FCT-1867

In Jainism all life has a soul, from bacteria to plants, to animals and to humans. Because they all have souls they all have the ability to reach nirvana.

FCT-1868

Jains do not worship a god or saint, and instead work to attain nirvana as they believe other liberated souls have attained.

FCT-1869

In Jainism the belief is that karma is actually matter that attaches to the soul as a result of thoughts, actions, and words, regardless of whether they are positive or negative.

FCT-1870

In Jainism there is the belief that there are multiple universes. This is Bharat Kshetra, one of three universes that we may be reborn into.

FCT-1872

Jains are vegetarians due to their non-violent beliefs. They may also become vegan to avoid the damage and destruction of modern farming.

FCT-1873

Most Jains do not eat mushrooms, honey, or root vegetables. They also do not drink alcohol or take drugs that alter the mind.

FCT-1874

Fasting is common in Jainism.

FCT-1875

Some extreme Jains fast to death. These Jains prefer to die rather than cause any suffering to the plants that they would otherwise have to consume to survive.

FCT-1876

Jains make up India's most educated religious group.

FCT-1877

In America Jains make up some of the richest people in the country.

FCT-1878

Jains make five vows of abstinence including Ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (truthfulness), Asteya (no stealing), Aparigraha (non-attachment), and Brahmacarya (chaste living).

FCT-1879

In Jainism there are five kinds of knowledge including sensory knowledge, scriptural knowledge, clairvoyance, telepathy, and omniscience.

FCT-1880

Jainism teaches that there are six simple substances including soul, matter, time, space, adharma, and dharma.

FCT-1881

Jainism refers to the soul substance as Jiva. The other five substances are referred to as ajiva.

FCT-1882

In August or September Jains hold their most important festival called Paryushana, or Daslakshana. During this 8-10 day festival Jains often fast, meditate, and emphasize the five main vows of abstinence.

FCT-1883

Most Jains live in India where their population is believed to be between 4-6 million. Jain groups can be found in Europe, the United States, Kenya, and in Canada.