04.08.2015 ►JVB NJ ►Inspiration | Vol 22 - News & Upcoming Programs

Posted: 04.08.2015

  • JVBNA Participates in Jaina Convention 2015
  • Welcome Back Samanijis
  • Upcoming Events
  • Regular Sessions



Old age should not be feared as painful but viewed as a reward. It is a bouquet of expression, a blessing of solitude, a time for relaxation, and a prospect of a new dawn of bliss. It is not a period of loneliness or the sad final chapter but a new sunrise with graceful and golden times ahead.

There are three stages of life - childhood, adulthood, and old age. Old age is considered the period after age 70. Usually a person sails with ease through the first two phases of life but tends to be apprehensive about the old age. It need not be so! Old age is the time to relive and build upon past experiences gained through ups and downs, success and failures, triumphs and defeats, trials and errors.There is no reason why this segment of life cannot be made a fruitful and happy period as the first two stages. But for old age to be fulfilling, one must cultivate the right perspective, appropriate attitude, and right habits.

Train your tongue

Food is essential for existence as is the source of energy that sustains various bodily functions. However poor eating habits and excessive food intake can hamper the ability to live a long and healthy life. Maintaining a balanced diet and keeping a gap between meals facilitates digestion.

Control your emotions

The next major move for dignity in old age is gaining control over intense emotions. Although it is important to pacify emotions at every juncture in life, it becomes crucial for the elderly. Ageing has a tendency to make most people sensitive and irritable. Their moodiness can distress not only those around them but also themselves. People must learn to control their emotions and maintain equanimity from the very beginning.

Choose your language

Old people are experienced and wise. They can provide valuable guidance by communicating their knowledge to others. Speech, as we know, is the most common form of communication, but as we age our method and manner of speaking is likely to change. There are two ways of communicating - injunction and suggestion. Everyone, specially the aged, should refrain from the former, as it is often offensive and can antagonize.

Cultivate sanskars in next generation

Introducing and nurturing good sanskars, culture, and values in the next generation could be a rewarding assignment for the elderly. If the grand parents can take over this responsibility, it would benefit the entire family in at least three ways: 

  1. Seniors will make good use of their time by keeping meaningfully occupied.
  2. The future generation would have the lasting  positive advantages of a good upbringing and right values.
  3. The parents will be spared of the worry and even the guilt of not contributing enough to their children’s development.

Practice meditation (Preksha Dhayana)

Old age does not mean that the need for continuing development or learning has ended! Instead, it is the time to meditate, or practice preksha, which uplifts one’s spirit and directs the energy towards spiritual growth.These practices can lead to a peaceful, productive and contented period during old age.

Views of Acharya Mahashraman from "LIFE, Twelve Golden Principles for Holistic Living"

JVBNA Participates in Jaina Convention 2015


Four Samanijis along with many members from JVBNA community attended the Jaina convention in Atlanta, Georgia from July 3-5. The days were filled with lectures, workshops, spiritual, and social sessions. Samanijis delivered many lectures including "Live in Nature, Live with Nature Peacefully and Importance of Life - Giving and Receiving is Best Described by External and Internal Relationships" presented by Samani Parimal Pragyaji and Samani Vikas Pragyaji and "Get Your Magnet Right - Thought, Action, & Energy and Enrich your Life by the Practice of Non-Violence" presented by Samani Ratna Pragyaji and Samani Maryada Pragyaji. The lectures were very well received by the attendees. Jain Vishwa Bharati and Jain Vishwa Bharati Institute were awarded Outstanding Services and Education Award by JAINA. The award was accepted by the respected Samanijis. 


Welcome Back Samanijis


We are very happy to welcome Samani Bhavit Pragyaji and Samani Sangha Pragyaji at the JVBNA center. All regular sessions  - Tuesday Evening Preksha Meditation (7:30-8:30), Thursday Evening Swadhyay (7:30-8:30), and Saturday Morning Prayer, Meditation, & Swadhyay (10-11:30) have now resumed at the JVBNA center.


Upcoming Events

  1. Paryushan - Sep 10-17 - VFW Hall, 155 Front St, South Plainfield, NJ
  2. Kshamapana Diwas/Bhikshu Jaap - Saturday, Oct 3 - 3PM - 6PM - VFW Hall, 155 Front St, South Plainfield, NJ
  3. Blood Drive - Saturday, Oct 3 - 3PM - 6PM - VFW Hall, 155 Front St, South Plainfield, NJ
  4. Gyanshala 2015-16 Session Begins with Parallel Gyansabha for adults - Sunday, Oct 4 - 3:30-6:00 PM - Franklin Temple, NJ
  5. Diwali Jaap - Wednesday, Nov 11 - JVBNA Center
  6. Diwali Milan - Saturday, Nov 14 - Six Mile Run Church, Franklin Park, NJ
  7. 8 Day Weekend Agam Workshop - Begins Saturday, Nov 21 - 10AM - 12:30PM - JVBNA Center


Regular Sessions

  1. Tuesdays - Preksha Meditation - 7:30PM - 8:30PM - JVB Center
  2. Thursdays - Swadhyay - 7:30PM - 8:30PM - JVB Center
  3. Saturdays - Prayer, Meditation & Swadhyay - 10AM - 11:30AM - JVB Center - Please call ahead to confirm that sessions meets that day
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