Information on Jainism Religion

The "Jains" are the followers of the Jina that literally means "Conqueror." Jina according to the Jains has conquered love and hate, pleasure and pain, attachment and aversion, and has thereby freed `his' soul from the karmas obscuring knowledge, perception, truth, and ability.

Jainism is a religion without a belief in God. They believe that neither perception, nor inference can prove the existence of God. The concept of Jainism is so extreme that they have a cotton muslin mask against their mouths to prevent any germs or insects (living beings) from entering the mouth. Generally they have their evening meal before sunset - again for the same reason.

Jainism is one of the three Indian philosophies, the others being Charvaka and Buddhism, which do not accept the authority of Vedas. The most important Jain teacher Theerthankara was Mahaveera.

Jains believe in the three jewels of Jainism Right Faith, of Right Knowledge and Right Conduct. The way to deliverance according to Jainism is, through the Three Jewels. Through the practice of the Three Jewels, a person can succeed in overcoming the forces of all passions, and karmas and attain liberation. Once free, the soul attains the four-fold perfection of infinite knowledge, infinite faith, infinite power and infinite bliss.

Right Conduct involves the practice of five virtues : Ahimsa or non-violence, Truth speaking, Non-stealing, Chastity, Non-attachments to worldly things.

Also see the pilgrimages : Jain Pilgrimages