Live and Let Live: Simplifying Jainism

“It is not about the rites and rituals, It is the way of life

It teaches us Ahimsa (non-violence) in our thoughts, words and actions”

Jainism is an ancient religion, practised in India. The aim of Jain life is to achieve nirvana, liberation of the soul. It teaches us simple things which makes our life easier. It makes us understand and accept life. Here, I share a few of the things which will help you see life/Jainism in a new light:

KARMA

It is this 5 letter word that determines our quality of life. Our happiness and challenges are determined by OUR KARMA ALONE. Karma works without the intervention of any other being – gods or angels have no part to play in dispensing rewards or punishments.

Actions vs Destiny

If everything in our lives is planned or is Destined, then why are we responsible for our actions? A lot of people may have pondered on this line of thoughts. In Jainism, it is believed that we all our born with a destiny (depending on our karmas). But we also have the power to change our destiny. Your destiny is in your hands. You can make a special effort to avoid doing bad karmas, enrich your lives by good karma and facing the consequences of your bad karma with SAMTA (patience and no action-reaction). Good karmas can change your life, your destiny.

Mind your thoughts

Did you know that 2/5th of the hinsa(violence) happens by what you think? We often punish people, harm us/others, think ill of others in our thoughts only. But it boomerangs as 2/5th of the bad things-situations that you face in life. So it is often said “Control your thoughts, to control your life”. And it is your thoughts that defines you as a person.

Dharma

Jains believe that non-injury is the highest religion. Jains aim to live in such a way that their soul doesn’t get any more karma, and so that the karma it already has, is either eliminated or helped to decay. They do this by following a disciplined life path. They mainly follow:

  • Ahimsa(non violence) in your thoughts, words and deeds towards all living organisms.
  • Satya (truthfulness) in you, your gestures or anything associated directly to you.
  • Asetya (non-stealing): Ignorance is no excuse for stealing.
  • Aparigraha (non-acquisition): Jainism preaches simple living. Keep your requirements, possessions to the minimal.
  • Brahmacharya (chaste living)

Simple Living

Jains follow a pure vegetarian diet and do not eat any of the root plants/vegetables. They use the minimal resources, they do not waste water, electricity, food etc and give away the surplus items they possess.

Rituals-Reading scriptures

It is often said that a True Jain is identified with his deeds not just by following the rituals. And it has been told that reading the texts often embeds our subconscious with the virtues the are mentioned several times. As a result, those virtues become a part of us.

Jainism is a simple religion. It shows us the virtuous path of living and letting all the other living organisms live. It centres around non-violence and the quality of our karma. This is just the tip of the iceberg but it serves as the foundation of the religion. 

If you find any inaccuracy or want to know more. Please let me know. I am still learning, but the people around me are well read and know much more. This is just an effort to make others know what Jainism is about,

Thank you for visiting! 🙂

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4 comments

  1. ohana-808-inspired · July 1, 2015

    Ahimsa … my new word for the day. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  2. oliviamullen1 · July 4, 2015

    So many great points! I’ll be thinking about this today 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. pidgie62 · March 24, 2016

    What you think, you become. Jai Jinendra!

    Like

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