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JAINISM. Jain is a religion And its Importance. Jainism. What is Jainism? Founder Of jainism. Jain Way Of LIFE Non Violence Vegetarianism Yoga Equality. What is Jainism ?. At least 2500+ years old Followed by 3 - 4 million people mostly in India Life affirming but world-denying

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JAINISM

Jain is a religion And its Importance


Jainism
Jainism

  • What is Jainism?

  • Founder Of jainism.

  • Jain Way Of LIFE

  • Non Violence

  • Vegetarianism

  • Yoga

  • Equality


What is Jainism?

  • At least 2500+ years old

  • Followed by 3 - 4 million people mostly in India

  • Life affirming but world-denying

  • Seeks to release the soul from the round of rebirth, to liberate spirit from matter

  • Ahimsa – non-violence – is the hallmark of this spiritual discipline

  • No creator god

  • Spiritual life is primarily moral rather than ritualistic


The founders of Jainism

24 Tirthankaras(“ford maker”): great teachers

  • Going back countless thousands of years before recorded history

  • Mahavira(“great hero”) – the 24th and final Tirthankara – reformer of ancient Jainism

    • Nataputta Vardhamana

    • Lived 599 - 527 BCE in northeast India

      • 30 years as student (never married)

      • 12 years as ascetic renunciant

      • 30 years as spiritual teacher (tirthankara)


Jainism and Jain Way of Life

(Philosophy, Religion, and a Way of Life)

By:

Rahul Jain ([email protected])


Live a Jain Way of Life

  • Non-Violence (Ahimsa)

  • Non-One-Sidedness (Anekantavad)

  • Non-Possessiveness (Aparigraha)


Non-Violence

Jainism is a Religion and a Way of Life

(Ahimsa)


Anekantvad

Non-Violence

Non-Violence

Anekantvad

Animal Compassion

Animal Compassion

Vegetarianism

Vegetarianism

Meditation/Yoga/Mind

Meditation/Yoga/Mind

Environmentalism

Environmentalism


Vegetarianism

Animal Compassion

For thousands of years,

Jains have been practicing

vegetarianism


Non-Violence

Meditation

For thousands of years,

Jains have been practicing

Meditation and

Yoga

Meditation & Yoga


Non-Violence

For thousands of years,

Jains have been practicing

Equality

Equality


Non-Violence

Environmentalism

For thousands of years,

Jains have been

Environmentalist


Non-Violence

Anekantvad

For thousands of years,

Jains have been practicing

Non-Absolutism

(Respect other views)

(Truth has many perspectives)


“Soul - God” – Each living being has a Soul; God is a fully enlightened Soul. Each Soul is capable of becoming God.


Jain Fundamentals fully enlightened Soul. Each Soul is capable of becoming God.

  • Who Created the Universe:

    • No one; Matter changes

  • Purpose of Life:

    • Help each other; Realize one’s own full potential; To manage one’s passions;

  • Who controls your actions

    • We are responsible for our own actions

  • How do we become happy

    • By managing our passions (anger, greed, ego, pride)


Jain Fundamentals (cont.) fully enlightened Soul. Each Soul is capable of becoming God.

  • Human Suffering is due to:

    • We are unable to understand our true nature

  • Is there reincarnation:

    • Yes – until we reach full realization

  • Is there a Jain “bible”

    • Yes.

  • Tolerance for other religions:

    • Yes. Respect and understand other faiths


Jain Fundamentals (cont.) ? fully enlightened Soul. Each Soul is capable of becoming God.

  • Why do we pray?

    • To celebrate the qualities of perfect Soul

  • Science

    • Strong correlation with other religions


Essence of Jainism fully enlightened Soul. Each Soul is capable of becoming God. in Thoughts/Speech/Action …

Non-Violence

  • Non-Violence (Ahimsa)

    • Strengthens the autonomy of life of every being; Ahimsa - diet, fellow being, environment, thoughts and actions

  • Non-One-Sidedness (Anekantavad)

    • Strengthens the autonomy of thought of every individual

  • Non-Possession (Aparigraha)

    • Strengthens the interdependence of all and share limited resources


Timeline fully enlightened Soul. Each Soul is capable of becoming God.

Judaism

2600BCAbraham

2200BCExodus from Egypt

1940sAD Israel

Christianity

30BCChrist

Islam

571ADMohammed

Jainism

557BC, Mahavir

Beginningless/Endless

Buddhism

483BCGautam Buddha

Beginningless/Endless

Hinduism


  • Mahavira fully enlightened Soul. Each Soul is capable of becoming God. ca. 599-527 BCE

  • Parallels Buddha’s life

  • Family wealth vs. poverty

  • Joined ascetics

  • Became far more extremein practice of Non-Violence

  • Ahimsa yields true release

  • Ahimsa produces Jina (release from this life or conqueror over attachment, hence the name Jain)


Jain Way of Life is Universal Irrespective of your Religion fully enlightened Soul. Each Soul is capable of becoming God.


“Validated” Treasure in Jainism fully enlightened Soul. Each Soul is capable of becoming God.

  • Non-Violence

  • Filtered/boiled water

  • Jain mathematics

  • Plant life & Environmentalism

  • Equality towards women

  • Animal Protection

  • Molecules and atoms

  • Compassionate diet/Vegetarianism

  • Meditation and Yoga – mind

“More than

2500 Years old…”


Internal God/Soul versus External God fully enlightened Soul. Each Soul is capable of becoming God.

Jainsim Soul

Western Schools:Soul

__


QUALITIES OF SOUL fully enlightened Soul. Each Soul is capable of becoming God.

  • QUALITIES

Omniscience

Sentience

Everlasting


Life span fully enlightened Soul. Each Soul is capable of becoming God.

Status

Body

Obstructive

View Deluding

Knowledge Covering

Sensation

Intuition Covering

Liberation

  • Liberation

Omniscience


Choice: Circle of Life fully enlightened Soul. Each Soul is capable of becoming God. or Moksha

Moksha

Circle of Life

and “Death”


Karma & Reincarnation fully enlightened Soul. Each Soul is capable of becoming God.

western schools:linearity of life cycle

eastern schools:cycle of life/death - nirvana

heaven

nirvana

cycle of life/death

birth: pure state

enlightenment

death

elimination of karmic bondage

hell


A profound truth for all times fully enlightened Soul. Each Soul is capable of becoming God.

“One who neglects or disregards the existence of earth, air, fire, water and vegetation, disregards his own existence which is entwined with them”

- Lord Mahavir (599-527 BC)


Help Each Other fully enlightened Soul. Each Soul is capable of becoming God.

  • Parasparopgraho Jivänäm –

    • Tattvärtha Sutra

      All life is bound together by mutual support and interdependence (If one does not care for nature one does not care for oneself)

    • Refreshingly contemporary in its premise and in its promise.

    • Forms the basis of the modern day science of ecology.


Why are Jains vegetarians? fully enlightened Soul. Each Soul is capable of becoming God.

Non-vegetarian Living - Cruelty to Animals:

  • Animals Killed per Day in USA

    Cattle - 130,000

    Calves - 7,000

    Hogs - 360,000

    Chickens - 24,000,000


Why are Jains Vegetarians (cont.)? fully enlightened Soul. Each Soul is capable of becoming God.

Non-vegetarian Living - Impact on Ecology

  • Greenhouse effect

    • World's 1.3 billion cows annually produce 100 million tons of methane

    • Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas which traps 25 times as much solar heat as CO2

  • Water Consumption

    • Livestock (Cattle, Calves, Hogs, Pigs) production accounts for more than half of all the water consumed in USA.


Why are Jains Vegetarians ? fully enlightened Soul. Each Soul is capable of becoming God.

Non-vegetarian Living - Impact on Ecology

  • Land Usage

    • A third of the surface of North America is devoted to grazing

    • Half of American croplands grow livestock feed for meat and dairy products

    • 220 million acres of land in the USA have been deforested for livestock production

    • 25 million acres in Brazil, and half the forests in Central America


Non-Possession fully enlightened Soul. Each Soul is capable of becoming God.

  • Non-Possession/Self-restraint is the second most important Jain principle

    • Reduce one’s needs and wants as far as possible.

    • Not to waste the gifts of nature

    • Nature provides enough for our NEED not enough for our GREED


The ancient Jain scriptural aphorism fully enlightened Soul. Each Soul is capable of becoming God.

  • “Aparigraha seve attai karanti prananam behanam”

    • Lord Mahavir

  • We kill other lives because of our greed and possessiveness.

  • This is the primary cause of all violence as well as imbalance in the environment.


Jainism on web
Jainism on web: fully enlightened Soul. Each Soul is capable of becoming God.

  • www.jainsite.com

  • www.jainpeople.com

  • www.jainstavans.com

  • www.jyt.yolasite.com


JAI JINENDRA fully enlightened Soul. Each Soul is capable of becoming God.


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