Please join StudyMode to read the full document. Samsara is a Sanskrit word meaning the endless cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth that is considered to be experienced by all humans in the Upanishads and in Buddhism. It is the repeated passingof souls through different worlds. Also, Samsara refers to the general, day-to-day struggles and obstacles man experiences throughout life.
Buddhism began with a man named Siddhartha Gautama. Over two thousand years later, Herman Hesse wrote a story with a protagonist who also happens to be named Siddhartha. In the novels Invisible Man and Siddhartha, the protagonists find it necessary to completely isolate themselves from the influences of society in order to reach a stage of serene understanding, or "enlightenment. Hundreds of Buddhist monks try to attain Nirvana daily. They all follow the teachings of Gotama Buddha, but most fail to reach their goal and end up being reborn as new creatures. Siddhartha, a young Brahmin, leaves his comfortable home and family in order to learn more about himself. Throughout his journey, he overcomes many
In contrast to Christianity, once you have sinned, you may not ask for forgiveness from the deities, unless the sin was extremely minute. Shiva the destroyer, and mother goddess Devi are example of Gods whom one many devote themselves to in hopes of salvation. Devotion in Hinduism should not be done just for the sake of salvation. Devotion should be done through a deity that the devotee personally connects to and wishes to merge with to achieve union with Brahman. Hindus are in a constant cycle of death and re-birth, known as Moksha, until they are released into eternal life with the creator Brahmin.