Posted to Religious Diversity News on November 30, 2006
Source: Toronto Sun
There’s a small but relatively affluent religious community that keeps a very low profile in the GTA.
With about 4,000 followers in the area, Jains strictly follow their basic religious tenet of “Ahimsa parmo dharma” — non-violence, in thought and action.
This tenet extends to their diet — Jains are strict vegetarians — and also influences their lifestyle, living by a credo that if you show your wealth, you are committing violence against other human beings who may feel belittled.
The community congregates at two small temples in Etobicoke, where they meet every Sunday for their religious prayers and religious festivities, including the birthday of Lord Mahavira — their 24th enlightened soul — and atonement days called paryushan parva or Daslakshan Parva, when Jains embark on their annual introspection with regard to their spiritual journey.