This is a one page paper on transcendentalism in the biographies of Mahavira and the Buddha. There is one reference used in this paper.
Mahavira and the Buddha both started their religions of Buddhism and Jainism in 6th century B.C. It is interesting to look at what transcendental element these two spiritual leaders had in common.
A Common Element
Both Mahavira and the Buddha founded religions that were “atheistic, nirvana in the pure form (unknown, 2002).” They each believed in the transcendental elements of reincarnation and karma and felt they were liberated in rebirth. Reincarnation is a …
… reincarnation and karma and felt they were liberated in rebirth. Reincarnation is a belief that when one dies, his soul enters another body, thus the soul never reaches nirvana or paradise. Karma is the destiny caused by one’s actions. Both Mahavira and the Buddha believed one could escape reincarnation and achieve salvation, or mortality, if they could eliminate the karma in their lives.
These two spiritual leaders founded religions in attempts to escape Hinduism. They each realized the importance of mortality and tried to escape the karma they felt lead to reincarnation.