August-2015 Newsletter Released
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Aymbil Chain from BhoomiPoojan to Pratistha
Ayambil has a great significance and importance in our Jain Life. Our Sangh members have decided to do an Ayambil Chain from the Bhoomi Poojan day till the Pratistha Day.
Below is list of people who have signed up for the Ayambil. If you are interested to participate in the ayambil please contact
Shefali Dalal at firstname.lastname@example.org or Nayana Mehta at email@example.com to get your name added to the list.
To see the Ayambil chain list click here.
The first ever JAIN-CATHOLIC Dialogue in USA.
President's Welcome Message
With the grand success of our Mahavir Janma Kalyanak Program, I am thrilled and amazed with the great support I have received from our volunteers, Swami Vatsalya sponsors, and all Pathshala teachers. The stage program was the result of the very hard work and talent of our Pathshala children, their teachers and parents. I would like to thank all participants, coordinators, teachers, parents and all the volunteers who have put on hundreds of hours to make the entire stage program successful and one that exceeded our expectations in all respect!
Next month, we will be celebrating Paryushan Parva followed by Das Lakshan Parva. We have planned various activities during these auspicious days, as mentioned in other sections of this newsletter. All members are urged to come and visit the Jain Center during these celebrations.
We do not have any sponsor for the Swami Vatsalya Bhojan during Swapna Ceremony program on Sunday, September 13th. The total expenses are around $6,001. Please partner with other families and friends, and become sponsor for this event.
Thank you to those who attended the 18th Biennial JAINA Convention held at Atlanta, GA. The convention had 4,000 people gathered from all over the world to celebrate Jainism and participate in so many wonderful activities. The Convention theme, appropriately titled “Ahimsa: A World of Non-Violence,” found its rightful site in Atlanta, the birthplace of one of the greatest global apostles of peace: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Convention was graced by over 30 erudite Jain monks, nuns, scholars (from India as well as other nations including the US), leading social activists, distinguished professionals and patrons. I hope you had a wonderful time listening to the distinguished speakers, eating the delicious food, and enjoying the entertainment.
Over the last few months, we had the pleasure of having several speakers visit our Jain Center, including His Eminence Cardinal Turan, Shri Dhirajbhai Pandit, Shri Rahul Kapoor, Pandit Champakbhai Mehta, and very recently Tarlaben Doshi. We also hosted 12 youth from India as part of the first ever Jain Youth Exchange Program. Information about these events is included in the following pages of the newsletter.
On behalf of the Executive Committee, I want to thank all volunteers for their help during our past programs. Without your dedication, selfless devotion, and spirit of volunteerism we would not be successful. Every week we have number of activities in our temple, so please come forward and volunteer to help and organize these events. As always, we are looking forward to a large participation in all our future programs.
Your comments and/or suggestions are always welcome, please contact me at (410) 415-3033 or send me an email.
Janak Rajani, President.
Click here to see the JSMW Bhoomi Poojan Video and Pictures (New Temple)
Click here to see the JSMW Patistha Pictures (at Briggs Chaney Road)
and other events pictures from the Past.....
JAIN WAY OF LIFE|
For thousands of years, Jains have been practicing vegetarianism, yoga, meditation and environmentalism. Jains believe in the existence of eternal and divine SOUL in each living being.
Jain Way Of Life respects and honors these souls through:
is respect for the life of all living beings in thoughts, words and deeds. For this reason, Jains are compassionate and forgiving and practice vegetarianism.
is balancing of needs and desires, while staying detached from our possessions. This stems from the respect for our environment.
is respect for the views of the others. Jains encourage and dialogue and harmony with other faiths.
We are interdependent on each other and by living a Jain Way Of Life we can bring peace and spirituality to our lives and to those around us.