mercredi 13 février 2013


Buddhism has many points in common with Jainism, the religion founded by Mahavira, who is a contemporary of the Buddha and has a history similar to his. Like the Buddha, Mahavira descended from an aristocratic family from the region Vais'ali, abandoned the family thirty years to seek wisdom and salvation as itinerant ascetic and, after twelve years of meditation and penance, gets a revelation. It is not known exactly when Mahavira was born, but it is known that died around 447 BC
The followers of Jainism are called Jains and, just as Buddhists reject the Brahmanical religion and the caste system. The fundamental notion of the Jain philosophy of life is non-violence (Ahimsa), ie, waiver of prejudice in any manner whatsoever any living being, for it is the smallest. The practice of Jain philosophy of life is equally accessible to all, your goal is the purification of the soul to free her from the cycle of reincarnation and this is achieved through constant practice and everyday non-violence.

Jainism has not become as popular as a religion Buddhism, having spread only among a small number of supporters. Even today there are followers of Jainism in India and other countries of the world. It is likely that the great Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi was influenced by the Jain philosophy of non-violence, making it an instrument of resistance to British colonial rule.

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