Ideologies Of Jainism

1. Every living being has a soul.
2. Every soul is divine with innate, though typically unrealized, infinite knowledge,perception, power, and bliss.
3. Every soul is born as a celestial, human, sub-human or hellish being according to its own karmas.
4. Every soul is the architect of its own life, here or hereafter.
5. When a soul is freed from karmas, it becomes free and god-conscious, experiencing infinite knowledge, perception, power, and bliss.
6. Right View, Right Knowledge and Right Conduct provide the way to this realization. There is no supreme being, divine creator, owner, preserver or destroyer.
7. The universe is self-regulated and every soul has the potential to achieve the status of god-consciousness through one's own efforts.
8. Non-violence is compassion and forgiveness in thoughts, words and actions toward all living beings.
9. Limit possessions and lead a pure life that is useful to yourself and others. Owning an object by itself is not possessiveness; however attachment to an object is.
10. Non-possessiveness is the balancing of needs and desires while staying detached from our possessions.
11. Enjoy the company of the holy and better qualified, be merciful to those afflicted and tolerate the perversely inclined.
12. Four things are difficult to attain by a soul:
      a) Human birth
      b) Knowledge of the law
      c) Faith in the law and
      d) Practicing the right path.