UPSC Prelims Question on common elements in Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism

Which of the following is / are common elements in Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism?
1. Existence of God as creator, survivor and destroyer of universe
2. Existence of an eternal, essential and absolute soul, self or atman
3. Karma as implication of past actions that affects our present and future life
Select the correct option from the codes given below:
[A] Only 1 & 2
[B]Only 2 & 3
[C]1, 2 & 3
[D]None of them

Answer

Answer: None of them
Notes:“Existence of God as creator, survivor and destroyer of universe” is not accepted in Jainism. “Existence of an eternal, essential and absolute soul, self or atman” is not accepted in Buddhism {read about Anatta}. The doctrine that “Karma as implication of past actions that affects our present and future life” is common in Buddhism and Hinduism, but in Jainism it is different and not really related to actions but Karma is a subtle matter {Karma particles}.

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