What is Jainism? Jain Beliefs and Teachings (Religion vs Spirituality)


Acharya Shree, what is Jainism and are you Jain? What a beautiful question. Jainism is very ancient system. And it is
not what people think that started from Mahavira. Mahavira happened like 2600 years ago. Even the historians, whoever mentioned that Jainism started from the…that he was
the founder of Jainism. Those historians are very much wrong. Yes the Jain word was not the there. The word
itself “Jain”, it came, it existed after Mahavira. Because before we used to call Jainism different way. It was Samnopasak. Name was changing according to the
time. Like before Mahavira, 23rd Tirthankara Parshvanath… we never called the Shravak and Shravika. Either we
used to call them Samnopasak or Parshvapatiyak. Parshvapatiyak – it was a Sanskrit word. Parshvapatiyak
means the children of Parshvanath. But it changes according to time. So if you go to
the deep into history, this system begins thousands of years. And I still strongly tell people that read the
history. Go to the Sindhu Civilization. Mohenjo-daro Harappa. There are many evidence. Many many evidence that it was the very peaceful civilization. Sindhu Civilization. And they were following Shramana Parampara. Shramana Parampara means they were following the monks and nuns. Shramana Parampara. And that’s what…they were Shramanika when they followed the Shramana
Parampara. In Sanskrit we call them Shramanika. And in Prakrit language we call them Samanika.
Who followed the Samanas called Samanika. So the Jain System used to be Samanika Tradition. And you will be surprised in America the native people here, the
native people in America they follow the same system till today. They call them Samanika too. There are traditions here in this country. So somehow we are all connected. So the, even the
Jain word is new, but the system is the same. Adinath, the first Tirthankara, there are many evidence that
his teachings were very popular in Sindhu civilization. Because people were very peaceful, nonviolent. I can tell you one thing about Jainism: even though it is
very…one of the oldest religion in the world – one of the oldest – that is sure. Historians they think at least that it is 5000
years old. But I don’t buy it. I think it is even older than that. Because the teachings of the Adinath
– the first Tirthankara – what is in Jainism it is popular Rishabhadeva. Rishabha means bull. He became popular by his symbol, bull – rishabha. And his teachings were so popular, so it seems like it was already
first Tirthankara was existing thousands of years before than Sindhu civilization. Because his teachings were so popular. So the Jain, there is no doubt about it, it is one of
the oldest religion and it’s the best religion in that way – that’s what I’m going to tell you. What is the most significant about Jainism is Jainism is the only
religion which never never compromised with the violence since it existed. Since beginning. They will compromise with other
thing but they never compromise with violence. So it is fully nonviolent religion. It used to be a system but unfortunately it became a religion. So the second question you ask about mean that are you a Jain? If you say by karma then yes I am a Jain. Even though
I was not born in Jain family, I was born in warrior class. But I can tell you that my family is more than Jain. Because I remember my grandmother, she didn’t allow even to the family even tomato. Till she was alive in our family there was never
came tomato. Tomato never was used. Because they used to ask her “Why?” She said “when
you cut it seems like a piece of meat.” I’m coming from that family. And by karma
Jain religion…Jain is considered by karma. If your karmas, your actions, are that way you are Jain.
Anyone can be Jain actually if their karmas, if they’re fully nonviolent. They don’t believe in killing, hurting, harming anyone.
So he or she is Jain already. By karma you can say “Yes, I am Jain”. My teachings are universal and Jains’ teachings are considered universal
if you just don’t get involved into religion. When you get involved into religion you are putting
yourself in the small box. But it is unfortunate people are putting themselves into the small box. They need to…Mahavira was not Jain. He never put after
his name he was Jain. His teachings were universal. Like Rishabhadeva’s teachings were universal. It is…it brings peace in the world. It brings nonviolence in the world. And when it is nonviolence, people
follow it, we help eachother. We help the whole world. That is the system we’re building. That is the system of Jain system. If
we can still follow it is more valuable, it can change the whole world. Because, another thing, Jainism they don’t believe in war at all. When they don’t believe but it doesn’t mean they don’t believe in defense.
They will defend the country. They will defend their society. They will defend their people. They will defend the society people even. Defending is different thing. Attacking to someone is totally different thing. Attacking is a war. Defending is not a war. You
have to defend yourself, to your family, to your nation. They believe in that. People are confused. If they don’t believe in war they will not fight.
No. Jain kings used to fight because they have to defend their own nation. Their own people. And it doesn’t go against of religion. So even though it
is incredible religion but I still want to say that Jainism is a system. If you follow that system you will be surprised your soul get enlightened.
Your soul will be awaken. And that is the Jain system teaches. Jai Siddhatma.


51 Responses

  1. Trevor Estridge

    February 1, 2013 5:59 pm

    do you have any tips for a teenager? (im 16 and have seen all your videos). I am trying to lead a more spiritual life but at this age i get criticized. what should i do?

  2. Ahmad Il Ribelle

    February 1, 2013 11:34 pm

    as they say..

    "SHIT helps the grass to grow"

    so u cant changed others..work on ur-self and try to see godliness in everything positive/negative.

  3. James McGuigan

    February 2, 2013 8:28 pm

    How can we humans know that we are connected to karma if we have no evidence we can take in through our senses to reinforce any kind belief in it?

  4. agrippa9

    February 5, 2013 4:25 pm

    Karma is the natural law of cause and effect, your figure is the cause when you push a domino, the effect is that all the domino's begin to fall.

  5. Leon

    March 15, 2013 1:20 am

    I try not to harm anything but it's hard. I've had times I walked outside and stepped on a snail a few times by accident, I even walked around inside and stepped on a wasp by accident. Also some other incidents I accidently hurt some flies or small animals, I always feel bad, I remember every time I harmed a fly, snail, spider or anything else. You have to really commit yourself if you truly want to be harmless.

  6. Ahmet Çınar - Özgürlüğe Uyanış Awaken to Truth

    March 16, 2013 9:43 pm

    Acharya Shree, what is a dream? Is this life also a dream?If we awaken here, do we also awaken in dreams? Is an enlightened being, as he/she is always awake, is he also awake in sleep while seeing other dreams?… Are they only our projection or are some of them are real like here? … Or is it that an enlightened one's mind doesn't create any dream, so sleep becomes always a deep meditation…

    I would really appraciate if you would make a speech on this topic… Thank you…

  7. fuzzywzhe

    August 6, 2013 10:55 pm

    Don't explain what you do, and don't try to get people to do as you do. Don't defend what you do, do not criticize people in any way for not doing as you do.

    You're starting out with a very difficult religion, or system, to follow. Do you really believing killing a plant is violence?

  8. Parker Shown

    January 3, 2014 2:38 pm

    Nice, I love your words…Amazing! You gave the real mean of jains..Please do something and teach people not to do violence. Viral the words of 24 tirthankaras all over the world.

  9. scot rutherford

    February 14, 2014 1:01 am

    Religion is manmade, read the scriptures no where does it say that Moses started Judaism no where in the scriptures does it say that Yeshua started Christianity no where in the scriptures does it say that Muhammed started Islam. I have not read any other scriptures so I can't comment on them, however the scriptures teach us God,YHVH,Allah and the other names of the only creator

  10. Toby Starr

    April 29, 2014 2:36 am

    Ok, Internet Challenge here.  Watch this video again, try to count how many times he blinks.  I only counted one, at around 8:10.  There was an almost blink at 5:17 and another questionable one at 6:04.  Advanced challenge; try not to blink while watching for him to blink. 

  11. Acharya Shree Yogeesh

    October 29, 2014 10:41 pm

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  12. Humorr Culosis

    December 10, 2014 9:34 pm

    I am a Jain and Jainism here has been explained in a way that even most of the Jains cannot explain.
    Nice informative video.

  13. Napoleon Bonaparte

    February 5, 2015 11:18 pm

    I'm studying about Jainism for my World Religions class at UTB, I find this religion fascinating!  Maybe even cooler than Hinduism.

  14. Darshil Mehta

    March 9, 2015 6:33 pm

    If anyone want any basic info or deep knowledge and scientific reasons for Jainism you can contact me at my email id – [email protected] I would like to spread my knowledge. Thankyou

  15. Harsh jain

    July 18, 2015 10:43 pm

    Jainism is the most scientific and socially positive religion. It is a religion evolved over ages based on learning of experienced philosophers. Your karma not just affect your next life but it will affect your present life itself. If some religion teaches you to be physically, mentally, socially and spiritualy healthy why does one has to rebel it

  16. Yahqappu Adaikkalam

    August 21, 2015 10:35 pm

    The Aaseevagam of Tamizhs have answers for U,,,U are the closest to the truth . U have come very near the Tamizh origins of Siddhars and their way of life like Vallalar. All the history in Tamizh land has been systematically wiped out by the Hindu Aryans ! But the renaissance is happening…

  17. malvakai

    November 30, 2015 7:12 am

    Thank you so much for the captions, my hearing loss was becoming a setback to learning more than just a few minutes of an old documentary. I really appreciate it more than I can say.

  18. Brandon Darrin

    April 7, 2016 1:07 am

    My ancestors were peaceful, wore turbans, called Indian's, and traveled very far. Can I vote for you?

  19. John White

    April 18, 2016 4:38 am

    There are two types of people: People who but people into groups and people who don't. You say tomato others say tomate. Nothing interesting here. Move along use your brain don't expect others without your personal cultural experience to know what you are talking about. Yes, non violence is cool, but so is estress

  20. samay jain

    July 4, 2016 11:08 pm

    Very true! Acharya Shree Yogeesh, has a vast amount of knowledge about reality of Jainism!

  21. Nienke Fleur Luchtmeijer

    August 31, 2016 6:42 pm

    "FACT: Subscribing Helps you GROW spiritually!"
    I thought lying/deceiving was against the teachings of Jainism…

  22. samay jain

    January 23, 2017 8:52 am

    Religion and Spirituality should be through experience, and not just book learning. And getting to know the Ultimate Reality and to attain Eternal Blissful Life, is what Jainism is all about. Jainism is undoubtedly the Perfect Way of Life !!

  23. Aayush

    February 24, 2017 7:40 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbMKz-2N-Toh9rHoidY2K0g .. Tatva Gyaan.. Jain philosophical lectures.. available only in HINDI for now… follow order
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAkD8XxBXic&list=PLE4ZJlSbby5sZu8ZbIiHMXz6VZrfrboHh&index=3 on non violence
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE4ZJlSbby5uCmc_n4Ok4K_mQE80fxQcI .. starter
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE4ZJlSbby5s7KjVd8zgdgq0h7wkSOkM9 .. on paryushan festival
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE4ZJlSbby5v0NaDs99T6aZVVbc2PYYHE … core .. very deep

  24. Clark Kent

    March 24, 2017 11:52 am

    Tomato is a piece of meat but you are a piece of shit!
    What about when a boy tries to rape a girl and the girl says you can rape me… I will not harm you coz I am a Jain! 😀😁😂

    Defend is only in Jain… so Buddhism and Hinduism taught us to attack….

  25. samay jain

    April 19, 2017 5:07 am

    Jainism is not one of the oldest. Jainism is the oldest and the only way of Life, which is older than Hinduism and Buddhism!

  26. shafi khan

    August 19, 2017 11:27 am

    As long as we have respect for every single piece of nature that is great, what can be greater than thinking about other. When one says you eat this but don't eat that i go confuse but one says i don't eat meat at all i have respect. One cannot learn well by only listening other, one can learn by seeing. Our ear is to listen, our eye to see, our nose to smell and top of all these things we have a brain and that calculate and calculation shows what we say and what we do that suit or no.

  27. Satlot Katlot

    May 3, 2018 10:21 pm

    How could there be a first tirtankara, if time is eternal ? Doesn't that leave us with infinite tirtankara's ? ANYONE ???

  28. ashokmehta11

    July 2, 2018 5:36 pm

    Jainism is since ages nobody knows, thirthankara came, comes an will come in future. Thrthinkara repeats the same every time and reinstalls the path of nonviolence. After their “Kewal gyan” they create thirth which constitutes Sadhu, Sadhvi, Shravak and Shravika. Who follows the path of nonviolence. Please note Jainism is not a religion it’s a path of nonviolence and mahaveera said nonviolence is a biggest religion.

  29. JKS JKS

    August 4, 2018 2:14 pm

    jainism follows the non-violence theory but that is last path of violence that is not good also they have removed their cloths and they dont weare cloths for survival of life we have to eat something hence we should cut the vegitables and roots if we will follow the last path of violence the how we can live here on earth withought any food or cloths

  30. Tips Xpertz

    August 29, 2018 6:21 am

    So true said I really appreciate your efforts. But just wanted to let you know that even Jainism belongs to warriors background. Jainism teaches us each and everything. It's upto us what exactly we have to learn and follow. War, fight, weapons can never get you peace so Jainism directly teaches about Non Violence and Peace. But that doesn't mean Jainism doesn't know how to fight back, defence, protect against evils or self defense. Jains does have many warrior, kings, empires and 14-16 Universal Rulers too.

  31. k Mull

    December 19, 2018 5:18 am

    Tamil Jain still calling samanargal or samanam .. around 1lak people living in Tamil Nadu Tamil speaking people

  32. Vimal Golecha

    February 21, 2019 11:08 am

    Jainism is the oldest religion. It teaches us to live and let live ,practice ahimsha and shanti. It teaches us also to respect nature and living beings never hurt any one in taughts, action and deeds. Jainism stands for atma soul awakening and good for all

  33. Jayant Singh

    April 12, 2019 7:40 pm

    He is extremely right. Very accurate information of history. Shramans were our ancient culture.

  34. Rowan Moses

    July 13, 2019 4:20 am

    I am a practicing Christian, born in India but I love the principles of Jainism and Lord Mahavira because it promotes deep peace and harmony. I want to stop eating meat and turn vegan because I believe that every life form is equal.


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