Religion: Beliefs Jainism Sikhism

Topics: Jainism, Sikhism, Soul Pages: 3 (629 words) Published: October 14, 2014
University of Phoenix MaterialRajdeep Grewal

Jainism vs. Sikhism

Part I

Read the assigned chapters for the week and complete the following table. Be as specific as possible when identifying practices, beliefs, rituals, and historical elements. Cite sources in APA formatting.

Sikhism as a religion believes in the followings:
Core Beliefs

1. Every living being has a soul
1. Sikhism believes in One GOD.

2. Every soul is potentially divine, with innate qualities of infinite knowledge, perception, power, and bliss (masked by its karmas). 2. Sikhism believes Guru Granth Sahib as the last and eternal Gurus of Sikhs.

3. Regard every living being as you do yourself, harming no one and being kind to all living beings. 3. Sikhism believes in Karma- the law of cause and effect.

4. Every soul is born as a heavenly being, human, sub-human or hellish being according to its own karmas. 4. Sikhism believes in Reincarnation.

5. Every soul is the architect of its own life, here or hereafter 6. When a soul is freed from karmas, it becomes free and attains divine consciousness, experiencing infinite knowledge, perception, power, and bliss

5. Sikhism believes in Multiple paths to salvation.

6. Sikhism opposes Pilgrimage,rituals practices

Part 2

Respond to the following questions in 150 to 200 words:

1. What do you think is the most important similarity and which is the most important difference? Use specifics to support your answer.

Although Sikhism and Jainism are both South Asian religions with high philosophical values, they differ significantly in their age, diet, ways of salvation, and most importantly, their concept of God. Jainism is the oldest known religion in India being most recently traced back to its latest tirthankara or prophet, Mahavira (599 - 527 BCE), whereas Sikhism is the youngest tradition and began in the 15th century in the state, Punjab. Eventhough both religions believe in karma and...

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