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JSNE Paryushan Newsletter 2013

  1. 1. 1 JSNE Newsletter: August 2013 – www.jsne.org Jain Sangh of New England 223 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA 01803 www.JSNE.org 781-221-7864 President Vijay Shah 781-245-0051 Vice President Rinesh Palkhiwala 978-256-1620 Secretary Parind Shah 978-256-8844 Treasurer Sanjay Shah 781-354-9148 Directors Pushpa Shah 781-270-9237 Ushir Shah 603-880-6222 Vipin Madhani 781-270-9237 Zankhana Shah 978-844-2148 Jayesh Kamdar 603-881-8090 Gaurav Shah 781-492-3083 Samkit Shah 315-350-9452 Past President Anil Shah 781-272-3666 JSNE - Upcoming Events  September 02 –September 09: Paryusan Parv with RAMESHBHAI SHAH (CHAHWALA) SURAT JATINBHAI GANDHI - BOMBAY “Veer Sainik” from Tapovan  September 02, Monday: Pooja to be performed by Pathshala Kids  September 07, Saturday: Swapna Darshan & Mahavir Janma Vanchan  September 09, Monday: Barsa Sutra Vanchan & Samvatsari Pratikraman  September 10, Tuesday: Shree Sangh Samuh Parana  September 14, Saturday: Sattar [17] Bhedi Pooja and Tapasvi Bahuman  October 10 to October 18: Ayambil Oli  November 03, Sunday: Diwali - Aarti & Mangal Divo and Diwali Night Jaap  November 04, Monday: New Year Gabharo Opening & Sangh Greetings Other regular activity:  Daily “Ashta Prakari Pooja” performed by volunteers in rotation  Daily Aarti and Mangal Divo is performed every evening. If you wish to participate in either Pooja or Aarati/Divo, please contact the assigned volunteer(s) and confirm the time. Visit http://jsne.org/aartidivoschedule.aspx to see the list of volunteers.  Adult Swadhyay on every Thursday evenings.  Samuh Samayik on every third Sunday.
  2. 2. 2 JSNE Newsletter: August 2013 – www.jsne.org Recent activities at JSNE April 7, 2013 | Pathshala 10 Year Celebration Joy and sense of achievement were highly visible on everyone’s faces on April 7th 2013, where we came together to celebrate 10th Anniversary of JSNE Pathshala. A milestone of our journey - exceeding 100 student enrolments in short period of time. A moment to pause and celebrate our achievements. A checkpoint to see if we are on the right course and make necessary adjustments. A day to recognize the hard work of Pathshala staff, Executive committees and Sangh members. A day to commit for next ten years and plan to make them even better. Kids, Students, Parents, Grand Parents, Volunteers, Teachers, Scholars, Pathshala Coordinators, EC Members, Past Presidents, Founding Members and Visiting Guests all came together on this day as if all colors of the rainbow were in full display…. More details on Pathshala on following pages. April 20th to April 30th, 2013 | Pravachan by Pandit Shri Samirbhai Samirbhai Pandit who was with us during the 2010 Paryushan visited us to deliver Pravachan series on various topics – mainly “Gyan Saar” & “Nav Padji”. During pravachan series, more than 25 members on average were attending these sessions on daily basis despite being weekdays, & summer activities. We are very encouraged and excited about growing participation from members of different background and age groups and taking advantage of vast knowledge these scholars bring to our sangh. May 17 to 19, 2013 | Pratistha 2nd Anniversary It feels like yesterday to many of us when we did our momentous pratistha ceremony in May 2011. We still remember those auspicious days where entire sangh’s dream to have our own Derasar became reality. On May 17 thru 19 this year we celebrated our 2nd pratistha anniversary with Shri Niravbhai Sanghavi who came from India along with Shri Kalpeshbhai Shah from VA. Everyone is fond of this ‘jugalbandhi’, Niravbhai’s beautiful voice, mild manners and unique way to performing the Poojan rituals that give us satisfaction of ‘doing it right’. This year we performed traditional and very important 18 Abhishek as our yearly ritual as well as the unique, 1st time in JSNE history as far as I can recall, Shri Chintamani Parshwanath Poojan. Like we have done in past, members were able to perform the whole poojan on their own yantras as well as on the Sangh Mandaloo and take their personal yantras home. July 21, 2013 | Chaumasi Chaudas & Pakkhi Pratikraman Our members performed traditional “Dev Vandan” & Chaumasi Pratikraman on the Chaumasi Chaudas on July 21st 2013
  3. 3. 3 JSNE Newsletter: August 2013 – www.jsne.org Detailed schedule of activities during Paryushan Parva 2013 Date Time Event 09/02/2013 Monday Bhadarwa Vad Baras Paryushana Day -1 9:30AM -12:30PM Ashtprakari Pooja – Prakshal starts at 9:30 AM sharp Performed by Pathshala kids 12:30PM- 1:30PM Lunch and Ekasana – RSVP required 6:30PM - 8:00PM Evening Pratikraman 8:00PM - 9:00PM Lecture and/or Bhavna followed by Aarti Mangaldivo 09/03/2013 Tuesday [Day-2] & 09/05/2013 Thursday [Day-4] 9:30AM -11:00AM Ashtprakari Pooja – Prakshal starts at 9:30 AM sharp 11:00AM - 12:00PM Lecture 12:00PM – 1:00PM Ekasana - Please RSVP – Regular lunch will not be served on this days 6:30PM – 8:00PM Evening pratikraman 8:00PM - 9:00PM Lecture and/or Bhavna followed by Aarti Mangaldivo 09/04/2013 Wednesday [Day-3] Bhadarwa Vad Chaudas 9:30AM -11:00AM Ashtprakari Pooja – Prakshal starts at 9:30 AM sharp 11:00AM - 12:00PM Lecture 12:00PM- 1:00PM Ekasana - Please RSVP – Regular lunch will not be served on this day 5:45PM - 8:00PM Evening Pakkhi Pratikraman 8:00PM - 9:00PM Lecture and/or Bhavna followed by Aarti Mangaldivo 09/06/2013 Friday [Day-5] Sud Ekam Besto Mahino 9:00AM - 11:30AM Ashtprakari Pooja & Snatra Pooja– Prakshal starts at 9:00 AM sharp 11:30AM - 12:30PM Lecture 12:30PM - 1:30PM Ekasana - Please RSVP – Regular lunch will not be served on this day 6:30PM - 8:00PM Evening Pratikraman 8:00PM - 9:00PM Lecture and/or Bhavana followed by Aarti Mangaldivo 09/07/2013 Saturday [Day-6] Swapna Darshan and Janma Vanchan 9:00AM -11:30AM Ashtprakari Pooja – Prakshal starts at 9 AM sharp 11:30AM - 1:30PM Lunch and Ekasana. *Last dish will be served at 1:00PM* 1:30PM - 5:30PM Boli, Swpna Darshan, Janma Vanchan 5:30PM - 6:30PM Light snacks will be served after the Swapna Darshan (To avoid Ratri Bhojan, No food will be served/allowed to eat after the sunset) 6:45PM - 7:15PM Aarti – Mangaldivo 7:30PM - 8:30PM Evening Pratikraman 8:30PM -9:30PM Bhavana (If the family with Parna boli wants to hold Ratri Jago at home, we will have Bhavana at their home)
  4. 4. 4 JSNE Newsletter: August 2013 – www.jsne.org Date Time Event 09/08/2013 Sunday [Day-7] 9:30AM - 11:00AM Ashtprakari Pooja – Prakshal starts at 9:30 AM sharp 11:00AM - 12:00PM Lecture 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lunch and Ekasana – RSVP required 6:30PM - 8:00PM Evening pratikraman 8:00PM - 9:00PM Lecture and/or Bhavna followed by Aarti Mangaldivo 09/09/2013 Monday Samvatsari Maha Parva 9:30AM -11:00AM Ashtprakari Pooja – Prakshal starts at 9:30 AM sharp 11:00AM - 12:00PM Barsa Sutra Vanchan 12:00PM – 1:00PM Only Ekasana – regular lunch will not be served on this day 4:00 PM Samvatsari Pratikraman, Start with sutra boli (Separate boli for Men’s and Women’s pratikraman) 7:30 PM Aarti – Mangaldivo 09/10/2013 Tuesday *Parna* 7:00 AM Samuh Darshan and Chaityavandan 8:00 AM Parna Upcoming Events after Paryushan:  Saturday, September 14: o Sattar [17] Bhedi Pooja and Tapasvi Bahuman at 9:00AM, followed by Lunch  Sunday, October 13: o Samuh Aayambil at Derasar – 12:00 Noon Diwali and New Year Celebration:  Sunday, November 03rd : o Aarti – Mangaldivo and Diwali Ratri Jaap at 8 PM  Monday, November 04th : o New year – 7:00AM – Derasar Dwar opening and Sangh greeting with snacks Donate to support our community Swamivatsalya / Prabhavana Sponsorship:  Ekasana at the Derasar for all eight days, nakro to sponsor whole Paryushan is $2001, OR $301 per day. -- please RSVP for daily Ekasana  Monday, September 02 & Sunday, September 08 : Swamivatsalya for 200 people = $1501 for each day.  Saturday, September 07: Swapna Darshan & Mahavir Janma Vanchan –Swamivatsalya for Approx. 250 people = $2001  Saturday, September 14: Lunch for 150 people after Sattar Bhedi Pooja = $1251  Thursday, September 20: Parana – volunteers to prepare one/two items for 20 – 25 people  Swapna Darshan Ceremony day Prabhavana “Ladoo”: The sponsorship for this is $351. EC will take care of order/delivery of this.
  5. 5. 5 JSNE Newsletter: August 2013 – www.jsne.org  Samvatsari Pratikraman day Prabhavana “Shrifal”: The sponsorship for this is $351. Approx 100 men and 100 women take part for Samvatsari Pratikraman. EC will take care of order/delivery of this. Please contact any EC member if you would like to sponsor any of the above events or volunteer your services. Sustaining Member Contribution The responsibility of keeping the derasar clean and maintaining it in the best shape comes with the ownership. We need community support and contribution for daily upkeep and pay for repairs and utilities. At the time of Pratishtha Mahotsav, we launched a “Sustaining Membership” drive. We are urging all the sangh members to become “Sustaining Member” by committing $350.00 per year donation. This is less than one dollar a day commitment for your derasar. You can pay all at once or in monthly installments. JSNE volunteers will personally contact you during Paryusan Parv for your commitment. Please make a commitment to keep up and maintain the derasar in the best condition. JSNE Pathshala Summer is almost over and has gone by in a blink of an eye. Hope you all had a great summer and are ready with renewed energy and enthusiasm to learn and practice Jainism at Pathshala. It’s been 10 years for JSNE Pathshala. Wow! Congratulations and special thanks to all Pathshala students/families, teachers, and JSNE Executive Committee for this wonderful spiritual journey. Ten years ago we started this Pathshala with 30 students in rented temple place and today we have our more than 100+ students attending Pathshala in own beautiful derasar. During the past year; we once again successfully accomplished many tasks on hand while we continued to add new dimensions to make Pathshala a better place for students, parents and teachers. Most importantly, support from the parents, community, hard work of staff and the spirit of our students bring us many things to be very proud of. Pathshala activities – In addition to learning Jain Philosophy, rituals, sutras and stutis, Pathshala students enthusiastically participated in the following activities this past year –  10th year anniversary of our JSNE Pathshala – On Sunday, April 7, 2013, the whole JSNE community came together to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Pathshala. This was celebrated on a grand scale with beautiful cultural programs – dance, skits, drama, etc. More than 100+ students and adults participated in various items. This was a lot of hard work put on by many choreographers, students, parents and program coordinators over the last few months. One of the highlight of the program was the recognition of past and present Pathshala teachers for all their hard work, dedication for teaching Jain values/rites/rituals to students and encourages them to follow these in daily practices.  JSNE Pathshala Overview at JAINA Convention in Detroit – Nirav Shah and Haresh Mehta presented ‘JSNE Pathshala Overview’ highlights including JSNE Pathshala activities, structure, etc. among other things at this convention during July 4th weekend. This was very well received by attendees of other Pathshala centers.
  6. 6. 6 JSNE Newsletter: August 2013 – www.jsne.org  Test - On June 9th pathshala, students took written and oral exams on what they learned during the year.  Graduation Ceremony –The three graduating students-‘Virag Vora ’, ‘Pooja Jhaveri’ and ‘Dipal Nagda’ were recognized and honored with a Certificate and a gift. Each of them gave the graduating speech – why it is important to attend pathshala, what they learned at pathshala over the years which will last forever with them. We wish them all the best.  End-of-year outing – On the last day of Pathshala on June 9th , students, along with parents/teachers, went to the Bowling place in Woburn, MA. 35+ students and parents/teachers gathered to have fun and everyone had a good time. Special thanks to Kavita and Niren Jhaveri of Chelmsford for sponsoring this event for their daughter Pooja’s graduation from Pathshala.  On-line Registration – Starting last year, Pathshala registration has gone on-line. The form is available under Pathshala section. One form per family is required. Special thanks to Gaurav Shah – JSNE web-coordinator for this effort. Pathshala Statistics for year 2012-2013 – Following are some statistics from the last year –  Total Number of Registered students – 105  Total Number of families directly engaged in Pathshala – 65+ Pathshala Food and Class Sponsors – Thanks to all the sponsors, who had signed up to bring snacks for pathshala and donated generously to sponsor pathshala classes. We really appreciate your support and count on your continued enthusiasm during the upcoming year, as this is what really keeps all of us growing strong every year. Please visit the pathshala web page for the list of Food and Class Sponsors. The suggested donation amt to sponsor a pathshala session is –  One class (Rookies to Swadhyay) is $ 51  One Pathshala Session (all classes) is $ 251 Upcoming Pathshala Activities –  1st session - The first Pathshala session is on September 15th 2013. We welcome all the returning and new students and thank them to be part of this very important part of the JSNE. Please fill out on-line Registration Form ASAP. Registration form is available under Pathshala section in JSNE web page.  Pathshala time/hours – Please note that we plan to have a total of 12 sessions this year. The time is from 1:30 to 3:45 pm. Please see ‘Pathshala schedule’ below for this year’s Pathshala session dates.  Minimum age requirement to attend Pathshala - The student shall be 4 years old and/or in Pre-K to attend Pathshala as of September 2013.  Paryushana – This year, Parva begins on Labor Day, Monday on September 02 and ends on September 9th. The Parva Point sheet is available on JSNE web page under Pathshala section. Please fill out one sheet per student and bring the completed sheet on the 1st pathshala day –September 15th at temple.  Astha Prakari & Snatra Pooja for Pathshala students– All the students shall plan to attend Pooja on the 1st day of the Parva, i.e. September 02, 2013, Monday - Labor Day. Each student is encouraged to come in Pooja clothes and bring Fruit (Phal), Sweet (Naivedya), Rice (Akshat), money, Flower (Phul) to perform Pooja.
  7. 7. 7 JSNE Newsletter: August 2013 – www.jsne.org  Award Ceremony – During the October 6th 2013 pathshala, students will be recognized for the Parva activity and for a job well done for 2012-2013. This will be based on the year-end award points students accumulate from attendance, homework, and test results.  Pathshala Teachers – Two of the Pathshala teachers - Nirav Shah (Rookies) and Jignesh Shah (Level 1) have expressed their desire to take a break from regular Pathshala teaching. We respect their desire and wish them all the best. Nirav Shah has been a Pathshala teacher for Rookies class for more than 8 years and Jignesh was assisting in level 1 class for more than last 2 years. On behalf of the Pathshala staff and students/parents – special thanks to both for their dedication, hard work and teaching Jainism to young kids. It was a pleasure working with them and we hope to see them join the Pathshala team in the future. Pathshala Schedule – Following is the schedule for the upcoming year 2013-2014. September 15, 2013 November 17, 2013 February 09, 2014 April 13, 2014 October 06, 2013 December 08, 2013 March 2, 2014 May 18, 2014 October 27, 2013 January 12, 2014 March 23, 2014 June 8, 2014 Pathshala Level and Teachers:- Pathshala level and teachers for each level are as follows : Level School Grade Teacher Rookies Pre-K and KG Arpita Gosalia Level 1 1 and 2 Nimisha Asthagiri Level 2 3 and 4 Dhruti Ashara, Mitul Dalal Level 3 5 and 6 Ajay Vora Level 4 7 and 8 Haresh Mehta Level 5 9, 10, 11 and 12 Hemant Shah Swathyay Adults Pulkit Shah Substitute Teachers and Special Projects coordinators: Pauravi Teabo, Jainy Shah Sutra Teachers: Amit Shah, Himanshu Palkhiwala. EC Pathshala Coordinators: Rinesh Palkhiwala and Parind Shah Please visit the website http://jsne.org/pathshala/ for more information, like the Registration form, Paryushana Point Sheet, Curriculum, homework, Food and Class sponsors, Attendance/Home Work and Food Policy, past event pictures and other resources. The Pathshala web page is updated continuously with the most recent updates and forthcoming events. As always, we are open to your valuable suggestions / feedback / comments; Contact Pathshala Director Hemant Shah (781-784-7098) or the Pathshala coordinators Rinesh Palkhiwala and Parind Shah
  8. 8. 8 JSNE Newsletter: August 2013 – www.jsne.org To: Jay Jinendra Directions to JSNE Derasar From Rt. 3 North / South Take exit 26 for Rt.62 Burlington. Take Rt. 62 towards Burlington, go about a mile. Right on Middlesex Turnpike. Within 1/4th of a mile, Derasar on your left From Rt 93 / Coming from Boston, Andover, NH, etc.)Take Rt. 95 South, Exit 36-B Follow directions from Rt. 95 South below From 95 North / Rt. 128 North Take exit 32B for Middlesex Turnpike toward Burlington. Stay on Middlesex Turnpike. Derasar is on your right, next to B & D carpet From 95 South / Rt. 128 South / Coming from Waltham / R.I. Side Take exit 32B for Middlesex Turnpike toward Burlington/Arlington Turn right at Middlesex Turnpike Stay on Middlesex Turnpike. Derasar is on your right, next to B & D carpet