Jainsim Beliefs And Best Practices
Emerged in the 6th century BCE, Jainism is an ancient Indian religion with around 4 Millon adherents in the world. It emphasizes over asceticism and non-violence as it’s the way to liberation (main aim of life) and happiness. As per the beliefs of Jain’s, there were 24 spiritual leaders (ford-makers/Tirthankaras), who taught the truth about Jain’s. Mahavira was the last of those Tirthankaras (taking the place of God as per the philosophy of Jain’s) who is also known to be the founder of Jainism.
Amidst the Hinduism’s traditional concepts, Karma and the reincarnation are the two concepts that have been incorporated by Jainism, which is known to reject the Veda scriptures or the caste or even the presence of one God, as for them, it’s all a complex hierarchy that includes the Gods and the living things including humans. The rituals of this religion, it centers around various mantras and the sacred images, and it’s symbols include Jain Prateek Chihna and Swastika.
Jainism was developed as the results of disagreements with the philosophy of the Brahmins, which in the time was highly dominant in India’s north-east.
The founder of this religion Mahavira is known to find his enlightenment after renunciation of 13 years. As per the teaching of this tradition, the monastic community which Mahavira founded had at the time of his death, 14,000 monks along with 36,000 nuns. It is also known about this religion bad the most influence that had was not in the area where it was born but where it moved forward. The religion has 2 Jain philosophies including the Shvetember (believed the white robes should be worn by the nuns and monks) and Digambaras (no clothes to be work by monks). The Digambaras believed, the females cannot attain the liberation. At a later date, the digambaras first got excluded and then rejected by the council that was meant for fixing the Jain canon of scriptures.
The community of Jain’s is said to have been migrated towards west, with Digambaras settling in South where the enjoy a lot of political favour by the kings.
As per the beliefs of the Jain’s, stones, trees, every other living being, all of it had life. It was due to this belief of Mahavira; he left food and didn’t eat anything which eventually caused self-starvation and finally his death. This great leader faced much hardship, and after attaining enlightenment through meditation, he kept on preaching about the religion for around 30 years.
Followers of Mahavira
The followers are not that extreme with the diet like Mahavira, but they definitely are completely vegetarians and make sure to bring in every single attempt where they can avoid or prevent to hurt any other being. Just, for example, walking on a field where insects can be present, is completely avoided by them so that they do not hurt the insects by stepping on them. To avoid the possibility of swallowing any kind of invisible microbes, they also keep their mouths covered. Even when it comes to the profession to choose the ones where they do not have the possibility of killing any being, and this is why they are mostly into business or banking.
Lord Mahavira teachings
After attaining Nirvana at the age of 72, Mahavira the 24th Tirthankaras, brought forward some cardinal principles of the religion that included:
Ahimsa or non-violence
Anekangvada or views multiplicity (to have tolerance towards others views)
Aparigraha or non-possessiveness
These five as mentioned above are also known as the code of conduct for Jains that believes a complete non-possessiveness towards the things which are material in this world and to have self-control and making sure that one can subside the aggressive urge. By all means, this religion offers a life which is quiet and overwhelming. It also offers a cultural insistence over the compassion and a society which is ethical and has changed the world and would continue to do the same. No matter it is the thought or the action or whether the deed, Jainism teaches an ecologically responsible life’s way that by all means, teaches to be nonviolent.
This religion is also known as the religion of the heart. The Jain’s, they are said to have a lot of deep compassion for every life and living form. It is like the religion has white a serious concern when it comes to the relationship of the human soul with the universe, living beings and the laws governing it.
Jainism and its prospects
The religion is set to present completely enlightened perspective towards, the soul’s equality no matter what the physical form they hold and includes arrange which covers the human beings, the animals and also the living organisms which are microscopic. As per the religion we the humans are the living beings which have been provided with our six senses that include, the sensors for tasting and smelling, thinking, seeing, touching and hearing. It is because of these senses availability that we humans are required to act in a responsible manner and be compassionate, forgiving and hold a rational behaviour towards every life.
When it comes to the art, the same includes the cave temples which have been decorated in an elaborate manner. There are carved stones, the menu steps which provide complete illustration and holds a. Richness and the fertility, that does show a peak the Indian art had at that age.
Jina and soul
Jinas or the conquerors, this is who the Jain’s follow. These conquerors are the people who are considered to have occurred attachment, all pleasure and pain, the love and hate within the hearts, the pain, and they are considered to have freed their souls from their karmas by obscuring the truth, ability, knowledge, and the perception. These conquerors hold the place of God as per the Jain’s.
Hinduism might be the historical route for Jainism beliefs and practices, but there exists a lot of difference between the two. The belief, the spiritual realms, these are central to the Jain’s. The followers herein also believe that realities are eternal, and human beings can completely be engaged into the same, and this affects the life, not just this particular one but also the next one. Holding different beliefs, the religion is still one with such a great number of followers today and is trying to unfold their Karm