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Sewing Machine Distribution Donor�s List  Apr 2014

Distribution of Machines to the needy community sisters
held on 26th January 2014 at Rajkot

-  report by Sunilbhai Dhanak, editor, Parajiya Samachar

  Appeal raises record-breaking 110 Sewing machines
for the needy Pattni families

Pattni Humanitarians Join Forces to Help Parajiya Sisters
Naginbhai Jagada with Harshadbhai Rana

Sewing Machine distribution function held at Rajkot - Oct 2013

Charity Camp held on 15th December 2013 in Rajkot.

Heartfelt pleas by Applicants for Sewing Machines



 

Great Humanitarian



-Naginbhai Jagada-

      Naginbhai Jagada Awarded for his Contribution to Social Services

        
Chief Guest Aruna Oswal presenting the Award to Naginbhai Jagada

 
Naginbhai Jagada with the prestigious award

The Lions Club International Silver Jubilee Award is a prestigious award that recognises the dedication, selflessness and kindness of many of the unsung heroes working

for the benefit of others in our local communities and throughout the country.

The Lions Club International 323-J-District awarded Naginbhai Jagada for his outstanding involvement and contribution to help and enrich the lives of the needy.

The award was given on 24th August 2014 by the chief guest lion Aruna Oswal, International director, 2013-14, Lion Jayanti Patel. Multiple Council Chairperson,MIF Lion

Bhupensingh Jadeja, District Governor and guests.
 

 

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Naginbhai Jagada receives Deepchand Gardi Award for Humanitarian Work



 


Recently the Deepchand Gardi awards were announced and Naginbhai is

one among the 9 people from all Saurashtra, who has been selected for

humanitarian work.

 

This award will be presented on 4th May in the presence of 250 dignitaries.

 

It's almost impossible to compute how much Deepchand Gardi gave to

Gujarat. But for all that he donated to the state, it would be no exaggeration

to call Deepchand Gardi, a modern-day Daanveer. 

 

Naginbhai said that he was humbled by the award and added �This award

truly belongs to all of you,who either helped or blessed me. Thank you all�.

 

hearty congratulations on your award, well deserved and a wonderful

acknowledgment for Congratulations on receiving the Outstanding Youth

Philanthropist Award -well deserved.



DISTRIBUTION OF SEWING MACHINES TO PARJIYA SISTERS IN RAJKOT

Message from Naginbhai Jagda
16 July 2013

Sewing Machines presented in the presence of Rajkot Mahamandal Committee 

 

I feel delighted to inform all our Parjiya soni brothers and sisters that on Sunday, 14th July,2013, we distributed (with the help of Shri Bhasker Devji,Bahrain and myself ), five sewing machines (each costing Rs.7,000/-) to our needy Parajiya sisters at the Parajiya boarding home in Rajkot.

 

They were presented in the presence of the Rajkot Mahamandal President Shree Dhirubhai Sagar, Secretary Mohit Kagadada, Parajiya Samachar Editor Sunilbhai Dhanak and the committee members.

 

It was very touching experience as these women truly were in need that became very emotional with joy and gratitude. There was not a dry eye in the room.

 

All ladies knew how to sew but could not afford the machines. Our efforts will enhance five families to support themselves. Two of the ladies came from Kodinar, one from Bagasara, one from Mendarda and one from Rajkot

 

The official at the Rajkot Mahamandal boarding helped us greatly in finding families that needed assistance.

Thank you all.

 

MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL !!

 

With warm regards

 

Naginbhai Jagada


 

Humanitarian work by Naginbhai Jagda

 

Message from Naginbhai Jagda, USA

Sept 24, 2012

 

Hello All! MAY GOD BLESS YOU!!!


I am delighted to inform you that I am planning to visit India at the end of October for 2012's humanitarian work. Similar to previous years, Indians for Collective Action will offer their non-profit 501-C-3 status for collecting US donations for the Jaipur Foot Camp and tricycles for the disabled. Every tricycle costs approximately US$80/ and the cost for the Jaipur Camp is estimated to be approximately US$4,000. If we help 50 disabled persons with the tricycles, it will cost US$ 4,000. Thus the total cost of the Jaipur Foot camp and 50 tricycles will be US$8000. I am contacting you now because you have supported this humanitarian work in the past and am urging you again to do so with your generous contribution for this year.


In addition, we will conduct several other charitable activities depending on the additional donations we may receive from my family and friends.


If you would like to contribute, you can do it in any of the following ways.


1. You may send me a check in my name and mail to:


Mr. N. J. Jagada, 8420 High Meadows Drive,Plano, TX 75025, USA OR Mr. N. J. Jagada, 2 Swashray Society, "Arpan" Rajkot, 360004, India


My home telephone number in USA is 469 443 0222 and in India is 281- 6531367


2. You can also transfer any donations directly to my account in India - here are the details:


My NRE account number is 01011060005657 and my NRO account number is 01011010002982 with HDFC Bank, Titanium building, Near Pramukh Swami Arcade, Dr.Yagnik Road, Rajkot-360001, India.


3. If you would prefer to make this a tax-deductible donation for 2012 in the US and receive a receipt, please make your check before December 31,2012 payable to INDIANS FOR COLLECTIVE ACTION with a note in the memo section "Rajkot Jaipur Foot Camp Naginbhai" and mail before end of 2012 to:


Mr.Bhupen Mehta, 1123 Elmsford Drive, Cupertino CA 95014, USA


Please contact me by phone or email if you have any questions. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support over the years.


With warmest regards,

Naginbhai Jagada


Please visit http://naginjagada.pledgepage.org/



Naginbhai Jagada (USA), Bhaskerbhai Devji (Bahrain) and others contributed to the humanitarian work.

Message from Naginbhai Jagda

July 13, 2012


Description of Humanitarian Work for 2011


I feel so happy to describe to all of you the humanitarian work we have done in 2011.


1. Disabled camps - (Jaipur foot camp) We have provided eighteen prosthetic legs, eight prosthetic arms, eight calipers, eight surgical boots, twelve walkers, thirteen walking sticks, one hundred tricycles, and forty-one wheelchairs for disabled people from all over Saurashtra. Most of the funds were provided by Indians for Collective Action, California, USA.
2. Twenty-five sewing machines were given to needy women.


3. One thousand ladies were called to our house and given saris, chappals (sandals), scarves, and packets of food.


4. Over the course of one week, between the hours of midnight and 3:00 a.m., many of the homeless people sleeping in the streets were given 250 chaadars (light sheets), 150 blankets, and 500 shawls. This one week was in the middle of winter, with temperatures around 7 degrees Celsius (about 44 degrees Fahrenheit).


5. One thousand hats were given to beggars and construction workers during the summertime to protect them from the sun.


6. Four hundred needy women were called to our house, and each was given the following items: 10 kilograms of wheat (total 4000 kilograms), a kilogram of khichdi-mix, a kilogram of dal (lentils), a kilogram of jaggery, a sari, a shawl, and a packet of food. Each woman was able to choose a sari of her own liking that may be used for marriages or other special occasions.


7. Poor children in 50 Aanganwadis (orphanages) in Rajkot and nearby villages were presented with tricycles, swings, toys, and packets of food.


8. Three hundred steel plates, spoons, and bowls were provided for needy schools.


9. Three thousand pairs of chappals (sandals) were distributed to poor people and road workers to protect their feet during the hot summer.


10. Ten thousand children in 25 schools and on the streets were given packets of food.


11. Throughout fifty public schools in Rajkot and nearby villages, 1350 children in grades one through seven who placed first, second, third in their schools, were personally presented with watches to reward them for their academic success.


12. Twenty-five poor widows were given food kits with over forty types of necessary food items to provide for their whole families. They have been given these kits every month for the past four years, and we continue to provide for them.


13. Thirty students (from low-income households), who were accepted into medical and engineering colleges with top marks, were presented with scholarships. These grants range between 20,000-25,000 rupees per year, and the students are sponsored every year until they get their degree to encourage their academic and lifelong success. These grants were completely funded by Foundation for Excellence, California, USA.


I would like to thank the people who have contributed so much financially to this humanitarian work and to those whom, without them, this would not have been possible.


All members of Bharat Vikash Parisad, Anand Nagar Branch, Rajkot, Gujarat, India, under the guidance of Prafulbhai Goswami and Girishbhai Akbari


Indians for Collective Action, USA, Foundation for Excellence, USA, and Gandhi Ashram (Manav Sadhana), Sabarmati, Ahmadabad, Gujarat, India


Bhasker Devji (Bahrain)


Bhupenbhai Mehta, Pravinbhai Srimankar, Kamlaben Solanki, Devenbhai Patel, Carl Kenny, Gaurang B. Patel, and Vish Yelsangikar (all from USA)


Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.


I feel happy to let you know that for the 2012 humanitarian work, I am planning to go back to India in October. I am also delighted to inform you that we now conduct these humanitarian efforts through an organization named Arpan Foundation. (Please note this is not a tax-exempt organization under US tax laws).


May you all be happy, happy, happy!


Naginbhai Jagada


Please visit http://naginjagada.pledgepage.org/


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30th June 2011

Message from Naginbhai Jagda:

I feel so delighted to inform you all that I have recently finished a 10 day Vipassana course at Mumbai Pagoda. I am back in Rajkot and ready to resume our charity mission with the hope of better results than before. I request you all from bottom of my heart to join this venture. If you wish to contribute to our mission, you may either send a direct transfer of funds or a draft/cheque. Details are below.

 

Name of the bank: HDFC  bank.

A/C No. NRE 1011010000018

A/C No. NRO 1011010001185 use if transfer from India

Address: Titanium Building,Dr.Yagnik road,Rajkot 360001

Many thanks.

Naginbhai Jagada                              


From;   N.J. Jagada

 2 Swashray society,"Arpan"Mavdi road,Rajkot 360004, India

Tel No. 0281-6531367

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30 June 2010


13 sewing machines donated to Pattni sisters and mothers in Amereli, 6 in Rajkot.

Visit their new sight www.dhakanhall.com


http://www.akilaindia.com/0706/news_html/main24.html

Akila News: Naginbhai Jagda - Humanitarian Work

I feel so happy to give you all a brief report of the work done from March to May 2010.

The total amount used for charitable purposes was about Rs.15 lakh or approximately $32,500.

The area covered includes Rajkot, Jamnagar, Dhoraji, Veraval, Upleta, Jetpur, Amreli and approximately 100 villages near Rajkot.

1. About 1200 physically challenged people were transported to and from Palitana by twenty special buses with proper care of food and drinks. This was the largest camp arranged by Ratnanidhi charitable trust for the disabled and was held in the December of 2009. All expenses were paid for by the Indians for Collective Action ( ICA ) in California.

2. 190 tricycles and 55 wheel chairs were given to handicapped people from all over Saurashtra with the best care as well as boarding and lodging in six different cities. (55 wheel chairs - courtesy of Manav Sadhna, Gandhi Ashram, Sabarmati, Ahmedabad)

3. 30 sewing machines were given to poor women to make them self-sufficient.

4. 15 poor widows are being given food, grains,cooking oil, and other necessities every two months; this will continue for one full year.

5. 180 nursery schools ( Anganvadi) have been given tricycles and swings at eighty-four different villages.

6. 300 sets of steel plates, bowls, and spoons were given to young children in villages.

7. 300 saris were handed out to needy mothers at ten different places.

8. 1000 wall clocks were rewarded to brilliant students of government primary schools who secured first, second, and third place in their exams in and around Rajkot.

9. Nine scholarships of Rs. 20,000 per year for medical and engineering courses to deserving students (who cannot afford such an education). All scholarship amounts were donated by the Foundation for Excellence in California.

10. 3000 pairs of footwear were passed out to needy students as well as to those who work in the sun.

11. 1000 hats to provide protection from the sun were given out.

12. Homeopathic consultation and free medicines will be provided at a camp  for one year ( 2nd Sunday of each month for 1 year). This camp has been arranged for the poor by the renowned Dr. N. J. Meghani in Rajkot.

I am very thankful, especially to those who helped me financially and morally, as well as charitable organizations like ICA and the Foundation for Excellence. All the help from Bharat Vikash Parishad, Bhaskar Devji Ramji (Bahrain), and friends is greatly appreciated.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND MAY GOD GIVE US STRENGTH TO WORK FOR THE NEEDY

(MANAV SEVA IS MADHAV SEVA.)

With warmest regards to those who helped and read this email.

Naginbhai Jagada


Jan 19th, 2010

Hello everyone,

MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!

I will be going to India in March 2010 for three months to carry out my humanitarian mission. This year we have already served 2,900 disabled people who proceeded to Palitana using transportation provided by us with the help of ICA (Indians for Collective Action) in California, USA. Please visit www.icaonline.org.

This year we are planning to distribute toys and tricycles in Anganvadis to young children in small villages, blankets for poor people, footwear for poor people, scholarships to very poor but brilliant students, sewing machines to the needy, annual supply of food to fifteen widows, and prize distribution to the poor students who excel in their studies. For more details, please visit  http://naginjagada.pledgepage.org    

If you wish to donate, you may send, cheques, drafts to the following three addresses.

1. Nagin Jagada, 1197 Lime Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94087, USA

2. Nagin Jagada, "Arpan", 2 Swashray Society, Rajkot 360004, India

You may also direct credit to my A/C:

3. ICICI Bank, NRE A/C No. 015301075417 or NRO A/C No.015301075819 in the name of Nagin Jagada, Jaihind Press Building, Sardar baug, Rajkot, 360001,India

Thank you and warm regards to all.

Nagin Jagada

Dec 4th, 2009

It is with great pleasure, that I inform you all that Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust is organizing a Mega Mobility Camp at Palitana from the 23rd of December 2009 to the 9th of January 2010. It would be the largest of its kind anywhere in the world and would rehabilitate over 25,000 poor orthopedically handicapped and hearing impaired from the nearby districts.

Amputees would get free custom made Jaipur foot prosthetics, polio afflicted children would become mobile through fitting of Callipers, Tricycles, Wheelchairs, Walkers would be distributed on a need based assessment and hearing impaired would undergo audio logical tests and receive appropriate hearing aids.

Naginbhai Jagada, USA and Shri Bhaskar Devji, Bahrain are very happy to inform the Parajiya Pattni Community that we will be arranging transport for all the needy folks from Rajkot to Palitana and provide other facilities. We request our Gnati brothers and sisters to inform all their relatives in India. They can contact my younger brother, Bharat Jagada in Rajkot, (home telephone No. 0281/6531367; mobile 97371-20385) for registration or for other details.

We are going to manage with the help of Bharat Vikas Parishad, finance from California based Indian For Collective Action (all are very good friend of mine). 1st meeting for the disabled to have sizes at 6 places, as well as free buses to Palitana from all 6 places, including food free from Rajkot, Gondal, Jetpur, Dhoraji,Upleta and Jamnagar. We are expecting app.1000 disable. I am forwarding paper cutting also to you.

Warm regards.

Naginbhai


 

Nov 17th, 2009

Jay Shri Krishna! May God Bless you and all Pattni members worldwide

Let me begin with thanking you all for all your support - financially, emotionally or through your positive thoughts - each one of you has given me more strength to work for the poorest of the poor. 

 

We have now begun to plan for the tasks to be accomplished next year and I will need your support again.

Again, many thanks, warm regards and MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL. I never miss to pray for all of you in my daily meditation.

 

I request you all to forward this email to your near and dear ones and share in this good cause.  Please note that my humanitarian work has zero percent expenses.

 

Naginbhai Jagada

Palo Alto, California, USA

Instructions for donation

If you are in the USA, you may refer to the attached file on how to donate. If you are outside the USA you may send a draft or a cheque in my name. Please mail to: 

 

Nagin Jagada

1197 Lime Drive

Sunnyvale, CA- 94087

USA.

 

I request you all to visit my site at: http://naginjagada.pledgepage.org.

 

I am very happy to be working with a very reputed non-profit organization in California, Indians for Collective Action (ICA). ICA is doing humanitarian work for the last 40 years in India and has agreed to accept US donations for my work in India. I plan to do a camp for providing artificial limbs such as Jaipur foot and tricycles for disabled persons. The last two Jaipur foot camps in Rajkot in 2007-08 were supported by the Indians for Collective Action.

For more ICA information, please visit website www.icaonline.org. ICA has the Federal tax exempt 501C(3) status.

You may send your donations as follows:

Make check payable to: Indians for Collective Action

Mail to:

ICA

3838 Mumford Place

Palo Alto, CA 94303

Please note in the memo section of your check: �for Jaipur foot work by Naginbhai Jagada�

ICA will send a receipt for tax deduction to the donor and all the funds will be sent to Naginbhai's organization in India.

Please visit my web site for more details and photos regarding these camps in Rajkot http://naginjagada.pledgepage.org/

With heartfelt gratitude,

Naginbhai Jagada 

Happiness has a strange arithmetic - The more we divide it, the more it multiplies!

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THE LIST OF SERVICES RENDERED BY SHRI NAGINBHAI JAGADA (USA), SHRI BHASKARBHAI DEVJI (BAHRAIN) AND THEIR DEAR FRIENDS

Hello Everybody,

MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL THOSE WHO SUPPORTED ME FINANCIALLY AS WELL AS MORALLY

A camp for Physically-Challenged in Veraval-Somnath;

On the 15Th and 22Nd March 2009 was spent with the patients. They were fitted with artificial limbs according to their sizes and the instruments were also tested for their proper functions. The program ran for 12 hours and was a huge success. Patients had arrived with their families and while they waited for their turns they were all served  breakfast, lunch, tea, coffee, ( 400 people both times, first time served GULAB JAMBU AND SECOND TIME SHREEKHAND) and dinner till they stayed. Some of them who were very poor were also paid traveling expenses.

The following is the list of disability aids which were donated on the day:

43 Artificial Legs (Jaipur foot)

  8 Artificial hands

35 Calipers

  5 surgical Boots

  3 Walking sticks

41 Leg supporters    Total 135

29 tricycles were distributed to the physically handicapped - 17 tricycles on 22nd  March in Veraval (Somnath) and 12 tricycles on 27th March in Rajkot.

 

Sewing Machines for women to generate self employment:

11 �Usha� sewing machines of good quality and paraphernalia were donated to the economically weak women to uplift their livelihood on 7th March.

Food, clothing and aids

15 widows with no economic support are to get enough grains to feed a family of four, in addition to saris every month for one year. 

150 Saris were given to the needy women

60 tricycles and 250 chairs to Anganvadies of Rajkot Corporation and near by villages.

Rs. 2000/ each toy to the two Anganvadi in backward area.

To encourage the talented: 100 wall clocks and 50 wrist watches were distributed to children of middle class families studying in the schools.

For the very poor: 800 slippers and 4000 packages of food to the very poor and needy in surrounding seven villages.

 

Evening meals to orphans: Provided evening meals to 250 orphans at Kathiawar orphanage, Rajkot.

 

Scholarship: Provided scholarship of Rs.100 each for full one year to the 15 bright and needy students from 15 different schools in 5th std.

 

More tricycles: On 27th March 11 tricycles were distributed to disabled people from all over Saurashtra.

Appreciation: They and a further 100 people were invited to my home in Rajkot for dinner to show my appreciation for all the hard work they did in this mission.

 

Warm regards to all.

 

Naginbhai Jagada

Naginbhai Jagda � a great humanitarian
The needy in India - Poor by circumstances, yet rich in culture.

Naginbhai wanted to share with the Pattni community some of his exceptional experiences during his 2007 visit to India for humanitarian mission.

Naginbhai was born and grew up in Rajkot. He graduated in BA (Maths) and also BCom (Accountancy) at Dharnendrasinhji College in Rajkot. His working life began by taking a job at State Bank of Saurastra. In 1965, He got married to Manjulaben and was blessed with a daughter, Arti Pattni of Luton, England and two sons, Rashmi and Atul in the USA.

 

Naginbhai�s new life took him to Kuwait in 1965 where he took up an employment as a Marketing Budget Supervisor at the Kuwait Danish Dairy. After 35 years of service, he took his retirement and immigrated to USA to join his two sons.

Naginchandra Jamnadas Jagada, age 70, is now settled in California, USA with his elder son Rashmi. He spends some of his time with his younger son Atul in Dallas, Texas.

He started his humanitarian journey in 2002 by distributing clothing and various other essentials to the poor and needy in the small towns of Gujarat with the financial support of his family. He has continued his work with annual trips to India, with his most recent trip ending in February 2008. His work has grown exponentially with every trip and he is planning to go on to help many more of those in need. For more information on his work, please see his website http://naginjagada.pledgepage.org

Naginbhai would like to thank Shri Bhaskar Devji (Bahrain) for his full support in his mission. His humanitarian work was featured in various newspapers in Gujarat. Two of the clippings are posted underneath this article.

 

He is a believer and practices Vipassana Meditation. Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India 's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gotama (Gautam) Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for all universal ills.


This non-sectarian technique aims for the total eradication of mental impurities and the resultant highest happiness of full liberation. Healing, not merely the curing of diseases, but the essential healing of human suffering, is its purpose. We ought to live at peace with ourselves and at peace with others.

Naginbhai wishes to reach out to our Parajiya Pattni community and share his experiences of humanitarian aid work providing the most loving and compassionate help possible to orphaned and impoverished children in India.

 

Patel Vadi Rajkot, The Jaipur Foot camp.

December 2007

 

252 disabled people arrived from the extended Saurashtra and Kutch region in need of limbs. 14 such persons were to be granted tricycles to help them with further mobility. These were people that were invited to the camp.

1.  During the camp, another person, not on the original list, came to the camp hoping that he would also be blessed with tricycle. He approached and told me that he had come in spite of not being invited, with the hope that he would receive help. I assured him that we would put him on top of the list for the next camp. A brother and sister from Dhandia village overheard this conversation. They immediately walked over and said, �Dada, both of us have received one cycle and we would like this gentleman to receive one of ours, since he needs one too�. This was a moment; I felt I was in the presence of divine beings. Their names were Chagan Ravji Kadwani and Mukta Ravji Kadwani and this to me was humanity at its best.

 

2.  A shoe shine man from Bhaktinagar Circle also received artificial limbs at this camp � for him, these were tools to improve the quality of his life. As he came to say good-bye, he said, �Dada, while I have nothing to offer in thanks, it would be an honor if you came by to my workplace and allowed me to polish your shoes just once�. Within a week, I visited him, and saw a face beaming with joy and gratitude. My dream was coming true.

 

3.  An 18 year old girl came with her parents. She was disabled from birth. As she finally walked with her own two feet she fell on mine, seeking blessings.

 

I exclaimed, �Girls do not need to fall at anyone�s feet. Tell me what your wish is.� She sobbed uncontrollably and remarked   �I have experienced the joy of walking for the first time in my life. If I do not bow at the feet of the person who gave me a new life, then who else can be worthy of such a respect?� Hearing this, everyone present became emotional and teary-eyed and rejoiced at the beauty of voluntary work and pure hearts.

 

4. There was a 30-year old man and he had no arms when he came to us. He was fitted with artificial ones. Overcome with glee he drove the scooter, (that belonged to the friend who brought him to the camp) all around the Patel Vadi. This was a glorious and heart-warming moment that appeared in everyone�s eyes in the form of joyous tears once again.

 

5.  A 35-year old man carried his disabled mother on his shoulders. He is her physical and emotional pillar of strength. I am delighted to report that the same mother was able to walk out of the camp not on his shoulders, but holding her son's hand.

This was another moment I felt gratitude for life and such experiences

 

 

 6.  Rickshaw drivers are the transport lifeline of Rajkot. Every trip to the bank costs me about Rs. 20. On one such trip, while I waited for a rickshaw one pulled up with a passenger who asked if I wanted to hitch and share the ride. When I disembarked at the bank, I asked how much I owed. The rickshaw driver said Rs 10. I said I am not going to give 10, he demanded that the fare was Rs 10. And then I said, but the regular fare is Rs 20, so I will give such amount and no less. The man was amazed and said with tears in his eyes, �Dada, in my 20 years of driving the rickshaw, I have not found a passenger so generous!!� For the Rs 10 extra that I gave him, he enriched my life even more with his honesty.

 

7.  I had two Rickshaw drivers who were my most frequent rides. While being dropped home one day, I mentioned that he did not seem to have a wrist watch. He simply looked at me as if to say ��Do you think I can afford one?� I gifted them both wrist watches before the end of the visit. And the sense of gratitude and joy on their faces enriched my life 100 times over.

8. My thanks and warm regards to all official of PATEL VADI, Bhaktinagar Circle, Rajkot. When we went to pay the rent for 2 days their reply was "If you can do such humanitarian work on our premises, there is no way we can charge you anything." So, instead they helped us in our endeavor. 

Naginbhai�s noble work is detailed in the DIARY section of his webpage to:
1. Learn more about Naginbhai
2. Read details from the most recent trip, newspaper articles regarding the work accomplished during since 2003.
3. Applaud all those who support and assist me.

This humanitarian work needs your help. Every dollar or rupee that you can share would change the lives of thousands of unfortunate people. Naginbhai has promised that he will go personally to distribute each item by himself. He will bear all expenses and the money received in donations will be used solely for the mission.

To view the photos of the humanitarian tasks we undertook, please visit http://naginjagada.pledgepage.org

May all of you be happy, peaceful & healthy!


WHAT IS VIPASSANA ?

By: S. Goenkaji  (Main teacher of Vipassana Meditation)

Reproduced by: Nagin J. Jagada

A man may conquer a million men in battle, but one who conquers himself is indeed, the greatest victor,

Vipassana meditation is a straightforward, practical way to achieve real peace of mind and to lead a happy, useful life. In Pali,the old language of India," Vipassana " means to see things in a special way-that is,as they really are, not just as they seem to be. It is a logical process of mental purification through self-observation.

 

Vipassana is the technique the Buddha practiced to become enlightened and what he taught for the remaining forty-five years of his life. By direct personal experience the Buddha realised the extent to which human beings live in a contrived of fantasy and delusion, our own little world far away from actuality. Vipassana meditation keeps us on track by always focusing on the reality of the present moment.

 

Vipassana is universal technique, a way of knowing oneself which is totally non-sectarian, without any unquestioning faith or connection with organised religion. The Buddha did not coin the team "Buddhist", nor did he claim that the path he was teaching was his discovery alone. He had no interest in building up a sect of dependent disciples or establishing a personal following. The central issues for him were two-fold: the truth of suffering, physical and mental, and how to fully liberate oneself from this universal condition. "Dharma", the law of nature operating in and outside us, was he taught. The whole teaching can be summarised in a few short lines:

 

Abstain from all unwholesome actions,

Perform wholesome ones,

Purify your mind.

 

The practice of Vipassana meditation is anchored around these three trainings--to avoid unwholesome action, to achieve control over the mind in the service of wholesome actions, to purify the mind through the wisdom insight. By learning the technique and by applying it in life one is not going through some rite or ritual--immediate concrete improvements will result. Now as in the Buddha's time, ordinary men and women as well as those devoted to a spiritual life from many different traditions, benefit from the practice. The shared aspiration, the enduring aim, is to become a better person.

 

To learn technique, it is necessary to take a ten-day course with a qualified teacher before practicing on one's own. The course, whether it is held at one of the many centers around the world or at some rented site, is always provided on a donation-only basis. There are no charges for the teaching, food or accommodation. The teachers and workers who staff the course all they give their services freely. In the pure tradition, all cost are met by donations of grateful students who have themselves experienced the benefits of the technique and want others to have the same opportunity. ( Anyone more interested about Vipassna may visit www.vri.dhamma.org )

MAY  EVERY  READER  FIND  HIS  OR  HER  PATH  AND GROW  IN  HAPPINESS  AND PEACE.

Naginbhai's Website - http://naginjagada.pledgepage.org/

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