Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Jainism Culture

Jainism is an ancient religion of India and is rich in it's cultural heritage. Jainas, the followers of Jainism, are found all over India from ancient times. The Jainas strictly follow their religious practices in their daily lives.

Jainism Culture

That is why Jainism could survive in India for the last so many centuries. The Jainas, in this way, succeeded in continuing to exist as devout followers of a distinct religion in India. Jainism encourages spiritual development and self-control.

The main aim of Jainism is to realize the soul's true nature. Those who have attained moksha are called siddha liberated souls, and those who are attached to the world through their karma are called samsarin. Jain religion is unique and upholds nonviolence as the supreme religion and has insisted upon its observance in thought, word, and deed.

Vegetarianism is a way of life for a Jain. The practice of vegetarianism is seen as an instrument for the practice of nonviolence and peaceful, cooperative coexistence. Jains are strict vegetarians.

In their Namaskar Mantra Jains do not ask for any favors or material benefits from their Gods, the Tirthankaras or from monks and nuns. They do not pray to a specific Tirthankara or monk by name. By saluting them, Jains receive the inspiration from the five benevolent for the right path of true happiness and total freedom from the misery of life.

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