Janism

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I have always been an individual who tries to learn and study about other religions and cultures. I enjoy learning from these as well as being able to understand people from different backgrounds. I thought I was fairly well versed in world cultures; however, until the beginning of this class I had never heard of a faith known as Jainism. Initially, I was taken back by the focus on non-violence and the love and liberation that all followers work toward achieving. The concept, though very foreign to me, is a beautiful and inspirational one.

I began by looking into the background and main principles of the faith. There are 5 principles by which all Jainism followers live by. First, relates to being non-violent toward all aspects of life as they feel that this deed would result in an adverse reaction toward the offender in their next life. Next, they focus on speaking only the truth and avoiding lies on all levels. Additionally, there is the principle that focuses on stealing and the negativity that could result from doing so. Also, Jainism followers believe in living in monogamous relationships and being faithful to their spouses. Finally, there is the detachment from material things. Jainism followers avoid becoming attached to material possessions and avoid from over-indulging in any way. I learned that the term Jain derives from Jina as Fisher points out. “One who has thus brought forth the highest in his or her being is called a Jina (a “winner” over the passions). (Fisher, page 123).

I had many misconceptions when first reading about this faith, one of those was that these were ‘weak’ people and thus the focus on non-violence. Additionally, I though they would be odd-balls from society who are purposely trying to be non-conformist in their actions. Finally, I thought that there could be no purpose in this religion when it comes to politics and growth within…...

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