Jainism

November 17, 2010

“To feel compassion for a Living being is to feel compassion for one’s self.”

Jainism, together with Hinduism and Buddhism, is one of India’s religions. In Jainism, each living being contains a unique and immortal vital principle. Each act is itself a cause which produces an effect and, therefore, each violent action (himsa) against this vital principle, will strike back against the one committing violence. Only through non-violent action it is possible to reach a place of bliss and peace. For this reason, ahimsa – non-violence – is the foundation of Jainist ethics. Ahimsa is total respect for every form of life. “Killing a Living Being is like killing one’s self; to show compassion towards a living being is like showing it to one’s self. Knowing this principle of Equality, always treat others with Respect and Compassion.”

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