Today, in the world of technology where everything is super-fast, it is very difficult to keep balance between Jainism and modern lifestyle. As such, it is a major dilemma for many on how to ‘practice’ Jainism in our modern lifestyle
We believe in Jain principles such as Ahimsa, Aparigraha, Anekantvad, but do we actually practice it in our daily life? Every day we perform numerous tasks, where with little consciousness and effort we can save ourselves from Jiv hinsa, Parigraha, Asatya etc.
We know that, while consuming electricity we are doing hinsa of Ekendriya jivs, but practically we cannot stop the consumption as it has become necessary part of our lifestyle. What we can do is that we can strive to minimize the consumption and thus avoid more jiv hinsa.
Similarly, one of the principles says we should detach ourselves from people, places, other worldly pleasures etc. and attach only towards our soul. While, modern lifestyle pulls us towards travelling world, exploring new things, meeting new people etc. These two different theories, which are totally opposite, leave us with no answer to which path to walk on ?
Here we need to understand that it is not possible for everyone to give up everything and start walking towards our soul, but at the same time it is very necessary to keep our roots attached to Jainism and keep our conscience awake in every aspect of our lives. Therefore, instead looking at the vast difference between Jainism and modern lifestyle, we should keep finding links between them which can help us to walk on path shown by Bhagwan Mahavir.
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