Jain World
Sub-Categories of Passions

Jainism  -  Respect For All Life

The birth of Jainism
Mahavira the Path-Maker
The Enlightenment
The Rise of Jainism
  The Two Sects
  The Scriptures
  Rise and Fall
  Jain Beliefs-The Universe
  The Soul
  Karma and Rebirth
  The way of Salvation
  The Everyday Life of a Jain
  The Life of an Ascetic
  Ways of Worship
  Temples and Domestic Shrines
  Ninian Smart

The way of Salvation



Because of the infinite number of souls in the universe and the

length of the cycle of rebirth, it happens only rarely that a

soul obtains human birth.  Therefore man should use every

opportunity to pursue the way of salvation by acquiring the

Three Jewels:

         Right knowledge

         Right faith

         Right conduct

Right knowledge comes through knowing the Jain creed, right faith through believing in it and right conduct through following it.  The first two are worthless without the last and so Jain monks and nuns, laymen and laywomen take vows of right conduct, the most important and all-embracing of which is non-violence.