- Dear Friends:
Happy New Year.
I quite agree with these concerns and with Ashok Metha's observations.
As someone not born into the tradition, I am continually surprised by the heavy emphasis placed on wealth accumulation in the Jain community given that Aparigraha is a central doctrine of Jain Dharma. When I have commented on this, I alays get a "stock" answer that we can accumulate wealth as long as we are not attached to it, but that is rather unsatisfactory for obvious reasons. And many Jains make a point of emphasizing with great pride the economic prosperity of Jains relative to that of other Indians.
When I spoke at the JAINA Convention last July, I pointed this out in my talk; that we needed to evaluate more seriously the meaning of Aparigraha. I also proposed that we needed to focus on Ahimsa in that many Jains continue to eat dairy products, which, as an undisputable matter of fact, involve inflicting suffering, distress, and death on mobile, multi-sensed beings.
In these regards, Jains are, of course, no different from those in other faiths. For example, modern Christianity bears little resemblance to the teachings of Christ.
Oh, if only people took these Dhramas seriously, the world would be a better--not perfect, but better--place!
- The views expresses in the mail need the exploration and views on this are to be really discussed at proper forum still I am note sure we may conclude