09.11.2017 ►Veerayatan ►Newsletter - 2017.08

Posted: 10.11.2017
Updated on: 11.11.2017

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Message from Pujya Acharya Shri Chandanaji on the Great Festival of Light

 

 

The darkness of the night of the new moon has inspired humans to conquer it rather than just helplessly staring at it. This has led to one of the greatest human inventions, the lamp (Dipak).

Similarly Bhagwan Mahavir fought against the darkness of ignorance and lit “GyanDipak”, the lamp of knowledge. He freed his soul from attachment, aversion and ignorance attaining "Kevalgyan", the supreme knowledge, and became the illuminator of the universe.

Let us all light our own lamp with the knowledge he has given us. His message of “Jahāh divo divo Sayam” - Just like one lamp can light hundreds of lamps, let us make our life a lamp that can illuminate hundreds of others!

The darkness of the material world is dreadful but the darkness within us is even worse. Attachment, aversion, greed and ego only live and prosper within the darkness of ignorance. Our true spiritual journey on the path of enlightenment can begin only when the light of knowledge reaches our inner consciousness. This
pilgrimage of truth, righteousness and bliss can give us a new vision creating a beautiful world of love, compassion, friendship, forgiveness and co-operation.

At Pawapuri, in the month of Aaso, Bhagwan Mahavir attained Moksha (liberation). We celebrate this moment as Dipawali. Gautam Swami attained Kevalgyan on New Year’s Day.

On these occasions I pray to Bhagwan Mahavir for everyone’s welfare, happiness and spiritual upliftment. May Bhagwan’s enlightened radiant light bring the light of knowledge to you all and may all your efforts become fruitful. Whoever comes in your contact, may their ignorance wither away, may the blindness of selfishness get cured and may they get enlightened with knowledge. May your own journey on the path of enlightenment be without any obstacles.

 

 

Spiritual Quest
A Quiet Moment

  • Love and Devotion: Love and ego cannot walk side by side - the path is too narrow. Read more.

Drop of Nectar

  • What is God’s perfection? It is in the way you look, you perceive, you respond to situations. Read more.

 

 

What's Happening Around the Globe
 

 

Veerayatan Global

 

Paryushan Activities
Webinar learning classes: Tattvartha Sutra
We are very pleased to publicise that we have now started webinar sessions on the Tattvartha Sutra, the universally accepted text on Jain Philosophy, conducted by Sadhvi Shri Shubhamji. These sessions are being held each week on Sunday - timings are 10am est (New York time).
 
Webinar learning classes: Adhyatma Pravachan
Adhyatma Pravachan, a profound text by Pujya Gurudev Amar Muniji Maharaj, is being explained by Sadhvi Shri Shubhamji in these webinar classes held every Thursday, India time 4.30pm.
 
If you want more information or would like to join the above classes, please contact:
India, Middle East and Far East: Suchetaben Doshi: sucheta.doshi(at)veerayatan.org
USA: Punita Shah: Punita.shah(at)veerayatan-intl.org
UK and Kenya: Rita Shah: ritashah01(at)gmail.com

 

veerayatan INDIA

 

 

The 114th birthday of Pujya Gurudev Shri Amar Muniji Maharaj was celebrated at Bodhibijam, his birthplace, on 5 October in Gaadhha village.
 
The occasion was blessed by Upadhyaya Yashaji Maharaj, Sadhvi Shri Sampragyaji and Sadhvi Shri Rohiniji. School children of Tirthankar Mahavir Vidya Mandir, Pawapuri and Lachwad presented an amazing program at the event.

 

 

veerayatan BIHAR

 

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, so let us avail ourselves of this wonderful opportunity to spend 14 days in Rajgir in the presence of Acharya Shri Chandanaji Maharaj. Book your tickets now and 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

 

Inaugural Celebration of Tirthankar Mahavir Vidya Mandir School: Osian, Jodhpur

 

 

 

The inauguration of Tirthankar Mahavir Vidya Mandir, Osian, was celebrated on 17 September in the presence of around 500 dignitaries from Jodhpur and other parts of India. These included Shri P.P Choudhry, Minister of State for Law and Justice and Company Affairs Central Government, Shri Bhaira Ram Choudhry (Siyol), Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Rajasthan, Shri D. R. Mehta, Padmabhushan, Ex-Chairman SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India), Shri Ganpat Choudhry, Chairman of JITO, Arogya Shraman, Shri J.B.Jain, Chairman of JITO Administrative Training Foundation.
 
Acharya Shriji informed the audience that this is the first occasion where a non-Jain family has trusted Veerayatan and open heartedly donated the school building to Veerayatan. She stressed that it is now the responsibility of all of us not only to run the school efficiently but more importantly to make it into an extraordinary school providing high quality education as is the case with other Veerayatan schools.
 
The first phase of the school has started classes from Standard 1 to Standard 3 English medium Rajasthan board in June 2017. Around 83 students are attending the school with the aim of further expansion in the next academic year.

 

 

 

veerayatan kutch

 

  • Students of Veerayatan Vidyapeeth School performed remarkably at the Wrestling Competition in the under 14, 17 and 19 years and open age groups. All the first and second rank students will now compete at State level competitions.
  • Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a Campaign by Government of India to keep our country clean. Forty-five students of Veerayatan Engineering College cleaned the streets of the nearby village Gadhsisa, removing garbage and spreading awareness about cleanliness among the villagers.

 

  • World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10, 2017): Every year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide and up to 25 times as many attempt suicide. There is strong evidence indicating that adequate work in prevention can reduce suicide rates and could save lives if we reached out to others in our community who may need help. As an initiative towards achieving this, all the Institutes of Higher Education of Veerayatan, Kutch organized seminars and talk shows to create awareness among the students.

 

 

 

  • Navratri Festival was celebrated with enthusiasm in Veerayatan, Kutch. The students decorated aarti thalis, performed Puja and danced cheerfully to the tunes of Garba Folk Songs. The event was enriched with the benign presence of Sadhvi Shri Shilapiji Maharaj. The School and Colleges organized various competitions to make the event more interesting and vibrant for the students.
    The students also gave a scintillating performance at the Navratri Mahotsav at Mandvi Beach on 22 September. Their performance was highly appreciated by the audience.
  • Veerayatan Institute of Pharmacy, Kutch organized the Orientation Day Program on 29 September. The objective of the program was to make students aware of the courses available, impart information about the Institute and involved an interactive session with the parents. Sadhvi Shri Shilapiji graced the occasion and when addressing the students, and parents emphasized the importance of educating girls and Veerayatan’s drive to raise the literacy rate in rural areas and help the less privileged youth to realize their full potential.
    World Pharmacy Day was celebrated on 25 September by organizing various activities that promoted and advocated the role of pharmacists.

 

  • Various technical and nontechnical events were organized on Engineers’ Day (15 September) to appreciate the hard work and contribution of qualified engineers and bring out the creative ideas from the budding engineers. Group discussions, painting, rangoli competitions, treasure hunt and a technical quiz were some of the items organized by the students.

 

 

VEERAYATAN PALITANA

 

 

 

On 10 October 2017, Tirthankar Mahavir Vidya Mandir Palitana, organized tree planting in the school grounds. Around 300 people, from the government department, people from abroad, teachers, school children and their parents planted 500 trees. What an achievement with everyone mesmerized to experience such bliss within! The excitement from teachers, students and their parents was just overwhelming. Those who were present were pleasantly surprised to hear about Bhagwan Mahavir’s message, dating back 2600 years, regarding looking after and having respect for the environment. In the last 50 years thousands of trees have been planted with the inspiration and blessings of Acharya Shri Chandanaji.

 

Vocational training has commenced starting with sewing classes in July. Veerayatan has installed 10 sewing machines. The first group of 20 students has completed the 3-month course. The students started by making small bags and pillow covers and can now stitch Indian dresses, blouses, etc. The new group of students commences classes on 11 November.

 

 

Veerayatan UK 

Highlights:

 

NORTH LONDON
Diwali Chopda Poojan Celebrations

 

 

 

‘Excellent event with so many children. You all doing great work. Khub khub anumodna.’ 
‘We as a family deeply thank you for the support and positive path you are showing us.’
‘Really enjoyed the evening as it was very well organised.’


These are just some of the snippets of feedback from the Diwali chopda poojan event. It truly was a peaceful, captivating and spiritually uplifting event for everyone, young and old, with an important message that we want our hearts, everyone around us and the whole of the universe to be filled with friendship, appreciation, compassion and equanimity! And the icing on the cake were the beautiful Diwali Cards and Rangolis from children and adults showing off their creativity!!

Upcoming Events:
Fundraising for Tirthankar Mahavir Vidya Mandir, Palitana - Motivated by Veerayatan’s initiative in opening the school in Palitana, Ilaben Shah has organized a mehfil night with dinner on 26 November in London to raise funds for the school.
For more information and to buy tickets, please contact ilashah95(at)hotmail.com

 

SOUTH LONDON
Paryushan activities
Essence of Pratikramana was conducted for Oshwal Association of the UK (South London) on two occasions during Paryushan.  Key sutras were recited in the original language followed by their English translation.
 
At Oshwal Association of the UK (Northampton) on 20 August, two interactive sessions were conducted by Shrutiben Malde; the first on ‘Jainism and Science’, and the second on ‘Understanding Spiritual Progress: Gunasthanas’. There was plenty of interaction with lots of interesting questions from the audience. We were fortunate to have the presence of and input from Sadhvi Shri Shubhamji.

 

For more details for activities of Veerayatan UK, please contact:
North London

South London

 

 

VEERAYATAN KENYA

 

Paryushan activities: Shibir
During Paryushana Shri Chandana Vidyapeeth Jain School (SCVP) held a shibir over the 8 days with a total of 100 people participating. In this exciting programme the age span of the attendees ranged from 4½ years to 65 years. The main theme of the shibir revolved around the 5 R’S as follows:
REJECT:  I am able to identify with my real self and I must reject what I am not.
REFLECT: What are the qualities I want to develop in my life to be a better human being.
RETHINK: How do I live my life to instill the qualities I have reflected on.
REJOICE: I am very happy as I have the Right Dev, Right Guru and Right Dharma in the form of Shashtras to guide me.
RELATIONSHIPS: What is my relationship with all other beings in the universe and how do I use this human birth for the advancement of all souls.
 
Different Jain concepts were discussed with age appropriate activities.

Paryushan activities: Pratikraman
The organising team made great effort to ensure that the participants were able to appreciate the six essential duties or avashyakas.  The five codes of conduct based on Knowledge, Faith, Conduct, Tap (austerities) and Virya (energy) formed the basis of the daily pratikraman.  Most of the prayers were conducted in Prakrit and explanations provided in English as required. There was an average daily attendance of 120 people and on the last day 250 people participated in the savantasari pratikraman.
 
Paryushan activities: Lectures
Rajanbhai, a senior teacher from SCVP, conducted swadhyaya at Shree Sthanakvasi Jain Sangha and the following topics were discussed: the meaning and relevance of pratikraman process, the Jain belief system, the 35 virtues of a Marganusari, the 12 vows and the 4 types of meditation. The average attendance was about 40 people on a daily basis. On the last day Rajanbhai also conducted Aloyana and Pratikraman in English for the Sthanakvasi Jain Sangha.
 
Binaben was invited by the Sthanakvasi Jain Sangha, Mombasa, to conduct Paryushan in Mombasa.  Pratikraman was conducted daily in English where the importance of forgiveness and the essence of sutras were explained. At the morning sessions she shared her insights of the Uttaradhyayan Sutra with the devotees. In the evening, after the pratikraman, she conducted discourses on various aspects of Jain Dharma and linked them to daily life.
 
These activities ensured that all the devotees had a spiritually uplifting paryushan.

 

 

Diwali Chopda Poojan
Sweet melodious sounds of devotion echoed through the hall as the SCVP team in conjunction with Young Jains hosted the gracious occasion of Diwali poojan on 15 October.
 
Seven poojans were conducted: Panch kalyanak, Dev Guru Shastra, Mahavir Bhagwan, Gautam Swami, Laxmi Devi, Saraswati Devi and Antaray Nash to invoke blessings on the occasion of Bhagwan Mahavir's nirvana.

 

Launching of solar driven boreholes

 

 

 

On 1 October, the solar driven boreholes were launched in two separate locations in Machakos County at Kithuani Primary School and at Mbembani Community. In a region that has never seen trees for centuries, both school children and people from within Kithuani village have resolved to plant trees, thanks to the availability of plenty of water made possible by the Trust - Water for life and Veerayatan Kenya/Young Jains Nairobi.
 
The water situation in the semi-arid regions of Machakos County is dire. And everyone who became involved with this project was deeply affected seeing this.  It was heartwarming to see deep smiles on the faces of everybody present and seeing that people will be able to drink water without any obstacles and effort! You heard some say that the borehole is a miracle!
 
To date more than 250 boreholes with ordinary hand pump machines have been delivered to communities living in the arid and semi-arid regions in Kenya. Even though this has supported communities, the introduction of solar technology for boreholes means there are no longer long queues where children and women will take turn in pumping water. Instead people just have to open a tap, with several taps in one borehole, and they will have flowing water just as people living in urban settings do.
 
A great transformation to the lives of the communities! Many thanks to the donors and stakeholders that have contributed to make water available where previously there was no hope of getting even a single drop.

 

For more detail on any of the above, please contact:
Leenaben Shah: leena(at)insightconsultancy.net
Ritaben Sanghrajka: ritasanghrajka(at)hotmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tree planting with SCVP and Young Jains - 19 November 2017

‘The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now’. - Chinese Proverb

‘He who plants a tree, plants hope.’

Trees are truly a gift of nature. SCVP and Young Jains have once again joined together and invite you to a tree planting day organised by the Woodland Trust giving us all an opportunity to plant trees and create a new forest in the outskirts of London. This will be an energising outdoor activity which will be enjoyed by young and old and a chance to replenish nature. Light refreshments will be available at the end of the event.

If you are intending to come, please let us know numbers in advance by registering on Eventbrite at: https://letsgrowtrees.eventbrite.co.uk

 

 

External Info of Interest Young Jains Virtue Lab

Young Jains Virtue Lab is an initiative of self-exploration, daily practice and spiritual living based on ancient wisdom. A unique opportunity for us to explore in an interactive workshop ancient wisdom and apply it to modern life. We will begin to explore the meaning of virtues such as forgiveness, humility, compassion, appreciation, universal friendliness, equanimity, gratitude and the depths to which we can develop them. Practice develops skill, skill leads to mastery. For more details on VirtueLab click here.

Date: Sunday 19th November 2017
Time: Doors open/Networking 10:15am. Workshop begins 10:30am to 1pm (Including refreshments and time to mingle at the end)
Venue: Drama Room, Canons High School, Shaldon Road, HA8 6AN

During the month that American’s celebrate Thanksgiving, surely there is more to it than rushing at a frantic pace to get Black Friday or Cyber Monday bargains!

Young Jains is delivering a workshop that will explore gratitude; what it is, how it helps with reducing stress, increase wellbeing and happiness, as well as dealing with life’s daily challenges and spirituality. Gratitude helps cultivate other virtues such as compassion, humility, positivity and contentment. We will share what the science of happiness says about gratitude.

Most importantly we will share a powerful exercise to cultivate gratefulness that you can use immediately. It will move you at your core.

We will be launching a 21 Day Gratitude Challenge:
http://www.kindspring.org/challenge/join/1532/
You can find more details of the challenge here.

This VirtueLab workshop provides you the time to venture inwards, discover your own strengths, dig deeper, and cultivate awareness.

Please bring yourself, a friend, a notepad and pen.

For more information and to register please contact shaileen.shah(at)youngjains.org.uk.

Follow up session part 2 on Sunday 10 December 2017. More details can be found on the Facebook page.

 

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