Jainism Essay by Calwriter

This paper discusses concept of death in Jainism, one of the oldest religions of India.
# 57756 | 1,830 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Apr 13, 2005 in Religion and Theology (Eastern)

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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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