JAINs – The Religious People Who Worship No GOD


JAINISM in India is one of the oldest religions in the world. A person who follow this religion is called a JAIN. They have the following beliefs (just to outline in brief, though this is not the end):

1 – There is nothing like God or Creator who made, created or maintained this Universe.
As far as Jains are concerned, the Universe has always been and will always exist on its own, same goes for everything inside the Universe. They believe all the constituents and actions are governed by universal natural laws that it is not possible to create matter out of nothing and hence the sum total of matter in the universe remains the same (similar to law of conservation of mass). Jainism insists a religious and virtuous life is possible without the idea of a creator god. According to Jainism, time is beginningless and eternal. Jains believe that his universe is not created nor sustained by anyone; It is self sustaining, without any base or support.
2 – They have a concept that is beyond God. They believe one can achieve a state that surpasses the holiness of what other religions call ‘God’. For Jains, God is not the highest spiritual manifestation. Jains do not rely or depend on any God or any supreme being for spiritual enlightenment.
3 – According to Jainism, Soul is the master of its own destiny. One of the qualities of the soul is complete lordship of its own destiny. The soul alone chooses its actions and soul alone reaps its consequences. No God or prophet or angel can interfere in the actions or the destiny of the soul. Furthermore, it is the soul alone who makes the necessary efforts to achieve liberation without any divine grace.
4 – Jains believe there are heavenly beings called devas but they are not gods and also suffer or enjoy and eventually die like humans.
5 -The Jaina position on God and religion from a perspective of a non-Jain can be summed up in the words of Anne Vallely.
“Jainism is the most difficult religion. We get no help from any gods, or from anyone. We just have to cleanse our souls. In fact other religions are easy, but they are not very ambitious. In all other religions when you are in difficulty, you can pray to God for help and maybe, God comes down to help. But Jainism is not a religion of coming down. In Jainism it is we who must go up. We only have to help ourselves. In Jainism we have to become God. That is the only thing.
6 – They have what they call the FIVE VOWS, these are: to cause no harm to any living being by actions, speech or thoughts, to always speak the truth and in a situation where speaking truth could lead to violence, silence may be observed, not to steal, sexual chastity for those who can do it and detachment from material things.
7 – Jain monks and nuns live very ascetic lives: no cars, walking on barefoot everywhere, don’t use electricity or phones and depend on what people offer them. They are NOT priests. Mahatma Gandhi was heavily influenced by Jainism.
8 – Jains do not pray for any favors, material goods or rewards. In Jainism, the purpose of prayer is to break the barriers of worldly attachments and desires and to assist in the liberation of the soul.
9 – Paryushana or Daslakshana is the most important annual event for Jains, and is usually celebrated in August or September. It lasts 8–10 days and is a time when lay people increase their level of spiritual intensity often using fasting and prayer/meditation to help. The five main vows are emphasized during this time. There are no set rules, and followers are encouraged to practise according to their ability and desires. Forgiveness is asked by saying “Micchami Dukkadam” to others, which means “If I have caused you offence in any way, knowingly or unknowingly, in thought, word or action, then I seek your forgiveness.” Jains believe strongly in forgiving others, and yet have no hope of forgiveness by a higher power. Jains believe that liberation is by personal effort not an appeal for divine intervention.
10. Jainism is older than Christianity, Islam and many other religions. Jains are found mainly in India, USA and Europe, they place a lot of emphasis on education and are considered the most literate of all religious groups in India, at 94.1% literacy.
11. It was once a major global religion but it has declined significantly now due to Hindu and Muslim expansionist actions over time in India.
12. Jains believe that it is allowed for one to deliberately and slowly starve to death by reducing meal intake during famine, old age, conditions of incurable disease or great disability. -CREATIVE COMMONS

Well, I’m proud to be JAIN! And as we say to each other as a greeting: Jai Jinendra! (Means: To praise the qualities of the Jinas – conquerors / in hindi called as ‘Tirthankara’ – who have won over their senses!)

To be on the happier side of life!



Today I was having a small discussion with my friend, who was quite frustrated and unhappy with his life. Real issue was oblivious and solutions quite distant. To gain some motivation in his life, he was browsing few sites and suddenly came flashing to me with a nice quote – “What has happened in the past has happened, what’s there in the future is unknown. But you see, there won’t be a single reason for you to be unhappy in the present moment!” This was so true, though there can be exceptions at times, that it is either our past bad experience or the uncertainty of the future which bother us all the times. This is one of the major factors which keep our minds engaged and never let us cherish the GOLDEN present, the time which clocks no tensions and no worries of its own.

To all this discussion I added that WE MUST ALSO STOP ASSUMPTIONS TO STAY HAPPY! He gave me a confused look that what was I saying. I explained to him that Yes, we assume a lot and hence screw up things as well as our minds. We may not be aware of this default action of our brain but as soon as something happens, we start assuming. This person must have done this; he/she must be a cheat; if the train gets late all this and that will happen, etc. If somebody is quite you again start assuming. You can yourself count innumerable moments when you had simply wasted lots of energy on assuming things which landed you no results. This power of assumptions is a reason why you start feeling depressed or anxious about anything most of the times. Why to assume about the increase in your salary after promotion when you don’t know.

Why should you keep your mind busy with all such thoughts when they are unnecessary. It is our assumptions that lead us to  prejudices which are extremely harmful. Act after you gather facts. It is important. I believe that just give it a try to unload your mind with such futile thoughts, instead channelize your energy towards gathering facts for such situations. I have been trying not to assume about anybody, anything. I’m not even thinking if anybody will ever read my article, or how many likes I will receive, or will this post another waste of time for my reader. I’m happy to write because I don’t assume and live in present.




An awesome poem you must read…(source-unknown)


Sometimes in life we feel so blue,

But someone, somewhere is not as happy as u.


Somewhere far at the border when a soldier sleeps,

Missing his loved ones he silently weeps.


Somewhere a mother painfully sighs,

Coz her new born baby didnt open her eyes.


Somewhere a poor dad silently cries,

When he sees his son begging for a bowl of rice.


Somewhere in an orphanage a little girl’s sad,

When she misses her mom n dad.


So at times a reason to smile u may not have any,

Say to urself that u’re happier than many.


Coz life is beautiful and. 

its not always blue,


And someone, somewhere is not as happy as u..!!

Oh No! Happy New Year :)


Today my Wi-Fi Suddenly Stopped Working..:O
Then I Realized that my Neighbors haven’t paid the bill..
How irresponsible they are..!! :/

Hope they take this as a new year resolution to pay in time 😀

😦 Again a lethargic effort! All copied from FunInventors except last line 😛

But the wishes are real—Wish you all a very Happy Dappy New Year 2013, though every year is a new year. LOL

Kwanzaa – 7 Principles Worth Learning!

kwanzaaI recently came across something unheard-of – “KWANZAA” – a week-long celebration of African community across the globe from 26Dec-1Jan every year. (Read here more about it)

There are 7 principles which are expected to be followed and celebrated across the world with full joy and gusto; I tried to tailor them fit for an individual rather than as a community believing that once we practice them,our world, our perception towards ourselves and towards others will certainly change and thereby our community per se.

The principles are:

UnityUmoja (oo-MOE-jah) – Unity – Joining together as a family, community and race

To be a better person, a responsible societal person, we need to cease the thoughts about ourselves as an individual and envision of the mutual. If we give a small thought to what all we do and what all can be the ramifications to the greater large,we could collectively build a wholesome society in a tacit manner.

self-determinationKujichagulia (koo-jee-cha-goo-LEE-ah) – Self-determination – Responsibility for one’s own future

Let us be determined, tangible and perpetually ready for all the actions and decisions that have to be taken. Stop admonishing others; we must motivate ourselves and be ready for the steps taken by us for ourselves and for the society.

Collective Work & ResponsibilityUjima (oo-JEE-mah) – Collective Work and Responsibility – Building the community together and solving any problems as a group

First be True to yourselves and be a team-spirited person. Learn to take the praises as well as stones. Our success should be the reward for all the failures that made us persevere.

Cooperative EconomicsUjamaa (oo-JAH-mah) – Cooperative Economics – The community building and profiting from its own businesses

CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) is in vogue. Why not in our own lives. Need not to do something at the national level, start small, right from your own society. Do what all is best for the good health and prosperity of the area we live in. Returns will be large and compelling.

Nia (neePurpose-AH) – Purpose – The goal of working together to build community and further the African culture

A striving  man without purpose is like a dog chasing a running car. We have to be focused, know what has to be achieved and in what time. Let destiny be chosen by you rather than reluctantly accepting the one imposed on you.

CreativityKuumba (koo-OOM-bah) – Creativity – Using new ideas to create a more beautiful and successful community

Present times are fast-paced,running faster won’t help. Be offbeat, be creative. Our minds have to be channelized to think in a smarter way. Got a solution? Don’t raise the checkered-flag;wait & re-analyse if it could be done in a better way. Take analogous examples and try to fit them in entirely disparate context. It does help a lot to find a way out in even most complex situation.

FaithImani (ee-MAH-nee) – Faith – Honoring African ancestors, traditions and leaders and celebrating past triumphs over adversity

Faith in ourselves, our capabilities, our rich tradition is quintessential. Give a try and have a positive approach for the results. Be that baby who is thrown up in the air and instead of apprehending who will catch him, enjoy the ephemeral flight and live the moment.

It is utmost essential to understand that we are one composing element of this so-called society or community. The quality of the composing elements determine the overall worth of the encompassing contour. To bring happiness, cordial and more evolving, forward-going behaviour in the society,first we have to change ourselves. As Mahatma Gandhi quoted:

Be the change you want to see in the world


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