Jainism is an ancient Indian religion, and is today considered a "small" religion with "only" 4,3 mill Jains in India ( Note: the """ is because I origin from a country with 5 mill inhabitants..:-) .
The heart of Jainism is the respect for every living creature in the universe. The Jains believe that all plants and animals (incl humans!) contain living souls, and each soul has the same value. They are vegetarians, and strict Jains do not even eat vegetables on roots like potatoes and onions, because the tiny life forms are injured when the plant is pulled up and because the bulb is seen as a living being.
Banganga tank - the oasis in the city that I have told you about before. It was a small temple with statues, flowers and the scent of sandalwood, just off the bustling street with the honking cars and stream of people going back and forth. I was moved by the peace and quiet in there, and I could not help being fascinated by learning about this religion and escpecially their non-violence philosophy and how they live by it. You see, their script states:
- Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture or kill any creature or living being.