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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

  • 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

  • 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.)

  • 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.) ?

  • Why do we pray?

    • To celebrate the qualities of perfect Soul

  • Science

    • Strong correlation with other religions


Essence of Jainismin 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

Judaism

2600BCAbraham

2200BCExodus from Egypt

1940sAD Israel

Christianity

30BCChrist

Islam

571ADMohammed

Jainism

557BC, Mahavir

Beginningless/Endless

Buddhism

483BCGautam Buddha

Beginningless/Endless

Hinduism


  • Mahavira 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


“Validated” Treasure in Jainism

  • 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

Jainsim Soul

Western Schools:Soul

__


QUALITIES OF SOUL

  • QUALITIES

Omniscience

Sentience

Everlasting


Life span

Status

Body

Obstructive

View Deluding

Knowledge Covering

Sensation

Intuition Covering

Liberation

  • Liberation

Omniscience


Choice: Circle of Life or Moksha

Moksha

Circle of Life

and “Death”


Karma & Reincarnation

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

“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

  • 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?

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.)?

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 ?

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

  • 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

  • “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:

  • www.jainsite.com

  • www.jainpeople.com

  • www.jainstavans.com

  • www.jyt.yolasite.com


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