14.01.2016 ►JCSC ►Weekly News

Posted: 15.01.2016

Jain Center of Southern California

In This Issue

  • Ongoing Programs
  • Life Time Tithis
  • Mahavir Janam Kalyanak 2016 Program Guidelines
  • Wellness Challenge
  • Other News & Events

        Ongoing Programs, Mahavir Janam Kalyanak 2016 Program Guidelines & Wellness Challenge...

        Ongoing Programs | Jan 2016




        Start Time

        Daily Asthprakari Puja


         7:30 AM

        Aarti-Mangal Divo


         8:15 PM


         7:30 PM


        Daily in the morning


        Chaudus Pratikraman

        1/22 (Posh Sud 14)

         6:30 PM (weekday)

         6:00 PM (weekend)

        Monthly Snatra Puja and Navkar Mantra Jaap

        1/16 - First Saturday of Lunar Month

         9:00 AM

        Monthly Bhavna Bhakti


         7:30 PM

        JCYC/JSG/Pathshala/Adult Swadhyay


         9:40 AM

        Weekly Evening Swadhyay

        Every Mon,Tue & Thurs

         8:00 PM



        Shri Adhyatmsar Granth


         By Girishbhai

        Shripal Raja's Raas


         By Girishbhai

        Shri Yogshatak Granth


         By Girishbhai




        Life Time Tithis


        • 1/19 Sheth, Samir Komal and Hitesh Kajal - Death anniversary of Shri Satish Mehta
        • 1/20 Parekh, Ketan & Bhavana - Punyatithi of Kamalaben  Nathalal Parekh
        • 1/21 Kamlaben K. Shah and Family - Kirtichandra N. Shah
        • 1/24 Sheth,Harshad and Bharti - In memory of Shri Harshadbhai Sheth


        Send a photograph of your loved one to Narendra Maniar at n_maniar(at)yahoo.com. Please contact Ketan Parekh at Ketan.Parekh(at)JainCenter.net for information or questions.




        Mahavir Janam Kalyanak 2016 Program Guidelines


        Mahavir Janam Kalyanak Cultural Program will be celebrated at the Jain Center of Southern California on Sunday, April 24, 2016. We need to make sure that we are ready for a good, entertaining and professional program for that day. Deadline to submit/register for participation is Sunday, January 17th 2016. Registration is by email only to the contacts listed below by the deadline.  Groups that wish to perform at the cultural program need to review and follow these guidelines:

        1) No movie songs OR repeat performances of that day or past 3 years.

        2) Minimum # of 5 participants. No Solo items.

        3) A participant can only participate in 1 performance.

        4) Number of plays will be limited to and will be decided after the audition.

        5) If you are planning a skit/drama, be prepared to:

                  A) Have the complete main idea/synopsis ready at audition.

                  B) Discuss your complete draft and stage/AV set-ups, etc. on 1st Rehearsal.

                  C) A Mandatory complete practice run with stage props and AV on April 3rd.

        6) Time limit for Dance/song is 5 minutes and for Skit/Drama is 10 minutes. We highly encourage singing talents.

        7) Submit your song along with your entry, as it is on a first come basis, so it gets locked for your group.

        8) Original song disk will have to be submitted and tested by the Jain Center AV System by 1st Rehearsal. No Pre-recording for skit/vocal.

        9) The order of the items will not be based on age of the children.

        10) Please decide your group lead and submit your entry with the details of Lead Name, phone#, email address and a list of each participant with correct first and last names.

        11) Each and every item will go through a selection process. Once your entry is approved you may not switch its category (Dance to Skit OR Vice Versa). If for any reason the guidelines are not followed and/or benchmarks not met during any of the dates mentioned below, you will have the option of withdrawing your entry or performing during Paryushan or other events.

        Other important dates are:

        • Audition: Sunday, January, 24th 2016 @ 1:15 pm (Dance 1-2 min) (Skit 3-4 min)
        • 1st rehearsal: Sunday, March, 13th 2016 @ 1:15pm (Dance 4-5 min) (Skit 7-8 min)
        • Skit/Drama Run: Sunday, April 3rd 2016 @ 1:15pm (Skit 100%)
        • Dress rehearsal: Sunday, April 17th, 2016 @ 1:15pm (All 100%)

        Please register your entry via email with:

        Komal Desai - ppdkpdspd@yahoo.com   (Call 949-784-4800)  OR
        Kokila Doshi - kdoshi31@yahoo.com       (Call 714-851-6685)





        Wellness Challenge - Refrain From Having Desserts & Sweets For A Week


        For the upcoming weekly challenge we are challenging the participants to "refrain from having dessert and sweets for a week.” Eating too many of these empty calories has many health effects, the most obvious being major weight gain. Added sugar drives your insulin levels up, messes with your metabolism, and causes those calories to turn right into belly fat. For more information and to participate in the challenge, click here.




        Other News & Events


        JCSC would like to inform the community about certain upcoming events to be held at Loyola Marymount University and JCSC Buena Park. Please attend and make use of this wonderful opportunity.
        1) LECTURE:

        Topic: Virchand Gandhi Lecture on Jain Temple Building Projects by Dr. Whitney Kelting
        When: Thursday, February 25,  7:30-8:30pm,
        Where: Ahmanson Auditorium, University Hall 1000, Loyola Marymount University

        2) CONFERENCE:

        Topic: "The Music and Poetics of Devotion in the Jain and Sikh Traditions" 
        When: Friday and Saturday, Feb 26 & 27, 9 am - 4 pm.
        Where: Ahmanson Auditorium, University Hall 1000, Loyola Marymount University,


        Topic: "The Music of Devotion in the Sikh and Jain Traditions"  
        On: Friday, Feb 26,  7pm - 9 pm At: Ahmanson Auditorium, Loyola Marymount University
        On: Saturday, Feb 27,  7pm - 9pm At: Jain Center of Southern California

        The devotional music of Jain Stavan and Sikh Kirtan will be explored in this two-day conference.  The event includes two concerts, bringing these distinctive musical styles into dialogue through direct experience. Many similarities can be found between these musico-poetic traditions including historic and geographical links to the 15th-17th c. Indian Bhakti milieu.  The conference will discuss primary compositions that serve central functions in daily practice in both traditions. These pieces were written in the pada poetic form, in local dialects, utilizing alliteration and rhyme along with rasa to convey the emotive mood of the poetry. Commonly sung either solo or in community in the genre of folk music, modern as well as traditional styles will be discussed. Both traditions offer the practitioner a meditative experience, leading the mind toward an elevated state of consciousness.  While each paper will be focused on either Jain or Sikh music, our hope is for this conference to spark productive interfaith dialogue and scholarly engagement of both traditions.

        Please join us for this thought provoking and experientially engaging conference brought to you by the Professorship of Jain and Sikh Studies in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University and sponsored by the Uberoi Foundation and the generous individuals from the Sikh and Jain communities.

        Featured speakers:

        • Dr. Whitney Kelting, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
        • Dr. Francesca Cassio, Sardarni Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology and Associate Professor of Music at Hofstra University, New York.
        • Dr. Ellen Gough, Assistant professor, Department of Religion, Emory College, Atlanta, Georgia
        • Dr. Nirinjan Khalsa, Clinical Professor Jain and Sikh Studies, Department of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
        • Dr. Charles Townsend, Lecturer in Religious Studies, Department of Religious Studies,  University of California Riverside, Riverside, California
        • Dr.  Bob Van der Linden, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
        • Dr. Nikky-Guninder K. Singh, Crawford Family Professor of Religion,  Colby College, Waterville, Maine
        • Bhai Baldeep Singh, 13th generation exponent of Sikh Kirtan, Anad Foundation, New Delhi, India
        • Sander Hens, Ph.D Candidate Jaina Studies, Ghent University, Belgium
        • Aleksandra Gordeeva, Ph.D Candidate Jain Studies, Religious Studies, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut


        • Dr. Pashaura Singh, Professor & Jasbir Singh Saini Endowed Chair of Sikh and Punjabi Studies, Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Riverside, California
        • Dr. Christopher Chapple, Navin and Pratima Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology, Department of Theological Studies, and Director of Master of Arts in Yoga Studies, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA





        Kinal Modi
        for the office of Public Relations

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