Prince Charles on Climate Crusade with Jain Principles

By Arvind Vora 

In an interview with BBC that was broadcast on October 11,2021 Prince Charles said everyone can do a bit to help environment, repeating what he said at the Cathedral of Assumption, Louisville, KY on March 21, 2015, quoting Mahatma Gandhi “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.”

On his “bit part” he said he does not eat dairy products one day a week, meat, or fish two days a week which Jains would identify with their principle of Anuvrat.

Prince Charles, heir to the British throne expressed his frustration in advance of the UN climate summit to be held in Glasgow, the largest city of Scotland from October 31 to November 12, 2021, also known as COP26 (Conference Of Parties). Prince Charles is known for not mincing words at world leaders or power to be when it comes to environment, architects, and interfaith issues. One must admire him that unlike many leaders he practices what he preaches including filling up his 51-year-old Aston Martin (received as a gift from his mom Queen Elizabeth on his 21st birthday) with surplus British white wine (& cheese) that many people would consider unappetizing or weird. Add to that his other three cars that he runs on biodiesel fuel made from cooking oil. 

While accepting AHIMSA award at the Jain Temple in 2015, he said that your temple provides wonderful example of the sort of enduring excellence engineering (built without using any metal), found in traditional architecture and traditional cosmos but it is of course also providing a symbol of truth about very nature of the world we live in. Every aspect of your remarkable temple serves to emphasize the fact that we live in an intricately interconnected and interdependent living universe where no one faith exists separately over the rest. Being Jains of course you know this, but I am afraid it is a fact up to now that has been ignored, even rejected by the current mainstream approaches with all the terrifying environmental consequences. This is in line with the Jain motto & principle  Parasparopagraho Jīvānām that stresses the philosophy of non-violence and ecological harmony on which the Jain ethics and doctrine—especially the doctrines of Ahimsa and Anekantvada—are based.

Acharya Tulsi Ji

People also ask … …. 

Why do Jains celebrate Diwali? 

Diwali has a special significance in Jainism. It marks the anniversary of Nirvana (final release) or liberation of Mahavira’s soul, the twenty fourth and last Jain Tirthankara of the present cosmic age. It coincides with the Hindu festival of Diwali.

Jains refrain from firecrackers to celebrate Diwali for two reasons: one it pollutes the air and second it frightens and perhaps kills invisible and visible living beings like flies etc.

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