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1839Regarding Jain Minority status

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  • Pramod Jain
    Feb 5, 2014
      Jai Jinendra,

      There are some misconceptions regarding the minority status given to Jain. Please pass on the following message to any Jain who have doubt or don’t know “Why minority status is important for Jainism”. Also you can post this message in any forum:
      There is wrong impression that minority status is being asked by Jains for some reservation or benefits. It is not SC/ ST/ OBC quota. In fact, being minority will rule Jains out of reservation as religion based reservation cannot be given in India. It is being sought by Jains as this will give them distinct identity to religiously different group like sikhs, parsis, muslims etc.
      This is a very old demand, more than100 years, by Jains and anyone who knows about Jainism will agree that it is entirely different religion.
      It will take a long time to discuss the essence of Jainism. But the main differences between Jainism and Hinduism are:
      1) Jains don't believe that someone has created or can destroy the Universe.
      2) There is no concept of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva (the Supreme gods of Hindus) in Jainism.
      3) Jains consider 24 "Tirthankars" as their supreme gods. They have taken birth as human being and then attain "Moksha" by virtue of their leaving wordly possession and "tap", and not by worshiping any dietary.
      4) The scared books of Hindus (like Gita, Puran etc) are totally different from that of Jain sacred books (Jinvani etc).
      5) The main teachings of Jainism are vastly different from other religions.
      6) The "Dev" in Hindus or “angels” in Muslims and Christianity, who lives in heaven, are immortals. While in Jainism all of them are mortal and die like any living being and take rebirth as human or in any other “gati”.
      7) The philosophy of worship is also different. Worshiping in Hinduism believes in surrender to some higher entity, while Worshiping in Jainism is merely instrumental in self-realization. Emphasis is more on securing samyaktva i.e. rationality rather than ritualistic worship.
      8) Click this link to know more:  http://www.jaina.org/?Myths

      The above mentioned points are the main attributes which signifies the differences between any two religions (Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Jainism etc).
      There are hundreds of more differences between Jains and other religions. And that's why Osho has said that Jainism is unique and very different from any other religion.