JSCNC Newsletter

A Publication of Jain Study Center of North Carolina

509 Carriage Woods Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607 U.S.A.


A tax-exempt, non-profit religious organization. Federal Tax-exempt ID (USA): 56-1305715

Sep 2014

2014 Executive Committee


Mr. Anand Shah

(919) 678-9475


Vice President

Mrs. Neha Mehta

(919) 233-8837



Mr. Bhairav Shah

(919) 845-9593


Food Coordinator

Mr. Ajay Shah

(919) 601-2624


Youth Coordinators

Mrs. Rita Lodaya

(919) 240-5564


Mrs. Sejal Shah



Mrs. Shweta Shah

(919) 678-9475




Hindu Center


Mr. Pravin Shah

(919) 859-4994


Mr. Anand Shah

(919) 678-9475


Mr. Harshad Shah

(919) 341 8894

Special Projects

Special Projects


Mr. Pratyush Mehta

(919) 967-6270



Mr. Pritesh Shah

Raleigh, NC

Annual Camp

Mr. Kamlesh Shah

Cary, NC

Sustainment Committee

Mr. Kamlesh Shah

Cary, NC

Religious Programs

Mr. Pravin Shah
Mr. Kirit Shah

Editor’s Corner

Jai Jinendra,

The human being is a social animal.  We like to hang out with each other.  We show love for each other, and sometimes hate. We say nice things to each other and sometimes not-so-nice.  In both cases, it's the latter that causes hurt, sometimes done unknowingly.

Though it is always good to apologize at any time, the time of Paryushan gives us a special opportunity to ask for forgiveness from all.

To that, we would like to take this timely opportunity, and on this very auspicious occasion, to say that if we have hurt you, knowingly or unknowingly, we sincerely ask for your forgiveness ...



खामेमि सव्व जीवे, सव्वे जीवा खमंतु मे।

मित्ती मे सव्व-भूएसु, वेरं मज्झ न केणइ।।


Bhairav Shah

(Secretary, JSCNC)

Inside This Issue

  1. Monthly Meeting
  2. Announcements
  3. Upcoming Activities
  4. Pathshala Corner
  5. Supporting our Center

 1. Monthly Meeting

The community holds its monthly meetings at the Hindu Temple in Morrisville, NC.  We invite everyone to attend the monthly meetings.

For planning purposes, Please inform our Food Coordinator, Mr. Ajay Shah, if:

a) You are not a regular attendee of the monthly meetings, but *are* planning to attend  … OR …

b) You are a regular attendee of the monthly meetings, but are *not* planning to attend

Monthly Meeting Format

10:45 a.m.


11:00 a.m.

Item(s) / Presentation(s) by Pathshala children

11:20 a.m.

Administrative/Committee Activities

11:30 a.m.

Adult Discourse/Discussion &

Children Pathshala

12:30 p.m.

Discourse Q&A &

Administrative Announcements

12:45 p.m


01:00 p.m.



No monthly meeting or Pathshala due to annual Jain Camp

2. Announcements

Paryushan Maha Parva - 2014

Jain Study Center of North Carolina observed Paryushan from Aug 23 - 30.  The occasion included Puja on the first and last days, mixed in with a Bhavana and finally Samvatsari on Saturday.  Thanks to Arvindbhai and Arunaben Shah, and Kiritbhai and Jyotiben Shah, many of us took the advantage of doing daily Pratikramans at their house.  And thanks also to Maheshbhai and Induben Varia for hosting the Samvatsari Pratikraman on Saturday to a packed house.

Also, many thanks to our singers and musicians at the Bhavana.  Mr. Arvindbhai Shah, Mr. Mayurbhai Lodaya, Mr. Pratyushbhai Mehta and Mr. Dilipbhai Shah did a splendid job at leading many stavans and dhuns.

And, a huge recognition to the many tapasvis who did their fasting anywhere from a day to 10 days!  Here are some of the tapasvis who took it all through the Paryushan ...




Arunaben Shah


Atthai - 8 Upvaas

Rima Shah


Das (10) Upvaas

Dishit Parekh


Atthai - 8 Upvaas

Finally, we have some memorable pictures from several days of this event, courtesy of Mr. Harshadbhai Shah.


Camp Lalit - 2014

JSCNC organizes an overnight camp each year.  A reminder email has already been sent out.



Sep 20 - 21

(Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon)

Registration & Payment


Deadline to register

Sep 10


Camp Laphio, Umstead Park, Raleigh

Guest Speaker

Swami Shrutpragyaji


  • $60 for families (2 Adults and 2 Children)
  • $20 for individuals
  • Children 6 and under are free        

Scholar Visits for 2014

JSCNC is fortunate to host 2-3 scholars each year even though we are a relatively small center.  Last week, we had Shri Dhirjlal Panditji visit our center and the committee would like to thank Shri Kiritbhai & Jyotiben Shah, and Shri Maheshbhai and Induben Varia for hosting him and also arranging engaging discourses.

As we announced previously, we will have Saman Shrutpragyaji visit us during the camp.

We want to thank everyone who contributed to the Scholar Fund earlier this year.  If anyone is still interested in contributing, please contact Anand Shah or Pratyush Mehta.

Food Table
Please continue to refer to the below link for your assignments.

3. Upcoming Activities

Please visit http://www.jscnc.org and click Events. The calendar has the most up-to-date listing of all confirmed activities for the year.  All the tithis (Lunar Days) are also posted on the online calendar.  Here is a list of some key dates:





Weekly Swadhyaya (Mondays)

5:30 pm

HSNC Temple Hall Library

Mr. Harshadbhai Shah

Weekly Mahavir Puja (Saturdays)

10 am

HSNC Temple

Mrs. Rekhaben Banker

Camp Lalit

Sep 20 - Sep 21

Umstead Park

Mr. Kamleshbhai Shah

4. Pathshala Corner

Pathshala classes are held every first Sunday of the month from 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Hindu Temple Cultural Hall AND on 3rd Sundays during the monthly meeting.  If you plan to attend and/or need more information, please contact the Pathshala teachers at JSCNCpathshala@yahoo.com.

This month’s Pathshala (that coincides with the monthly meeting) has been cancelled due to Camp.

5. Supporting our Center

You can support our Center by:

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Bhairav  Shah

(Secretary, JSCNC)