The Jain Dharma is an entirely independent religion in all respects.
It has not borrowed ideas from other religions; nor is it an imitation
of other religions.
Dr. Herman Jacobi
The Jain Dharma is absolutely different and independent from the
Jainism is unique in preaching kindness to all animals; and in
preaching the need to give protection to all animals. I have not
come across such a principle of benevolence in any other religion.
Ordi Corjeri (An American Scholar)
Compared to Buddhism, the Jain Dharma is more ancient. Twenty
three Tirthankaras existed before the emergence of Buddhism.
- The Imperial Gazette of India
"What would be the condition of the Indian Sanskrit literature
if the contribution of the Jains were removed? The more I study
Jain literature the more happy and wonder struck I am."
- Dr. Hertel, Germany
"Jainism is of a very high order. Its important teachings
are based upon science. The more the scientific knowledge advances
the more that Jain teachings will be proven."
- L. P. Tessetori, Italy
"I adore so greatly the principles of the Jain religion,
that I would like to be reborn in a Jain community."
- George Bernard Shaw
"Lofty ideas and high ascetic practices are found in Jainism.
It is impossible to know the beginning of Jainism."
- Major-General Forlong
"The Jains have written great masterpieces only for the benefit
of the world."
- Dr. Hertel, Germany
saw two books in the hands of a Jain disciple. When I read them
I found that they were true and impartial; and that I had entered
a new realm of thought. I found that what I had studied from my
boyhood and the Vedic flag, which I kept flaunting, were unreal
and untrue. If there is a religion, which is ancient, true and
supremely sound, it is the Jain Dharma.
- Yogi Jivanand Paramhamsa
"I say with conviction that the doctrine for which the name
of Lord Mahavir is glorified nowadays is the doctrine of Ahimsa.
If anyone has practiced to the fullest extent and has propagated
most the doctrine of Ahimsa, it was Lord Mahavira."
- Mahatma Gandhi
"I am not Rama. I have no desire for material things. Like
Jina I want to establish peace within myself."
- Yoga Vasishta, Chapter 15, Sloka 8 the saying of Rama
"Mahavira proclaimed in India that religion is a reality
and not a mere social convention. It is really true that salvation
cannot be had by merely observing external ceremonies. Religion
cannot make any difference between man and man."
- Dr. Rabindranath Tagore
"We learn from scriptures (Sashtras) and commentaries that
Jainism is existing from beginningless time. This fact is indisputable
and free from difference of opinion. There is much historical
evidence on this point."
- Lokamanya Bala Gangadhar Tilak
"Jainism has contributed to the world the sublime doctrine
of Ahimsa. No other religion has emphasized the importance of
Ahimsa and carried its practice to the extent that Jainism has
done. Jainism deserves to become the universal religion because
of its Ahimsa doctrine."
- Justice Ranglekar, Bombay High Court
"The Jain Sadhu leads a life which is praised by all. He
practices the vratas and rites strictly and shows to the world
the way one has to go in order to realize the atma (soul). Even
the life of a Jain householder is so faultless that India should
be proud of him."
- Dr. Satischandra Vidhya Bhushan
"The right of welcoming the delegates of the universal peace
organization belongs to the Jains only. Because Ahimsa alone contributes
to the establishment of universal peace. Tirthankaras, the propounders
of Jainism, preached to the world the Ahimsa doctrine. Therefore,
who else except the followers of Bhagavan Parsvanath and Mahavira
can preach universal peace?"
- Dr. Radha Vinodpal
"There is nothing wonderful in my saying that Jainism was
in existence long before the Vedas were composed."
- Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, Vice-President, India
"Truly speaking, Jainism is an independent and original religion,
for it is neither Hinduism nor Vedic religion, but of course it
is an aspect of Indian life, culture, and philosophy."
- Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister, India.