Jainism is one of the religions that originated and is practiced in India. It has strong core values and principles that difficult to live by. They believe in non-violence and keep away from anything that comes from an animal source, big or small. There is one category of Jains that even keep their mouths covered so that no invisible microbes could even enter their mouth.
Of course, they are vegetarians, consuming only fruits and plant based diet. Their core values include non-violence and harmonious co-existence between all creatures on the planet. Animal based products like silk and leather are not used by any Jains. Moreover, they do not eat any vegetables that are obtained by killing a plant. These mainly include onions, potatoes, turnip, carrot, radish, garlic etc. They also avoid eating any fruit or vegetable that has lot of seeds. They consider seeds to be a form of life too!
It is really touching to read this. Can someone really think so much about the world around him? And on the other hand, I hear about people killing each other just to acquire a piece of land. It is hard to believe how different people can be. We all have the choice to find our place between the two extremes.
Not all people born in Jain families follow all of the above. They do attempt to follow most of the rules but do make some adjustments to go with the modern lifestyle. Some Jains do consume milk and dairy products while others are strict vegans. Their diet has an impact on their nature too. I have never met a Jain who is aggressive, angry or depressed. They are usually good at school and often go for higher studies.
Jains do have their own temples and follow Lord Mahavira. They do have a date of establishment, but the principles have been followed even before the religion was officially named. If you are coming to India, you can ask for Jain food in any of the restaurants. Butter and cheese would have to be mentioned separately.
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