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Where did Islamic religion begin?

In Blog, Islam by Alice0 Comments

Despite multiple concerns regarding the reliability of the origin of Islamic religion, most historians agree that Islam first originated in Saudi Arabia at the beginning of the 7th century. Although the origin of this religion is usually accredited to prophet Muhammad, according to the Quran Islam began even before Muhammad was born. The Quran testifies of itself that it was first given to angel Gabriel by God. Its angel Gabriel who later gave the Quran to Muhammad who then introduced it to the world in 610 A.D. after he began to experience what he claimed to be angelic visitations. Prophet Muhammad is said to have been born in Mecca around 570 and his family belonged to Quraysh tribe.

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After receiving divine visions and revelations, Muhammad began teaching people around him about a monotheistic God and the impending Judgement Day. Although his teachings angered most businessmen who made their living from worshipping multiple idols, his teachings still gained him disciples as well as enemies in equal measure. The people of Mecca were involved in various polytheistic-cults that had gods who were thought to protect their lucrative businesses.

As more people continued to rally around him, Muhammad started to receive increasing resistance from the opposing elites of Mecca and after the death of influential uncle Abu –Talib in 618 A.D, he decided to move 200 miles north of Mecca to the city of Yathrib (currently known as Medina). His experience in business enabled him to join politics and he went ahead to become the head of an Islamic City/State in Saudi Arabia. Muhammad’s political move is known as the Hijara and it marks the beginning of the Islamic Era. As a political leader, he worked on uniting all the Arabic tribes under one religion, Islam.

More Arabs continued to join Islam and armies from Mecca came to attack Muhammad repeatedly in Medina without any success. Muhammad eventually invaded Mecca with his own army and conquered it. From here, he extended the Muslim-Rule in all of Arabia. By the end of the 8th century, Islamic-Empire had extended to Indus River on the East and Iberia on the West. The spread of Islam led to Islamic Civilization which gave rise to various cultural and scientific centers that produced renowned doctors, astronomers, philosophers and mathematicians in what is regarded as the Golden –Age of Islam.

The death of Muhammad in 632 A.D. led to disagreements from different factions as to who would succeed the leadership. The dispute intensified significantly after the Karbala Battle where Muhammad’s grandson, Hussein-ibn- Ali was killed. There was a big revenge outcry that greatly divided the Islamic Community. All the disputes were solved eventually leading to further conquest that saw the Islamic Empire grow across the Middle-East, North Africa, parts Portugal and Spain, the Indian Continent among other places. The 19th and 20th century saw most parts of the Islamic World falling under new powers especially from the Western Countries. Islam is still a dominant religion in the present world and there are still efforts by its leaders to gain independence and build modern Islamic states.
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Do Sikhs drink alcohol?

In Blog, Sikhism by Alice0 Comments

There is no doubt about the fact that alcohol is a drug. If you are Sikh, you are being prohibited from drinking alcohol.

Alcohol is a depressant which means that once you drink or just consume it in any other way, the normal functioning of the brain will be altered. People were created to function using the right and recommended judgment and once you consume alcohol, you won’t do what’s acceptable. There is a specific part of the brain that controls judgment and whenever you drink alcohol, this is the first part to be affected.

Did you know that your stability and physical coordination is hindered when you drink several alcoholic drinks? Drinking alcohol will lead to liver cirrhosis which is an irreversible disease which kills the cells on the liver. Once they die, they turn into fibrous thus limiting is intended purpose on your body system.

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The Gurus ideally banned the use of any drug that causes intoxication because of the harmful effects it can cause.

What the Sikh booklet of Code of Conduct (The Panthic Sikh Rehat Maryada) States

It states that “”(j) A Sikh must not take hemp (cannabis), opium, liquor, tobacco, in short any intoxicant. His only routine intake should be food.”

(SRM: Chapter X, Article XVI)”

How about the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Stand on Alcohol?

According to this it states that “Do not drink the false alcohol at all, as far as it lies in your power.”

(SGGS – 544)”

“Drinking wine, his intelligence departs, and madness enters his mind;”

“He cannot distinguish between his own and others,”

“He is struck down by his Lord and Master” (SGGS p554)

How about Gurbani Stand on Alcohol

The water of Ganges is considered to be the purest of them all and even if alcohol is made from it, you should not drink it. The line states this:

“Even if wine is made from the water of the Ganges, O Saints, do not drink it.

(SGGS p1293)”

Example of Major Risks Caused by Alcohol

• Liver cirrhosis

• Gastrointestinal complications

• Stomach ulcers

• Risks of various forms of cancer including that of the liver

• High blood pressure

• Cardiac arrest

• Obesity

In general, the Gurus forbid us from drinking alcohol no matter the situation hence you should NOT DRINK IT at all.

5 Things that the Gurus Tells the Sikh about Alcohol

• You will get a lot of misery by drinking it.

• You will not differentiate between your friends and enemies when you take it.

• You will commit lots of sin when intoxicated.

• Drinking it will lead you to do a lot of wicked things.

• Do everything to avoid it and rather get intoxicated by getting drunk with the nectar of how He remembers us.

According to the Persian language, it is referred to as Sharaab. It basically means water that can cause mischief. Your intellect is destroyed once you drink alcohol. Waheguru will be forsaken by a Sikh who takes alcohol because you are wasting your life.

As a Sikh, you should therefore shun alcohol for good.

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Does a Hindu eat Beef?

In Blog, Hinduism by Alice0 Comments

Feeding of beef in Hinduism is a sin in the traditions governing this religion. Majority of Hindus prefer being straight vegans. Lacto-vegetarians exist too among the Hindus. Meat as a dish according to the old and middle-age sacred texts is accepted only if the animals to be partaken are prepared without violence like brutal killings. This is known as ahimsa. Hindus are very considerate and appreciative of nature and its aspects hence its strict dietary norms.

Beef-meat from cows is easily distinguished and highly respected by Hindus. They do not consume it. Does a Hindu eat beef? No. The cow is considered to bring forth life. In the ancient times, bulls and oxen were slaughtered and made sacrifices. Some of its meat was consumed. Cows that were milked were never killed. The onset of Buddhists and Jains brought about strict rules on beef consumption. It was forbidden. These cattle were necessary for butter, dung and milk. Cows should not be mistaken for idols or gods by non-Hindus.

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If meat is to be taken among the Hindu, the mode of preparation is precise-jhatka meaning a quick form of death. Inflicting unnecessary
pain on animals is forbidden. The quick death reduces the duration of suffering and pain to animals during the slaughtering process. This is a sensitive issue as some scriptures and hymns completely forbid beef consumption. The Rigveda scripture has a quote that
demands punishment by the Agni god to anyone that kills humans and animals like cattle.

Straight vegans adhere to the Tirukkural verses that condemn beef eating and view it as devouring hurt and wounded flesh. This scripture adds that non-meat eaters are considered highly sacred than any person who strictly follows the Hindu rules. More to it, veneration can only be done by those that have never killed nor partaken meat from any animal.

Expectant mothers in the Hindu religion are allowed to have soup prepared from wild meat called jangala. Not beef from cows. This is stated in the Sushruta Samhita’s Chapter 10. Individuals with major injuries, pregnant mothers, young children at growth spurt and those who indulge in heavy tasks or exercises are allowed to have other meat dishes on condition that caution is taken during preparation except beef. This is clearly stated in Chapter 20 of the Sutrasthanam. A balanced diet though in moderation is accepted by this book.

In Manusmriti, meat eating is highly forbidden unless in conditions like adversity. Nonetheless the meat has to be prepared in a
non-violent manner that reduces the pain and suffering infliction. This Hindu texts in this book continue to explain the brutality cattle and other animals undergo before it can be a meal. Manusmriti advocates for abstinence from beef and meat consumption. The sacred book lists a number of killers-butchers, slaughter men, beef and meat sellers or buyers, anyone that involves in cooking and serving and those that feed on it.

In Chapter 5 of Manusmriti 5:27 rules are clear that only eat meat if your deteriorated health depends on it to recover. The chapter allows rabbit, fish, deer, antelope, sheep, goat, boar and poultry as sacrifice.

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Do Buddhists have a Bible?

In Blog, Buddhism by Alice0 Comments

Many believers (including Buddhists) have the belief that religion is God-given despite the contradictory and divergent doctrines on the basis of the Bible. If religion is God-given then we ought to select the best and leave the rest. The bible states that God is a God of one harmony; therefore, since Buddhism contradicts the Bible, we can’t claim they have a Bible, regardless of whether they have a certain spiritual religious “Holy” book that they follow and have a supreme being. Those are not reasons enough to warrant the Buddhists having a bible.

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However, this is not inferencing that Buddhist religion is bad, every religion has its won good side, no wonder each religion has many followers. Buddhism contains some doctrines not in convergence with the Bible that can destroy someone’s spirit. The Buddhism scriptures ought to guide people in their ways of living in this world. Buddhism contains idol worship which contradicts the Bible which discourages idol worship (Romans 1, 1 Corinthians, Acts 19, Isaiah 40 and Psalm 115).

Siddhartha Gautama’s teachings formed the basis of Buddhism. He lived between c.500- c.400). However, the Bible has Jesus who lived in the Bc. Period and he forms the basis of the Bible. Jesus did asceticism, that is, avoiding the basic needs of the body e.g. food), on the other hand, Gautama did the same this is one common practice found in Buddhist scriptures and the Bible.

Jesus in the bible believed in the Holy Spirit as a form of soul-searching while Gautama used meditation as a form of deep soul-searching. Buddhists believe in karma, that is, the present life affects the afterlife. Also, the belief in reincarnation (popularly known as Samsara in Hindu), that is, there are many existing states of a person’s soul. These beliefs are not in accordance with the Bible, therefore making it difficult to associate Buddhism with the Bible.

Buddhism believe in many gods, on the other hand, Bible indicates the belief in only one God (1 Corinthians, Isaiah 44 and Deuteronomy 6). Some Buddhists also believe there is no god at all. The bible is clear on the existence of God scriptures while Buddhists scriptures are a bit unclear on that issue. Buddhism deny the idea of Jesus rising from the dead which is found in the Bible (Corinthians 15).

We can’t say they have a Bible as one of the most enshrined aspects in the Bible, they don’t believe. Buddhists believe that a soul goes through persistent rebirth, where it can move from one body to another; it persists till the ‘Nirvana period’, on the other hand, the Bible claims once one dies, the soul leaves this world and goes to a spiritual world. in the Bible, after death, you await judgment from God, while Buddhists don t believe in the judgment ideology. The bible also consists of the Holy spirit aspect which Buddhism doesn’t incorporate into their beliefs. The religion of the bible included many races while Buddhism is only for Hindus since Gautama was born in Nepal.

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Do Sikhs Believe in Reincarnation?

In Blog, Sikhism by Alice0 Comments

The line separating the living and the dead is too thick that we, the living, often find ourselves guessing what the other side of the line is like. In an attempt to find answers for their faithful, different religions teach different theories that explain what happens after death. Sikhs, in particular, believe that humans and other animals continue to live even after they die as they are reincarnated into new forms of life. According to Guru Granth Sahib Ji, birth indicates that a soul has entered into a new body while death signifies the exit of a soul from a body so that it is born in another young body.

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Souls are a part of Waheguru (God) and they, under the guidance of Sikh Gurus, always reunite with him after surviving in about 8.4 million different body forms. Just like God, a soul lives eternally. Put differently, Sikhs believe that a body dies and leaves its soul behind to be taken up by another body, a body that will then die and leave the soul behind, and the cycle continues. The cycle can only be terminated by Waheguru who assumes full custody of the soul as from that moment. In some exceptions, Waheguru can decide to mukti (release) a soul from the reincarnation cycle before it completes all the 8.4 million rounds, mainly if it is pure and lives in line with his Shabad (word). Sikh Gurus teach that God reincarnates people as a way of giving them another chance to change their bad habits for the better in their new form of life. It is, therefore, the role of every human being to seek salvation from God and love him at all times to increase his/her chances of reuniting with God without having to go through many reborn cycles.

What Can Make Waheguru Deny Mukti to a Soul?

Any wrongdoing will distance a soul from Waheguru and force him to take it through many death and rebirth processes. Here are some of the critical factors that contribute to this:

• Worshipping other gods and not Waheguru,
• Living an extravagant life at the expense of others; being greedy; lobh,
• Being led and controlled by anger(Karodh),
• Taking glory away from God and using it in one’s favor; manmukh,
• Holding onto material things thus ignoring the word of God; moh,
• Being lustful; kam.

Prove of Soul Reincarnation

Sikh Gurus argue that if every living creature ends up in heaven or hell after death, then there is a likelihood that either heaven or hell could have been filled up to capacity a long time ago. In that case, people and animals couldn’t be dying today because, apparently, there could be no space left for them to go to. Since deaths still occur, therefore, it is logical to say that people are reincarnated over and over again to keep the population in heaven and hell under control.

Conclusion

Humans have no control over what will become of them after death- Mukti and reincarnation are in the hands of Waheguru. In that realization, it is imperative that every living creature alive as per the guidelines of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji: do good to all at all times and get rid of any bad qualities- that’s the best anyone can do.

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When Sikhism was Founded

In Blog, Sikhism by Alice0 Comments

At the northwestern tip of India is found The Golden Temple, or Harimandir Sahib, the most huge recorded fixate on earth to the 20 million Sikhs around the world. Here individuals from all kinds of different backgrounds are welcome to participate in tuning in to the songs of the Guru Granth Sahib and to participate in solidarity for a common feast (Langar).

More than five hundred years prior in Punjab, India, a child was destined to a Hindi couple. The kid, who was named Nanak, was relied upon to emulate his dealer father’s example. Be that as it may, this tyke was diverse from numerous points of view. He was pensive and attentive. He would as often as possible lose all sense of direction in contemplation. He appeared to be unengaged with the things of this world. He examined religion with his Muslim and Hindi partners.

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At last, one morning he went to the waterway to bathe. As indicated by legend, he entered the stream, however, did not surface. For three days and evenings his companions looked for him. However, he was not to be found. At that point came the extraordinary occasion Nanak rose up out of the waterway. Amid the time he’d been missing, Nanak had an unfathomable otherworldly ordeal. He’d been in fellowship with God and had been illuminated and given a calling to tell the universe of his True Name. The principal thing Nanak said upon his arrival was “There is no Hindu, no Muslim.” Nanak’s message was that lone through an evident commitment to the one True Name could people break the cycle of birth and passings and converse with God. Nanak turned into the primary Guru, and Sikhism appeared.

By then, Guru Nanak left his home on the first of four unique adventures to spread his message. Between the years 1499 and 1521 he headed out to such places as Sri Lanka, Tibet, Baghdad, Mecca, and Medina. Supernatural occasions went with him wherever he went, and he picked up a substantial after. At last at the end of his life, he settled in Kartapur with his significant other and two children. His numerous devotees came here to tune in to his lessons. Before he kicked the bucket, he selected one to proceed with his work. Since Nanak, there have been nine other living masters. The tenth, Guru Gobind Singh showed that there was never again a requirement professionally master. Instead, he found a profound successor in the Guru Granth Sahib (consecrated writings), and a physical successor in the Khalsa.

Honestly interpreted, Khalsa signifies “the unadulterated,” and it is the objective of all Sikhs to wind up Khalsa. Authoritatively, one moves toward becoming Khalsa when he or she has experienced Sikh sanctification, and have consented to take after the Sikh Code of Conduct and Conventions, alongside wearing the endorsed physical articles of the faith. This service happens when a develop singular presents him or herself within sight of the Guru Granth Sahib and five other Khalsa Sikhs. The applicant is instructed what will be anticipated from him or her and after that beverages Amrit (sugar water mixed with a knife).

Khalsa individuals can without much of a stretch be recognized by specific pieces of attire which they wear as images of their faith. These are alluded to as the Five K’s;

· Kesh, or long, unshorn hair, is an image of a deep sense of being. It reminds the person to carry on like masters. (Male individuals wear a turban over the hair.)

· Kirpan, or the formal sword, is an image of nobility. This isn’t viewed as a weapon, much as Christians wear the cross as an image of faith and not an instrument of torment.

· Kangha, or brush, is an image of cleanliness and teach.

· Kara, or a steel bracelet, is an image of limitation in activities and a steady indication of one’s commitment to God.

· Kachha, or drawers, which symbolize poise and virtuousness.

Sikhism is the fifth biggest religion on the planet. It started as a dynamic religion which dismissed all qualifications of position, doctrine, race, or sex. It perceived the dull uniformity of women when women were viewed as property or entertainment of men when female child murder and dowager consuming was healthy and even energized. The inheritance of Sikhism is its accentuation on one’s dedication to God and honest living.

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Are Islam and Muslim the Same?

In Blog, Islam by Alice0 Comments

Islam believes that Muhammad and Jesus are prophets of the Lord who are tasked with the responsibility of bringing the word of God to everyone. Muslims on the other hand, follow the religion of Islam.

Now, Islam, as well as the Muslims, follow the Prophet Mohammed’s religion and the Qur’an. There’re so many faithful followers who have now settled across the entire world, however, a lot of the non-Muslims do not have a clear understanding of what the religion is all about. Now, first of all, they have a completely different language, however, beyond linguistic difference, there are some few differences between Muslim and Islam.

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Islam simply implies submission. It originated from a word that means peace. It is the second-largest religion as well as one of the world’s fastest-growing religions. It’s only succeeded by Christianity. The religion of Islam is a monotheistic as well as the Abrahamic religion which is guided by the Holy Qur’an. The Holy Qur’an consists of the word of God and also the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, who was the last Prophet. A follower of Islam is said to be a Muslim. A lot of Muslims do believe that their main purpose is to serve and worship God, for which they’ve established the five (5) pillars of Islam which guide a Muslim on nearly every part of life and society in general.

Muslims are the follower of the religion of Islam. Normally, Muslim is used in conversation to differentiate a person. Muslims also believe in incomparable God; through a chain of Prophets which start with Adam and also include Moses, Aaron, David, Job, Jesus and a lot more; peace is upon them, and so on. There’s a very simple method that somebody can be a Muslim. One only has to say �there’s no god aside from God, and Muhammad is God’s Messenger, by this kind of declaration such believer announces his/her faith in all the messengers of God.

Muslims are divided into two main sects: The Sunnis as well as the Shias. These sects have a lot of similarities and they both consider themselves to be Muslims, who are following the will of God. But, there is variation from each other in some parts. Both of them agree on the basics of Islam and also share the same Holy Book. But, based on experts this division stems from some of their different political, historical experiences and social developments, and ethnic composition too.

In our modern times, it has really been noticed that the entire Muslim histories are known or identified as the histories of Islam’. Koran, or Q’uran, is the holy book of Muslims and Islam. It has the religious laws and texts of Islam and is said to be the compilation of the verbatim words of Allah which was dictated to Muhammad. Currently, Islam has long been criticized for some of its strict traditional believes as well as its treatment of women. Though this has been transforming to some aspect because of modernization, there’re certain sects who force their members to follow the traditional rules and law.

In summary, you can use the terms, Muslim and Islam wisely to prevent standardization of the whole thing. Islam describes the religion and Muslim mainly describe the followers of the religion.

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Do Islams believe in Jesus?

In Blog, Islam by Alice0 Comments

About fourteen centuries ago, the great Prophet Muhammad proclaimed that the Holy Mother Mary was Devout Virgin; through this Muslims, all around the world have loved, respected and revered Jesus Christ. The Islam has made it a part of Faith and believes in Jesus. In the Muslim, Jesus Christ is viewed as the Pillar of the Muslim Faith.

The birth of Jesus Christ is a compulsory piece of study in the Muslim conviction. Therefore, it is a duty of every Muslim to believe in Jesus Christ. In the Holy Qur’an, it states the miracles of Jesus from His childhood. He made Birds out of Clay and gave life to them through the permission of God. Through the study of Jesus infancy, it is a clear indication that the Muslims do follow and believe in Him as the Holy Qur’an states.

Through God’s permission, Jesus healed lepers, those born with blindness, the sick, and gave life to the dead. The Islam religion believes in all the healing He conducted. The Qur’an further depicts Jesus as Very obedient and submissive to His parents. The Muslims believe in all the virtues that promote peaceful and moral co-existence. Arguably, it is only the Muslims faith which is not Christianity and upholds Christ as the mighty messenger of God with a high reverence.

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So Muslims believe that so many good things about Jesus only because Muhammad (peace be upon him) said so, not that Bible thumpers convinced them. Now the Bible thumpers are making serious efforts to convince Muslims that Jesus is God.

They use a wide range of tactics for this purpose from common arguments that Jesus did not have a father so he should be God or that Jesus gave life to the dead that is why he is God. But these arguments have so far failed in front of Muslims, as even Adam did not have parents and even Moses gave life to his dead staff and made it a serpent.

The Bible thumpers even get handy with the Qur’an. They quote verses from the Qur’an and tell Muslims that Jesus is “Kalimatullah, the word of Allah” and “Ruhullah, the Spirit of Allah”. But the Muslims come forward with the argument that even John, the Baptist is referred to as “Kalimatullah, word of God” in the Qur’an. The Qur’an also says that Allah breathed into Adam of his spirit and also breathed of it into the whole mankind.


Efforts are also being made on the Muslim side as well to convince Christians that Jesus was not God, but is a messenger of God. Muslims use common arguments such as how can Jesus be God and also die for your sins when God is Eternal? But Christians make some efforts to prove that death is of two types, spiritual death, and physical death.

While other Christians try to prove how Jesus has a dual nature. Muslims even get handy with the Bible. For instance, this post ” Is Jesus God? ” claims that Jesus Christ did not claim divinity anywhere in the Bible. It also makes an effort to answer the several Biblical verses quoted by Christians to prove the divinity of Jesus Christ.

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Buddhist Rules to Live By

In Blog, Buddhism by Alice0 Comments

Buddhism is known to be a religion of self-awareness, sacrifice and the search for the reaching of personal enlightenment. It is more common in Asia than in the United States. If you are deciding to become a Buddhist, here are the steps for the process.

For any unneeded possessions, you need to give away. There is a belief that Buddhists have with them. They believe that humans suffer because of their greed for material things and their dependence on possession.

You should have a will to stay a simple life for you to be a Buddhist. You will have other Devout Buddhists giving away even their cars and also go a step ahead to cut their electricity connections. These things are a sign of selfishness as for other can live without having those things in life. Of course, it can be a difficult thing to do when you are from a luxurious life.

But in time, you will learn on how to do them. At first, you will sacrifice your other possessions by giving them to charity or even your friends.

To live simply is the main teaching of Buddhism. One must always choose to live simply in order to gain enlightenment. An individual can never be free of greed, anger and often in need of things if he or she is attached with possessions.

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You should consider practicing the habit to always have donations to charities. It is the means of donating money, time, and any charitable donations that will make the other person’s life have less suffering. It will also keep the idea of money from ruling your life.

Practice kindness. One of the common Buddhist practices is carrying a broom with them whenever they go to the mountains. They sweep their path in front of them in order to avoid stepping on plants and animals. They believe that every life form is precious. If you are beginning as a Buddhist, the broom carrying might not work for you now. You can apply kindness to other things in your life like being kind to your family, neighbors, friends, and strangers. If you see a spider, a cockroach, an ant, try to avoid hurting and killing them. They might be of no use inside your house, but they have lives too. They do their tasks, just like we do our own. They deserve to be there. Also, try helping the people in need. Be kind at all times, and you can see how much better it will bring to your life.

In fully to becoming a Buddhist, research the faith of other Buddhists. You have to be truly embodied by the spirit of Buddha. In order to do this, you must learn about the teachings and beliefs of most Buddhists. There are religions that are similar with Buddhism and you can also search for these.

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Becoming a Buddhist is such a magnificent thing. It makes you enjoy life to the fullest even without having all the possessions you think could make you happy. All of the sufferings in the world are because of the greediness of people. When you become a Buddhist, you will detach from all the wants in life, and live simply while enjoying it to the fullest.