One of the oldest and popular religion that was practiced was Jainism. In the 6th century Mahavira rekindled the torch of Jainism and gathered massive followers through his non-violent teachings. Mahavira was not the founder of Jainism. In fact, he was the last of the Jain prophets or Tirthankaras.

Mahavira’s Teachings :

Mahavira renounced the worldly pleasures and began to lead a life full of hardships, which can only be led by a monk. Mahavira attained nirvana after 30 years, but during these years he gained and was strengthened by the knowledge he accumulated.

Mahavira’s first and foremost teaching was to include righteousness into one’s life. Right Faith, Right Knowledge, Right Conduct were the keywords. If all actions and thoughts are right, one cannot be wrong in any sphere of life. He firmly believed and preached that all the spirits, may it be human or any other source of life like plants and animals, are pure. It is the Karma; the deeds one performs which leads to their sorrowful or blissful life.

Mahavira was a firm believer of non-violence. Mahavira’s preaching had an essence to build a better self, better society and therefore a better world. The essence of Mahavira’s teachings urged his followers to be honest, kind, non-violent, righteous, forgiving and free from sexual desires.

Jainism, one of the oldest religions is scientific as well. It is the most appropriate religion for the modern life. The essence of Mahavira’s teachings urges people to purify their soul with right conduct, deed and thought. He is non-believer of cast system and in constructing a harmonious society for all. He also did not preach people to renounce their families. People may or may not choose to become monks or nuns. His teachings and their essence were so impressive that Jainism became very popular and is following till today.

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