Monday, December 14, 2009

Jainism and Environment

Consumerism promotes craving. It motivates people to consume more and more whether required or not. They have even made it parameter of development. This western doctrine is the root cause of all environmental hazards in modern days. In fact, we are now at the threshold of total collapse due to consumerism culture.

Jain texts emphasize on utility (Upayoga) in place of consume (Upabhoga) rather they tend to worship the nature(Upasana). Consumerism leads to deplition of natural resources that in turn contaminate air, water, soil and other valuable natural resources. Jain texts motivate people for minimal consumption. They emphasize on Tyaga (Sacrifice).

Jainism is not only a religion but way of life. It is art of living. A human being lives with his society and environment. Jain Agamas (Holy Books) are very conscious about preserving environment. Their thoughts surpassed that of modern environmentalists.

Jain Agamas say that a Jeeva (Soul) harms or intend to harm any one out of Raga (Craving) and Dwesha (Aversion). They have gone into the root cause of all violence. The Acharanga Sutra, first Jain Anga Sutra advocates strongly for protecting and preserving environment. It says that Pudhavi (Soil), Jala (Water), Vaau (Air), Vanassai (Vegetations) and even Teu (Fire) are living creatures and should not be destroyed or killed. The Acharanga says that these are violence.

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