Jai Jinendra. A warm welcome to ALL.
We started 2013 with a most successful 4day/3night Shibir, led by Pujya Sadhviji Shilapiji from Veerayatan; which was well attended by over 230 members & guests across the Chinese New Year Holidays, 9-12Feb 2013. Soon after, we had a blissful Ayambil Oli and wonderful Mahavir Jayanti celebrations. Our Young Jains of Singapore (YJS) also participated in the Harmony Games organised by the Sikh association.
Coming up later this year, we will have our Paryushan, led by Pujya Swamiji Shrutpragyaji, from Peace of Mind Foundation. We will also be celebrating Diwali on a bigger scale this year, as it also coincides with the 5thAbhishek of Bhagwan Mahavir Murti consecration at our Sthanak.
YJS continues to organise activities for our youth and young adults (12-25 years).We must support their enthusiasm and drive to do more for the Society. Members who have children in this age group are encouraged to have them sign up for YJS. It will help build a stronger base for the future leaders of our Society.
Our community outreach team, COMMIT, continues to aid our adopted charities. Kudos to the team! Volunteers meet on a regular basis to plan and organise activities for the welfare of the needy in Singapore. Members are encouraged to volunteer their time to the team. I’m confident that you will definitely feel that your time is well spent and your sense of accomplishment will be priceless!
A lifetime of education in religion helps us grow as better people. Swadhyay is an important part of our Jain religion. SJRS, with the help of volunteers and the Singapore Jain Shala (SJS) is actively looking at ways and means of delivering Jain knowledge to all age groups in our Society. They are doing a wonderful job in nurturing our young minds. There are various groups organising Bhaktamar and Satsang on a regular basis. We also have the Senior Citizens Wing and Ladies Wing, which organise activities on a quarterly basis. Updates on their activities will be made available in our Circulars and on our website.
We have completed the conversion exercise of our ordinary members to life members with great success. Henceforth, all new members will be encouraged to sign up for Life Membership and to make Regular GIRO Contributions.
Having had Jainism accepted as a member faith of Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO), we as Jains are even more actively engaged in Singapore, as part of a multi-religious &multi-racial community. We are continuously learning more about other religions and their beliefs, whilst at the sametime sharing with others our Jainfaith.
We thank all donors for their generous contributions over the years. I also thank all our volunteers and members for their full support in enabling the success of our events and activities. We hope to continue to serve your needs better. Feedback on our activities is welcome.
Dr Mitesh Shah
Singapore Jain Religious Society