeing through Preksha Meditation and Yoga, people from all over Florida, including Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Vero Beach, Daytona Beach, Ocala, and the Orlando Metro area, and South Carolina and California attended the celebration. All embraced the spirit of the center as the two-day celebration commenced.

Saturday’s program began with Mangala Charn led by the JVB committee. President Ashok Shah welcomed the devoted participants in the presence of the center’s administrators and Jain spiritual and social educationalists, Samani Madhur Pragyaji and Samani Parimal Pragyaji.
In honor of this auspicious occasion, JVB director, Kamlesh Shah, read a message from His Holiness Achary Shri Mahapragyji, which endorses the teachings of meditation and yoga in the center that has been ongoing for the past 5 years. His Holiness also endorses support for the provisions to carry on with future plans to promote Jainism in the community.
Afterward, JVB devotees sang a colorful and melodious song commemorating the eve of the anniversary.

Subsequently, Samani Mahdur Pragyagji’s lecture, “How to Achieve Shree,” explained the meaning of “Shree” as knowledge, aura, and Laxmi.
Next, a special group from Tampa started the evening’s program with Sangeet Sandhya.
Following this, Samani Parimal Pragyaji presented a surprise program titled, “Chabi Ghumaiea and Bhagya Banaiea,”
And finally, Sashi Jain, Director of JVB, graciously presented to Kamlesh Shah a memento in tribute to the latter’s receiving a special honor—“Shrdha Nishtha Shravak"—conferred to him by Achraya Shri Mahapragyaji.
Vijay Lunawat, JVB Secretary, called attention to this honor and how proud and fortunate JVB is to have had Mr. Shah receive this approbation from the Achraya.

At 7:00 am on Sunday, the program began with the recitation of Bhaktamar, Preksha Meditation, and Pranayam.
At 9:30 am, Kamlesh Shah, Vijay Lunawat, Devang Chitalia, Neeraj Shah, and Tushar Shah, together presented a cultural program about Lord Rishbha, including a song by the ladies about Akshya Tritiya.
Following this, Samani Madhur Pragyaji gave a lecture on “Kya Bhagya Ko Badal Sakate Hia.”
Last of all Samani Parimal Pragyaji acted as Master of Ceremony and concluded the anniversary program.

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