Archive for July, 2007

July 11, 2007

11:00 pm – This entry is called- “sometimes during workshops i write in my notebook”

The result of going to 3 conventions in one month…information overload and necessary expunging. Keep in mind that I mainly write for myself so some of it might be incoherent.

JAINA Convention- July 2007

I don’t think we are born into religion. But maybe that is my ignorance speaking. How can we be though? So I was born into a family that practices Jainism. That still doesn’t make me Jain. I went to Seventh Day Adventist Summer Camp, Hindu Sunday School, and patshala. Ultimately, it is my choice. And it’s a choice that I haven’t made yet. I guess that makes me a bad person. The palm reader at the JNF carnival told me that there was something big missing in my life. ( I mean isn’t there always something missing in everyone’s life?) Maybe in my life that hole can be filled by religion. Going to JAINA made me realize how much I DON’T know about Jainism- in theory, in practice, and in life. There are so many things in Jainism that I believe, but I also believe them to be fundamental tenets of all religions. “Non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, non-possessiveness?” Maybe not. I’m not informed enough to make that statement. Like most religions, Jainism is a way of life.

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