07.10.2016 ►JCSC ►Weekly News

Posted: 07.10.2016

Jain Center of Southern California

In This Issue

    Ongoing Programs | Oct - Nov 2016






    Start Time

    Daily Ashtprakari Puja


     7:30 AM

    Aarti-Mangal Divo


     8:15 PM


     7:30 PM


    Daily in the morning


    Chaudus Pratikraman


     6:30 PM (Weekday)

     6:00 PM (Weekend)

    Monthly Snatra Puja and Navkar Mantra Jaap

     (First Saturday of Lunar Month)

     9:00 AM

    Monthly Bhavna Bhakti


     7:30 PM

    JCYC, JSG Pathshala,

    Adult Swadhyay, Sutra Class

    10/9, 10/16, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20 (Only JCYC Class)

     9:40 AM 

    Weekly Evening Swadhyay

    Every Mon,Tue & Thu


    Shri Adhyatmsar Granth


     By Girishbhai (8.00 PM)

    14 Gunasthanak


     By Hasendrabhai
     (8.30 PM to 10.00 PM)

    Shrimad Rajchandra Vachnamrut


     By Rameshbhai
     (8.30 PM to 10:00 PM)

    Shri Yogshatak Granth


     By Girishbhai (8.00 PM)



    • JCYC Pathshala Class on 11/20 will be from 8:40 am-11:30 am.
    • NO JSG Pathshala, Adult Swadhyay and Sutra Class on 11/20 due to Patdarshan/GBM




    Life Time Tithis




    • 10/20 Kothari Shreedhar & Rupa, Kothari Suketu & Sejal - Punyatithi of Shakuntalaben Arvindkumar Kothari
    • 10/28 Modi & Shah Family - Arunaben Rajnikant Modi-Punyatithi
    • 11/05 Shah Varshaben & Kunal-In memory of Tusharbhai Babubhai Shah
    • 11/11 Shah Vijay & Neeta - For Babulal and Lilaben Shah
    • 11/13 Shah Yogesh & Saurabh - Punyatithi of Shardaben Shah
    • 11/16 Shah Nilesh & Krina - For Shah Nanalal Chimanlal 
    • 11/18 Dr Anila Guruji - In memory of Dinesh Guruji

    Send a photograph of your loved one to Kinal Modi at kinalmodi12@yahoo.com. Please contact Ketan Parekh at Ketan.Parekh@JainCenter.net for information, questions or any pledges.




    Upcoming Events



    • Sasvati Ayambil Oli - Sat - Sun, Oct 8-16, 2016.
    • Dhan Teras, Kali Chaudas, Diwali - Fri - Sun, Oct 28 - 30, 2016.
    • Besatu Varas - New Year - Mon, Oct 31, 2016.




    Dignitary Visits/Shibirs



    • To be announced




    Upcoming Pathshala Class & Back To School Schedule, JCYC Halloween & Diwali Celebration



    1) Upcoming Pathshala Class Schedule

     JCYC Pathshala class schedule for October 9 and October 16, 2016:
    We have modified the schedule for these two Pathshala days for religion and language classes to accommodate a "Back to Pathshala" segment. We request you to make it to every schedule on time for these days as a lot of important information will be given out at the group meeting and in your child's classes. The regular class timing has been changed as listed below for these two Pathshala days. Please note that the schedules are earlier than normal.
    If your child is not taking any language class, please make sure to pick up your kids at these changed times.
    Parents of children in the Mommy and Me classes do not have the "Back to Pathshala" segment.
    October 9, 2016:

     8:40 -  9:00 am:    Prarthna
     9:00 -  9:30 am:    Parents meeting in the main hall
                                  Children remain in main hall to honor our Paryushan youth tapasvis 
     9:30 - 10:15 am:   Parents attend religion class for "Back to Pathshala"
                                  Children will attend a JCYC committee event in the underground garage
    10:15 - 11:30 am:  Regular religion class for children
    11:30 - 12:30 pm:  Regular language/culture class for children
    Mommy & Me classes (3 classes, 3-4yr/5yr/6yr):  Regular class from 9:30 - 11:30 am and lunch after that.

    Parents of these 3 classes do not need to be in the main hall between 8:40 and 9:30 AM.

    October 16, 2016:
     9:00 -  9:20 am:    Prarthna
     9:30 - 10:45 am:   Regular religion class for children
    10:45 - 11:45 am:  Regular language/culture class for children
    11:45 - 12:30 pm:  Parents attend language/culture class for "Back to Pathshala"  
                                  Children will proceed to lunch
    Mommy & Me classes (3 classes, 3-4yr/5yr/6yr):  Regular class from 9:30 - 11:30 am and lunch after that
    Class Room Numbers for your kids will be posted in the Cultural Building as well as the Post Office Building. We will also email the room numbers to your email addresses.

    2) JCYC Diwali and Halloween Celebration

    JCYC committee is organizing Halloween celebration for all our children on November, 6th at 12:30 PM onwards in main cultural hall.  This is a fun event for children of all ages.

    Please note that the Oct - Dec newsletter had the date wrong by a month. We are sorry for the confusion that this created.






    Navpad Ayambil Oli - Oct 8 - 16, 2016



    One of the most auspicious religious festivals is soon approaching on Saturday-Sunday, 8th-16th, October 2016 which signifies the days of Ayambil Oli, where we have approximately 50 people doing the full 9 days of Ayambil Oli and about 125 to 150 people doing Ayambil on weekends. 
    9:30 AM onwards: Navpadji Puja on Saturday, October 15, 2016

    We hereby present you an opportunity to sponsor the upcoming 9 days of Ayambil Oli. Sponsorship opportunities are as follows:  

    • $250 for each weekday Ayambil Sponsorship 
    • $500 each for Saturday and Sunday Ayambil Sponsorship 
    • $101 for Snatrapuja 
    • $51 for Puja (Total of 9 available) 
    • Asthprakari Puja, Aarti, Mangal Divo, Shahti Kalash per Ghee boli. 

    Ranjanaben Dedhia has forwarde a document indicating the importance of Ayambil Tapascharya. It highlights " Ayambil Aradhana- Going from Ahaar to Anahaar". This document is in Gujarati and may benefit all of us to read it before we embark on Ayambil Tapascharya.

    Please CLICK HERE for the document.

    Grocery purchases, cooking, serving and cleaning for the entire Oli will be done by Jain Center volunteers and part-time hired help. We encourage all members to come forward and sponsor this auspicious occasion. As per our policy we shall try and accommodate as many sponsors as possible.

    Please sign up on sign board which day you are going to do Ayambil, this will help us for proper management.  

    Please contact:

    •     Divyaben Gangar (for Ayambil matters) on 714-283-0323 or at ngangar@gmail.com
    •     Padma Shah (for Puja matters) on 714-670-7854 or at padmashah9@gmail.com

    Please correct the dates in calendar as Sat-Sun,Oct 8-16, 2016, for Sasvati Ayambil Oli and delete the word Ekasana from Oct 15, and correct as Navpadji Puja/Ayambil.




    Shrimad Rajchandra Bhakti On Occasion Of Atmasiddhi Shastra Rachna Din - Oct 16, 2016



    Jai Jinendra,

    On the occassion of Shri Atmasiddhi Shastra Rachna Din (Aaso Vad Ekam), we will have Param Krupalu Dev Shrimad Rajchandra Bhakti in JCSC Aradhana Hallon Sunday  October 16, 2016 from  2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    1-  Navkaar Mantra
    2-  Mangalacharan
    3-  Shri Atmasiddhi Shastra Re cital 
    4-  Bhakti pads by Mumukshus
    5-  Kshamapana
    6-  Aarti
    7-  Mangal Divo
    8-  Aho Aho Shri Sadguru
    9-  He Param Krupalu Dev

    In order to participate, please let us know the bhakti pad by no later than Tuesday October 11th, 2016 so that we can plan the program appropriately.

    Please feel free to contact any one of the following if you have any questions or would like to take a bhakti pad.
    Dilip Parekh @3107215947 dilipjparekh@gmail.com 
    Ashok Savla @6263724246ashoksavla630@yahoo.com 
    MaheshWadher@ 9093764027Mahesh.Wadher@gmail.com

    Please come in time as the Bhakti program will start promptly at 2:00PM.
    Thank you.




    Diwali, New Year, Gyan Panchami, Kartiki Punam & Pat Darshan Programs at JCSC



    Jai Jinendra,

    Please look below for the upcoming programs and Diwali celebrations at Jain Center Of Southern California.

    Diwali is celebrated on the new-moon day of Kartik. On the night of that day, Mahavirswami attained Nirvan or deliverance and attained a state of absolute bliss. The Lord discarded the body and the bondage of all Karmas on that night, at Pavapuri and attained Mukti or deliverance. Chaturdasi (the fourteenth day of the bleak fortnight of Kartik), the full‑moon day and the new year (the first day of the fortnight of the waxing moon in Kartik ‑ These three days are celebrated with Paushadh, fasting, special repetition of holy hymns, and meditation. People should fast on the Chaturdasi (14th day) and the new‑moon day and listen to the Uttaradhyayan Sutra which contains the final message of Lord Mahavir.  The entire night of Diwali should be spent in the recitation of holy hymns and in meditation on Shraman  Bhagwan Mahavir. In the early morning of the first day of the new year, Ganadhar Gautam Swami, the first disciple of Lord Mahavir attained absolute enlightenment. The Jains begin the new year with a glorification of Lord Gautam Swami; and listen with devotion to the nine Stotras holy hymns and with listening to the auspicious Rasa (epical poem) of Gautam  Swami from their Guru Maharaj.
    New Year
    Lord Mahavir's chief disciple, Indrabhuti Gautam, had not been able to overcome his attachment to his master and that had prevented his achieving enlightenment. The barrier was only broken after a period of grief over his master’s Nirvän. He at last managed to achieve the highest degree of non­-attachment which enabled him to attain the stage of omniscience, the full enlightenment, in the early morning of the first day of the new year. The Jains begin the new year with a glorification of Lord Gautam Swämi; and listen with devotion to the nine Stotras(Navsmaran) and  the auspicious Räs (epochal poem) of Gautam Swami. Some fast for three days including the New Year day. The real wish should be that the whole coming year may be filled with realistic Dharma, intellectual serenity and equanimity.

    Diwali Program At Jain Center - Saturday, 29th Oct - Monday 31st Oct, 2016 

    Diwali is one single festival which is celebrated on exactly same day by different religions and faiths. 
    Jains celebrate Diwali to celebrate The Nirvan of Bhagwan Mahavir. 
    We will celebrate Diwali at Jain Center as per the program below: 










    Sat Oct 29, 2016

    Aso Vad 14 Kali Chaudas

    5:30 PM

    Pratikraman in Aradhna Hall





    Sun Oct 30, 2016

    Aso Vad 15 Diwali

    7:30 AM




    9:00 AM

    Laddu Puja followed by other Pujas in derasar



    7:30 t0 9:30 PM

    Bhakti Bhavna, Arti and Mangal Divo in Derasar



    10:00 PM to 12:00 AM

    Mahavir Swami Nirvaan Jaap in Aradhna Hall





    Mon Oct 31, 2016

    Kartik Sud 1 New Year

    4:00 AM

    Gautam Swami Keval Gyan Jaap in Aradhna Hall



    6:30 AM

    Dwar Opening



    7:00 AM

    Manglik in Cultural Hall



    8:00 AM

    Asht Prakari Puja -1 Puja for each idol (Total 5)
    all Panchdhatu Pratimaji Puja



    9:30 AM

    Snatra Puja, Arti, Mangal Divo, Shanti Kalash
    Gautamswami Arti



    8:00 to 10:00 AM

    Sadharmik Bhakti- Navkarshi by sponsorship with
    Nakro of $2001 including food, $ 201 (Excluding Food)

    Please note: Aadesh for Gheebolis of New Year (Oct 31st) will be given on Sun, Oct 30th during Bhavna Bhakti.

    Gyan Panchmi Program - Saturday, Nov 5th, 2016
    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 Saturday, Nov 5th, 2016. We will have Gyan Pujan and Gautamswami Sthapana at Derasar at 9:30 AM for anyone who wishes to perform Puja. Dev Vandan will follow after Puja. 
    Kartiki Punam & Pat Darshan (Actual - Mon, Nov 14th, 2016, Observed - Sun, Nov 20th, 2016) 
    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 Bhagwants, Sadhus, Sadhvis, Munis etc stay at one place and do not travel for four months.This starts from Aso 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. 
    A pilgrimage to Shatrunjay‑Palitana on this day is considered to be of great importance. Thousands of Jains go on pilgrimages on this day. This day also is celebrated as the birthday of Kalikalasarvajna, Acharya  Bhagavant Srivijay Hemachandrasooriji who was born on this day. (in Vikram Samvat 1134 or 1078 A.D.) Thus Kartiki Punam has a big significance for all Jains.

    Kartiki Punam Celebrations are as below: 

    Day/Date                                           Time                        Program

    Monday,14th Nov, 2016                    09:30 AM              Pat Darshan in Aaradhana Hall
    (Kartiki Punam actual day) 

    Sunday, 20th Nov, 2016                   09:30 AM              Pat Darshan with Khamasna and Chaityavandan
    (Kartiki Punam Observed) 
                                                        11:30 AM               General Body Meeting - in Cultural hall, 
                                                                                         followed by Swamivatsalya Lunch




    Wellness Challenge - Reduce Intake by 100 Calories Each Day



    For the upcoming weekly challenge, we are challenging the participants to "reduce calorie intake by 100 calories each day." With over one-third of Americans classified as being not just overweight but obese, many people would benefit from cutting calories to lose weight. Making a few simple changes to your diet can help you cut calories. 

    Cutting calories doesn't have to leave you feeling hungry and deprived. You can have more foods that have high water and fiber content, such as non-starchy vegetables, fruits and whole grains, since these allow you to eat a greater volume of food while still limiting calories. Finally, watch your portion sizes, especially when you are eating foods that are high in calories.  If you are interested in learning more and participating, click here.




    TCCOP & ACC Update



    Tender Care Community Outreach Program (TCCOP) September 2016 Update
    ACC (Anekant Community Center)

    Our efforts of serving the community is continuing with your gracious support. We added few more projects this year and had very good support from the community.

    We are continuing our routine of serving weekly breakfasts and monthly dinners, providing groceries, and visiting lonely patients.

    We want to thank our sponsors for last month:
    1. Anonymous
    2. Darshna & Jagrut Shah
    3. Renu and Dilip Shah
    4. Kalpana Shah
    5. SRLC Group for sponsoring Dinner at Long Beach Church
    6. Mana & Ashish  for donating a pallet of grocery to Giving Children Hope organization
    We can help you celebrate yours or other family members' birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions meaningfully, by sponsoring an event in their honor!!!! Also, if you want to help us in any of our projects please contact us.

    Thank you in advance for your contributions. 

    Please call 714-856-4256 or contact any of us at the following:






    Kinal Modi
    Public Relations
    Jain Center of Southern California

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