Jainism and Our World Analytical Essay by Lane

Jainism and Our World
Looks at Jainism, an offshoot of Hinduism, which is believed to be at the heart of the cultural belief system of India.
# 152436 | 2,205 words | 8 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published by on Feb 12, 2013 in History (Religion) , Religion and Theology (Eastern)

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This paper first explains that Jainism is one of the most disciplined of all the Eastern religions because it leaves little leeway for human error, by its monks and lay people, from its stringent values and behavior requirements. Next, the paper relates the origins and background of Jainism and its fundamental beliefs and compares it to other Eastern and Western religions. The paper underscores the Jainism influences on the modern world through their core values that provide funding sources for its students, health and welfare, community organizations, such as bird shelters and animal sanctuaries, and ideals and spiritual strengths.

Table of Contents:
Origins and Background of Jainism
Fundamental Beliefs
Jainism and Eastern Religions
Jainism and Western Religions
Jainism and the Modern World

From the Paper:

"Another important aspect is the soul. An eastern religion such as Buddhism acknowledges that plants, animals, and humans each possess a soul. Inanimate objects cannot feel or think; therefore, they do not possess a soul. Jainism shares the idea of a soul belonging to plants, animals, and humans but also gives the characteristic of a soul to inanimate objects. Jainism believes that all objects possess a soul and is not limited to things that are considered alive in some shape.
"Eastern religions main focus is not on death, but on living life and purging oneself from the negative so that moving forward in the next life is possible. Jainism is no different from this concept and strives for the person to commit good deeds so that the next step in afterlife can be reached. One of the only traditions that do not focus on death or even thinking about death is Shinto. Jainism expects death to be accepted where Shinto focus more on having a good life now, not later. Jainism strives to have the negative stripped off and to allow the passing into the afterlife. Like many eastern religions, this means reaching Nirvana, the place of the Gods and to be at a higher place."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beliefnet (2013) Jainism: Faith and Prayer. Retrieved from http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/Jainism/index.aspx
  • Cort, John E. Jains in the World: Religious Values and Ideology in India. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. A portrait of Jainism as practiced today.
  • Fisher, M. P. (2006). Living Religions (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
  • Hilger, T and Molloy, M. (2010). Experiencing the World's Religions. Tradition, Challenge, and Change 5th Edition Chapter 5 pg 6 copyright McGraw-Hill Company
  • Jains and the community. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.jainnetwork.com/Jains-and-the-Community-Ajainism_5/

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