Jainism Vs Sikhism Essay

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When analyzing Jainism and Sikhism, it can be stated that both religions strive toward greater religious simplicity. From the readings, I believe out of their ethics and values; nonviolence, nonlying, and nonattachment are some of the most important traits a follower of these religions must possess. In Jainism, nonviolence or Ahisma is the practice to not engage in violent acts and have somewhat of a protection for life. Although Sikhism does believe in peace and tries to not engage in violent acts, however they do accept warfare only when it comes to self-defense and/or righteousness. It is only acceptable as a last resort. Another important value practiced by Jainism and Sikhism is nonlying. In Jainism, practicing satya or nonlying is enforced and “discourages the telling of any falsehood and avoids exaggeration even when meant to be humorously.” (196) I find satya very interesting because although I understand that lying is wrong but I do not see it wrong if it is meant to be humorous, such as a joke or folktale. Sikhism as well takes on honesty…show more content…
In Jainism, the ethical requirements of nonattachment or Aparigraha suggest that one should “cultivate a spirit of generosity and detachment and limiting one’s possessions to what is truly necessary.” (197) Sikhism practices the same concept and it is stated in the Sikh religious text, Guru Granth Sahib: “You will have to abandon the materialistic things you have collected. These entanglements will be of no use to you. You are in love with the things that will not go along with you. You think these things are your friends but in fact these are your enemies.” (676) I believe this is an important value to have not just for Janis and Sikhs, but also for everyone. In a world where almost everyone is so focused on their smartphones, they miss out on the important things in life. This concept should be practice by many as it can eliminate vices such as greed and

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