Mental Attitude (Leshya)
the Jainism, there is a great deal of importance given to the leshya. A leshya
refers to the state of mind, mental attitude. Our activities reflect our
attitude. The following illustration shows how our activities vary with the
states of our attitude.
there were six friends, who were going on a trip. Along the way, they got lost
in a forest. After a while they were hungry and thirsty. They searched for the
food for sometime, and finally found a fruit tree.
they ran to the tree, the first man said, "Let�s cut the tree down and get the
fruit." The second one said, "Don�t cut the whole tree down, cut off a big
branch instead." The third friend said, "Why do we need a big branch? A small
branch has enough fruit." The fourth one said, "We do not need to cut the
branches, let us just climb up and get the bunches of the fruit." The fifth
man said, "Why pick those many fruit and waste them, instead just pick the
fruit that we need to eat." The sixth friend said quietly, "There are plenty
of good fruit on the ground, so let�s just eat them first."
can see that the states of minds of these six friends caused a range of
thoughts that begin with the destruction of the entire tree and ended with the
picking up of the fruits on the ground. The six friends� minds represent six
types of leshyas.