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This paper explains that Jainism often is seen as very similar to Hinduism and Buddhism, since all three religions preach the doctrine of achieving 'moksh' or release from the recurring cycle of reincarnation. Jainism, however, differs significantly in its conception of the universe and soul and in its conception of life and death. The author points out Jainism's central doctrine of 'ahimsa,' or non-violence, non-action, and non-attachment, is based on Jainism's worldview that there is too much violence and suffering involved in the continuous cycle of birth and death. The paper relates that Jainism helps its followers overcome the fear of death by projecting the promise of a state of eternal bliss, painting a rather divine picture of liberated souls rising through the universe to inhabit the 'siddha loka,' which is not 'the heaven' as understood by many world religions, but rather a place above the highest heaven at the very top of the universe.
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Jainism (2005, April 13) Retrieved January 24, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/essay/jainism-57756/
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