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JAINA Convention 2021 – Registration crosses 6700

The Federation of Jain Associations in North America (JAINA) will be celebrating its 21st Convention on the Fourth of July weekend — from July 1st to 6th, 2021. This year, the virtual event is planned to be a global event and is expected to attract an even larger audience from the USA, Canada, India, UK, Australia, UAE and many other countries. The theme for this year’s Convention is “Jainism: A Resilient Path to Peace.” 

With 250+ volunteers working to make this convention a success, Public Relations and Media Committee Co-Chair Jignesh Jain of Chicago is thrilled to announce the ongoing addition of new events, programs and speakers – significantly elevating the anticipation of the entire team for the Convention.

Key Highlights

  • Registration reached at 6760, from 20+ countries 

  • Address by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama 

  • Mahavir Ek Alokik Katha – an epic dance ballet on the life of Mahavir Swami

  • Dayro & Bhakti by Osman Mir, Sairam Dave, Aditya Gadhvi, Geeta Rabari, and other prominent famous Dayro singers.

  • 55+ other Spiritual Speakers and Thought Leaders 

  • 130+ sessions and 10+ programs spread from July 1st – July 6th

  • High-caliber humorous Hindi Drama Rang De Sanskar acted, and directed by Siddharth Randeria

  • First-time ever Narrated Tour (Tirthdham Darshan) of 12 sacred Jain places in India using cutting-edge drone A/V technology

  • Sunheri Yaadein A Bollywood concert featuring 40 years of Bollywood melodies to celebrate 40 years of JAINA from a grand stage in Mumbai, India

  • Festivities of the World, a cultural show performed by members from 70+ Jain Centers across the US to showcase their talent and vibrancy 

  • Jain Connect Fireside Chat with Netflix’ Indian Matchmaking Cast

JAINA convention 2021 is an invitation to all who aspire for a peaceful resilient recovery from the pandemic and to reweave the delicate fabric of humanity.  For additional information about this convention and to register, visit www.jainaconvention.org

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World renowned Jain leader is no more

By Arvind Vora

The longest serving president of Digambara Jain Mahasabha took his last breath at the Tirthankara Mahaveer University Hospital near Delhi on Tuesday from COVID related causes while listening to the recitation of Jain Navkar Mantra.

I met Mr Sethi at one of the JAINA (Federation of Jain Associations in North America) biennial convention held usually during the July 4th weekend. We were instantly connected with each other having common purpose of promoting Jain principles.

During my first visit to New Delhi, having made a special effort by informing him that I will be visiting Delhi for only a few days, he invited me to his home. We talked may be for an hour so. He gave me copies of many issues of Prachin Jain Tirth Jirnodhar and other magazines that described in depth location, present conditions etc. of Jain places of worship. He had a dream of restoring as many temples as possible. According to him, there must be several thousand Jain temples all over the world in need of restoration and rehabilitation. He himself must have helped to restore more than 1,000 such temples in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Assam, Rajasthan, Bihar, and other states in India. His research and inventory were mindboggling.

He had a special request since I am in America and a Main Representative of Anuvibha at the UN. He wanted me to get in touch with UNESCO officials to provide help in archeological and restoration work. Obviously, I liked to help but needed to politely inform him that the UNESCO is based in France and most UN agencies stay away if religion is involved, with rare exceptions. Little I knew that it was a special day of celebration for him organized by his son. It was his 50th Wedding anniversary and he had let his wife go earlier but he waited for me. That meeting, with his gracious hospitality and intense commitment left me awestruck with what he has achieved and his dreams.

Mr Sethi travelled extensively and found Jain temples and artifacts in Sri Lanka, China & Indonesia; Mexico and Guatemala in South America; Ethiopia in Africa and even in America at Native American Reservations. He signed a Memorandum of Understanding with many entities including governments.

Perhaps one of the most spectacular and memorable events for Jains is Shri Bahubali Swamy Mahamastak Abhiseka that takes place every 12 years. Bahubali did a yearlong meditation in a standing position. This is depicted in a statue. It is the tallest monolithic statue in the world, carved out of a single block of granite. It is 57 foot high monolith and located between Bengaluru and Mysore in the Karnataka. We were lucky to participate and witness this memorable ceremony in 2006 as part of JAINA delegation when Nirmal Ji was president of the host committee.

He used to come to just about every JAINA Convention and both of us made time to go over activities and plans. At my last visit to India five or so years ago we again connected and enjoyed each other’s company.

Our last meeting was on March 14, 2021 at a webinar that he frequently organized about Jain matters. The subject matter of Sallekhana (welcoming the death) was extensively discussed as per Jain scriptures. He would invariably recognize my presence at these webinars.

Shri Nirmal Kumar Sethi Ji
1941-April 27, 2021 (Photos provided)

In many ways he was unique and a rare breed who committed almost his entire life in the service of Jains and Jainism. May his soul rest in perpetual peace.

The writer is main representative of Anuvibha at the UN.

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JAINA Convention 2021 to go global with virtual events lined up from July 1-6

New York: The Federation of Jain Associations in North America (JAINA) will be celebrating its 21st Convention on the Fourth of July weekend — from July 1st to 6th, 2021. Every two years, this premier event brings together 4000-5000 members of the Jain Community from across the world. This year, the virtual event is planned to be a global event and is expected to attract an even larger audience from USA, Canada, India, UK, Australia, UAE and many other countries. 

In face of all the turbulence throughout the world in the last year, it is paramount for us to be vigilant, compassionate, tolerant and to “keep the faith”.  Jainism, one of the ancient minority religions, has thrived worse than the pandemic based on its wisdom of Maitri (Amity), interdependence and, honoring and respecting life at any cost. The Convention will showcase its firm belief that spirituality enables us to sustain our sense of self and purpose through beliefs, principles, values, and morals. Hence the theme for this year’s Convention is “A Resilient Path to Peace”. 

Convention Convener and First Vice President of JAINA, Haresh Shah of Delaware, proudly announced the start of convention planning with hundreds of volunteers from across the nation offering their contribution.  The Convention Board and its several committees have been hard at work to ensure that this virtual convention is a once-in-a lifetime experience. The Convention will feature a state-of-the-art, user-friendly, and interactive conference platform with many features such as an online Main Hall, 6 Breakout Rooms, 4 Competition Rooms, and an Exhibition Hall.

Enlightening discourses, discussion tracks and activities planned at this Convention will offer attendees a deeper understanding of Jain principles and values while also helping our communities with a roadmap to bounce back. Youth participation, through JAINA’s affiliate organizations, Young Jains of America (YJA), Young Jain Professionals (YJP), as well as Jain Connect will be strongly promoted and encouraged.  There will be focused programs for all age groups: children (ages 5-12), youth (ages 13-20), Jain Networking Forum (ages 21-29), and adults. 

Other featured events include the popular Jain Academic Bowl (JAB), a jeopardy style vocabulary game in which young Jains compete with other teams, Jains Got Talent (JGT) and Tirth Bhav Yatra – A virtual Tirth Yatra of about 12 major Tirth of India broadcast live.

Public Relations and Media Committee Chair Vipul Shah of Chicago proudly confirmed that spiritual dignitaries such as Acharya Ratnasundersuri Maharaj Saheb, Rashtrasant Gurudev Shree NamramuniPramansagarji Maharaj, Sadhvi Charitraarth Prabhaji and many others will enlighten with their wisdom during the Convention. While Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai Jhaveri will give the keynote address, other featured speakers include Shri Gyanvatsal Swami, Brahma Kumari Sister Shivaniji and Dr. Veerendra Heggade. The line-up of other prominent and inspirational speakers includes Dr. Christopher Miller, Dr. Steven Southwick, Rahul Kapoor Jain, Sonam Wangchuck, and Miki Chase. 

The daily sessions and discussions will be well-complemented by refreshing Cultural Programs in the evening including Jain Drama, Jains Got Talent (JGT), and entertaining cultural performances from across the world. Virtual kiosks and Exhibition Hall round out the experience for audiences with varying interests. 

For additional information about this convention and to register, visit : www.jainaconvention.org

Some of the confirmed speakers: (L to R) Acharya Ratnasundersuri Maharaj Saheb, Rashtrasant Gurudev Shree Namramuni, Pramansagarji Maharaj, Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai , Shri Gyanvatsal Swami, Brahma Kumari Sister Shivani .
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JAINA Convention 2021 to go global with virtual events lined up from July 1-6

New York: The Federation of Jain Associations in North America (JAINA) will be celebrating its 21st Convention on the Fourth of July weekend — from July 1st to 6th, 2021. Every two years, this premier event brings together 4000-5000 members of the Jain Community from across the world. This year, the virtual event is planned to be a global event and is expected to attract an even larger audience from USA, Canada, India, UK, Australia, UAE and many other countries. 

In face of all the turbulence throughout the world in the last year, it is paramount for us to be vigilant, compassionate, tolerant and to “keep the faith”.  Jainism, one of the ancient minority religions, has thrived worse than the pandemic based on its wisdom of Maitri (Amity), interdependence and, honoring and respecting life at any cost. The Convention will showcase its firm belief that spirituality enables us to sustain our sense of self and purpose through beliefs, principles, values, and morals. Hence the theme for this year’s Convention is A Resilient Path to Peace”. 

Convention Convener and First Vice President of JAINA, Haresh Shah of Delaware, proudly announced the start of convention planning with hundreds of volunteers from across the nation offering their contribution.  The Convention Board and its several committees have been hard at work to ensure that this virtual convention is a once-in-a lifetime experience. The Convention will feature a state-of-the-art, user-friendly, and interactive conference platform with many features such as an online Main Hall, 6 Breakout Rooms, 4 Competition Rooms, and an Exhibition Hall.

Enlightening discourses, discussion tracks and activities planned at this Convention will offer attendees a deeper understanding of Jain principles and values while also helping our communities with a roadmap to bounce back. Youth participation, through JAINA’s affiliate organizations, Young Jains of America (YJA), Young Jain Professionals (YJP), as well as Jain Connect will be strongly promoted and encouraged.  There will be focused programs for all age groups: children (ages 5-12), youth (ages 13-20), Jain Networking Forum (ages 21-29), and adults. 

Other featured events include the popular Jain Academic Bowl (JAB), a jeopardy style vocabulary game in which young Jains compete with other teams, Jains Got Talent (JGT) and Tirth Bhav Yatra – A virtual Tirth Yatra of about 12 major Tirth of India broadcast live.

Public Relations and Media Committee Chair Vipul Shah of Chicago proudly confirmed that spiritual dignitaries such as Acharya Ratnasundersuri Maharaj Saheb, Rashtrasant Gurudev Shree NamramuniPramansagarji Maharaj, Sadhvi Charitraarth Prabhaji and many others will enlighten with their wisdom during the Convention. While Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai Jhaveri will give the keynote address, other featured speakers include Shri Gyanvatsal Swami, Brahma Kumari Sister Shivaniji and Dr. Veerendra Heggade. The line-up of other prominent and inspirational speakers includes Dr. Christopher Miller, Dr. Steven Southwick, Rahul Kapoor Jain, Sonam Wangchuck, and Miki Chase. 

The daily sessions and discussions will be well-complemented by refreshing Cultural Programs in the evening including Jain Drama, Jains Got Talent (JGT), and entertaining cultural performances from across the world. Virtual kiosks and Exhibition Hall round out the experience for audiences with varying interests. 

For additional information about this convention and to register, visit : www.jainaconvention.org

Some of the confirmed speakers for the convention .
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Jain Workshop for children & youth

The Jaina Education Committee has announced a unique opportunity of weekly virtual workshop sessions for children in North America to learn about Jain fundamentals and its practical application in day to day life. This workshop is designed for youth in response to the requests received by the Jaina Education Committee.

 The purpose of the workshop is to teach core Jain values and principles to our children in a way they can understand and relate to; to empower our children to make good choices, to develop good characteristics, and in the process to become a resilient and compassionate human being; a humble effort to establish a strong foundation and to cultivate the right mindset in children that will enable them to navigate life skillfully.

The workshop will be divided into two groups based on the age of kids (Group 1:5-8 years & Group 2: 9-12 years)

The workshop material is designed specifically for the specified age groups. The workshop will enable children to learn, explore, and practice in an interactive way.

The workshop will be held every Sunday from Oct 18 to Dec 19, 2020 (9 weeks) from 2 pm – 3.15 pm via WebEx platform in English. The Workshop leads are Sejal Shah (North Carolina) & Pratiksha Shah (Virginia). 

To enroll and more info write to jainyouthworkshop@gmail.com

Based on regular attendance and participation in the workshop sessions, enrolled students will receive a Certificate of Completion from JAINA.

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