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Diwali Milan

The festive occasion of Diwali Milan and Acharya Tulsi Centenary Celebration on October 25th at the Six Mile Run Church started off with dinner and an assortment of sparkling cultural performances by the students of Gyanshala and other members of the JVBNA family.

Master of Ceremony, Ashish Jain guided the program smoothly. The program started with the chanting of Namokar Mantra led by the Samanijis. After this, the Gyan group kids performed Hum Ko Mann Ki Shakti Dena, a melodious bhajan. President of JVBNA Madhumita Sacheti welcomed everyone to the auspicious occasion by speaking of the different ways Diwali is celebrated around the world and paid a tribute to Acharya Tulsi, who founded the Saman shreni of Jain religion. Information about upcoming events was shared with the audience. The Darshan group performed a skit about Acharya Tulsi to illustrate moral values and the importance of teaching children this because they are the future of society. Valmik Nahata played Hum Ko Mann Ki Shakti Dena on violin, followed by Manu Nahata, who sang a melodious rendition of Ganesh Vandana. Charitra group presented a narration of different professions and how one can be successful, but the most important trait was to be a good human being. The narration was titled Khushi Ka Khazana.

Surendra ji Kankariya introduced special guests – Mr. Sapan Shah, Mr. Harshad Shah, Mr. Jigar Shah, and Mr. Gunvant Shah. The guests from JAINA gave information on the upcoming JAINA convention in Atlanta, GA, in July 2015.

After this, there was a classical dance performance by Shreen and Siddhi Bhansali. The dance was followed by Pravachan by Samani Sanghpragyaji, who spoke about Mahavir Nirvan. Next, Kamal ji Daga, and his group comprising Sanjay Jain, Sunil Bothra, and Nitin Chordiya, sang a bhajan for Mahavir’s Nirvan. Kamal ji also sang four lines dedicated to Acharya Sri Tulsi. Samani Bhavitpragyaji spoke about Acharya Tulsi and how he spent his life working towards the betterment of society. The cultural program concluded with a debate on the motion – Violence is acceptable for self-defense. The debate was moderated by Sanjay Jain. Participants for the motion were Sheetal Daftary, Ashish Jain, Sanjay Tated, Prachi Shah, and Navin Surana. Participants arguing against the motion were Hansraj Nahata, Kiran Jain, Sunil Bothra, Rajiv Mohnot, and Sudhir Jain. It was an interesting and thought-provoking discussion. The evening closed with the Mangal Path led by Samaniji.Please click on the YouTube link below to watch a documentary on Acharya Tulsi. The video was released on his 100th birth anniversary.

Legacy of a Legend: Acharya Tulsi –