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At the turn of last millennium, a group of Jain families made Melbourne their homes. This small group of individuals used to gather for various religious activities on a regular basis . It was here that the idea of Melbourne Shwetambar Jain Sangh was conceived.
Founded on 12 September 2007, Melbourne Shwetambar Jain Sangh (MSJS) is a close-knit community comprising of Jain families and individuals from all walks of life, practicing Jainism residing in and around Melbourne. We are a not-for-profit organisation registered with ACNC and Consumer Affair Victoria and also an endorsed charity by Australian Tax Office.
The motive of MSJS is to promote the philosophy and teachings of the Jainism among the growing population of Jains in Melbourne through various religious/cultural activities.
For the uninitiated, Jainism is a non-theistic religion that was originated in India around the 6th Century B.C. Jains are focused on reducing suffering amongst all living things and beings. Even plants and tiny insects are considered equal in value to human life, and care is taken to preserve all life forms while minimising any kind of harm done. The religion teaches self-help rather than promoting any type of dependence on external intervention to choose and follow the right path.
The MSJS community is devoted to the religion and engages the entire Melbourne-based community of Jains in its religious programs - from fortnightly activities such as Samayik and Pathshala, to annual events such as Paryushan, 18 Abhishek & Dhaja Rohan. Our greatest vision is to set up
The objectives of MSJS is to promote the philosophies and teachings of the Jain religion amongst the growing population of Jains in Melbourne by conducting and participating in various religious, spiritual/cultural activities.