I say screw all religion and their often toxic lies, as they are largely promote fraud and whilst fraud is not a direct violence, it is the a crime. So to me, all religions are guilty of crimes against humanity.
So to hell with even the often untouched religion of Jainism, I give slack to none ever….
In Jain religious books, violence has been classified as follows:
1) Intentional violence (SANKALPI HIMSA), which is intentional killing or hurting of self and of others.
2) Subsistence-related violence (AARAMBHI HIMSA), which is the violence involved in cooking, cleaning, etc.
3) Occupation-related violence (UDYOGI HIMSA), which is the violence involved in pursuing agriculture, industry, business or profession.
4) Adversary-related violence (VIRODHI HIMSA), which is involved in dealing with undesirable elements of society. It is the violence for one’s protection from one’s opponents.
The Problems with Jainism
plenty of bullshit:
Jains believe in a never-ending, cyclical time cycle, with phases of “rising” and “falling” happiness. Each phase lasts several thousands of years. This is all fiction, of course.
Jains believe that they can accumulate and shed karma and this impacts their future lives (reincarnation). There’s no evidence of this.
Jains support being free of materialism — not because it can be destructive in and of itself, but because it’ll allow you to more easily break free from the cycle of reincarnation. They’re doing a good thing for the wrong reason.
Jains don’t believe in a god, per se, but they do believe in supernatural beings who have broken free of the reincarnation cycle to attain Nirvana. In fact, there are 24 beings who have done that… and we know their names. We memorized their names as children. Though there’s no evidence any of them ever “attained Nirvana.”
Jainism encourages an 8-day-long (or worse), unhealthy fasting during the holy time of the year. During the fast, you may only consume water that’s been pre-boiled.
The Jain rules regarding a vegetarian diet seem like they’re made up on the spot. Eggs are bad, but milk is ok. Potatoes and other food from the ground are bad, but there are exceptions depending on the day. Alcohol is forbidden, but young Jains go to bars all the time. The rules make hypocrisy rampant… but almost unavoidable.
An article profiling a Jain “nun” by Morgan Wilson in the Houston Chronicle shows just how absurd the faith can be:
“There are plenty of difference between Hinduism and Jainism; the biggest being the gods” said [Jainesh Mehta (no relation), vice president of the Jain Vishva Bharati-Preksha Meditation Center]. “Essentially, we don’t believe in the same things; we share eight demi-gods with Hinduism but even then we don’t worship them like a Hindu would. But we do have similar faith traits, that being giving up world materials to achieve Nirvana.”
“The karma you accumulate in this life and previous lifetimes will determine your condition for your next lifetime,” Mehta said. “We associate karma to be like a black cloud. The more karma you have the more ignorant you are; the less karma you have the more aware you’ve become.”
Demi-gods, nirvana, “next lifetime,” karma? Those beliefs sound like something out of Scientology. But Jains take them very seriously.
The funny thing is that so many Jains go into scientific fields, and yet, I never hear Jains say this stuff is untrue. They find a way to compartmentalize it and ignore it. When you ask them what they believe, they’ll say “Non-violence”… but they won’t mention the several levels of Hell and multiple levels of Heaven.
They’ll do research in a lab one day, and then sing a chant praising prophets, saints, and “liberated souls” the next, without ever realizing the two worlds ought to be colliding. (I sang that particular mantra every day growing up. Can you imagine how I felt when I finally figured out what it actually meant?)
As far as religions go, Jainism isn’t the worst one you’ll find. But there are plenty of lies that it spreads that we need to call out. Young Jains should be concerned with the truth and they ought to know that the religious leaders in the temple are trying to lead them away from it — as most religious leaders everywhere do. The fact that even the most outspoken atheists put on kid gloves when dealing with it is upsetting.
It’s always nice to see a religion that advocates kindness and respect, but that shouldn’t make it immune from criticism when it’s warranted. Jains are very bad at being self-critical, and it has plenty of beliefs that are untrue. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2011/07/03/the-problems-with-jainism/
Jainism is known as religion of non-violence. But most of us do not know that Jainism allows violence in defense. When someone attacks you or your family, it is your duty to defend yourself. If your community or nation is attacked by enemy, Jainism says ‘Go ahead and fight.’
Teertahnkars were from warrior families!
It is fact that all the Jain Teerthankars were from Kshatriya (warrior) families. In fact the Jain philosophy says that only Kshatriyas can become a teerthankar.
Rishabhdev, the first Teerthankar himself taught the martial art people.
Bharat, the eldest son of Rishabhdev was the first Chakravarti (Emperor) of the then known world. To become the Chakravarti, he won all the kingdoms of that time. Bhaarat, the popular and constitutional name of India is because of this Bharat. All the Jain and Hindu religious literature confirms this fact.
Four of the 24 teerthankars also were chakravartis. To become a chakravarti, they had to won other kingdoms.
Neminath, the 22nd Teerthankar was cousin of Krishna. Once, Jarasandh attacked Dwarika and Krishna was not there. Neminath was doing Tap at that time. But when he was informed about that attack, he became commander of Yadavs and defeated Jarasandh.
Parshwanath, the 23rd Teerthankar helped Dharnendra, the Naga king in battles with enemy.
The Jain warriors
Chandragupta, a Jain and founder of Mourya Dynasty was the first emperor of India. He brought almost all of the south Asia under his control. He defeated many kings including .selucos Necoter, General of the great Alexander. Chandragupta became a Jain monk and took sallekhana at Shravanbelgola in Karnatak.
Ashok, the grandson of Chandragupt was also a Jain and the Emperor. He won many kings. I a war with Kaling, there was unbelievable violence killing hundred thousands of soldiers and people. It created a hate against war in the mind of Ashok. So he renounced Jainism and embraced Buddhism. This fact shows that Jainism was not against the war.
Kunal, the son of Ashok and Samprati, son of Kunal also were emperors and Jains, and had involved in wars. Later emperors of this dynasty embraced Buddhism. They were extremely non violent. As a result, last emperor of this dynasty Brahdrat was killed by his bramhin general Pushyamitra Shring.
It was the end of Mourayans and rise of Shring dynasty. Shring dynasty was totally against Jains and Buddhists. So both the faith were declined in eastern India.
Mahameghvahan Kharvel was a very brave Jain emperor who rised in 2nd century B.C. in Kaling (Orissa). He was coroneted at the age of 24 and he defeated Satvahan kings of western India when he (Kharvel) was just 26. After two years, he attacked Ratthiks & Bhojaks of western India and defeated them. After two years he attacked powerful Magadh and then North India and then South India.
Thus whole of India including present day Pakistan and Afghanistan became under his control.
The history of South India is the history of Jains, Jainism and Jain dynasties. The Gangs, Kalabhras, Chalukyas, Rashtrakuts, Kadambs, Kalchuries, Hoysalas, Shilahars, all the great dynasties were followers and patrons of Jainism.
Amoghvarsh, the great King of Rasthrakuts brought most of the India under his control.
He defeated many kings from Kerala to Malwa (Rajasthan).
Kalabhras attacked and defeated Tamil Kings who were persecuting Jains .
Kumarpal, was disciple of Jain Acharya Hemchandra. He became a king by defeating his enemies under guidance of the Jain Acharya.
Monks became soldiers
Kalakacharya was a famous Jain Acharya. Gardbhill, king of Ujjayini kidnapped a female monk from Kalakacharyas sangh. Kalkacharya met Gardbhill and asked him to free her. But the king insulted Kalkacharya.
Kalkacharya went to another king and asked him to attack on Ujjayini. But the king had untrained soldiers who were not able to attack the powerful Ujjaiyini. So Kalkacharya himself became commander of the military, well trained the soldier and then attacked
Ujjaiyini. Gardbhill was defeated the monk was freed. Then Kalkacharya again became monk.
Adishankaracharya, who had vowed to finish Jains and Buddhists and converted millions of Jains and Buddhists into Hinduism, converted many Jain temples all over India into Hindu temples and put Jain religious literature on fire was killed by two Jain monkhtml
Worshipping violent gods
Jain Ācāryas, like Hemacandra, Somadeva, Jinasena also decried the worship of violent vedic Gods who demanded sacrifices of animals and glorified the killing of enemies. Ācārya Hemacandra says:
It is a matter of great grief that the gods who wield weapons such as bow and arrows, mace, disc, trident etc. are worshipped as true gods.
Glory of death on the battlefield
The Hindu belief that death in battle resulted in rebirth in heavens has been recorded in Mahabharata where Krsna tells Arjuna:
Slain you will attain heavens, conquering you will enjoy earth; Therefore rise, O Arjuna, resolved to do battle
—Bhagavad Gita ii 37
Madhavacharya comments on this saying, “So in order to protect both the Earth and the heavenly realms it is better for a mighty warrior to face his enemies and fight. This Lord Krishna emphasises with the word hata meaning slain showing that slain or not slain there is benefit in both. So by this Arjunas previous doubt of not knowing what is better to slay or be slain and will they have victory or not are eradicated as both conclusions give benefit. So Arjuna should rise up and fight.”
However, according to Jainas, death accompanied by hatred and violence can never lead to heavens. According to a story in Bhagavati Sūtra, all the 840,000 soldiers who perished in a war between Konika, the Magadhan emperor and other kings, were either reborn in hell or as animals. Only one person who maintained equanimity in the midst of death in battlefield was reborn in heaven.
The Bhagavad Gita is the sealing achievement of this Hindu synthesis, incorporating various religious traditions.
According to Hiltebeitel, bhakti forms an essential ingredient of this synthesis, which incorporates bhakti into the Brahmanical fold.
According to Deutsch and Dalvi, the Bhagavad Gita attempts “to forge a harmony” between different strands of Indian thought: jnana, dharma and bhakti. Deutsch and Dalvi note that the authors of the Bhagavad Gita “must have seen the appeal of the soteriologies both of the “heterodox” traditions of Buddhism and Jainism and of the more “orthodox” ones of Samkhya and Yoga”, while the Brahmanic tradition emphasised “the significance of dharma as the instrument of goodness”.
Scheepers mentions the Bhagavat Gita as a Brahmanical text which uses the shramanic and Yogic terminology to spread the Brahmanic idea of living according to one’s duty or dharma, in contrast to the yogic ideal of liberation from the workings of karma.