|Fast Facts: Jain Beliefs|
|Overview||The universe is eternal; many gods exist. Gods, humans and all living things are classified in a complex hierarchy.|
|God(s)||Polytheism and pantheism. The universe is eternal; many gods exist. Gods, humans and all living things are classified in a complex hierarchy.|
|Meaning of Life||Gain liberation from cycle of rebirth, by avoiding all bad karma, especially by causing no harm to any sentient being.|
|Afterlife||Reincarnation until liberation.|
Jainism has historical roots in Hinduism, but there are many differences between the two Indian religions today. Central to Jian belief is the material and the spiritual realm. It is believed that both realities are eternal and that human beings can, and do, engage in both, which affects not only this life, but the next one as well. Jains also have distinct beliefs about karma.