The Jain Way of Life handbook aspires people from all walks of life, diverse backgrounds, and differing faiths. Many of us have made this book our personal user’s manual. Our wish is that you will use this as a template to your Way of Life.
Imagine a world where no one gets hurt, a world where no one is teased or bullied, a world where there is no fear or anger. Six centuries before the birth of Jesus, in the faraway land of India, there lived a great spiritual teacher name Mahavira (which means “very brave”), who imagined just such a world. He showed kindness to every living being and emphasized the practice of nonviolence, compassion, and forgiveness. The religion of Mahavira was called Jainism.
Mahavira was born a prince, but because he had such deep love and respect for all living creatures, he renounced his wealth and power to become a wandering monk. The Jain teachings of Mahavira became very popular. He taught three important lessons: that one should have love and compassion for all living things; that one should not be too prideful of one’s own point of view because the truth has many sides; and that one should not be greedy and should avoid attachment to possessions.
Nonviolence is not hurting or harming others by your actions (not killing or hitting), by your speech (not curing, yelling, sneering, or teasing), or by thoughts, or intentions, (desiring ill of others), and it is loving, caring, sharing, sacrificing for others through your actions, speech and intentions.
Fundamentalism is many things to many people. It is a strict and literal adherence to a set of beliefs or principles. Fundamentalism can be religious, political, or personal. Today, religious fundamentalism is on the rise, and it is one of the most important root causes of terrorism.
This booklet covers :-
Causes of Terrorism
What is Fundamentalism?
Continuum of Views
Fable of Six Blind Men
Restriction versus Freedom
How to Transform to an Open-Minded and Acceptance View