Role Of Peace In Hinduism

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“Peace. It means not to be in a place where there is no noise, no trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” - unknown. Peace is the basis of religious life- without teachings of peace, there would be very few followers of religion. At the centre of all religious teachings there is peace, in both monotheistic and polytheistic religions, but it plays a different role in each. In order for one to live a truly peaceful life, they must find inner peace, extend that peace, and enjoy eternal peace in the afterlife. Peace is key for both the Hindu practices of dharma, ahimsa, and moksha; as well as the Christian practices of discipleship, forgiveness, and heaven.

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Different religions have different expectations of what one should complete during their life on earth, but each religion has guidelines. In Hinduism, dharma is one’s ethical duty in life. Everyone’s dharma depends on the individual, and their level in the caste system, but if one fulfills all their dharma, they are believed to receive good karma. In order to live a complete, balanced life, dharma is one of the four elements (as well as wealth, happiness and satisfaction, and moksha). In order to move up in the cycle of reincarnation, one should accomplish all their dharma to the best of their ability. The Hindu dharma is written in the Sanskrit (known as the “Hindu law”) In Christianity, followers are expected to live in harmony with one another in a different way: discipleship. As Christians are all disciples of Jesus, they must all help each other in their journey to become closer with God. This is done as serving one another, and living by the golden rule,”Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Luke 6:31). This rule is also similar to karma in Hinduism, in which each good action has a good reaction, and vice versa. Similarly to dharma, Christians are not all expected to live out their discipleship in the same way, but for different motives. Christians are to follow their own individual path with Jesus, versus the Hindu caste system, …show more content…
It’s human nature to always think of what comes next, and many religions accommodate this. Each religion has its own variation of the afterlife, and where spirits would go next. Hindus believe in reincarnation, until a Hindu completes their dharma to the best of their ability, they achieve moksha, which is freedom from the cycle of reincarnation. It is all Hindus’ goal to reach nirvana, which is when one’s soul gets reunited with Brahman (the holy trinity of Hindu Gods). In order to be released from the cycle, Hindus must achieve total peace. In Christianity, people live their lives with free will, and at the time of death, God directs a final judgement, and decides whether they are ready to reunite with him, or Satan claims their souls to suffer in hell. If Christians are worthy enough, but not quite ready, they go to purgatory for some time to cleanse their souls in order to be fully worthy to meet God. The goal for Christians is to live a good life according to the 10 Commandments, the Beatitudes, and God’s will, in order to someday join God in Heaven. To be brought to heaven (or even purgatory to endure a period of cleansing), christians must live peaceful lives. In the same way, followers of both religions dedicate their whole life (or lives) to living a good life to become closer to the supreme god (either Brahman or God). Both religions believe that when they reach

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