Rules and Factors of Jainism and Sikhism

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Jainism is an Indian religion that prescribes a path of non-violence towards all living beings. Sikhism is a religion that was developed in India in the 15th century by Guru Nanak Dev, who wanted an alternative to Hinduism and Islam that was focused on God. Jainism has many strong beliefs. Jainism encourages spiritual development through cultivation of one's own personal wisdom and reliance on control through vows. Jains believe that to attain enlightenment and ultimately liberation from all karmic bonding, one must practice the following ethical principles not only in thought, but also in words and action. The vows are Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Brathmacharya, and Aparigraha. Ahimsa means non- violence. To live by this vow, one cannot cause unintentional harm to another living creature. You are not allowed to even think about hurting others let alone talk about it. Satya means truthfulness. You must always speak the truth and what you talk about can have no harmful effects on others. The next vow is Asteya, which means not stealing. You cannot take into possession anything that is not willingly offered. You are not allowed to want other’s belongings, you must be happy in what you have. Another vow is Brahmacharya, which means celibacy. This vow restricts one from having any other sensual relationship with anybody other than one’s own spouse. You have to control your mind from any sort of pleasure. The next vow is Aparigraha, which means non- possession, non-materialism. One must detach itself from people, places, and things. Sikhism follows many rules and beliefs also. To start they have the 5 K’s which one must abide by. The five K’s include: 1. Kesh, which means uncut hair. 2. Kachera, which means under shorts. 3. Kara, which means steel bangle. 4. Kirpan, which means a small dagger. 5. Kangha, which means a small comb. To become a Sikh, one must

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