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Mahavira Vs Buddha

            Mahavira and Buddha are two
different people who had different teachings, philosophy and ways of perceiving
life. While both of them have similarities between them, they have their
differences as well. Mahavira and Buddha were born as a prince and had a very luxurious
life. They both had Hindu backgrounds and belonged to the Kshatriya caste. As
they grew older, they got tired of the materialistic items and both left their
homes to find the true meaning of life and achieve enlightenment. Even though
Mahavira and Buddha were bought up in a Hindu religion, they choose to make
their own paths to find the meaning of life. While Mahavira thought the Hindu’s
were taking their religion too lightly, he choose to go stricter. Mahavira was
the founder of Jainism and he thought the way to achieve enlightenment or be
free from the burden of karma was to detach yourself from everything, have no
emotions while following his five main principle which was non-violence
(ahimsa), truth (satya), no stealing (asteya), chastity (brahmacharya), and
non-attachment (aparigraha). Buddha has similar concepts where he found the
middle way of Hinduism and Jainism. He was the founder of Buddhism and when he
meditated for forty-nine days, he found the way to seek enlightenment. Buddha
says there is a middle way for everything and using this way would help us live
a better life.

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            Buddha started out with a very pure,
innocent and untouched knowledge of the outside world. He did not even know
that eventually everyone would be sick at one point in their life or that he
would have to face in the death. He had no knowledge of sadness instead his
life was filled with joy and he was given everything he wanted. His father didn’t
want him to go through sufferings or even want him to learn about religion but
instead to focus on being a great ruler. Not long after Buddha found out the
truth, he went outside his palace and saw our sights that disturbed him
greatly. On his first journey he saw an old man, on the second journey he saw a
sick person sufferings from a disease, on the third journey he saw a dead body
and finally on the fourth journey he saw a holy man. This events caused him to
leave his palace which contained his wife, new-born baby and his father. Buddha
tried many ways to achieve enlightenment but finally after almost dying of
starvation, he was enlightened under the Bodhi tree.

The main thing
Buddha wanted to achieve was to get rid of suffering and finding a cure for
human’s pain. The Four Noble Truths were his first teaching which are the truth
of suffering. The truth of the cause of suffering. The truth of the cessation
of suffering and the truth of the cessation is suffering. Buddha told stated
that the world is full of suffering and the cause if this suffering is because
of ignorance and karma. Buddha says our ignorance resulted in desire or craving
for something else. Getting rid of all ignorance and karma would result in the
state known as Nirvana. Buddha finally says that to end suffering we must
follow the Noble Eight-fold Path. The noble eight fold path are the right
views, right thought, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right
effort, right mindfulness, and right meditation. According to Buddha we must
keep away from prejudice, superstition and delusion and instead see the actual
picture of life. To have right thoughts means we have to keep our evil thoughts
far way and point our minds to the right path. The right speech means we have
should not be mean or speak in a hurtful manner but speak kindly and softly to
everyone. The right of conduct is to make sure our deeds are good not evil and
to live by Buddha’s teaching every day. Right Livelihood is live in a way where
there is no evil consequence. Right effort is to put our efforts into
overcoming ignorance and desires. Right Mindfulness is to have good and pure
thoughts and be far from negative thinking. Right Meditation is to put our
minds on Buddha, his life and teachings. These are the basics teachings of
Buddha and how he wanted to help the people around the world by spreading these
teachings.

            Mahavira was the twenty-fourth and
last Tirthankara of the Jain religion. According to Jainism Tirthankara were
humans in the beginning but once they have reached the state to perfection or
enlightenment, then they are perceived as Gods of Jain. Mahavira left his
palace when he was 30 year old, giving up all his possessions and choosing to
become a monk. For the next 12 years he spent it in deep silence and
meditation. He starved himself, avoided harming any living beings which
included animals and plants. This quest lasted for 12 years and near the end,
he realized the perfect perception, knowledge, power and bliss which is known
as keval-jnana. After that for 30 more years walked around India bare foot
spreading his knowledge and teachings to the people. The main goal of Mahavira
was to teach the world how to free from life, pain, death while achieving peaceful
state of one’s self which can be known as liberation, nirvana, absolute freedom
or Moksha. Mahavira states that everyone has karma in them whether it is by
good or bad deeds. He believes that because of karma our soul wants
materialistic items which result in selfish thoughts, deeds, and anger.

            Mahavira spread his teachings to the
world which were right faith, right knowledge, and right conduct. Right conduct
contains five great vows for the Jains which were Nonviolence, Truthfulness,
Non-Stealing, Chastity and Non-Possession. Mahavira taught people the importance of living life
positively and that all living beings no matter the shape or size are equal and
should be loved and respected equally. Mahavira does not believe that there is
a God who is the creator, protector and destroyer of the universe and unlike
Hinduism he says worshipping gods and goddess are benefits for themselves and
possessions to be attached to. Mahavira told his people to follow these teachings
strictly if they are the true followers of him.

            In conclusion, as you can see Buddha
and Mahavira had the same life objective but, they both approached it in
different ways.