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India/ Shramanas• Shramana: wandering ascetic A Brief History of God

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India/ Shramanas• Shramana: wandering ascetic individual who renounced the world to find salvation in spiritual meditation – Siddhārtha Gautama/ Buddha (Buddhism) – Vardhamana/ Mahavira (Jainism)• Liberation can be achieved by anybody irrespective of caste• Liberation is to be achieved by each individual, either by introspection or by following other individuals• The priest is replaced by the master• The cycle of rebirth (saṃ sāra) is the cause of sorrow• Nirvana: the state of having escaped from the cycle of rebirth 92

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