6683 South Old State Road
Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
THE FOLLOWING UPDATED PARNA EVITE HAS BEEN SENT.
DUE TO WORKING DAY PARNA CELEBRATION THE TIMINGS HAVE BEEN
UPDATED. YOU MAY PLEASE CONTACT JCOCO RSVP AND FOOD COORDINATOR FOR
PARNA JAIN SNACKS AND DRINKS SUPPLY PARTICIPATION.
Jain Center of Central Ohio
JCOCO paryushan parvA PARNA CELEBRATION
PARYUSHAN PARVA PARNA CELEBRATION
JCOCO (JAIN CENTER OF CENTRAL OHIO)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
6683 South Old State Road
Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
PLEASE DO JOIN AND RSVP THIS EVITE ASAP ALSO INDICATE NUMBER OF GUESTS ATTENDING
RSVP AND DISH CONTRIBUTION CONTACT:
Bharati A. Shah
PHONE: (740) 881-1969
Send your unregistered email addresses to
Dinesh Vora at Email
OUR GREETINGS, CONGRATULATIONS AND WELL WISHES
ON THIS GREAT JAIN OCCASSION OF PARYUSHAN PARVA
AND YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENT OF CONTINUOUS RELIGIOUS FASTING DURING THIS PERIOD.
WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY PARNA DAY
DINESH AND SAROJ VORA
આ પર્યુષણ પર્વના ટાણે….સંવત્સરીના ટાંકણે
કોઇનુય મન ન તોડવાનુ…કોઇનુય દિલ ન દુભાવવાનો
થયેલા માટે કહીયે છિએ ,”મિચ્છા-મિ-દુક્કડમ”.
ભૂલી ભૂતકાળ આજે ક્ષમા ને સ્નેહ યાચીએ છીએ ,
છલકતા ઊર્મિ ભાવોથી તમોને
અમે ખમાવીએ છીએ .
WISH YOU ALL
SHUBH JAIN SAMVATSARI OF 2012
Dinesh and Saroj Vora
“The following letter is based on JAINA’S efforts to reach out and serve others, and thereby spread Jainism’s message of peace and interfaith tolerance. This will reinforce the bridges of goodwill with our neighbors and strengthen our American society and homeland.” by Dr. Sushi Jain, President.
JAINISM IN AMERICA
THOUSANDS OF JAINS TO FAST IN OBSERVANCE OF
RELIGIOUS PARYUSHAN AND DAS LAKSHAN FESTIVALS
This Wednesday, September 12 through Saturday,
September 29, 2012 nearly 150,000 Jains in North America will
observe religious Paryushana and then Das Lakshan Maha Parva, the two annual sequential Jain great festivals dedicated to
spiritual peace, forgiveness and introspection. They are the
year’s most important events of Jainism due to their emphasis
on spiritual advancement through fasting, self-restraint, religious study and introspection towards peace and happiness
Jainism constitutes one of India’s three classical religions,
together with Hinduism and Buddhism, and emphasizes
adherence to non-violence, peace, tolerance and reverence for
all living beings. Its core beliefs are nonviolence,
non-possessiveness, and respect for multiple viewpoints as the
pathway for one’s soul to achieve salvation from predestined
cycles of birth and death. Nearly 13 million Jains reside in India,
and 35 countries around the world.
The Jain practice of fasting during Paryushana and Das
Lakshan, often draws comparisons with coinciding fasting rituals
in other religions, such as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
(Judaism), Ramadan(Islam), and even Lent (Christianity), but with some differences. Individuals’ range in age from 6 years to
108 years, and may choose from fasts that can extend from a
few hours between austere meals to several weeks, with
consumption of only purified boiled water. The goal of
the fast and other forms of penance is to practice self-control,
shed karmas, and dedicate quality time, energy, and focus towards one’s spiritual development and progress.
Many leading public universities in India, United States
and United Kingdom avoid scheduling examinations on this
day or excuse Jain students from classes, so as to participate in
the meditation or acts of compassion to animals and birds, and
altruistic service to benefit those less fortunate through
donation drives, volunteering and charitable giving.
We the members of Jain faith humbly wish to reach out
the people of all faiths for peace and interfaith tolerance.
Jains always wish to build the bridges of goodwill with fellow
countrymen, strengthen our nations, societies and homeland.
Jains conclude the Paryushan and Das Lakshan religious
observations and processes on the last day called Samvatsari
day. On this day of Samvatsari, the grand mass meditation is
held to conclude the festivals. Jains repent and seek forgiveness
from those they may have wronged over the course of the past
year, and vow to avoid causing such harm in the future.After
conclusion of a spiritual religious meditation process called
Pratikraman on Samvatsari Day which is invariably attended by
nearly entire community, all Jains humbly approach each other
and seek forgiveness uttering “Micchami Dukkadam”. This
well-known phrase is an ancient Prakrit language phrase meaning “may all my sins be forgiven by you.” Because Jainism promotes vegetarianism, love and peace towards all creatures, Jains ask forgiveness not only from other humans, but also of animals, plants, and even the minutest life forms one may have adversely impacted in thought, word or deed.
If a Jain co-worker, an associate, a friend or an
acquaintance approaches you and asks you for a forgiveness or
expressing the phrase “Micchami Dukkadam” particularly
following his religious celebration you now know why. You may
take interest and ask him about his faith Jainism.
I like to introduce the Federation of Jain Associations in
North America called “JAINA”.“JAINA” is an umbrella
organization of sixty nine (69) Jain centers/societies in the U.S.
and Canada. JAINA was established in 1981, and functions as a
service, educational and philanthropic organization. JAINA is
certified by the USAID as a non-governmental humanitarian
organization, and was awarded Special Consultative status in
2006 with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
The activities of JAINA include organizing biannual
conventions of large scale, leadership forums, interfaith dialogs,
publishing Jain educational materials and periodicals, and
providing humanitarian service through projects and acts of
compassion across the world. JAINA has organized two annual
legislative conferences in Washington DC in partnership with
the American Jewish Committee. The 17th biennial JAINA
Convention will be held in Detroit, MI, USA on July 4-7, 2013.