MSJS will be running the activity for children up to the age of 14 yrs, from 6th September 2018 to (start of Paryushan) to 24th October 2018 (end of Navpadji Oli).
At the turn of last millennium, a group of Jain families made Melbourne their homes. This small group of people 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
- A place of worship which allows a safe haven for prayers and other religious and cultural activities.
- A Spiritual Centre that serves as a place where the current Jain community and all the future generations can find divinity and a guiding light to lead them to the path of righteousness.
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.
- Gruh Jinalay Pratishtha Mahotsav in 2008
- Since 2008 MSJS has successfully managed Gruh Jinalay including daily pooja and aarti
- Chal Pratistha of Shri Sumatinath Bhagwan (Anjan Shalaka)
- Celebrated all rituals of Paryushan every year with assistance of Veer Sainik from Tapovan
- 14,000+ Samayik undertaken since 2002 (collectively)
- Various new initiatives involving young children e.g. Weekly Ashta Prakari Pooja, Nitya Niyam score card
- Organised five residential Shibir since 2009 including three consecutive Shibirs by Shri Deepakbhai Shah (Bardoli) and two by Shri Jinchandraji (Bandhu Triputi), attended by 250+ individuals each year
- Actively supported various activities like Jirnoddhar, Anukampa and Education across multiple institutions in India
- Numerous donations to various institutions in India for Jeev Daya
Ahimsa Paramo DharmaNon-violence is the highest religion