Samsara Theme In Hinduism

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The samsara theme in Hinduism deals with the cycle of life and reincarnation. In Hindu and Buddhist practice, samsara is the endless cycle of life and death from which believers seek liberation (Berkley Center, n.d.). In the Hindu religion believers think that how you live in your current life will determine how you will be reborn or reincarnated. After death occurs it is believed that a person can be reincarnated in the form of a human, an animal or other beings depending on how they lived in the past life. Because past lives affect future ones, a person is never sure about their reincarnation and the suffering that might accompany it because of past actions. As the Indian conception of human existence prior to one’s enlightenment, samsara…show more content…
However, they do not believe in the enlightenment. It is believed that a person achieves deliverance when they are free of all harmful karma at this point they are called arihants. Once this occurs they travel to the highest level of the universe where they live among the other liberated souls.Samsara is an essential part of the Hindu and the Jainism religions because it is centered on how a person should live their lives and the possible consequences of not living according to the teachings and beliefs of the faith. Samsara determines how soon a being will reach the enlightenment or deliverance. References`Religions - Jainism: Reincarnation and deliverance.` BBC. September 10, 2009. Accessed July 28, 2017. http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/jainism/beliefs/reincarnation.shtml.`Samsara (Hinduism).` Georgetown University. Accessed July 28, 2017.…show more content…
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