The Beliefs Of The Soul

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The appeal of some religions can be attributed to the belief in a life after this one. Many people, especially people who are nearing death, find hope in the notion that their souls may rest peacefully in a paradise. Religions around the world strive to understand the concept of the soul and the continuation of the soul after death. Two religions that place a great emphasis on the continuation of the soul are Hinduism and Christianity. A passage from the Bhagavad Gita, one of the most well known texts in the Hindu religion, discusses the concept of the atman (the soul) and the continuation of the soul in a cycle of death and rebirth called samsara. Similarly, a common Christian text, the Gospel According to Mark, discusses the soul and salvation through the narratives of Jesus Christ. Both texts come from very different religions although they both describe similar trials that the human soul must endure. After analyzing passages from both the Bhagavad Gita and the Gospel According to Mark, a reader can determine that the concepts of the soul are similar in Hinduism and Christianity. While the two religions may differ in some basic ideals, the two passages connect the religions by simultaneously describing the succession of a soul to the ultimate reality. The Bhagavad Gita is a long poem that teaches that very basic ideals of Hinduism such as Brahman, Yoga, Karma, and Samsara. These ideals are taught through a conversation between “The Blessed One” or the god Krishna and
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