Posted: 22.02.2008
 
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Views & Opinions Of Young Jains - A Compilation One of the goals of this year's JAINA Souvenir was to represent as many voices as possible. This year, as part of our call for articles, we specifically asked children 15 and younger to share their opinions and views on religion and peace. With the help of the JAINA Education Committee, we sent four...
Posted: 21.02.2008
By Mansi Vira
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America My First Fifteen Years Mansi Vira Age 15 Edison, New Jersey. bluedancer17@hotmail.com From the deep, warm realms of the womb a child crawled out. She was yet another progeny to whom which her parents could transmit their Indian heritage, culture, and family values to. This child already had several identities, a couple including American, Indian,...
Posted: 20.02.2008
By Chintav Shah
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America History Of Jainism Chintav Shah Age 13 Edison, New Jersey Jainism started very long ago, but its main aspects have remained the identical. The Jain religion began with numerous tirthankars, in groups of twenty-four during an era, or period of time. Rushabdev, our 1st tirthankar in this era was born very long ago. Mahavir swami was our last...
Posted: 19.02.2008
By Dr. Samani Rohit Pragya
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America The Root Of Misery Samani Rohit Pragya jvbnj@yahoo.com Samani Rohit Pragya is M.A. in Jain Philosophy Comparative Religions, and M. Phil. In Jainology. She has participated in several seminars and conferences. A disciple of Acharya Mahapragya, she was initiated in to the Saman order in 2002. Strange is the fact that the only entity that can...
Posted: 18.02.2008
By Dr. Anil Singhvi
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Higher Consciousness In Marriage Dr. Anil Singhvi drsinghvi@vsnl.net Phone: +91-94250-66266 Dr. Singhvi is the founder of Falcon, a self learning group formed in Indore, India 14 years ago with the objective of unfolding one's physical, interpersonal, emotional and spiritual potentials; in essence, to recognize the sacred in the ordinary. Dr...
Posted: 15.02.2008
By Samani Akshay Pragya
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America New Dimension For Economic Development Samani Akshaya Pragya info@jvbhouston.org Samani Akshaya Pragya is M.A. in Jainology and specializes in Jain Philosophy, Mediatation and Yoga. She was initiated in to the Saman order in 1982 and is a disciple of Acharya Mahapragya. She has served in the management of Jain Vishwa Bharati in India in various...
Posted: 14.02.2008
By Nirmal Dosi
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Bringing Jain Together Nirmal Dosi Ndosi@verizor.net Nirmal Dosi chairs JAINA Scholars Visitation Program. He is self educated in Jain philosophy and scriptures- including Tattvartha Sutra, Saman Suttam, Purusharta Sidyupaya, Chhadhala, Jin Dhammo and Ratna Karan Shrävakächär. He also plays Violin recites poetry in local events Jain Scholars...
Posted: 13.02.2008
By Dr. Kokila P. Doshi
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Global Peace Through Commerce Role Of Jain Values Dr. Kokila P. Doshi 12628 Brookstone Court, Poway, Ca. 92064 Phone: 858 679 7645 kdoshi@sandiego.edu Dr. Kokila Doshi is a Professor of Economics at the University of San Diego, CA. She holds Ph. D. from the University of Rochester. NY. She has served Jain communities through several publications,...
Posted: 12.02.2008
By Vinod Daryapurkar
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Making Jain Dharma Visible In The Digital Age Vinod Daryapurkar Vinod@jainworld.com 715 Bellemeade PI Alpharetta GA 30004 USA Mr.Vinod Daryapurkar pioneered a comprehensive web site on Jainism at www.jainworld.com . He is a Jain scholar and a speaker on various religious and other topics for over 20 years. He has written several articles, given...
Posted: 11.02.2008
By Dr. Kumarpal Desai
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America A New World Order Dr. Kumarpal Desai kumarpalad1@gmail.com Tel. 91 (79)2660 2675) Dr Kumarpal Desai, is a well-known writer, an author of over 100 books and a speaker in international forums. He has been a recipient of a number of awards including the prestigious Padmashri for his outstanding services and for having authored books in Gujarati,...
Posted: 10.02.2008
By Dr. Mandakini Pokharna
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Power Of Gratitude Mandakini Pokharna mandapokharna@hotmail.com Mandakini Pokharna, MD. Practices internal medicine in Chicago. Also trained at the center of Nonviolent Communication, together with her sister Hema Pokharna they have created and taught inspiring and lively workshops across the country and around the world introducing the audience...
Posted: 09.02.2008
By Anop R. Vora
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Arrogance Anop R. Vora Rochester, NY vora5000@yahoo.com Anop R. Vora is the Past President of JAINA founder President of the International Alumni Associations of North America, and a speaker in interfaith programs. He has published similar articles - in the past - on: anger, forgiveness, What religion should mean to us, Jain model of learning...
Posted: 31.01.2008
By Dr. Pankaj Jain
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Jain "Dharma" Beyond Religion What is Religion? Pankaj Jain pankaj-iain@uiowa.edu Pankaj Jain is a software engineer who changed his professional interests to persue Master's degree Columbia University) and PhD (University of Iowa) in Indian religions. He is currently completing his dissertation, "Religion and Ecology of Rajasthan," while...
Posted: 30.01.2008
By Navin Shamji Dedhia
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Jainism & Ecology Navin Shamji Dedhia navindedhia@hotmail.com Navin S. Dedhia is a former President of the Jain Center of Northern Californiain Milpitas. He resides at 5080 Bougainvillea Drive, San Jose, California 95111 Summary: Jainism and ecology are both related. Environment conservation and preservation are part of the Jain religion...
Posted: 24.01.2008
By Samani Param Pragya
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America The Science Of Swar Samani Param Pragya jainvishwa@hotmail.com Samani Param Pragya initiated in 1981 by Acharya Shri Tulsi and Mahapragya is M.A. in Jainism and in Science of Living. She has studied Aagamas under the guidance of Acharya Mahapragya. She is a qualified Yoga and Meditation instructor and has participated in many meditation camps,...
Posted: 18.01.2008
By Pujya Atmanandji
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Prayer And Its Power Pujya Shri Atmanandji Shrimad Rajchandra Adhyatmik Sadhana Kendra Koba, Dist. Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India Pujya Shri Atmanandji was formerly known as Dr. Soneji. He is a well respected spiritual leader and this article is a piece from his research work on the Power of Prayer. A prayer may be defined as the universally...
Posted: 17.01.2008
By Samani Mudit Pragya
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Jainism And Modern Era Samani Mudit Pragya ¡vbnj@yahoo.com Samani Mudit Pragya is M.A. in Science of Living, Yoga and Meditation and an Assistant Professor at the Jain Vishwa Bharati University, Ladnun, India. She is a disciple of Acharya Mahapragya and was initiated in to the Saman order in 1981. Jainism is among the most ancient religions of...
Posted: 16.01.2008
By Acharya Mahaprajna
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Preksha Meditation: Individual & Social Upliftment Acharya Mahaprajna Jain Vishwa Bharati University, Ladnun, 341306 Rajasthan, India. Phone +91-1581-2221 10 Acharya Mahapragya is a Jain religious leader. He is tenth and the current Acharya of Terapanth sect in succession to Acharya Tulsi. He is a writer, poet and a philosopher; and is known for...
Posted: 15.01.2008
By Pravin K. Shah
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Pratikraman - Observance Of Self-Reflection Six Avashyak Pravin K. Shah education@jaina.org 919-859-4994 Pravin K. Shah is a founding member of Jain Study Center of North Carolina. He is the chairperson of JAINA Education Committee and advisor to YJA and YJP youth organizations.He is also a member of the Harvard University Pluralism Project...
Posted: 14.01.2008
By Chandrakant Mehta
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Navkar Mantra In Jain Religion Chandrakant Mehta 5 Lucille Drive, Parsippany, NJ 07054 cbmehta2002@yahoo.com Chandrakant Mehta has been giving discourses on Jainism for the past nineteen years. He is a well-respected Jain scholar who has provided a remarkable contribution by giving lectures, arranging Samayiks, and Shibirs in many Jain centers of...
Posted: 13.01.2008
By Prof. Sagarmal Jain
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Jain Literature Prof. Sagarmal Jain 35, Oswal Seri, Shajapur (M.P.) Phone: 91-7364-22218, 227425, 227405 Fax: 91-7364-226038 bhattcomp@rediffmail.com Prof. Sagarmal Jain is M.A., Ph.D. in philosophy, and Secretary of Parshwanath Vidyapeeth, Varanasi, India. He has held several academic positions; and over 25 Ph.D. degrees have been awarded under...
Posted: 08.01.2008
By Muni Roop Chandra
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America The One Who Knows The One, Knows All and The One Who Knows all, Knows the On e Muni Roop Chandra Jain Ashram Roop Vihar, Ring Road, Opp. Saray Kale Khan New Delhi, 110013 Muni Roop Chandraji Maharaj was initiated under the Acharya Tulsi Sangh. He is the founder of ’Nav Terah Panth' and 'Manav Mandir Mission'and has authored over 15 books. He is...
Posted: 07.01.2008
By Dr. Vinod Kapashi
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Traditions Or Fundamentalism? Dhammomangal mukkitham, ahimsa, sanjamo tavo Devapi tarn namassanti jassa dhamme soya mono. Dr. Vinod Kapashi, UK vinod@kapashi.wanadoo.co.uk Dr. Vinod Kapashi, a Jain scholar, has explored few traditional beliefs and explained how they have affected our religious thinking and actions. Do we need to change? Dr...
Posted: 05.01.2008
By Dr. Dipak C. Jain
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Essential Of Jainism - A Platform For Leadership Prof. Dipak C. Jain d-jain@kellogg.northwestern.edu http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu A distinguished scholar and teacher, Dipak Jain has been dean of the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, since July 2001. He brings more than 20 years of experience in...
Posted: 04.01.2008
By Sudhir M. Shah
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Exhibition - A Great Media Of Communication And Dialogue Sudhir M. Shah Sudhir@ahimsainc.com Sudhir M. Shah chairs the JAINA Exhibition Committee. He has been involved in Jain education for over 10 years and is a Jain representative of Yale University Interfaith Group. The exhibition is available on loan to any center at a nominal cost to support...
Posted: 03.01.2008
By Tim Helton
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Thank You, And Please Tim Helton tim@timhelton.com 805-231-6986 Tim Helton has a Bachelor of Arts in Ministerial Studies from L.I.F.E. Pacific and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Claremont School of Theology. He is currently a Ph.D. student at Drew University in New Jersey where he is studying the Anthropology of Religion. He...
Posted: 02.01.2008
By Rajiv Jain
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Vedic & Shraman Cultures Of India Rajiv Jain East Brunswick, NJ rajivj@yahoo.com Rajiv has been an active contributor to Jain community for over 15 years.His articles have previously been published in the Jain Digest and other Jain circulars. Rajiv has given talks at Bhartiya Vidhya Bhavan programs and has been a lecturer for children during...
Posted: 30.12.2007
By Father Carlos G. Vallés
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Peace Through Friendship Father Valles www.carlosvalles.com Father Valles came to India from Spain in 1949 as a missionary to start a new St. Xavier's College in Ahmedabad. He represented Gujarat University at the International Mathematical Congress in Moscow, Niece and Exeter. He has published more than 40 books in Gujarati, and received several...
Posted: 29.12.2007
By Ervad Brigadier Behram Maneckshah Panthaki
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Tenets Of Zoroastrianism For Peace And Harmony Ervad Brigadier, Behram M. Panthaki behrampanthaki@hotmail.com Ervad Brigadier Behram M. Panthaki is a fully ordained Zoroastrian priest who provides honorary service to the Zoroastrian community and runs Sunday school for over 75 Zoroastrian children in Washington DC Metropolitan Area. Brigadier...
Posted: 28.12.2007
By Dr. Levent Koç
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Peace Through Dialogue - Sikhism Dr. Harsimran Singh drsaab@optonline.net Dr. Harsimran Singh has authored several books on Sikhism including the Divine Power, the A to Z's of Healing Through Prayer, the Spiritual Power; and the Power of Prayer. He has been on several interfaith panels, and conducted many symposia on the miraculous power of...
Posted: 27.12.2007
By Dr. Levent Koç
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Love, Mercy And Respect Dr. Levent Koç http://www.idcnj.org leventkoc@yahoo.com Dr. Levent KOÇ is the Executive Director of the Interfaith Dialog Center (IDC), Carlstadt, New Jersey. IDC is a non-profit proactive interfaith organization established by Turkish Muslims to foster dialogue and understanding between faiths, and cultures. Bismillah -...
Posted: 26.12.2007
By Dr. M. G. Prasad
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Interreligious Dialogue: A Buddhist Perspective Dr. M. G. Prasad 1 Osborne Terrace, Maplewood, N.J. 07040 Dr.M.G. Prasad is a spiritual disciple of yogi-seer Sriranga Sadguru. He has published four books related to Hinduism. He gives lectures on Hinduism at schools, churches, temples, universities, conferences and on radio. He is a professor of...
Posted: 25.12.2007
By Sensei Merle Kodo Boyd
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America A Buddhist Perspective Sensei Merle Kodo Boyd merleboyd@att.net Sensei Merle Kodo Boyd represents Buddhism on the Board of the Monmouth Center of World’s Religions and Ethical Thought and leads a small Zen Buddhist Sangha in Lincroft, NJ, recently installed as a Dharma Teacher at the Zen Center of Los Angeles. Interreligious conversation calls...
Posted: 24.12.2007
By Dr. Christopher Key Chapple
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Engaging The Jain Soul Dr. Christopher Chapple cchapple@lmu.edu myweb.lmu.edu/cchapple/ Dr. Christopher Chapple is the Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. He served as Asst. Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies of World Religions and taught Sanskrit, Hinduism, Jainism and...
Posted: 23.12.2007
By Dr. Hemlata Pokharna
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Role Of Jainism In Interfaith Dialogue What Is Interfaith Dialogue? Dr. Hema Pokharna http://www.journeysoflife.org/ hemapokharna@hotmail.com Dr. Hema Pokharna is a researcher at the University of Chicago and Director - Journeys of Life. She serves on the Board of the Council for the Parliament of World Religions and Play for Peace. She is a...
Posted: 21.12.2007
By Dinesh Shah
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Global Peace Starts With An Individual Dinesh Shah dshah_01@yahoo.com Many volumes are written about history's major wars - from Alexander's expansions to Vikings' invasions. During the Ancient period countries, kingdoms, and regions fought to expand their territories, power and seize more wealth. Then came the middle ages and battles were fought...
Posted: 20.12.2007
By Naresh Jain
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Peace Through Performing Arts Naresh Jain niain52253@aol.com Naresh Jain co-chairs the Interfaith Committee of the Federation of Jain Associations in North America (JAINA). He also serves as Vice President of the International Jain Sangh, Trustee of the Educare Foundation, Advisor to the Board of the Monmouth Center of World Religions and Ethical...
Posted: 26.10.2007
 
Peace means more than just non-violence. Peace is an active process, a conscious choice one makes. To establish lasting peace, the focus must be on how peace is created and maintained, not just curing any given current conflict in any geographical area. These conflicts are the symptoms of a deeper psychological lack of peace. Peace must be established as a meaningful value, a principle one cannot live without.
Posted: 25.10.2007
 
"Don't miss or misinterpret but verify trueness of what I tell" - Acharya Kundakunda, Samayasar, verse 5. The word 'dialogue' means - talk, discussion, discourse, communication, exchange of ideas, information flow etc. Dialogue is, therefore, the non­violent way of resolving issues. Exchange of information brings out the different perspectives and facilitates better understanding of other's perspective...
Posted: 24.10.2007
 
I propose to discuss our convention theme 'Peace through Dialogue' under two main headings: - first, responsibility and freedom of choice ; - secondly, the agents to whom responsibility is due .
Posted: 23.10.2007
By Dr, Ashok Jain
In the 2600th Mahavir Jayanti Celebration organized by the International Jain Sangh (US) in New Jersey on April 8, 2001, over 500 people of Jain and other faiths took a pledge for Mutual Respect and Nonviolence. It reads as follows: "On this auspicious occasion, I.... commit myself to become respectful, nonviolent and peaceful person as best as I can because I know that the world will be a better place because...
Posted: 22.10.2007
 
Famous philosopher cum thinker C.D.M. Judd writes, 'Unity in diversity is the unique contribution of Indian culture and I consider it to be the biggest gift to the mankind'. Max Mueller, the 19th century luminary German philosopher, known for his love and devotion for Indian philosophy one said, 'If I ask myself the question as to which religious literature have given us the Europeans bred on Greek, Roman and...
Posted: 21.10.2007
By Pramoda Chitrabhanu
Living in this fast pace and in this technological space, mankind has become a robot. He/She now has no mind of his own and works like a machine. Society thinks for him and he obeys its orders. This herd mentality blinds vision and goads movement without any direction. Under these circumstances, does one have the same elements which are potentially capable of becoming a Mahavir, a Buddha, a Ram or a Jesus ~...
Posted: 20.10.2007
 
There is now increasing interest in the study of the culture and philosophy of South Asia, partly as a result of increasing interest in pluralism and global issues. There has been significant immigration to North America from India. Many faculty members at universities are now Indian, and so are many distinguished professionals in medicine, finance etc. There is now a lot of academic interest in Hinduism and...
Posted: 19.10.2007
 
Peace today is in pieces. The tragedy of our modern times is that we talk of peace but silently prepare for war. Mere can be no way to peace because peace itself is the way. Peace is the quintessence and the goal of life but the world seems to have lost the keys to the kingdom of peace. Religion in Latin means 'to unite', but history reveals that many of the religions have more often been the cause of war and...
Posted: 18.10.2007
 
Repeated efforts to bring peace seem to have failed. The situation relating to existing conflicts are moving to a point of no return. New conflicts are sprouting all over the world. Each of these conflicts is threatening to take the centre stage. No one seems to have a clue as how to reduce tension and manage the conflicts within a local area, to contain it and then to bring peace by due process of dialogue...
Posted: 17.10.2007
By Dr. Raksha J. Shah, Mahesh Gandhi, Prakash Mody, Pravin C. Shah
"An Emissary to North America" - Virchand Raghavji Gandhi, 1864-1901 First Parliament of World Religions, Chicago, USA, 1893' India is the birthplace of many saints and several religions and its cultural diversity mosaic has established an image in the history as a great nation. These holy sages promoted their respective philosophies and congregations to enrich the heritage of the region. However, few spoke for...
Posted: 14.10.2007
 
Jaina Convention Federation of Jain Associations In North America Global Impact Of Jainism Dr. Narendra P. Jain Dr. N.P.Jain, E-50, Saket, Indore (M.P.) India. drnpjain @yahoo.co.in Dr. Narendra P. Jain is the former India's Ambassador to Nepal, European Union, Belgium, Mexico, and UN as well as Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi. He is a noted economist, ardent...
Posted: 13.10.2007
 
His Holiness Acharya Sushil Kumarji Maharaj was an exponent of Ahimsa and well respected for his peacemaking efforts. He founded International Mahavir Jain mission, an NGO with UN and Siddhachalam, Jain Tirth. He also founded the teaching system 'Arhum Yoga' the science of sound vibration according to the ancient Arihant tradition. A spiritual guide to JAINA and Jain centers in North America, he left his...
Posted: 12.10.2007
 
ORIGIN: Jainism is one of the oldest living religions. It has no beginning. The word Jain comes from a Sanskrit word Jina that means conqueror. It implies conquest over one's inner enemies or passions -anger, greed, ego, and deceit. About 2600 years ago, Lord Mahavir (599-527 BC), the twenty fourth and the lastTirthankar (path finder, propounder, revealer or prophet) of Jain tradition of this era revived the...

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