Compare And Contrast Hinduism And Jainism

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Hinduism and Jainism are both ancient religions originating from South Asia, or more specifically India.They both have many similar characteristic features, such as the concepts of samsara, karma and moksha. But, they also differs in many things, even including the concepts of three aforementioned terms. This essay will compare the following five concepts: karma, samasara, ahimsa, moksha, and world renunciation, and explain their purposes in both Hinduism and Jainism. Notably these five concepts are surprisingly complex and carries great deals of importance to both religions.
In general definition, karma is “the cosmic principle according to which each person is rewarded or punished in one incarnation according to that person 's deeds in the previous incarnation.” ("Karma | Define Karma At
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The others include living beings, such as animals, and to give respects. It was believed that being violent will lead to negative karmic consequences. In many Indian religions nonviolence was considered as the highest virtue.
In fact it is one of Jainism vows, to do no harm. Jains lead practices of extreme forms of nonviolence, as they wish to avoid harming even the tiniest living beings, in order to keep any negative impacts upon their karma. So in such they abstain from eating meats and to take anything (such as eggs, leathers, etc.) from animals. Plants are in grey areas, but it is widely accepted that some must be destroyed for human survival. However there had been times where they may consider some violence justifiable. If a soldier must kill to defend another Jains pardons that because they are protecting themselves and others.
In Hinduism even the very thought of hurting someone is feared, as it may impact on their karma. Doing such will return to them in equal or amplified amount damages. Hindus did not seem to lead such an extreme lifestyle like Jains

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