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It is old or terminally ill people who usually resort to Santhara,
and allowing a person to suffer without medical assistance, food
or water is indeed inhuman. Jains, however, argue that it is a
voluntary act of rational thinking and marks the beginning of a
journey toward understanding the inherently painful and flawed
nature of earthly existence.
However, this practice appears to be inhumane, insensitive, and
harsh to a distant observer, but for a Jain follower, it is of utmost
importance to become one with God before leaving this world. Yes,
I agree that it is a part of a socio-religious culture and is done
voluntarily and in the right state of mind. But at the same time in
today's world, we cannot ensure whether the reason for a person
committing santhara is attaining moksha or finding an easy way
out of his worldly problems. It can also not be ensured whether
the person is doing it in the right state of mind or free from any
pressure. And even if the person is doing it voluntarily to attain
moksha still, Is a person taking his life ethical? Shouldn't it be
called suicide?
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