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Future of Jainism in India

Updated on March 26, 2016
Future of Jainism
Future of Jainism

Jainism is an ancient religion from India. It has a great philosophy and rich heritage. But I do not see any future for this religion as the followers of Jainism are digressed from the original values of Jainism. They are interested in building new temples, worshiping Idol, rituals, serving the monks, and saving cows and they have nothing to do with spreading the original messages of Jainism like equality, pluralism, compassion etc.

Many Jains have nothing to do with worldly problems, they are just in hurry of going to Moksha. Many have nothing to do with the problems of human beings, they just want to save animals.

Most of the Jains, including the monks do not know that Jainism denies creation theory, and this religion is against discrimination of human being in the name of birth, color, caste, creed, nationality etc. Unfortunately, many Jain monks and their followers are spreading hatred, casteism, sectarian views and discrimination.

While Hindus are victims of Caste system, Jains suffer from caste disputes, and in addition disputes amongst various Jain sects.

Jains are not interested in spreading their religion, and even if some non-Jain people want to become Jains, Established Jains say no to them. As the influential part of Jain community consists of traders, the entire community has become money oriented, self centered and narrow minded.

In general, Jainism can be described as 'The Right Faith in Wrong Hands'. As they do not know about their rich history, they have no futures. History repeats only if we know about it.

But I see a future of if a large part of non-Jains take interest in Jainism, if the social composition of Jain community is changes (i.e. the intellectuals replace traders),


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    KenWu 4 years ago from Malaysia

    Everything changes with time passes. This happens in all religions. I'm a Buddhist myself but as you might have known, there are lots of rituals and practice which are not significant in the original teachings of the Buddha. Nothing is permanent everything goes with the flow.

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    Sri Balananda 5 years ago

    I empathise with the situation jainism is in today. but we researchers of jain history know that we live in the avasarpini yuga and things will change in a flow.we indeed wait for the rebirth of the sakala purushas.

    ok now lets examine the historical asnd scientific causes of the downfall in numbers. I feel the hindu revivalism is the main reason and the entry of islam and christianity took away the constituency of the jains away from them.

    sir, i request you to produce a series of articles explaining the present position and its variables in the past. i offer help as i too have gathered a corpus of literature on ancient jains.

    please contact 9880155554 Sri Balananda

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

    Thank you for sharing the information about the meditation center.

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    PJ_Deneen 5 years ago

    I'm enjoying reading your hubs on Jainism. I like learning about different religions. I'm in the US and there is a Jain influenced meditation center in a community near me, so I was intrigued to learn what you have to share about this religion.