18.11.2016 ►JCSC ►Weekly News

Posted: 18.11.2016

Jain Center of Southern California

In This Issue

  • Ongoing Programs
  • Life Time Tithis
  • Upcoming Events
  • Dignitary Visits/Shibir
  • Kartiki Punam & Pat Darshan at JCSC - 11/20
  • Thanks Giving: The Jain Way - 11/24
  • Thanks Giving Meal Prayer
  • Earn Donations for JCSC While Shopping with AmazonSmile
  • ACC BOD Nominations
  • Raj Pad Shibir - 12/5 - 12/11
  • Wellness Challenge
  • Other News & Events

Ongoing Programs | Nov 2016






Start Time

Daily Ashtprakari Puja


 7:30 AM

Aarti-Mangal Divo


 8:15 PM


 7:30 PM


Daily in the morning


Chaudas 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**

11/20 JCYC* Class only

 8:40 AM 

Weekly Evening Swadhyay

Every Tue & Wed


14 Gunasthanak


 By Hasendrabhai
 (8.30 PM to 10.00 PM)

Shrimad Rajchandra Vachnamrut


 By Rameshbhai
 (8.30 PM to 10:00 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
  • Adhyatmasar Swadhyays on Mondays and Yogshatak Swadhyays on Thursdays will be suspended until Shree Girishbhai returns in Late January 2017 or Latest in February 2017. 



Life Time Tithis



  • 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




  • Kartiki Punam & Pat Darshan Observed - Sun, Nov 20, 2016
  • Thanks Giving The Jain Way - Thu, Nov 24, 2016




Dignitary Visits/Shibirs



  • Raj Pad Shibir by Swadhyaykar Smrittiji - Dec 5 - Dec 11, 2016




Kartiki Punam & Pat Darshan Programs at JCSC



Kartiki Punam & Pat Darshan 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 Ashadh 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. 
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:




Sunday, 20th Nov, 2016
(Kartiki Punam Observed)

9:30 AM

Pat Darshan with Khamasna & Chaityavandan
in Classroom 1&2(Upstairs in Cultural Center)

11:30 AM

General Body Meeting,Classroom 1&2
(Upstairs in Cultural Center)
followed by Swamivatsalya Lunch




Celebrating Thanks Giving: The Jain Way - Thur, Nov 24, 2016



Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated by many with the purpose to give thanks and be grateful for your family, friends and loved ones. This year we should all pledge to celebrate a non-violent Thanksgiving and strive to have a Jain Vegan meal.

In Jainism we are very careful not to harm other life forms and our rituals seem to emphasize beneficial regret and asking for forgiveness. Our Thanksgiving prayer typifies our Jain sensibility. In a complementary way, gratitude can bring a positive aspect to our care for other beings.

We sincerely pray that all the people of the world will avoid inflicting harm on animals and fellow human beings and practice nonviolence and compassion.We express our sorrow at the suffering of all the turkeys and other animals that are being slaughtered. May peace and compassion grow in ourselves and extend to all around us.

We will have recitation of the Bhaktamara Stotra on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, Nov 24, 2016 at 10:30 am in the Aradhana Hall. The Bhaktamara Stotra is a famous Jain Sanskrit prayer. It was composed by Āchārya Manatunga (c. seventh century CE) The prayer praises Lord Rishabhnath (Adinath), the first Tirthankara of Jainism. 

Requesting all to attend the Thanks Giving Celebration in a Jain Way!!!




Thanks Giving Meal Prayer



Thanks Giving Meal Prayer

Start the Thanks Giving Meal with the Seven Contemplations, or with whatever traditional grace or prayer you prefer to use to express our gratitude.

Honor the Food

1) This food is the gift of the whole universe: the earth, the sky, numerous living beings and much hard, loving work.
2) May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive it.
3) May we recognize and transform our unwholesome mental formations, especially our greed, and learn to eat with moderation.
4) May we keep our compassion alive by eating in such a way that we reduce the suffering of living beings, preserve our planet, and reverse the process of global warming.
5) May we ask for forgiveness from all living beings that we may have harmed, intentionally or unintentionally.  May peace and compassion grow in ourselves and extend to all around us.
6) May we pray that all the people everywhere in the world will avoid inflicting harm on animals and fellow human beings and practice nonviolence and compassion.
7) We accept this food so that we may nurture our sisterhood and brotherhood, strengthen our community, and nourish our ideal of serving all living beings.
16 Million People in The United States are Now Vegan or Vegetarian!!!!

Please CLICK HERE for Details.




Earn Donations for JCSC While Shopping This Holiday Season With AmazonSmile



Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Jain Center of Southern California whenever you shop on AmazonSmile this Holiday Season!!!




Anekant Community Center BOD Nomination Form



The Nomination Committee is seeking nominations for positions as indicated on the Board of Directors Nomination form, and invites interested and dedicated life members to serve on the Board of Directors for 2017/2018.  Candidates are urged to carefully review the eligibility requirements before completing the Nomination form.
A completed Nomination form should be received by mail/e-mail at the address shown on the form, on or before November 30, 2016.  A candidate may voluntarily withdraw from consideration by contacting any member of the Nomination Committee on or before December 5, 2016.

Please CLICK HERE for the Nomination Form.




Raj Pad Shibir Announcement - Mon, Dec 5 - Sun, Dec 11, 2016



Jain Center of Southern California is pleased to invite you to a 7 day Rajpad Shibir being held from Monday, December 5th to Sunday, December 11th. Swadhyaykar Smrittiji from Dharampur, India, will conduct the sessions.

The details of the Shibir topics:

1) Samanya Manorath - What type of goal or desires a SHRAVAK should have- along with 12 vrats what else is expected from a Shravak.
2) Hoth Aasava Parisava - How does an enlightened being SamyakDrashti do KARMA NIRJARA and tips as to how can we do that too.
3) Kaal Koi Ne Nahi Muke - Death is inevitable - this poem makes us aware of this fact - how and why people forget this and get engrossed in this world.
4) Panth Parampad Bodhyo - Parampad - Siddha pad what is this path? - Mokshmarag shu chhe - Ratnatray ni aaradhana means what?
5) Jadbhave Jad Pariname - all 6 dravyas being independent - how to apply in sadhana and do Bhedgnan - which leads to enlightenment 
In addition to above 5 sessions there are 
4 sessions on Ichhe Chhe Jogi Jan - the last poem of Param Krupalu dev - depicting what an ideal Sadhak should DESIRE on mokshmarag. The topics of each session are: 1) Sadhya 2) Sadhana 3) Sadhak 4) Siddhi 

The Shibir session schedule:
Monday, Dec 5th to Friday, Dec 9th:
   Sessions 1 to 5:  8:30 pm to 10 pm 
Saturday, Dec 10th: 
   Session 6:     10:00 am to 11:30 am
   Lunch:           11:30 am to 12:30 pm
   Session 7:     01:30 pm to 03:00 pm
   Dinner:          04:00 pm to 04:45 pm
   Session 8:     05:00 pm to 06:00 pm
 Sunday, Dec 11th:
   Session 9:     10:00 am to 11:30 am

There is no cost to attend the Shibir. The lunch and dinner on Saturday are also free of charge.

Please fill out the RSVP form at: https://goo.gl/forms/ 0sVQohRITvi05qy33
Please contact Dilip Parekh at 310-721-5947 if you have any questions.




Wellness Challenge - Walk A Total Of 12 Miles



For the upcoming weekly challenge, we are challenging the participants to "walk a total of 12 miles." We suggest pairing up with a walking buddy, because as research indicates that working out with a friend or family member not only makes fitness more enjoyable, but it also helps you stay on track and maintain your exercise goals. Also, don't forget to use a pedometer. It will help keep track of just how many steps you take! If you are interested in learning more and participating, click here.




Other News & Events



1) Haiti Hurricane Fund Raiser on November 20, 2016 at Sanatan Dharam Temple, Pioneer Blvd, CA

Haiti has been hit by Hurricane Matthew which is the worst crisis to hit them since the earthquake in 2010. to help the people of Haiti the Sanatan Dharam Temple has organised a fundraiser. There will be no charge to attend. The details are as follows:
5.30 PM - 7.30 PM - Dinner
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Entertainment Program by Dhiren Buch, Jalpa Buch and Raj Upadhyay

Please CLICK HERE for the flyer

2) Jain Milan Event from December 2 - 4, 2016 at New Jersey

We are happy to announce that the next Jain Milan In-Person event will be held from December 2nd – 4th  (Fri - Sun) at Embassy Suites Newark Airport, New Jersey. Over 60 Youths have already registered!
Jain Milan is an opportunity for Jain youths age 22 and older to meet in person, to make friends, to engage in networking, and to find a life partner. In the past Jain Milan sessions facilitated the interactions through Ice-breakers, interactive sessions, speed dating, mixers, meet & greet events, relationship workshops, and Garba-Raas. Though online and email communication help to a certain extent, nothing comes close to meeting potential suitors in person. Jain Milan is organized to encourage our Jain youth to meet other Jains for the purpose of matrimony and to facilitate face-to-face meeting in a comfortable, welcoming environment
Please register today to take advantage of early bird pricing on:

Registration for Jain Milan 2016, is now open. Details are attachedbelow.

Please CLICK HERE to know more about Jain Milan
Please CLICK HERE for the Agenda and details
For any further questions or inquiries please contact:
Purvin Vakharwala
Jain Milan - Chair
Email: jainmilan@jaina.org
www.jainmilan.org events.php   








Kinal Modi
Public Relations
Jain Center of Southern California

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