Jain Center Of Northern California
722 South Main Street, Milpitas, CA95035
Shri Adinathay Namah:
Aayambil Oli Tap
JCNC is pleased to extend this invitation to all of you to join the Aayambil Oli Tap Observance starting from
at the Jain Bhawan from 12.00pm to 1.00 pm. It will be wonderful if you can join for all nine days, if not then don't hesitate to join even for a day or two or three or whatever you can. You may also invite your friends to join this Tapa. As for the last many years, this year also our all time volunteer and BOD Pravin Turakhia has accepted to lead and coordinate this Ayambil Oli and seeking your voluntary help for serving. His contact information:
Pravin Turakhia (510) 593-7000 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ayambil Oli is observed for 9 days by having only one meal a day consuming plain simple food, devoid of any special taste and spices, cooked without oil/ghee, milk, curd, vegetables or fruits. Some people restrict it to one grain items per day. The Ayambil diet is like a detoxification, beneficial to one’s health and help reduce one’s carbon footprint.
This Aayambil Oli is planned with the help of the volunteers of our center, like past many years. In order to manage and not to have wastage of food, we will appreciate your sign up on line JCNC.org or writing down your name on the sign up sheet at the Jain Bhawan notice board or. sending an email to email@example.com at least a day before. Last time there were 32 sign ups and more than 70 people showed up. If everyone starts thinking I would be the only one and get away with, then no one would be signing up.
(Please either sign up online or in the sign up sheet displayed at the Bhawan, don’t sign up @ both places)
You may help us in the following ways:
1. Minimum of $151.00 Donation towards this auspicious Ayambil Tap makes you a sponsor of the day you decide. (Multiple sponsors are welcome and encouraged) You may donate even more if you wish, at the same time if you desire not to be a sponsor, you may choose to donate any amount you like. Donation sign up sheet will be posted at the JCNC or you may sign up on line jcnc.org.
2. You may also volunteer to your time and service in various ways like helping set up, serving, cleaning etc during these 9 days of Ayambil Oli. Please coordinate via the above phone/E-mail or sign up the Volunteer sheet at the JCNC. 3. Join for the Ayambil Tap and become a PR and encourage the others to join in this auspicious Tap.
What is Ayambil Tap?:
Aayambil is one kind of an auspicious Tapa. It falls under the intense category of Rasatyag Tapa.
Tapa: Penance which contributes to the destruction of Karmas. A pure soul has infinite Tapas.
There are twelve types of tapas defined in the Jain scriptures. They are divided into two groups; external tapas which disciplines the human body against passions and desires and internal tapa which purifies the soul. The internal tapa is the true austerities because it exhausts the attached karma before their maturity from the soul.
6 External Tapas :
1. Anasan: Complete abstinence of eating any food and drinking liquid for certain specified time frame.
2. Alpahara or Unodari: Reduction in the quantity of food one normally eats.
3. Ichhanirodha or Vritti sankshep: Limiting the number of food items to eat and material things for use.
4. Rasatyaga : Complete abstinence of eating or drinking juicy and tasty foods such as Ghee, butter, milk and milk products, tea, Coffee, sweets, juice etc. (no attachments to the taste of the foods) and specifically for Aayambil, we also exclude vegetables, fruits and most of the spices and many more things.
"Swaad no Tyag aej kharo tyag chhe." - Really
giving up something, is to give up a taste. Shrimad Rajchandra
5. Kayaklesa: Live and travel on a bare foot in a severe heat and cold whether condition. Remove hair with the hands.
6. Samlinata: Sitting in a lonely place in due postures with senses and mind withdrawn inwardly.
6 Internal Tapas:
1. Prayaschita: Repentance for the breach of vows for spiritual purification
2. Vinaya: Politeness (appropriate behavior) towards teachers and elders
3. Vaiyavacha: Rendering selfless service to the suffering and deserving
4. Swadhyaya: Studying and listening of religious scriptures
5. Dhyana: Religious meditation
6. Kayotsarg or Bhutsarga: The ultimate internal austerity, where the activities of body, speech and mind are withdrawn. The body is fixed without movement, the speech is fixed by means of silence, and the mind is fixed by means of sublime
meditation. This nirjara destroys all karmas .
JCNC Religious Committee
SIDDHACHAKRA IS THE WHEEL OF PERFECTION
This mandala of the siddhachakra is the purest form of meditation.
There are nine points of energies, which are harmonised in one mandala.
1. In the center is the Arihant - the embodied liberated soul
2. On the top of the Arihant is Siddha - the perfect supreme soul
3. On the right side of the Arihant is Acharya - example of teaching and practice
4. Below Arihant is Upadhyaya - a Jain religious teacher
5. On the left of the Arihant is the Sadhu - living simplicity
6. Between the Siddha and Acharya represents right faith (Samyak Darshan)
7. Between the Acharya and Upadhyaya represents right knowledge (Samyak Ghyan)
8. Between the Upadhyaya represents right conduct (Samyak Charitra)
9. Between the Sadhu and Siddha represents penance and forbearance (Tapa)
The Festival of Ayambil, which last for nine days, is observed by many Jains twice a year. The first one falls in the bright fortnight of Aso month (March/April) and the second during the bright fortnight of Chaitra month (September/October). During the nine days of Ayambil, puja, holy recitation, mediation and other rituals in honor of Navapad or siddhachakra aradhna take place. If Ayambil is observed every year twice - nine days each time for four and half years (in total eighty one days), then it is said that one has completed Navapad Oli. Ayambil is observed by having only one meal a day of plain food which is devout of any special taste and spices, which is boiled or cooked without oil/ghee and also milk, curd, green and raw vegetables are not consumed. Ayambils may be restricted to one kind of grain per day. Navpadji Oli Tap festivals are considered to be Saswati, meaning permanent. It means Navpad Oli festivals exist in all time cycles (past, present and future). During these days, everyday worship is offered to the Navpad or nine pads of Siddhachakra - which are Arihant, Siddha, Acharya, Upadhyaya, Sadhus (Panch Paramesthi), Darshan (faith), Jnan (knowledge), chaitra (conduct) and tapa (penance). Each Pad in the Nav Pad gives eternal happiness to the soul if it is worshipped with inner heart. The soul becomes Arihant by worshipping the Arihant. The soul gets Siddhi Gati by worshipping the Siddha Pad. For many of us who are working during the day, it may not be practically possible to observe Ayambil in its entirety. If you are unable to do Ayambil everyday, PLEASE try to do the following's:
Do Ayambil for one day or as many days as you can - at least do over the weekend
Do not eat roots in these 9 days.
Do Chauvihar as many days as possible – at least do over the weekend
Do Loggasa Khamasana and Navkarvalis as many days as possible - at least do over the weekend
The Ayambil diet is like a detoxification. if nothing else the diet eaten during Ayambil is beneficial for our health and will also help reduce our own carbon footprint.
Ayambil give us an opportunity not only to practice Jain conduct to a greater degree than normal but also to revitalize and strengthen our faith in Jain Dharma.