Wednesday, September 19"Satyam Vada, Dharmam Chara" - Taittiriya Upanishad

Jainism

Does the Hindu religion score over its Abrahamic counterparts — Is it better?

Does the Hindu religion score over its Abrahamic counterparts — Is it better?

Advaita, Hinduism, Jainism, Miscellaneous
Often these days in debates on religion and violence, it is not uncommon to hear statements like “all religions are equally bad” (or equally good). I contest this apologetic statement which is designed to reduce pressure from religions to wean themselves away from terrorism and violent value systems. I also propose case that all ‘indic religions’ (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism) have value systems that encourage “seeking” as opposed to “being told” about revealed divine laws — thus inculcating an ability to accept dissent and engage in debate for spiritual growth and learning. This is opposite of how Abrahamic religions’ value systems are designed —they dictate to the individual, revealed inviolate laws of the creator via his prophets and as captured in usually one holy book.

India’s core value systems

Buddhism, Hinduism, Indic Religions, Jainism, Sikhism
India has its ethos rooted in a rather liberal idea of God. At the root of Hinduism is is an idea of a ‘Brahman’ which cannot be translated to God in English. The idea of Brahman is that of a certain ‘consciousness’ that pervades all that we see manifest in the Universe (and is the cause for all that exists). With this idea it was easy for the Rg Vedic seers to proclaim — “Truth is ONE; Sages call ‘it’ by many names”. Said in other words, “just as all rivers lead to the ocean, all religions lead to the same Creator”. “Ekam Sat Viprah Bahudha Vadanti”: Truth is one, sages call it by various names. This is the central theme based on which has the entire foundation of the Indian civilization, it’s endless religions and sects, and it’s culture been built. This is a “core value” system tha
Lyrics of a song from the Jain tradition

Lyrics of a song from the Jain tradition

Indic Religions, Jainism
There are no celestial beings I know of There is no God either Neither heaven nor hell Neither a preserver, nor an owner of this universe Neither a creator, nor a destroyer There is only the law of causality I take responsibility for my actions and their consequences The smallest of creatures have a life-force just like mine May I always have such compassion May I never cause any harm to anybody The truth is multi-faceted And there are many ways to reach it May i find balance in this duality I pray, may my Karma of ignorance be shed May my true self be liberated from the cycle of life and death And attain Moksha! ~ lyrics taken from the movie “Ship of Theseus”. Source: https://medium.com/essays-on-india-and-hinduism/lyrics-of-a-song-from-the-jain-tradition-1b4288bdf84c

Lyrics of a song from the Jain tradition

Indic Religions, Jainism
There are no celestial beings I know of There is no God either Neither heaven nor hell Neither a preserver, nor an owner of this universe Neither a creator, nor a destroyer There is only the law of causality I take responsibility for my actions and their consequences The smallest of creatures have a life-force just like mine May I always have such compassion May I never cause any harm to anybody The truth is multi-faceted And there are many ways to reach it May i find balance in this duality I pray, may my Karma of ignorance be shed May my true self be liberated from the cycle of life and death And attain Moksha! ~ lyrics taken from the movie “Ship of Theseus”. Published originally at https://medium.com/essays-on-india-and-hinduism. Reproduced with permission....