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About Swadhyaya Potluck:

Why should we do swadhyaya potluck?

Learning values
Helpful in binding jains, which helps keep the momentum in religion.
Positive motivation to do good in religion.
Otherwise in other worldly groups, there is negative peer pressure

Case study:

1. Uttar Pradesh vs Rajasthaan

Culture is retained in Rajasthan, bundelkhand, and southindia.

While in Uttar pradesh, Bihaar, Bangaladesh- the culture is not
that great. Why?

Punjab- it is also very much waned out.

2. Changes in the american born Jains in bay area, who studied in

Pathshala after the temple got built, and who did not.


Therefore, in USA it is important for Jains to stay together- in order to

retain their religious values.

Religious activities are in general performed with Jains,

Social get together and fun activites, in general, should be performed
with Jains

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Bhakti, Pooja:

Group Activity:

Make groups and share how do you do pooja

why do we go to temple?
Why do we do pooja/bhakti?
what do you do when you go to temple
starting from home
how to enter the temple
what do you think of God
how do you feel when you leave the home
what do you fel when do the argha to bhagwaan
8 argha


भभभभभ = अरहनत आिद के गुणो मे अनुराग भिकत है।

भभभभ = अरहनत आिद के गुणो मे अनुराग की अिभवयिकत पूजा है।
पूजा के दो पकार है - दवय पूजा, भाव पूजा
1. दवय पूजा =
- अष दवय पूजा
- अिभषेक करना
- भजन
- नृतय
- पिरकमा देना
- भगवान के दशरन करना
- िजनमिनदर का िनमाण करना-कराना
- नमसकार करना
2. भाव पूजा =
a. मन से गुणो का समरण, और अनुराग करना

Why we would have anurag to Panch Parmeshthi?

Mangal for us (introspection)
Mangal for others, who worshipped them

If we did not have bhagwaan, then what had we have lost?

Why is God important to us?

How to bring anurag in Panch Parmeshthi?

By learning about them. By reading the scriptures narrating their stories
of previous births and how they achieved Moksha. “असरनत भगवान ने जो
चार पकार के सुकत बतलाये है, उनमे पुराण पथम सुकत है. भगवान मे इन पुराणो से
ही सुनने क कम बतलाया है।“

How does Bhakti help?

- Syadwaad Manjari: “Hum jiskaa dhyaan karte hain, hum vaise hee ho
jaate hain.”
- Tatvaarth sutra mangalacharan: Moksha maargasya netaram ..
- Dhawala ji reference, Sarvaarth sidhhi reference
What kind of karma we will bind if we love and think of devil,
and what we will bind if we love and think of God?

Bhakti related activities for Sadhu’s:

10 Bhakti, Vadana, Stuti, Kayotsarg, some part of samayik(Padastha,
roopastha, roopateet dhyaan)

Pooja/darshan ki kasauti:

kyaa panch parmeshthi me anuraag aata hai?

Whom should we worship?

- Shanti Path pradarshan

Starting from home
Bhakti of Chaityalya (Temple)
Entering temple
Do the vandana
Introspection: Consider bhagwaan as an idol or bhagvaan with anant
Introspection: Consider yourself as body, or consider as soul with karma
and attachments?
Dravya Poojan
Panchang, Aqshtaang Namaskaar
Coming back

Why do we do Pooja?

परलौिकक पयोजन:
Short Answer: Moksha ki sidhhi me sahayak hain
Detailed Answer:
Past: To wash away the sins we did in past, and do all the day regularly
as a householder.
Present: achieve Shubha bhav, and Pooja is helpful in veetaraagata. पूजा
िचत को िनमरल कर देती है
Future: keep the momentum up of shubha bhaav- so there will be less
ashubha bhaav in future.
Greatly helpful in achieving Samyakdarshan
Washes all 4 ghatiya karma, and paap karma from Aghati karma.
लौिकक पयोजन
This is definitely not intended while doing Pooja, but it is achieved
similar to how a farmer gets भूसा while sowing greains.

Case study:

There are two people who are doing pooja in same way. The only
difference is,
one has the purpose(prayojan) of become Sidhha and adopt the path to
become Sidhaa, and leave the wrong things he does which hinders
him in adopting the right path.
The other one is doing with a hazy idea of Moksha and mokshamarga.

What kind of results both have – both spiritually and worldy?

Ashta Dravya pooja

Om Jai Jai Namostu

Namokara Mantra
Panch Parmeshthi
Their qualities
Namokar Mandtra ki mahima
Udak chandan tandul
24 tirthanker svasti
64 ridhhii
Dev- shanstra guru poojan
8 Argha- purpose from shanti patha pradarshan
Poojan- Mahaveer swami
Samuchaya mahargha
3 loka
Shanti Path
Loka kalyaan ki bhavana

There are three elements to Pooja: (Reference: Gyananand sravakachara,

Brahamchari Rayamall Ji)

1. Prarthana
2. Alochna (also garhaa)
3. Guna gaan
- meaning of Mahavir swami jayamaala, and pooja in general.

Back up:

How does it help:

1. Prarthana:

o It will help you wash away your sins, and help you proceed towards
Shudha Bhaav.
o It helps you express your emotions, which helps alleviating
Alochna, and gunagana.

2. Alochana:

o It would discourage you to repeat the sin. This is how it takes one
towards veetragta. (catapult analogy)

3. Guna Gaan:

o It is something which takes you close to God, and away from the
world. And clears the bad karmas away which comes in between
you and God.
o It will encourage you to become like God.
o When you have a goal, its always goal in your mind. Similary when
you want to attain inifinite knowledge, you will always have God in
mind. When you look at god, you feel bliss, when you look at the
world you feel detachments, and fear.
o It will wipe away your worldly role models.
o When a runner starts running, he has his eyes set to the goal.
Similarly, a Sadhak needs to set his eyes on Sidhha bhagwaan to
become like him.
o Veetragta se raag jorrta hai, Raagta se raag torrta hai.
o thrashes 4 ghatiya karma, which helps in progressing in spiritual
path further.

Poojan helps wash all papa karma including ghatiya karma. And increases right
belief(Reference: Sarvartha Sidhhii).

Question: One side you say I should become Veetraagi, and other side you ask
me to have have raaga with God. Why?
Answer: You should become veetragi, therefore you should have raaga towards
veetraagta. Since God is veetraagi, therefore having raaga with God will help
you attain veetragta.