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Sallekhana (also sallekhanā, Santhara, Samadhi...

wikipedia - 31 Aug 2015
Sallekhana (also sallekhanā, Santhara, Samadhi-marana, Sanyasana-marana) is the last vow prescribed by the Jain ethical code of conduct.[note 1] The vow of sallekhana is observed by the Jain ascetics and lay votaries at the end of their life by gradually reducing the intake of food and liquids. Sallekhana is allowed when normal life according to religion is not possible due to old age, incurable disease or when a person is nearing his end. It is a highly respected practice

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