How is Jainism better than veganism

Animal ethics - animal rights - philosophy - Schopenhauer's ethics of compassion

It is difficult for anyone who lives vegan and feels bound to one of the prevailing religions in our society. None of these religions support the vegan way of life. At best it will be tolerated there. In contrast, in the religions that arose in India more than 2500 years ago, namely in Buddhism, Jainism and partly in Hinduism, it is completely different. This is especially true of Jainism - a religion that is close to Buddhism, but is considerably older than it. It is one of the oldest religions in the world that still exist today. Above all in its ethics, the Jaina religion is unprecedented, because it fully includes animals, even more consistently than that of Buddhism.

At the heart of their ethics is the Jainas Ahimsawhat literally translates Nonviolence means, this being explicitly referenced everything Life relates. Accordingly, the Jainas have been campaigning for animal welfare and vegetarianism in word and deed for thousands of years. However, in view of more recent developments - such as the horrible industrial factory farming - the question of whether the vegetarian way of life is still sufficient for the Jainas to comply with their ethical principle of non-violence is becoming more and more urgent. An impressive example of this is a contribution by the former President of Federation of Jain Association in North Americaa on their website.

His very revealing contribution begins with a quote from an ancient Jain text (Acharanga Sutra), which contains the basis of the doctrine of Jainism, which states: All living sentient creatures should not be killed, violated, abused, tortured, or displaced.

It is very convincing in the article that not only meat but also milk (like any animal product intended for human consumption) is one Product of violence is. It is rightly pointed out there that the meat and dairy industries are inextricably linked, indeed that they are two sides of the same violent The medal is: The cost of beef, as the author rightly suggests, would be subsidized through the sale of milk and leather. All animals in a dairy farm are intended for the slaughterhouse.

The author, who is very competent in assessing the doctrine and practice of Jainism and who is a prominent member of the Jain community, concludes his remarkable contribution with the insight: There is no other religion or philosophy that comes as close to the Jain philosophy of non-violence as ethical veganism.

The above logo, which appears on a letterhead from the aforementioned Jaina community, has the motto:

Live and Let LiveLive and let live.

This motto is a well-intentioned saying, but it cannot be realized without a vegan lifestyle. The Jainas seem to be becoming more and more aware of this. Therefore, it is understandable if the author of the above article thinks that Jainism and veganism are not only similar, but complement each other. This is certainly true, especially with regard to the ethics of non-violence.

H.B.

The complete above The article is in its original English version> here archived.

additional > Jainism - the animal protection religion

See also detailed description:
Herbert Becker, Buddhism and Jainism - the Ahimsa religions ,
in: Back to nature religion? Ways to awe of all life,
ed. by Holger Schleip, Freiburg i. Brsg. 1986, pp. 178-202 (excerpt> here).

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