Symbol of Jainism(Svastika):

 

The swastika has an extensive history. It was used at least 5,000 years before Adolf Hitler designed the Nazi flag. The word swastika comes from the Sanskrit svastika, which means “good fortune” or “well-being." The swastika (also called,the gammadion cross, cross cramponnée, or manji) is a symbol that generally takes the form of an equilateral cross, with its four legs bent at 90 degrees.It is auspicious symbol in Hinduism and Jainism.

 

Origin & history:

The exact place where Jainism started is not confirmed, but India is most commonly referred to as the place of origin.

Jainism, as a religion, was, at various times, found all over South Asia including Sri Lanka and what are now Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma and Afghanistan.

 

In the Western world the swastika is synonymous with fascism, but it goes back thousands of years and has been used as a symbol of good fortune in almost every culture in the world.Jainism is a sect of Hindu Brahminism,believed by some scholars to be realted to Buddhism.It was founded in roughly 600BC by Jnatriputra.(Vardhamana Mahavira).

Vardhamana Mahavira(599-527BC) was the man who developed the way of Jainism life.It is believed that Mahavira wasone of 24 holy teachers.He was seen as a Jina.Siddharth Gautama(563-483BC)was seen as the contemporary Mahavira now known as Buddha.

The earliest known object with swastika-motifs is a bird from the tusk of a mammoth from the paleolithic settlement of Mezine,Ukraine dated to 15,000 BCE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beliefs:

1. In Jainism, there is no god. They believe only in divine beings who they worship.

2. Equality for all(all souls are thought of as equal)

3. The existence of Arhats(They do not acknowledge a God,but the existence of higher beings in heaven who have a higher degree of knowledge.)

4. Followers of Jainsim are very spiritual and they believe several things that dictate how they live there life. Those beliefs are mainly in Karma(the doctrine of faith as the inflexible result of cause and effect ;the theory of inevitable consequence) and Ahisma(means compassion and not to injure.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Maypole topped with a swastika is raised for a May Day parade in the Lustgarten in Berlin.  The May holiday became an important celebration in the Nazi calendar. Germany, April 26, 1939.

 

 

Misconceptions:

• A religion founded as a revolt against brahminism and Vedas.

 

• Jains are basically Hindus who have adopted a Jain way of Worship.

 

• Jainism can be accommodated under the umbrella of Hinduism because Hinduism is a general religion and Jainism is a specific religion. Sanatan Dharma is a way of life and synonymous with Indian culture.

 

• Because of same culture, heritage, history, customs and land Jainism and Hinduism cannot be distinct from each other.

 

• Jainism has a better chance of survival within Hinduism rather than outside.

 

• Many Jains believe in Kuldevi’s, visit Hindu Temples, pray to Ganesha and celebrate Hindu festivals like Holi and Diwali. This proves that Jainism is a sect of Hindusim.

 

• Jain Puranas mention stories of Rama and Krishna, who are Hindu Gods.

 

• The principles of truth, non-violence, moksha are the same for both Hindus and Jains.

 

• Marriage alliances between Hindus and Jains are common indicating that there is no difference between the two.

 

• It makes no difference whether one is called a Hindu or a Jain.