Jainism teaches that every single living thing is an eternal soul which is responsible for its own actions. All souls are spiritually equal, without exception. Faith is about thinking and acting in ways that respect and honor the spiritual nature of every single life, to the very best of our human abilities – starting with me.
Truth (Satya) – believing and searching for the full and complete truth regardless of personal interests or feelings; saying only what is both true and honorable.
Non-possessiveness (Aparigraha) – doing with as few possessions as possible and striving not to feel attached to possessions, whether they are real or imagined.
The origins of Jainism can be traced back to the Indus River valley civilization of 3000 B.C.
Jains believe that there were 24 great teachers the last of whom was Lord Mahavira who lived during 6th century B.C. These twenty-four teachers are called Tirthankaras-people who had attained all knowledge while living (Moksha) and preached it to the people
Nonviolence (Ahinsa) – the awareness that all organisms – large and small, simple and complex – cherish and cling to their own lives just as we do ours.