Some days ago, my dear indian friend Rahul told me about Jainism, which is an indian religion that prescribes a path of non-violence towards all living beings. Its philosophy and practice emphasize the necessity of self-effort to move the soul towards divine consciousness and liberation. Any soul that has conquered its own inner enemies and achieved the state of supreme being is called Jina.
(extract from wikipedia)

Rahul told me that the (highly respected) priests of Jainism own nothing: they walk around the country completely naked and eat only once a week –  and then only the fruits and vegetables which fall off without any efforts of humans. Talking to Rahul, I felt that (although many indians dream material dreams) they still value a “simple life” – at least, if someone chosed this lifestyle consciously and out of spiritual knowledge. In “our” western society, I often feel that people think there is something wrong with you, if you do not care about possession, status or fame. No one cares about spiritual knowledge (jes, women in their mid fourties do!) and if you act humane, people say that you are naive. Is it possible for me as a designer to change this attitude? Or shall I become a psychologist? A nun? A fortune teller? …


One response to “Jainism

  1. Phuu- this is not easy, but i will give it a try- in this sosiety- much is about getting aksepted, and the people are listenting to is the one that makes fame etc. As I think a told you before this is because people need guiding lines in their life.
    I think by keeping up your god work, stay cool, be friendlly, be helpful, do inform etc. you will as an designer help people to change their attitude and behavior.

    But.. maybe it to late.


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