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Ahimsa and the Differences Between Jainism and Other World Cultures A dog is being chased by 12 other dogs through the crowded streets of India He is being chased because he had just found a bone and being as hungry as the rest of the dogs he wants the bone for himself Gazing upon this a Jain monk was reminded of Aparigraha the Jain principle of non-attachment In the religion of Jainism one must not be attached to material possesions because material possesions just possess their posessor As long as one clings to their possessions they in turn will bleed for them Jainism is a religion of purity and they believe that there is life in everything so they spend their lives trying to be as harmless as possible to their surroundings Jains believed that everything in the universe humans animals plants bodies of water and even inanimate physical objects such as rocks possessed a soul They are very careful in their movements they also tried not to make any sudden moves because they didnt want to harm any living thing or or physical object that may have a soul They were strictly vegetarians and filtered their water using cloth to prevent harming the invisible souls and to unwittingly consume tiny animals Originating in Eastern India it is a religion that is very similar to Hinduism and Buddhism A Jina or those who overcome was traditionally believed to have been a giant who lived about 84 million years ago The worlds 4 million Jains are almost entirely located in India but there are nearly 1000 practicing Jains in Canada Like Hinduism Jainism has the belief that everyone is bound within the universe by karma or the accumulated good and evil that one has done they also share the idea of reincarnation How one conducts himself throughout life determines where they will be reincarnated If a Jain stole lied or committed an
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