Comparative Religions

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Comparative Religions
Rachael Buckingham
Life after death

Death is certain to happen in life, that is why religions have beliefs about death, life after death and so on. Although, no human beings knows the answer to the question, is there an After Life?, all religions have their belief of what is going to happen to you after death. Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism are three different religions that share some of the same beliefs. In the after life, all three religions believe that the ultimate goal is to reach some sort of after life, but getting there is what differs between the three.

Buddhist accepts the basic Hindu doctrine of reincarnation and Karma, as well as the ultimate goal of the religious life, which is to the escape of the cycle of death and rebirth. Buddhist believe that what kept one bound to the birth and death cycle is desire. Buddhist also believe the life as Samsara, meaning perpetual wandering. Buddhist use the word rebirth rather than reincarnation. Rebirth implies the essence of a soul, while reincarnation means causality or independent origination. Buddhist philosophy preaches its people to detach themselves from the worldly pleasures and seek Nirvana that will ultimately pave the way for salvation.

Jainism believes that all people are caught in an endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Jainism stresses detachment from the world and austerity. In Jainism, death leads to the liberation of the soul into an individual state of total knowledge and bliss, although this process may take several cycles of death and rebirth. The only way to break this cycle is to accumulate good karma or credit for good deeds.

Sikhs believe that upon death one merges back into the universal nature. Sikhs do not believe in heaven or hell. Heaven is experienced by being in tune with God while still alive. Suffering and pain caused by ego is seen as hell on earth. During birth the soul emerges into earth consciousness, with all memory of past...
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