Out of all of the eastern religions Jainism is the most appealing to me. I find the teachings of this religion to be so interesting. To have a religion that believes in peace, non-violence, and the right actions is so remarkable to me.
The Karma theory is a huge part of Jainism. Karma is about your actions and the results they bring to the soul's path. It is simply the law of cause and effect to the soul. For example: one's actions for today will affect what will happen to them in the future or their future lives. I believe this to be completely true. It is much like the common saying that you hear people say all the time, "What goes around, comes around.".
Jains believe in reincarnation. Their souls, which are believed to be a unique substance in the universe, take different living forms in the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. This cycle has been going on forever. They believe the universe has no beginning or end. The ultimate goal is to get rid of one's karma on their soul so that they may end this cycle. Once this goal is reached their soul has attained all knowledge and it rests in the heavens forever (Nirvana). .
In order to reach this goal Jains must have the right perception, right knowledge, and right conduct. Right perception consists in seeing the true nature of every substance of the universe. Right perception or faith makes us realize the reality of life, and to realize the seriousness of our purposes in life. Proper and correct conduct of the living being (soul) is known as right conduct.
The five great vows in Jainism which are to be practiced every minute of every day are: Ahimsa(non-violence), Satya(truthfulness), Asteya(non-stealing) , Brahmacharya (Celibacy/Chastity), Aparigraha(Non-attachment/Non-possession). These five vows are the most important part of a Jains life.
The Jain religion focuses much attention on Aparigraha, non-possessiveness towards material things through self-control.