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This group is for discussion of "secular" "Jains" whose ethnic, intellectual, and spiritual heritage are NOT from India, but who feel that "Jainism" (broadly construed) most closely approximates their spiritual intuition, intention, and aspirations.

The acronym "S-N-I-A-J" (JAINS backwards, not backwards Jains) represents "Secular Non-Indians Appreciating Jains/Jainism" and represents "everyone else" who finds difficulty in wading through Indic terminology and references on traditionally Jain lists, but who revere(s) and DO(ES) find light and hope in the mediated teachings and living of authentically Jain persons (particularly those if Indian descent and heritage, though (perhaps because English is their first, primary, and/or only language) they may find difficulty expressing it conceptually beyond their cultures, nor in terms of other cultures, faiths, and traditions). However, they may also feel that Jainism is a religion of peace, perhaps the religion of peace, or even the ONLY true religion of peace (because it universally AFFIRMS vegetarianism as the one rightful way for all of us.

Many, most, perhaps all Internet "Jain" groups are (understandably) "dominated" by birhtright Jains whose families are from India, who understand Jainism historically, in terms of the vocabulary, writings, commentaries, temples, cultic rituals, and other cultural aspects of Jainism. A "secular" Jain might be more interested in the thinking of Chitrabanhu, or even the modern Western animal rights movement, but feel that spiritual exploration and inquiry are fundamental to her or his personal realization and lifetime contributions to reality.

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  • 18
  • Jainism
  • Oct 15, 2002
  • English

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