22.09.2017 ►Veerayatan ►Newsletter - 2017.07

Published: 23.09.2017
Updated: 24.09.2017

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  • Upcoming Events:
    Shri Chandana Vidyapeeth, Jain School (SCVP) - New term begins!
    Yuvacharya Shri Shubhamji teaching at SCVP in September
    Fundraising for Tirthankar Mahavir Vidya Mandir, Palitana 
Veerayatan Kenya  
Veerayatan International, USA
Veerayatan Volunteer Programme 2017
This feature article describes the experience of the participants in the inaugural Veerayatan Volunteer Programme 2017 which took place with the blessings of Pujya Acharya Shri Chandanaji between 29 July and 10 August 2017 in the serene and lush setting of the Veerayatan campus at Rajgir in Bihar. Fourteen youths of varying ages between 14 and 20 came from England, Kenya, Dubai and USA to participate in the ten days of activities…

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  • Benefits of taking part in the programme
  • A typical day for the volunteers
  • Selfless service - Blossoming of compassion in action
  • Unsung heroes
A Day in the Life of a Sadhvi
Within each Veerayatan centre the Sadhvijis are the driving force of most things under the vision of Acharya Shri Chandanaji. The volunteers were intrigued to find out more about the daily lives of the Sadhvijis to see how they cope in commandeering such a formidable feat, and so they interviewed a Sadhviji during their stay in Veerayatan Rajgir.

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What's Happening Around the Globe
Paryushan Activities
Acharya Shri Chandanaji and the other Veerayatan sadhvijis conducted Paryushan Parva at various different locations worldwide:
1. Jaipur, India - Acharya Shriji, Upadhyaya Shri Yashaji, Sadhvi Shri Sanghamitraji
2. Rajgir, India - Sadhvi Shri Sadhanaji, Sadhvi Shri Shrutiji, Sadhvi Shri Sampragyaji, Sadhvi Shri Rohiniji
3. Palitana, India - Sadhvi Shri Chetnaji and Sadhvi Shri Vibhaji
4. Kutch, India - Sadhvi Shri Sumedhaji
5. Northampton, England - Yuvacharya Shri Shubhamji
6. Muscat, UAE - Sadhvi Shri Shilapiji
7. Nepal - Sadhvi Shri Manasviji
veerayatan BIHAR
100% result: Congratulations to the students of Tirthankara Mahavir Vidya Mandir (TMVM), Pawapuri on the splendid achievement of securing a 100% result in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) standard 10 exams.
High achievers in sports: Ashish Kumar, a student of TMVM, Pawapuri, won a silver medal against a Chinese player in National Karate Tournament. He is now going to participate in International tournament to be held in Sri Lanka in December. Another student, Kshitz Kumar was given the prestigious award of best sportsman of Bihar by the honourable Deputy Chief Minister, Sri Sushil Kumar Modi. He was also given 20,000 rupees for this achievement. Well done to Ashish and Kshitz!
Independence Day Celebrations: The students of Pawapuri and Lachchuad, brimming with talent and full of patriotism, put on an amazing show for the Independence Day celebrations on 15 August. Well done to all the students who participated in this annual event!
With the blessings of Param Pujya Gurudev Upadhaya Amar Muniji Maharaj, Veerayatan Rajkiya Narendra V. Durlabhji Bal Mandir was inaugurated by Pujya Acharya Shri Chandanaji and Veerayatan President Shri Abhaybhai Firodia on 15 August 2017 at Jaipur. Veerayatan, Jaipur has adopted Narendra V. Durlabhji Bal Mandir from the Government of Rajasthan. Veerayatan has renovated the school, changing the infrastructure and all the classrooms now have new furniture. To mark Independence Day, the students participated in a colourful cultural programme. All 370 students (up to Standard 8) were given a school bag and sweets. The plan is to expand the education offered to include vocational training.
For more information, contact Jay Jain on jayveerayatan[at]gmail.com
veerayatan kutch
Students of Veerayatan Engineering College excel!
Students of Veerayatan Institute of Engineering have once again achieved remarkable exam results this year. Kunal Daga, a student of M.E (Mechanical - Machine Design) is the top student in the entire State of Gujarat. It is a pleasure to announce that this is the third year that the students of Veerayatan Institute of Engineering have been awarded the Gold Medal. Veerayatan Polytechnic College, which is in the budding year of its establishment, has also shown brilliant performance. Jugal Chauhan, a student of Diploma in Engineering, has been ranked 3rd in the Gujarat Technical University. Congratulations and well done to all the students, the principal and faculty members for this proud achievement.
Tirthankar Mahavir Vidya Mandir, Osian, Jodhpur
This year the school has started classes from Standard 1 to Standard 3 English medium Rajasthan board. Around 82 students have been enrolled to date with children coming from areas within a radius of 22kms. The aim of the school is to provide quality education and make the students academically strong but also focus on all round development with many extra-curricular activities.
Most of the children in the school are from remote areas and were unable to converse in Hindi. They also needed to be taught the importance of being clean, tidy and hygienic. Teaching styles used at the school are such that the children learn through play and are allowed the freedom to explore. It is great to see how well students have progressed in such a short period of time. Students can now interact in Hindi, have improved their writing skills, they say ‘Good morning’ confidently every morning and observe cleanliness and better hygiene. On 15 August Independence Day celebrations, the students performed very well and confidently danced, sang and recited some rhymes. Well done to all the students and teachers!
Palitana - The Perfect Place To Study
Education plays an important role in widening the outlook of students. Virtues such as perseverance, sincerity, truthfulness, tolerance, discipline, obedience and togetherness develop in students when they attend a well-run school.
Before Tirthankar Mahavir Vidya Mandir opened in Palitana, teachers of this school were given special training by experts on making learning creative and fun, but at the same time treating it with the seriousness it merits. Special attention is also afforded to those children who are slow at learning by creating a special extra class and this has been very beneficial.
Various activities have already been conducted in the school since it started in June 2017 including:
  • Tree plantation and explanation by Chetnaji Maharaj of the importance of trees in our life
  • Learning through colour exhibition, gardening and taking care of plants by watering them, reading moral stories using puppets, doing clay work
  • Visit to a Farm
  • Yoga and Festival Celebrations

Almost all the parents attended the first parents meeting and they were very happy with the progress of their children. They can already see a tremendous change in the behavior and manners of their children at home. They humbly thanked Veerayatan for taking such initiative for underprivileged children. 
Tirthankar Mahavir Vidya Mandir, Sanchore
A new primary English medium school was inaugurated on 28 April 2017 in Siddheshwar Sanchore, with children being admitted to Standards 1 to 4 in this first year. The school is situated on the bank of Narmada canal on Hadechha Road, only 5.5Kms away from the town of Sanchore, anciently known as Satyapur. In total 176 children have been enrolled and are being educated by the learned and energetic team of teachers.
The school celebrated India’s Independence Day for the first time with zeal and zest. More than 60 children participated in the cultural programme. On this occasion the main donor Mr. Manoharlal P. Kanungo, the President of Veerayatan Sanchore Mr. Prakash Chand Kanungo, and the secretary Mr. Kewal Chand Bohra hoisted the flag. Ex. Member of Legislative Assembly, Mr. Jeevaram Choudhary also joined the programme and distributed prizes to the children. Everyone, including the parents, was pleased to see the performance of the children and the efforts of teachers.

Upcoming Events:
Invitation to a grand celebration in Veerayatan Bihar:
A grand celebration is taking place from 24 January to 6 February 2018, in Rajgir, Bihar. Bhagwan Mahavir spent 14 rainy seasons (Chaturmas) in Rajgir, let’s book our tickets and spend 14 days in Rajgir in the presence of Acharya Shri Chandanaji Maharaj. Come and volunteer in the mega eye camp, take part in spiritual activities, celebrate one year of Parshva Jinalay and partake in the Dhaja (flag) ceremony.

For more information:
Contact Anjaniji on +91 7488488344 or email: anjani.shalini[at]gmail.com or veerayatanbihar[at]gmail.com

Veerayatan UK 


Talk on Jainism and Science

Shri Chandana Vidyapeeth teacher, Shrutiben Malde, as part of the Jain Education Team, presented a thought-provoking and interactive lecture on ‘Jainism and Science’ on 7 July 2017 in South London. Shrutiben discussed how Jain philosophy is similar to science in that it gives us logical answers to existential questions like: what is the meaning of life, death, re-birth; the purpose of life; issues of health and well-being; creation and universe, etc. With advances in science and technology, we are faced with new challenges such as what is the Jain perspective on switching off life support machines, making organ donations, issuing a lasting power of attorney regarding health (LPA), living wills, etc. There was a healthy discussion and the audience definitely felt that as a community, we should be discussing these issues more openly. It also inspired the audience to understand the Jain philosophy better in order to address these issues appropriately. Some of the comments from the attendees were: ‘I am glad that such a difficult subject is being aired’. Very interesting points raised and we should keep the subject going’. ‘People should know and understand this important subject’.
Paryushan 2017
Shri Chandana Vidyapeeth (SCVP) teachers were invited to conduct pratikraman in English for all 8 days by the Navnat and Oshwal communities and for one day by the Jain Samaj in Manchester. We have had so many positive messages, the most important achievement being that people are able for the first time to understand the whole pratikraman ritual and hence are able to positively participate. We sincerely hope that this beautiful ritual of pratikraman stays alive for generations to come through conducting it in English.

The teachers of SCVP led by Sonalben Udani also participated and taught children in an event organised by Oshwal NW entitled ‘Paryushan4kids’. The children were taught values in a fun way and explored what it means to be a ‘Jain’. They learnt to greet everyone with ‘Jai jinendra’ and learnt prayers such as the  ‘Navkar Mantra’ or ‘Khammemi Savva Jive’. The objectives of the learning were as follows:
  • To understand you are a Jain
  • The importance of certain greetings and festivals
  • To understand the importance of Paryushan
  • To appreciate the qualities of Mahavir Bhagwan though discussion
All this has only been possible with the blessings of Acharya Shri Chandanaji Maharaj.
Annual Samayik
SCVP’s Annual Samayik event took place on Friday 23 June 2017 with all children and adults doing Samayik together. The library setting at Kingsbury High school was transported to ‘Palitana’. It was a beautiful and uplifting evening with calmness and positive energy from all who were seated on the cool marble floor, in the temple at the top of Shatrunjaya hill, facing the amazing murti of Rishabhdev Bhagwan in a back drop of a beautifully ordained ‘gabharo’ with lights and chains of colourful beads. To read more…

Nature Walks

Connecting to nature uplifts the soul. Our summer Forest Walks concluded the second season and once again we were blessed with lovely weather on all four walks. This year we started at Stanmore Country Park before venturing further out to Ivinghoe Beacon (Hertfordshire) with a longer hillier walk and the final walk at Fir Wood, Potters Bar. It was a delight to see so many new faces and varied ages (and a peak of 75 walkers), and many new friendships made. Overall feedback has been wonderful and next season's planning will start in earnest soon! Well done to the whole team for organizing the walks!

Upcoming Events:
  • Shri Chandana Vidyapeeth, Jain School - New term begins!
    • Our 2017/2018 academic year began with the Autumn term commencing on Friday 8 September.
    • The adult class continues with the in-depth learning of the Tattvartha Sutra - a work accepted by all Jains as being of immense importance. This most profound text on Jainism unparalleled in its comprehensiveness will be explained via interactive sessions by SCVP teachers and will provide an insight and understanding of the self. 
    • Yuvacharya Shri Shubhamji will be teaching in September at SCVP. The topic is ‘The Essence of Jainism’ and will go through the basics of Jain dharma and also explore karma theory using Tattvartha Sutra as the principal text.
  • Fundraising for Tirthankar Mahavir Vidya Mandir, Palitana - Motivated by this Veerayatan initiative, Ilaben Shah has organised a mehfil night with dinner on 26 November in London. For more information please contact ilashah95[at]hotmail.com
For more details for activities of Veerayatan UK, please contact:
Nileshbhai Kothari: nilesh.kothari[at]bt.com
Pramitbhai Shah: pramit70[at]yahoo.co.uk


Football Fun Day
A football fun day was organized by the Shri Chandana Vidyapeeth team on 11 June 2017. On the day SCVP children and the children of Dada’s Community Centre (a charitable childrens’ home) played football matches in mixed teams. Children were served with a snack and prizes such as best player and best team were also awarded.  The Dada’s Community Centre children all eagerly looked forward to the event, all smartly dressed in the tracksuits and sports shoes that were gifted to them.  A well-wisher also donated t-shirts to the children.  The amazing weather made the event an enjoyable fun day for all the children and certainly brought smiles to the children of Dada Community Centre.

Treasure Hunt, Bake Sale and a workshop:

Jain class activity in a unique way, quite a change from the normal learning at the Saturday morning classes: a team of teachers organized a treasure hunt on the Environment relating it to the six Kayas - earth, air, water, fire, plants and animals. The children were divided in six teams, and all the teams presented their findings and related it to the six Kayas.  It was a fun learning activity for all and much enjoyed by all.
In addition to the treasure hunt, the children of Madhyama 2 class organised a bake sale. The children prepared a food item from home which they then sold to all the children on Saturday morning. There were a wide variety of food items such as cakes, fruits, popcorn, sev-mamra, biscuits, milkshakes and fresh juices.  The funds collected from the bake sales where donated to pay for eye operations for the less fortunate children.
An educational workshop on the topic of  ‘Love’ was organised for all the teachers and adult class students on 15 June 2017. All enjoyed the discussions and found them to be relevant and meaningful to their lives.

Cerebral Palsy Unit
As the need to reach out to more children with cerebral palsy in Kenya increases, the project to help such children has seen increased numbers in the last three months. This growth has meant that the size of the facility has had to be increased. Renovations are currently underway to the classes as part of the plan to create a world-class Cerebral Palsy unit. Refurbishment of the main School kitchen has also recently been completed to make it more efficient, clean and also fit for preparing porridge - which will be served to over 1000 children daily!
Music therapy has been introduced and is conducted every Wednesday. Live Music is performed by professional musicians bringing joy, smiles and a strong sense of bonding between all the 118 children and staff members at the Cerebral Palsy unit.

The ambition is to expand our present facilities to accommodate up to 150 children and to achieve this we are planning to build new classrooms, have a separate class for vocational training for the older children and an activities area. 

Upcoming Events:

Start of New Term at SCVP and Diwali Programme
Teaching at SCVP school has started with Children’s classes commencing on 9 September and adult classes on 7 September 2017.

The annual Diwali and Chopda Poojan Programme will be held on 15 October 2017 - this is an annual event which everyone looks forward to as a way of commemorating Mahavir Bhagwan’s life and teachings.
For more detail on any of the above, please contact:
Leenaben Shah: leena[at]insightconsultancy.net
Ritaben Sanghrajka: ritasanghrajka[at]hotmail.com
Veerayatan usa
Diksha Anniversary of Sadhvi Shri Sanghamitraji
A programme was held in Milpitas, USA to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Diksha of Sadhvi Shri Sanghamitraji. The programme, held over 3 days, comprised of musical bhavana and bhakti including Bhaktamar recitation lead by Sadhvi Shri Sanghamitraji, discourses by Acharya Shri and a fond symbolic recollection of the actual diksha ceremony which took place here 5 years back. On average 500 people attend the various events each day.

For further information about activities in USA, please contact Mrs. Punita Shah at punita.shah[at]veerayatan-intl.org
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