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




To injure living beings, even unwillingly, is to engender the most harmful of karmic effects.  To injure with deliberate intent has the gravest of consequences.  And since the whole universe throbs with life, this means in practice that a Jain�s diet and livelihood are severely restricted.  Even the Jain layman must be a strict vegetarian.  He may not be a farmer, for when ploughing the soil he might injure animals and plants, not to speak of the earth itself.  He may not ply certain crafts, for the metal on the blacksmith�s anvil and the wood on the carpenter�s bench suffer excruciating pain as they are worked.  Instead, he will follow the safe professions of trading and money-lending and most likely become a wealthy merchant or prosperous banker.