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Live and Let Live Philosophy of Jainism

Updated on April 18, 2016


Jainism is one of the oldest religions from East. It believes in Ahinsa, i.e., Non-violence. This religion does not permit to kill animals, in any condition.

Followers of Jainism, known as Jains are vegetarian with a strict diet code. In west, many of them are becoming vegans.

The photograph I have published here is of a carved painting I saw on a pillar in front of a Jain temple near my hometown. The pictures shows a cow and a tigress eating in a same pot, while the calf of the cow is drinking milk from the tigress's nipples. On the other side the cub of the tigress is drinking cow's milk from her nipples.

I had seen this picture on wallpapers at my childhood for many times. Years later I saw it as carved painting. I took a photo of it, as it is a very important symbol of Jainism. The symbol shows how a tigress and cow are eating in one and the same pot forgetting their natural enmity and the calf and cub too getting feeded by natural enemies. The picture teaches us to forget enmity and live together.

But are we ready to forget enmity and be friends? Here 'We' means we human beings, who are fighting amongst our selves for small reasons.

Interestingly, there are many Jain symbols which are related to animals, including animals like Bull, Elephant, Horse, Monkey, Snake, Rhinoceros, Buffalo etc. I would like to write about it in another article.

-Mahavir Sanglikar

A symbol in Jainism
A symbol in Jainism
Another carved symbol of co-existance in a Jain temple
Another carved symbol of co-existance in a Jain temple | Source

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    C E Clark 

    5 years ago from North Texas

    Interesting hub and I look forward to reading more of your precepts. I've studied Christianity and the different denominations, but know all but nothing about non-Christian religions. Until I saw you here on Hubpages I don't believe I'd ever heard of Jainism.

    More often than should be the case for so-called nonviolent religions people become passionately angered over religions they know little about. I think if we all took more time to understand each other's religious philosophies we might get along better.

    Understanding is not the same as accepting, agreeing, or incorporating the different religion into one's own life. It is simply what it says, understanding that some people think differently, and accepting that they have the right to do so, and knowing what the differences are so that hopefully we can spend more time on the things we have in common, which are many more.

    Voted up and interesting!

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    Highland Terrier 

    5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

    Never heard of Jainism, but will learn. Thank you very much for this hub.

    Discovered you from the religious questions. Well done.

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 

    6 years ago from Pune, India

    Thanks Ankush for reading this Hub

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    ANKUSH CHOUGULE 

    6 years ago

    GREAT SIR...I M PROUD OF U BECAUSE OF I M BELONGS TO JAIN COMMUNITY......

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 

    6 years ago from Pune, India

    Thank you Melovy, for reading and commenting.

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    Yvonne Spence 

    6 years ago from UK

    Interesting hub. I don’t know much about Jainism, but your title drew me in. Live and let live is the key to peaceful living as you say here. Thanks for sharing this, I liked the pictures too.

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 

    6 years ago from Pune, India

    Thank you James for reading the Hub and commenting on it.

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 

    6 years ago from Pune, India

    prasadjain,

    Thank you for the comments and the information you have added.

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    James A Watkins 

    6 years ago from Chicago

    Very interesting. I did not know much about Jainism. Thank you for the information.

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    Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 

    6 years ago from Tumkur

    The picture put by you symbolizes the fact that In presence of Bhagwan, Even animals do not possess 'jathivyra' i.e. enmity by birth.So this picture is put in almost all Jain places on one occasion or the other.It is there as a sculpture in front of 21 ft.tall Chanraprabha statue near Tumkur.You can see them st Moodbidri and Karkala, and Shravanabelagola.This picture indicates how deep rooted non-violence is, in Jainism.When animals forget enmity, what about men?

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    Pramod 

    6 years ago

    Jai jinendra

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    Sneha Sunny 

    6 years ago from India

    An interesting symbol....

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