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Jainism - A Step Ahead of Veganism?
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Jainism - A Step Ahead of Veganism?

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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  1. Veganara
    Veganara
    Vote no 2. Fascinating blog! I have heard of Jains but don't know much about them. Was Gandhi a Jain? It must be a very difficult path to follow (even harder than veganism, and that is hard enough at times!) As you say, the intention behind it is clearly to live your life in the most peaceful, harmonious way you can, respecting all forms of life. And why not? As you have pointed out, humans often kill other humans for the most ignoble of motives, which is something that always shocks me. I always feel if we start at the roots, with respecting the lowest, most insignificant life-forms as much as we can, it naturally follows that we could never do anything cruel or violen to another human.
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks Maggie! Yeah must be difficult..I have seen Jains not getting their type of food everywhere they go. Only few items on the menu suit their preferences. As far as cooking at home is concerned, they get used to it and they do have a lot of recipes. Gandhi was born a Gujrati i.e. from the state of Gujrat in India. Yes, every state in India has its own culture. They used to be different countries before the British rule. Not a Jain. He was a vegetarian by birth and later adopted many other lifestyle practices still followed in his ashram in Gujrat.
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      1. Veganara
        Veganara
        Ah that's interesting, I didn't know India used to be different countries before British rule. I know that there are hundreds of native languages though. I am planning to visit India at some point, so all this info is very useful. I have just posted a new recipe btw, Houmous and Sprout Pittas, which you might like to look at.
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        1. Akanksha
          Akanksha
          Yeah sure. Most of Indian states were independent before British rule, and local communities have conserved their cultures from the time there was little movement. India has been attacked all through the history and what we have now is only a small part of the ancient culture.
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  2. Caroline Jones
    Caroline Jones
    Interesting! Makes me want to learn more about Jains. I wonder if there are any Jain communities in the US...?
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks. There must be some Jains in USA, but can't say about the Jain practices they would still be following being there. Do remember to vote for this post :)
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  3. Sheila Ray
    Interesting...voted
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks Sheila!
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  4. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    So interesting. I had never heard of this religion or culture. Thanks for the info and enlightenment. Check out my roasted radish recipe and vote if you like. Voted!
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks for reading. Yeah I would check yours out..
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  5. Anubhav Lal
    I know some followers of Jaininsm and I learnt from them that even the reason for killing is classified e.g. if killing some animal for self defence it is lesser sin compared to if you are killing for eating it. Similarly eating meat when you are starving and have no vegetarian food is lesser sin compared to when you are eating non veg when you can avoid
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks! Wow this is interesting..
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    2. Ananth K Jain
      :) Hey Anubhav,, above one is far away from the fact & not true There is no compensation or exemptions for killing/ sin - so many things if we are converting ourselves that doesn't mean that the fact is converting like that, it's just we are diluting as per indivisual comfort!! so we need to be more thoughtful - for example if a person avoids becoming angry in all time except the actual time ( where he shouln't get ), then it indicates he's not yet controlling/ avoiding. similarly not eating non veg when you can avoid doesn't make sense since it must be like irrespective of situation it sould be followed ! the same can be applied with killing acts, night food & so on,,,,,,,
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  6. garima mahendru
    Vote 9! Good work...
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks for reading Garima :)
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  7. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Hey just read your PM and came over to vote, but you have already made Top Posts! Congrats!
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Yeah..I posted yesterday..Thanks :-)
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  8. Kate Noel
    Kate Noel
    Voted! Great blog! I've been curious about Jains, so I found this very informative. There is a restaurant, I believe in Atlanta, that is owned by Jains. It seems like such a peaceful way to co-exist with the world around you. I think anyone, vegan/vegetarian or not, could learn something from the core values they live by.
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks Kate! I am glad that I could contribute something valuable :-)
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  9. jessepixiepants
    I've thought of this philosophy, way of being myself, didn't know it already existed with a name. Thanks for the post.
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  10. Ananth K Jain
    Sincere presentation of principles! Am Jain with rigid followings to my extent,,,, & i got to read this post which is true to the source of info. It's much appreciated.
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