Saumil Shah, Namrata Kamdar & Vibhav Shah

Topics Covered This Year:
A) Practical:
B) Jain Principles and Philosophy:
1) Darshan and Pujan Vidhi
a. Why do we do darshan and pujan
b. How to do darshan and pujan
c. Do’s and Don’ts in Dehrasar
a. Navakar Mantra
b. Chattari Mangalam
c. Arhanto Bhagvanta Indra Mahita
d. Darshanam Dev Devasyam
e. Mangalam Bhagwan Veero
f. Verah Sarva Sura Surendra Mahito
g. Sarva Mangal
3) Pranayam : Students learned “Kapalbhati” as well as “Anulom Vilom” pranaym.
4) Dhyan (meditation) : This year the students learned to do Dhyan using Aum Mantra
5) Samayik: This year we have done two Samayiks. The students learned about Katasanu, Chravalo, Muhapatti
6) They also learned to do Muhapatti Padilehana. Meaning of Sthapanaji as proxy for Guru Maharaj. In addition, they learned about Kayotsarg (what it is, how to do it, what not to do etc…)
1) Fundamental principles of Jainism
– Who are Jains – Concept of God
– Ahimsa (non-violence) – Anekantvada non-absolutism
– Aparigraha (non-possessiveness)
– Agams (Jain Scriptures)
– Kashayas (anger, ego, deceit , lobh) & how affect us
2) Panch Parmesthi
– Arihant – Siddha – Acharya
– Upadhyaya – Sadhu
3) Tirthankars
– Who are they
– How do they become Tirthankars
– Why we should respect them
4) Samavasaran
5) Kalyanaks
6) Jain Derasar
7) Jain Murtis
8) Swastika
– 4 Gatis (human, dev, narak, animals)
– Samyak Darshan, Samyak Jnan and Samyak Darshan
– Siddhashila
C) Jain Story / Games / Skits:
9) Atma (Soul)
1) Story: This year we started the epic story of Samaraditya Kevali Charitra. This story starts with two characters Gunsen and Agnisharma and shows how small incidents turn into anger and feeling of revenge and how it spans birth after birth. It also shows how kashay and karma affect us and shows that in the same situation, one person develops more and more feelings of forgiveness and compassion, while other develops feelings of anger and hatred. One’s soul progresses and the other’s degrade. It also shows how the two souls take different roles in their different lives, from two friends to Father and son, Mother and Son, Husband and wife etc…
2) Games: This year we have started to play Jain Jeopardy. This has been a huge success. It has helped motivate the students to learn the principles and has made coming to pathshala fun.
3) Skits: This year we have also enacted several skits in the class to reinforce our Jain Living Values, such as Greed / Contentment, Compassion, and Anger/Forgiveness.
– Who am I? – Qualities of Soul
10) Jain Metaphysics: Classification of substances
– Ajiv (Matter, Time, Space, Medium of Motion & Rest)
– Jiv sub classified into
Sthavar (non-mobile)
– Prithvikaya (beings that have Earthas body)
– Apkaya ( Water as body)
– Teukaya (Fire as body)
– Vayukaya ( Air as body)
– Vanaspatikaya (plant as body)
Tras (mobile)
– Beindriya (2 sensed) – Teindriya (3 sensed)
– Chaurindriya (4 sensed) – Panchendriya (5 sensed)
11) Principle of Karma
– Ghati and Aghati Karma
– 8 Types of karma
– Their impact on us
– How do we acquire each type

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