Preamble of BMIC

Jain philosophy encompasses all aspects of life. At the personal level it enables one to be healthy by dietary control and self discipline; it also makes one mentally alert and peaceful by meditation-techniques and provides methods to develop one's consciousness to higher stage leading to enlightenment. At the social level Jain philosophy provides ways to live in harmony not only within human society but also amongst all living creatures through nonviolence, tolerance, forgiveness and by minimizing one's requirements. In other words, it is the best prescription for the art of living and sustainable development. At the global level it can help in resolving conflicts by emphasizing coexistence and by practicing its profound theories of anekanta and syadvad. Much of these practices are traditional, passed on from one generation to the other or are taken from scriptures or propagated by Jain saints and have little experimental proof of their effectiveness.

Not believing in God the Creator, or in supernatural powers, but in basic laws that govern both the living and non-living, Jainism is considered to be a scientific religion, giving as much importance to both, the physical world as well as to personal development, not at the cost of each other. Jainism is a prescription for self-development and for understanding the universe around us at the same time. But the effects of the Jain practices must be first scientifically documented, established and reinterpreted in the modern language to be acceptable.