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“Souls are not only the property of animal and plant life, but also of rocks, running water and many other natural objects not looked on as living by other religious sects.

The above statement reflects one of the core beliefs of which one of the following religious sects of ancient India?

(a) Buddhism

(b) Jainism

(c) Shaivism

(d) Vaishnavism

The correct answer is (b) Jainism.

Jainism is an ancient Indian religion that teaches that the way to liberation and bliss is to live a life of harmlessness and renunciation. The goal of Jain life is to achieve liberation of the soul. Although Jainism is relatively small compared to the world’s other religions, it is very old. The history of Jainism can be traced back to the 6th century BC with the teachings of Mahavira. However, Jains believe that the religion existed long before that.

One of the core beliefs of Jainism is that all living things have souls, including plants, animals, and even rocks and water. This belief is reflected in the quote, “Souls are not only the property of animal and plant life, but also of rocks, running water and many other natural objects not looked on as living by other religious sects.”

Jainism teaches that all souls are equal and that all living things should be treated with respect. This belief is reflected in the Jain practice of ahimsa, or non-violence. Jains believe that it is wrong to harm any living being, and they go to great lengths to avoid doing so.

Reflection in IAS EXPRESS

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