Mahavira Janm Kalyanak this Saturday and Other Programs


Jai Jinendra.  Please mark your calendar to participate in the following upcoming events:

April 16, Saturday

Bhagwaan Mahavira Janm Kalyanak

The 13th day of the bright half of the month of Chaitra, that is, April 16 this year, is the birth anniversary of our last Tirthankar, Bhagwan Mahavira.  On Saturday, April 16, please remember to visit a temple, engage in meditation or study, or do something to learn about Bhagwaan Mahavira.  It is an important day for all Jains.  Please use it wisely and joyously.

At Siddhachalam, we will have puja, nomokar mantra jaap and study group gathering.  Please join with family to celebrate.

9.30 am:          Start of 24-hour nomokar mantra jaap (Parsvnath Temple)

10:30 am:        Puja (Main Temple)

12:30 pm:        Study Group Meeting (Library) for readings about Bhagwaan Mahavira

For those observing aymbil oli, please note that aymbil food will be available.

April 23, Saturday

Remembering Guruji

The third week of April is a significant week for those whose lives were touched by Guruji (Acharya Sushil Kumarji Maharaj).  On April 20, 1942, Guruji took deeksha to become a monk.  On April 21, 1989, he was nationally felicitated by the President of India at a grand event in Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on being conferred with the title of Acharya.  Later, on April 22, 1994, Guruji left his human body. 

Please join us on April 23, Saturday, in remembering Guruji.  The program for the day is as follows:

9:30 am:          Namokar Mantra Jaap with Guruji voice

10:30 am:        Chanting of Guruji's favorite mantras

12:00 pm:        Unveiling of Guruji's pratima at Tapasya Sthal

1:30 pm:          Reading and discussion of selected writings of Guruji (Library)

April 30, Saturday

Tree Planting With Goldman Sachs

 Please join executives from Goldman Sachs in planting trees at your ashram. Tree-planting will start at 9:30 am.

May 7, Saturday

Tree Planting and Launch of United Nations Year of the Volunteer

International Mahavira Jain Mission, the public charity that manages Siddhachalam, is an accredited non-governmental organization with the United Nations.  This year, the United Nations is celebrating the International Year of the Volunteer.  Siddhachalam will kick-off events commemorating the United Nations International Year of the Volunteer with another round of tree planting on May 7 with a team of Goldman Sachs executives.  Please join us and know more about our United Nations representation and meet with our United Nations delegates.

May 8, Sunday

Volunteers Sports Day

Siddhachalam volunteers will play cricket and volleyball matches.  If you wish to volunteer time for community work at Siddhachalam, please come in and meet other volunteers and play with them.  Games start at 9:30 am.

June 11-12, Saturday-Sunday

Scholars' Conference on Ahimsa, Anekantvad and Moksha

During Guruji's lifetime and thereafter, Siddhachalam initiated and generously supported various universities in North America, among other parts of the world, to start or maintain educational initiatives in the study of Ahimsa and Anekantvad.  These initiatives include endowment for a program on Jainism at Columbia University and scholarly works at University of Toronto and University of California at Santa Barbara. Guruji also intended Siddhachalam to be a center of learning on Ahimsa and Anekantvad.

One June 11 and 12, we will have scholars from India and the United States to speak on the subject of Ahimsa, Anekantvad and Moksha. Papers read at the conference will be published.  Please save the dates to be at Siddhachalam on both those days with your family and friends.  It is an ideal opportunity to inform yourself and join others like you. 

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