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In conclusion we can say that Jainism is a wholesome creed that not only caters to the spiritual emancipation of an individual but also makes him a righteous, honest, unselfish, charitable, peace–loving and well adjusted person with sound family functions and social satisfaction; a better citizen with national outlook and a better human being with a wholesome world–view.
Its principles of non–violence, truthfulness, non–stealing, sexual discipline, rational possession and inconspicuous consumption make it a sound philosophy to live by for a better and happier living, social harmony and world peace.
With the motto ‘Parasparopagraho Jīvānāṁ’ its tenets are such as to ensure perfect non–violence and integrity of all forms of life, environmental protection and ecological balance.
Its practical applications in the fields as diverse as personal happiness, social harmony, international relations, world–peace, leadership and management, personality development and environment makes it suitable as a universal creed. At this stage I must admit that given the constraints of space, it has been possible to cover the subject only cursorily. But, as it is meant for the uninitiated, it will eminently serve the purpose of exposing them to the essentials of this incredible creed – Jainism.
The all time eternal and universal appeal of the Jaina precepts truly makes Jainism the ‘CREED FOR ALL TIMES’.
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