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What Jains Do Not Tell You About Jainism?
Most of the Jains like to hide the key features of Jainism and talk only about Non-violence, Vegetarian diet and other food habits. They do it because most of the lay Jains do not know about basic philosophy of Jainism.
Here are some unique concepts in Jainism:
No Creator God: Jainism do not believe in creator God. According to Jainism the universe is eternal and endless, it was never created. Ancient and medieval Jain scholar monks have written lot about this, and today's Jain monks know the fact. But they do not like to speak on this issue. As most of the Jain laymen know Jainism through monks, there is no question of their being aware of Jainism's non-creation theory.
Equality: Jainism is staunch promoter of equality amongst human beings. Jain philosophy does not discriminate anybody in the name of Gender, Color, Creed, Caste, Language, Region, Country etc. Jainism believes in equal rights in opportunities. Most of the Jains are unaware of this fact.
Pluralism: Pluralism is basic and one of the most important features of Jainism. According to it truth can be judged only after knowing different points of views. Single point view never can reach to the complete truth. Finding absolute truth is not possible for human beings as any object has infinitive qualities in it and we can not get all of them due to limitations of our knowledge.
Non Possession: Among the list of 5 vows of monks and Laymen, one is non-possession. In Jainism, possession is considered as the father of all sins. As most of the Jains are business people, and so money oriented, they do not speak much about this vow.
Violence in Defense: A very important thing Jains like to hide is that Jainism permits it's followers to fight against the enemy if the enemy attacks. This is applicable to the attacks on self, family, society, nation, etc. Jainism is not for cowards. All the ford makers of this religion were warriors. Until later medieval period, Jainism was dominated by warrior communities, but later it became dominated by merchant communities. As merchants do not like to fight even if someone attacks, they never speak about this key feature of Jainism.
History: Jainism has a rich ancient and medieval history. Jainism and Jains have contributed a lot for the development of Indian culture, languages, literature, architecture, mathematics, Ayurveda (ancient medical science), business etc. But most of the Jains do not know their own history.
This all is happening because today's Jainism is a religion of money oriented people. They are not interested in anything but earning money. So they can not tell the core factors of Jainism. For them, Jainism is just vegetarianism, temples and rituals.
That is why most of the great scholars and great ascetics of Jainism are from non-Jain communities.
Being Proud of Wrong Things
Many of the Jains think that Jain community is the richest one, and 50% (or 25% the percentage varies according to the ego of the person), of the Income Tax in India comes from Jain community. Both the statements are false.
Moreover, spreading such rumors show the wrong tendency of Jains at it is against the core principles of Jainism.
There are many good things with them to be proud of, but Jains are not aware of such things. They do not know that Jain mathematics was very advanced and Zero was invented by a Jain mathematician, they do not know that India's name 'Bhaarat' was kept after a Jain person, they do not know that Asia's largest rural educational institute was founded by a Jain person, they do not know that it was a Jain to found India's Space Mission. They do not know so there is no question of telling it to others, and even few people know, they will not tell it because of their wrong tendency.
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