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Julie Davidson Spring 2018: Religions of Asia Instructor: Prea Persaud 3/10/18 Paper 2 Jainism is an ancient Indian religion, traditionally referred to as Jain Dharma, that teaches the path towards liberation and bliss through living a life of harmlessness and renunciation. A very fundamental principle of the Jain religion is Ahmisa, which is the absence of desire to inflict injury or harm on any living body on this earth. There tends to be a direct correlation to the term violence and harm, however, when referring to Jain philosophy violence more so pertains to the harming of oneself or the behaviors that restrain one from receiving moksha. By following these guidelines practitioners of the Jain faith believe they will attract good karma, which allows them to achieve Moksha. Jainism promotes fasting to help detach from life in a nonviolent way, however, in my opinion fasting to death to attain a moral high ground is still considered suicide. In the Jain religion, Karma and Moksha are practiced in order to attain Ahimsa and the particular practice of Santhara is a form of suicide because it is a voluntary action to try and pass this current life one lives to achieve ahmisa. Followers of the Jain faith believe that the only way to liberate one’s soul is to protect every other soul from harm; this ideal is a very important principle of Jainism. The term Ahimsa, deriving from Sanskrit roots, is often translated as “non-violence”. However, its impacts are
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  • Spring '12
  • TravisSmith
  • Jainism, Jain, Jain faith

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