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world religion essay - Rawaa Alghazali World Religion 131...

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Rawaa Alghazali World Religion 131 June 22, 2010 “In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self, and should therefore refrain from inflicting upon others such injury as would appear undesirable to us if inflicted upon ourselves.”( Yogashastra). All Jains devote themselves in the belief of no harm to any kind of living organism. Ahimsa is the foundation of Jains ethics which means non-violence or non-harm to all living entity. It is not just a theory of life, but a way of living. While it is obviously not possible to live without doing some violence to other life forms, Jains are sincerely committed to minimizing their violent impact on the universe around them. In daily life, this means that Jains think determinedly about ethical choices and challenges that may be of little concern to others. Perhaps the first and most important is what to eat (Eck). Seeing animals running around filled with cuteness can bring a smile to anybody's face. But knowing the fact that most of them will be taken away and butchered creates a number of arguments because some people would simply put this down as cruelty where as others would call it 'meat'(Eck). Though Jainism preaches complete vegetarianism, eating no fish or animals, I think that it is not reasonable for all people and only for a small minority. In Jainism, nonviolence is the most fundamental principle. This principle demands devotion for all life and prohibits killing or injuring any living organism. The Jains aim is to cause the least harm to other creatures and also to the environment. This is due to their faith in ahimsa. Jain believes in "ahimsa", not only in policy but follow in day to day living (Jain diet). Jainism's standpoint on nonviolence goes much beyond vegetarianism. Jains refuse food obtained with unnecessary cruelty. Many are vegan due to
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the violence of modern dairy farms. The orthodox Jain diet excludes most root vegetables, as they believe this destroys life unnecessarily (Roth). Another reason for refusing root vegetables is to avoid destroying entire plants. If you eat apples, you do not destroy whole trees, but for root vegetables, whole plants are
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