Jainism, more than 2500 years old, is an ancient religion which formed a vital part of the main-stream of life in India. At this time, Mahavira sought and achieved enlightenment. He is considered to be the 24th Jain Teacher and the first regarding whom which there is any historical information. The earlier ones are said to have first taught humanity tens of thousands of years ago. Mahavir’s Writings are called the Agamas.
The essence of Jainism is reverence for life which is shown through non-violence (ahimsa) and the concern for the welfare of every being in the universe and for the health of the universe itself. Jains believe that animals and plants, as well as human beings, contain living souls. Each of these souls is considered of equal value and should be treated with respect and compassion. Jains, therefore, are strict vegetarians.
According to the Jain religion, the universe is without beginning and end and runs by its own cosmic laws. Every living being has the potential to become God. Jain Gods are innumerable, perfect beings who have liberated themselves from all ignorance and error and therefore possesses infinite knowledge. The Jains believe that all life is one “bound together by mutual support and interdependence”. Another Jain teaching describes the world as “a multifaceted, ever-changing reality with an infinity of viewpoints” which produces a perspective of relativity. The equanimity of mind cultivated by the Jain religion encourages an attitude of give and take, and of live and let live. The five vows in the Jain code of conduct are: non‑violence in thought, word and deed; to seek and speak the truth; to behave honestly and never to take anything by force or theft; to practise re-
At the Humanics Sanctuary a site has been reserved for sculptures or plaques of Jainism that portrays the three essential values that the Humanics Institute is meant to promote. The Institute would appreciate if Individuals or groups belonging to the Jainism faith, could volunteer to work with the Institute to develop this site with relevant sculptures or plaques and appropriate landscaping.