Faith in Jain Society
Jainism is Universal; it is, according to its own theory, a world-religion that tries to include all the beings. Not only human beings, but also animals, Gods and inhabitants of hell can absorb its teachings. Gods of all classes may have the Jain faith; it is always their own for those who are above the classes beyond the Graiveyakas. About Jain faith it can be said that it turns to all men without any distinction of race and caste. It is always emphasized in the stereotype introductions to Lord Mahavira’s sermons that he proclaimed the law to the Aryans.
Historical records say that the Jain mission did not only comprise the nations belonging to Hindu culture, but also tried to win over the uncivilized non-Aryan tribes. From a number of lower classes like gardeners and likewise people could easily get converted to Jainism. Even Muslims find acceptance among the Jain community. Jain missionaries have tried to propagate their religion even outside the boundaries of India. It is quite often narrated in fairytales that the inhabitants of distant islands were converted to Jainism. The Jain monks dwelled in colonies.
It is thus seen from what is said that Jainism knows no national borders like, say, Hinduism. It turned to people of every folks and positions who are capable of absorbing their doctrine. Jainism as a religion had prospered well in the state of Ahmedabad.
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