Have you ever tried explaining Jainism to friend, but struggled to convey the basic principles of the religion? Introducing Jainism 101, a series of videos explaining the fundamental concepts of Jainism in a simple way!

What is Jainism?

The first in the Jainism 101 series, this video explains the origin and basic principles of Jainism, ranging from the existence of the soul to non-violence to vegetarianism.

The Soul

The soul is an integral concept in Jainism that is intertwined with karma theory, reincarnation, and more. Our second video in the Jainism 101 series explains how Jainism’s concept of the soul differs from that of other religions.

Karma Theory

Karma determines the soul’s destination as it makes its way through the cycle of life and death. Our third video in the Jainism 101 series explores the karma theory in the context of Jainism.

The Five Vrats

The five vrats, or vows, are centered around five main principles that Jains work to uphold. Our fourth video in the Jainism 101 series explores these five vows and examples of how one might follow them.

Maharaj Sahebs

Maharaj Sahebs are ascetics in the Jain community. Our fifth video in the Jainism 101 series highlights the values, lifestyles, and importance of Maharaj Sahebs.

Paryushan and Das Lakshan

Paryushan and Das Lakshan are extremely significant festivals for Jains. Our sixth video in the Jainism 101 series gives more insight into these festivals, as well as how they are observed.


Tirthankars are important figures whose teachings form the foundation of Jain principles. Our seventh video in the Jainism 101 series further expands on their role and qualities, while also touching on Mahavir Swami, who was the last Tirthankar in the descending half of the current time cycle.

Places of Worship

From ornate Mandirs to simple Upashrays, Jains pray and perform religious activities in a variety of spaces. Our eighth video in the Jainism 101 series describes a few of these places of worship.