Jainism: ethics and business (India). Ahimsa Non-violence
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- Introduction to Jainism (Jaina Dharma). Jain Schools: Svetambaras and Digambaras
- The doctrines of Jainism. Fundamentals of Jainism philosophy ("Tattva"). The 12 votes. The five pillars
Learning m aterials:
- Ethical principles of Jainism. Non-violence (ahimsa)
- Jainism and business.
- Case Study:
- The Jain family Sahu Jain.
- Gautam Adani (Adani Group)
- Bhavarlal Hiralal Jain (Jain Irrigation Systems)
- Ajit Gulabchand (HCC)
- Anand Jain (Jai Corp)
- Other Jain Businessman
Learning unit (Syllabus) Jainism (Jain Dharma): ethics and business
Learning unit summary Jainism: ethics and business:
Jain Symbol Ahimsa = Non-violence
Religion: Jainism (Jaina Dharma)
Founder: Mahavira (549-477 a. C.).
Date: 6th century BC.
Holy City: Valabhipura, Sravana Belgola (Karnataka)
Sacred texts: "Upanga and Anga", "Prakimata", "Mulasutra"
Country: India. Main countries where practice: India
Svetambaras, the "white dresses"
Digambaras, the "naked"
1. To know the fundamentals of Jainism
2. To understand the ethical principles of Jainism.
3. Analyze prominent Jain people.
Jainism (Jaina Dharma) is a religion born in India in the 6th century AC. in Vaishali (Bihar) as a heresy to Brahmanism. The creator of Jainism
was Mahavira (549-477 AC), contemporary of Buddha, Confucius and Lao-tzu. Jain people believe that Mahavira (the Great Hero) was the
last one of the 24 holy men (jina, winners) who lived before him.
In 2013 the UNESCO declared the Jain scriptures "SHANTINATHA CHARITHRA" as an interest and a value for humanity, for their
contributions to peace, Non-violence and brotherhood.
Mahavira's teachings focus on releasing the soul (Jina) of matter and guide it towards a divine consciousness and liberation (Moksha). Jains
believe that man is absolutely owner of his destiny.
For the Jains, the whole universe is alive, and therefore has a soul. Stones, animals, clouds or sun are part of the universe, and therefore must
"Any living organism deserves respect."
For this reason one of the pillars of Jainism is the concept of Non-violence (Ahimsa), a supreme principle. Like the Zoroastrians, thoughts,
words and deeds must strictly observe the principle of Non-violence.
By practicing Non-violence, historically has led Jain people to dedicate more to business and trade than agriculture (they think that tilling a
field can kill many insects) and livestock. Therefore they tend to have a much higher education than the average of Indian people. Jain people
are usually considered as extremely dynamics in all aspects of business. Important Jains have participated in the construction of India since
The Jain community is strongly organized in charities organizations that support cultural and educational initiatives and are also somewhat like
a "business lobbies".
Example of the learning unit Jainism: ethics and business
Jainism became the official religion in many states of India, but its decline has been important, especially after the Muslim invasion. It is
estimated that there are between 5 and 6 million Jains in India particularly in the states of Bengal, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat and
Karnatka. Despite its small number of followers, its influence in politics, economy and culture of India is very important.
The Jain Family Sahu Jain (India)
Other Jain businessman:
Anand Jain (1957) President of Jai Corp Limited.
Lalchand Hirachand Doshi (1904-1993) businessman (Walchandnagar Industries), philanthropist and Jain social leader.
Sir Seth Hukum Chand Jain (Indore 1874-1959) businessman and Jain leader
Vinay Maloo (1961) is the founder and President of Enso Group.
Motilal Oswal, President and General Director of Motilal Oswal Financial Services Ltd (MOFSL),
Narendra Patni (1943), Founder and President of Patni Computer Systems (Igate).
Anshuman Jain (1963) Co-CEO of Deutsche Bank.
Naveen K. Jain (1959) founder of InfoSpace, Intelius and Luna Express.
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