Jain or Baniya: What is Your Identity?
Most of the Jains know that the great Saman Mahaveer appointed 11 Chief disciples to promote his teachings. All of the chief disciples were from Bramhin and Kshatriya community. Before him, the chief disciples of Saman Parshwnath also were from above two communities. All the chief dispels, who are known as Gandhars, were great scholars.
Now the question arises that why Parshwanath and Mahaveer were unable to find a single person from Baniya (Merchant) community? The only answer to this question is that these great Samans wanted genius scholars, and not the traders.
Parshwanath and Mahaveer themselves were born in warrior communities. If they were born in merchants, they would have appointed Baniyas on the post, that too by auctioning these posts.
Warrior communities of India gave Teerthankars, great Ascetics and Emperors/ Kings, Brahmins gave great Acharyas and scholars, and even Shudras gave great Acharyas and Emperors/kings to Jain community. What was the contribution of Baniyas? They just created idols of the Teerthankars and started to put ornaments on the idols. They started auctions in Jain temples. They made religion a business! All this is the biggest insult of Jainism.
Have you seen any Rishabh, Krishna, Mahavir, Buddha or Jesus born in a merchant community? Have you seen any Chandragupt, Kumarpal, Maharana Pratap or Shivaji born in merchants? Have you seen any Aryabhat, Mahaviracharya, Bhaskaracharya, Newton or Einstein born in merchant community?
Osho has said in one of his book that the worst thing happened with Jainism was that this great religion became victim of Baniyas.
If you are a Jain and call yourself as a Baniya, it is a very sad and shameful thing. Jainism has never supported the Vedic idea of Varna (class) system. Even if you are influenced by Varna system and call yourself as a Baniya, remember that you are on 3rd position (third class). Brahmins and Kshatriyas are superior to you. You are just one step ahead of Shudras, but nearer to Shudras. Moreover, you are not loyal to your Jain identity and you want to hide it. But you should hide Baniya identity, not the Jain identity as Jain identity is superior to any other identity.
Remember that traders are the least respected people in Indian community.
You should remember that the greatest Jain personalities to whom you worship or respect, are not merchants.
Now it is upon you, which identity you will prefer. Jain or Baniya?
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