Santhara (also Sallekhana, is the Jain(Jainism) practice of voluntary and systematic fasting to death. High court of Rajasthan said that it is sucide. But Jain community said that it is way of attaining moksha. What is right?

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  • Re: It is Salvation or Suicide

    by » 7 years ago


    Any attempt to kill oneself is suicide.  The Jain ritual is nothing but fast unto death.This is definitely suicide. The others in the community are guilty of  encoutaging suicide.  


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  • Re: It is Salvation or Suicide

    by » 7 years ago


    Gulshan Kumar Ajmani wrote:

    Any attempt to kill oneself is suicide.  The Jain ritual is nothing but fast unto death.This is definitely suicide. The others in the community are guilty of  encoutaging suicide.

    Yes you are right, but one lady done santhara after declaring it suicide by the court, in Bikaner. 

     


  • Re: It is Salvation or Suicide

    by » 7 years ago


    anil wrote:
    Gulshan Kumar Ajmani wrote:

    Any attempt to kill oneself is suicide.  The Jain ritual is nothing but fast unto death.This is definitely suicide. The others in the community are guilty of  encoutaging suicide.

    Yes you are right, but one lady done santhara after declaring it suicide by the court, in Bikaner. 

    This happens. all crimes occur even when people know these are wrong.  Santhara is akin to sati system that was abolished by Raja Ram Mohan's efforts.  

     

     


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  • Re: It is Salvation or Suicide

    by » 7 years ago


    According to the ritual, which Jains believe has been prevalent for thousands of years, a person voluntarily gives up food and water, either because of an incurable illness or due to the belief that the end is near. It is reserved only for the old and the invalid and is practised rarely


  • Re: It is Salvation or Suicide

    by » 7 years ago


    When it is matter of faith and belief it is Salvation ! It is like any other religion where belief becomes the predominant factor and sense and sensibilities take a back seat ..


    Pay no mind to those who talk behind your back, it simply means that you are two steps ahead !!!


    Thank you said by: Gulshan Kumar Ajmani

  • Re: It is Salvation or Suicide

    by » 7 years ago


    The court has all the right to decide what is right and wrong but when it relates to faith then the court must pronounce judgement very sensibly. It may require some talk with the community and hold a strong discussion highlighting merits and demerits of it and then pronounce the judgement. Mental preparation is very important in this case and forceful application is not fair.


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  • Re: It is Salvation or Suicide

    by » 7 years ago


    It is a matter of faith with the Jains but in the eyes of law it is taking one's life which is committing suicide. Every religion has strange practices which defy logic. These practices will go on as members want to follow them because they believe in them. 


  • Re: It is Salvation or Suicide

    by » 7 years ago


    rambabu wrote:

    According to the ritual, which Jains believe has been prevalent for thousands of years, a person voluntarily gives up food and water, either because of an incurable illness or due to the belief that the end is near. It is reserved only for the old and the invalid and is practised rarely

    it is right that it reserve only for old  but vogue of doing santhara is increasing in these days. Rajasthan is hum of jains. So it happen here.

     


  • Re: It is Salvation or Suicide

    by » 7 years ago


    Shampa Sadhya wrote:

    The court has all the right to decide what is right and wrong but when it relates to faith then the court must pronounce judgement very sensibly. It may require some talk with the community and hold a strong discussion highlighting merits and demerits of it and then pronounce the judgement. Mental preparation is very important in this case and forceful application is not fair.

    You are right. It is matter related with religion. People here are much serious about their religion. People don't like and interferance is religious matters. But court was ordered on the basis on law. Our constitution does not allow desire death. If courts allowed santhara that some people demand to validate Jal samadhi.

     


  • Re: It is Salvation or Suicide

    by » 7 years ago


    Gulshan Kumar Ajmani wrote:
    anil wrote:
    Gulshan Kumar Ajmani wrote:

    Any attempt to kill oneself is suicide.  The Jain ritual is nothing but fast unto death.This is definitely suicide. The others in the community are guilty of  encoutaging suicide.

    Yes you are right, but one lady done santhara after declaring it suicide by the court, in Bikaner. 

    This happens. all crimes occur even when people know these are wrong.  Santhara is akin to sati system that was abolished by Raja Ram Mohan's efforts.  

    It is some differ, Sati system was practise when husband died and it had no link with age. Santhra is practise even husband is alive and by the old ones. 

     

     

     

     


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