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INDIA HERALD • WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2014 • PAGE 3

COMMUNITY NEWS JVB Gyanshala’s magazine launched JVB Preksha Meditation Center in the presence of Samani Sanmati Pragyaji & Samani Jayant Pragyaji (Disciples of Acharya Shri Mahashraman), hosted Houston Mayor Annise Parker on Sunday, Dec. 14, for the inauguration of its first Annual Gyanshala Children Magazine “Connect: Basics and Beyond” and “Tulsi Commemoration Volumes” on the occasion of H. H. Acharya Shri Tulsi Birth Centenary global celebrations. About 150 community members joined the celebration. The mayor was greeted by enthusiastic Gyanshala kids along with board and EC members upon arrival. Parker congratulated everyone on the Centennial Birth of Acharya Tulsi, and expressed her desire to know more about JVB Community and acknowledge the work of our young Gyanshala students who are our future leaders and was quite amazed by their articles based on the principles of Anuvrat i.e. truth, non-violence, non-possession, and non-stealing, and wished them a bright future ahead. To honor this occasion, the mayor made a proclamation stating the Birth Date of Acharya Tulsi, October 20th as “Acharya Tulsi Day”, so worthy of the cause as he is known worldwide as one of the greatest Acharya’s of Jain Tradition. and a man of splendor personality, Humanitarian Saint and a great visionary. He opened hundreds of schools, started different vocational courses, numerous colleges, and a university as well. Jain Vishwa Bharati is one of them. Reverend Samani Sanmati Pragyaji admired Mayor Parker’s distinguished career, explained how Acharya Tulsi’s teachings are showing the path of peace to the world and praised active committee members for their untiring efforts and support. The Emcee of the event, Pramod Jain acknowledged all the prominent guests from different Indian communities who attended. Swatantra Jain, the Chairman of JVB center welcomed the guests. All the Gyanshala kids paid their tribute by saying the Gyanshala pledge collectively. A special memento was presented to the mayor. The program ended with a thank you speech delivered by JVB’s President, Nikhil Jain. Members of JVB’s Gyanshala, value the intellectual capital, and nurture it through a perfect blend, of the traditional as well as contemporary ways and means, for the comprehensive development, of children. JVB Gyanshala Magazine truly captures the thoughts and creativity of its young students. The JVB Preksha Meditation Center envisions a blissful and peaceful society through Yoga, Preksha Meditation and Education of Non-violence. It conducts weekly Mediation, Yoga and Swadhyay sessions and runs special events and programs like iChoose & Meditation Camps. Its open to all and every session or event is free of charge to its attendees. For more information please visit www.jvbhouston.org or call them at 281-596-9642. — By SEEMA JAIN; Photo: NAVIN MEDIWALA

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