from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An ascetic religion of India, founded in the sixth century B.C., that teaches the immortality and transmigration of the soul and denies the existence of a perfect or supreme being.
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- proper n. A religion and philosophy, with a focus on nonviolence and personal effort to progress the soul towards divine consciousness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The heterodox Hindu religion, founded in the 6th century as a revolt against Hinduism; its most striking features are the exaltation of saints or holy mortals, called jins, above the ordinary Hindu gods, and the denial of a supreme being and of the divine origin and infallibility of the Vedas. Also, the sect comprising those adhering to Jainism. Jainism believes in immortality and the transmigration of the soul. It is intermediate between Brahmanism and Buddhism, having some things in common with each.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The religious system of the Jains.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. religion founded in the 6th century BC as a revolt against Hinduism; emphasizes asceticism and immortality and transmigration of the soul; denies existence of a perfect or supreme being
- n. sect founded in the 6th century BC as a revolt against Hinduism
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As Vivek rigthly pointed out, the information you have supplied regarding Jainism is way away from reality.
I am not a Christian like Assisi, but practice Jainism, which is often described as the world's oldest living religion, originating in India around 500 BC.
Jainism, that is, about 500 B.C. or rather earlier.
Addressing a gathering at the function, Mr. Prasad said that non-violence, the most powerful weapon in the world, was Jainism's contribution to the world, adding that time and again, Mahatma Gandhi had called Jainism his inspiration.
According to a party press release, he also called Jainism the most ancient Green Movement in world history.
Pupils also learn about minority religions such as Jainism and Zoroastrianism.
To the Westerner, an "atheistic religion" would be a contradiction in terms, but in Buddhism, Jainism and Carvaka dharma, there is no place for God as conventionally defined.
And of course, it is the birthplace of multiple religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism.
In Jainism, Diwali commemorates the anniversary of Lord Mahavir's attainment of moksha, or freedom from the cycle of reincarnation, in 527 B.C.E. Lord Mahavir was the 24th and last Thirtankar of Jainism and revitalized the religion as it is today.
More than 100 bronze sculptures spanning 15 centuries depict deities of three Indian religions—Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism—in this exhibit, "The Elegant Image."