Jainism is a way of life. Jains don't worship to please Gods or in the hope of getting something from Gods in return. But they worship the virtues/qualities of those innumerable souls who got liberated from the cycle of rebirth. Our soul is no different, and it can also attain this supreme state. The first step, however, would be to understand few of those qualities which we celebrate during ten days of the biggest festival in Jainism called Paryushan (Das Lakshan).
|On the 11th day, we conclude the festival by asking for forgiveness from everyone and clear our mind by forgiving everyone. <Micchami Dukkadam = Uttam Kshama = Extreme Forgiveness>|
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Comment: Agree with a lot. but cannot agree to this 'You can get rid of bad karma by fasting and meditation'
How is fasting or meditation the opposite of bad karma?
A: It's actually a deep philosophy. It requires an open mind, and some belief in concepts like soul, reincarnation, karmas theory, Moksha, etc. Even I am not an expert, but I will try to explain based on what I know.
According to karmas theory, the influx of karmas is due to any activity of mind and body (words, thoughts, and action) Pleasant words, good thoughts, non-violent actions, etc. will cause an influx of good karmas and the opposite will cause an influx of bad karmas. However, to attain liberation (Moksha), it is required to STOP the flow of karmas (yes, both good and bad). Meditation helps us controlling the activities of our mind and body. Fasting is also a process of self-control (controlling five senses and mind). It helps in increasing the integrity within our soul (not body).
PS: Good karmas leads to a good life in this birth as well as the new birth (as human or heavenly beings). On the other hand, bad karmas may lead to a bad life (rebirth as an animal, or hellish beings). But, even heavenly beings are not always happy, and they also suffer from the cycle of rebirth. So, according to Jainism, the ultimate goal of our soul should be to move away from this cycle of rebirth. Only after stopping the influx of karmas, the soul can achieve the state of extreme bliss (Moksha).