Jainism and Vegetarianism (Ahimsa) 

Jainism begins with a serious concern for the human soul in its relationship with the laws governing existence in the universe,with other living beings, and to its own future state in eternity. First and foremost, it is a religion of the heart: the golden rule is Ahimsa or nonviolence in all parts of a person-- mental,verbal, and physical. Jains have deep compassion for all forms of life

Jainism offers a quiet, overwhelmingly serious way of life, a cultural insistence on compassion, a society of ethics that has dramatically changed the world and will continue to effect change. Jainism is an ecologically responsible way of life which is nonviolent in thought, action, and deed.

Vegetarianism is a way of life for a Jain, taking its origin in the concept of compassion for living beings, Jiva Daya. The practice of vegetarianism is seen as an instrument for the practice of nonviolence and peaceful, cooperative coexistence. Jains are strict vegetarians, consuming only one-sensed beings, primarily from the plant kingdom. While the Jain diet does, of course, involve harm to plants, it is regarded as a means of survival which involves the bare minimum amount of violence towards living beings. (Many forms of plant material, including roots and certain fruits, are also excluded from the Jain diet due to the greater number of living beings they contain owing to the environment in which they develop.)

For more information on vegetarianism and its relation to Jainism, please click on the links below ...

Links on Vegetarianism

101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian

Vegetarian Food and Jain Conduct

HappyCow's Global Guide to Vegetarian Restaurants and Health Food Stores

Biospirituality and the world's religions

Indian Vegetarian Recipes

Vegetarian Recipes: Mexican, Caribbean, Tunisian, Italian

Discussing vegetarianism with meat-eaters

Famous Vegetarians

The Ahimsa Page

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