Similarities And Differences Between Hinduism And Sikhism

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Eastern and Western religions have always had their differences based on their worldviews and central beliefs. However, the many religions in each of these areas hold many similarities. For instance, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism are some of the most popular religions in the East. These religions have many similarities and small differences to set them apart, all while generally believing in the same worldviews and belief system. With multiple similarities between each of these religions, it is known that Hinduism is the major inspiration for Buddhism and Sikhism. That being said, the creation and development of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism is what sets them apart the most.

To begin, Hinduism is known as the oldest religion in the world
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This religion is non- theistic because followers pray and worship Buddha, a man who does not identify as the divine. To explain, this religion was founded by Siddhartha Gautama, the prince of the Kshatriya caste in India. He was believed to had entered the womb of his mother as a white elephant in a dream, and was born with many indicators that he would be a great leader. For example, he was born with thick, curly hair which was interpreted as a sign of spiritual perfection. Buddha was exposed to the cruel realities of the world at a young age and began studying Hindu religion. He woke one night, with full awareness to the nature of humanity and was enlightened, creating a new religion that will inherit some of his beliefs from his Hindu background. Also, meditation is a spiritual discipline found in all of these Eastern religions. To illustrate, one may sit still and watch their thoughts like clouds in the sky and find what lies beyond those thoughts. Moreover, similar to its Hinduism descent, Buddhism practice the rites of passage of birth, marriage and death. Although the ceremonies and traditions are unalike, the general purpose of the passage remains the same, guidance along the religious path and individual duties Although many religions tend to have creeds, Buddhists practice freedom of belief and teach their …show more content…
To start off, this religion was founded by Guru Nanak, a man raised in Hindu faith who belonged to the Kshatriya caste. Following his usual trip to the river to meditate and remaining there for 28 days, he returned filled with the spirit of God, was enlightened and began his quest to share his views across India. This led to the creation of Sikhism, with a goal a of building a close relationship with God through meditation. Sikhism inherited many aspects of Hinduism including karma. To explain, karma is the belief instead of, being judged by God, the accumulation of good and bad actions in a past life will determine how good our next life will be. On the other hand, the caste system was rejected by Sikhs because they believe that everyone is equal in status in the eyes of God. Additionally, similar to Buddhism and Hinduism, Sikhism promotes freedom of belief by expressing that Guru Nanak never asked his new followers or ten students who passed on the teachings, to convert to his religion. Finally, one aspect of Sikhism that sets it apart from Buddhism and Hinduism is the five K’s, this includes the Kesh, uncut hair, Kangha, comb that holds hair in place, Kara, steel bracelet, Kirpan double edged sword and Kaccha, the warrior’s

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