Exploring Jainism: Jain And Jain Renouncers

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Jain and Jain renouncers are very dedicated to the practice of ahimsa, or nonviolence. They are very aware of their world around them and what will happen to their karma if they harm any walks life. Jains try to eventually purge any negative karma they might have accumulated over their lifetime. Through this dedication to nonviolence, Jains work tirelessly to make sure that their intentional actions will not bring harm to anything or anyone. Many objects and traditions are connected to objects that can be found in their environment. Jains coexist with the world and wish to be a part of it and not leave a mark on it. Through their practice of ahimsa, Jains have formed a unique relationship and lifestyle practice with the world around them.
Jain’s are known to carry around a brush of peacock feathers to brush away the small insects that may lie in their path. These feathers were never plucked from the peacock because that would cause harm to the bird. By dusting the ground or where they may place their body they ensure that they tried to remove anything that could be harmed. Along with the peacock feathers, Jain’s usually wear masks over their mouth to protect the microbes in the air. Depending on sect, some Jains will always wear the mask and think twice before they speak so that they will not bring harm. Not only are Jain’s aware of the world around them when they are awake, but also when they have to sleep. When a Jain sleeps, he or she must stay in the same position until they wake up. This is a rigorous task to care for the creatures that may get crushed at night. A true Jain renouncer can lie still throughout the night and highly disciplined. These practices allow Jain renouncers to almost not impact the planet at all. They strive to be mindful of their environment at all times.
This constant awareness of the atrocities that people commit on creatures everyday is considered a “right view.” This philosophy educates people of the Jain faith that even the most mundane actions have serious consequences on the world...

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