Jainism is a religion of Indian origin. You may know more about Jainism then you’re aware of because of how wide spread its influence was and is. Jainism is very naturalistic, and it’s underlying teachings are simple. Jains see every Jiva as being in a relationship to every other, including the angels and hell beings. They acknowledge the forces of nature depicted by the Indian deities, but do not believe that one can achieve liberation by worship of these deities.
“In conclusion let me assert my conviction that Jainism is an original system, quite distinct and independent from all others; and that therefore it is of great importance for the study of philosophical thoughts and religious life in ancient India.” – Dr. Herman Jacobi
“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
“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