Elements of Jainism Religious Traditions
Jainism is an Indian religion that is opposed to war and violence against living beings. The religion advocates for an individuals efforts in moving the soul towards divine consciousness and liberation. The term jina is used to refer to a soul that has managed to conquer its own inner enemies and have achieved the status of a supreme being. Jainism is a small religion as it is perceived in the modern world and it is considered to be very influential. The followers of this religion who number several millions have managed to influence ethical, political and economic spheres in India.
The view of the modern world towards Jainism is based on the religion’s philosophy of nonviolence to living beings. This is viewed as great contribution towards respecting living beings no matter how small they are (Machwe, 2008). It is further added that, the only thing that is required to be in terms with this philosophy is to have the correct cognition and then the right actions will follow later. Even modern ecologists and psycho-biologist are for this opinion that nothing living, no matter how small it is irrelevant as far as living beings are concerned. Modern philosopher’s ague that human beings are very active in taking away the existing life which they can not afford to give back. For Jainism, this is completely unethical (Machwe, 2008).
Modern philosophers also point out that, Jainism has contributed greatly to the logic of probability among human intellects. In regard to this, the philosophers question whether the good or bad things always and everywhere good or bad (Machwe, 2008). In general, Jainism has contributed greatly in the growth of scientific temper and the fight against superstition and blind belief. It has brought up new approaches to matters related to religion which have helped in dealing with problems related to social, religious and economical that affects mankind. Jainism is also seen as a component of the rich tradition group of rational intellects who have grown extensively in ancient India (Machwe, 2008).