scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 993
Religion in Classical India There are 3 doctrines that came upon Indian History that tried to established Cultural order They were Jainism Buddhism Hinduism Jainist doctrines first appeared during the seventh century bc they became popular only when the greater teacher Vardhamana Mahavira turned to Jainism in the late sixth century bc Mahavira expuonded his thought to a group of dedicated disciples who formed a monastic order to perpetuate and spread his message These disciples refer to him as Jina the conqueror and borrowing from this title his followers referred to them selves as Jains Jains believed that everything in the universe humans animals plants bodies of water and even inanimate phisical objects such as rocks possessed a soulThey were very careful in their movements they also tried not to make any sudden moves because they didnt want to harm any living thing or or physical object that may have a soul They were strictly vegetarians and filtered their water using cloth to prevent harming the invisible souls and to unwittingly consume tiny animals The ethics of Jainism were so demanding that very few people other than monks could hope observe them closely For most people Jainism was not a practical alternative to the religion of the Brahmins In spite of the moral respect it has commended and the influence it has wielded through the centuries however Jainism has always been the faith of small minority It has simply been to difficult or even impossible for most people to observe A more popular and practical alternative to the brahmins cults came in the form of Buddhism Like Mahavira the founder of Buddhism came from a kshatriya family but he gave up his position and inheritance in order to seek salvation His name was Siddhartha Gautama born about 563 bc in a small tribal state governed by his father in the foothills of the Himalayas Later in life he left his family
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA