JVB Preksha Meditation Center Celebrates 16 Years in Houston with Grand Annual Day Event

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By Seema Jain

HOUSTON: “The efforts of the past become the fate of the present and the future.”  -Acharya Shri Mahashraman 16 years ago in Houston, JVB Preksha Meditation Center opened its doors to envision the untiring efforts of Acharya Shri Tulsi & Acharya Shri Mahapragyaji to spread Preksha Meditation among masses of all religions. Today, JVB is proudly pioneering in serving the entire community with weekly classes, programs and special events to fulfill this dream and growing by leaps and bounds.

To celebrate JVB’s 16th Anniversary of presence in Houston & 6th Anniversary at the current Center located @ 14102 Schiller Rd, JVB patrons once again graced the occasion by actively participating in the 2 day festivities which started on Saturday, October 10 and concluded on Sunday, October 11.

The Annual 2- day event started with the cultural program on Saturday evening under auspicious guidance of Samani Parimal Pragyaji & Samani Maryada Pragyaji. They recited the Navakar Mahamantra and JVB’s Vice-president, Seema Jain welcomed the community members. The highlight of the celebration was two drama skits aptly crafted and directed by Samani Maryada Pragyaji along with the parent volunteers. Young & Talented kids of JVB Gyanshala ages 4-14 stormed the stage with their performances and won the accolades from the audience.

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A short video tribute of the exemplary achievements and contributions of 25 years of JVBI Deemed University, based in Ladnu, India was also showcased to the audience. This one of a kind, University is serving as a beacon of commitment to provide highest quality of educational services to the utmost satisfaction of the students and give them an opportunity to cultivate an integrated personality backed by spirituality and moral values. The practice of pragmatic principles such as anekant, non-violence, tolerance and peaceful co-existence are the noble ideals of this Institute. Samani Parimal Pragyaji did the “Udbodhan” and addressed the audience with her powerful message. She emphasized the importance of progress in life and how it has less to do with the speed and more to do with the direction. She also explained that JVB is a Journey, a place for exploring spiritual progress of Life.  JVB is the inspiration to develop moral conduct & equanimity. If one stays detached from material possessions, then he/she becomes the part of natural system (law of nature) where only Prosperity, Success, Honor and Solutions prevail. Samanijis too recognized the precious efforts of each & every community member associated with JVB since its inception.

Later, JVB Chairman, Shri Swatantraji Jain delivered a “Thank you” speech and appreciated the tireless efforts of JVB President, Nikhil Jain, all the members of the Executive Committee and the volunteers for all the events throughout the year. He acknowledged the enthusiasm with which JVB Gyanshala kids & parents performed. He also broke the news of buying the adjacent property to accommodate the future expansion plans of JVB premises.

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The climax of the cultural program was a much awaited Bhajan program where the star team of 7 local singers and musicians performed. Ayush Kanhare, One of the youngest star performer was the cynosure of all eyes as he kicked off the musical evening with his Tabla skills. Hemantji & Daksha Bhavsar, Prernaji shah, Surenderji Talwar, Diptiji Kanhere mesmerized the audience with their soulful Bhajans supported ably by Nishadji Kanhere on Tabla & Narendraji Sanghavi on Harmonium. No effort was spared and the result spoke for itself.

The Sunday morning started early with Adhar Abhishek Pooja of Bhagwan Mahavir by Reverend Shri Jayesh Khona (from California) followed by Aarti.  Adhar Abhishek is a very sacred ritual ceremony of offering 18 different types of Abhishek with holy water (mixed with various sacred substances). Several devotees took the labh of this special, once a year Pooja. Once again, humble & dedicated volunteers won the heart of several by serving delicious lunch thereafter.

JVB Preksha Meditation Center envisions a blissful and peaceful society through Preksha Meditation, Yoga 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 to its attendees.

For more information visit www.jvbhouston.org or call them at 281.596.9642.