MANISH: I am sure in a mess. I don’t know what I should do.
RITA: What’s wrong? Are you in trouble?
MANISH: I have a terrible, horrible, gigantic problem. I wish I could crawl into a hole and never come out.
RITA: What happened? It can’t be that bad.
MANISH: My friends were studying for the math test we have to take tomorrow in school, and they have all decided to cheat on the test.
RITA: We are Jains, and we learned in Pathshala that we should not cheat. Anyway, you always pass the math tests with a hundred.
MANISH: My mother helps me study and I study a lot, that’s why I have been passing all the tests.
RITA: Well, then why are you so upset?
MANISH: The boys at school want to use my paper to cheat from.
RITA: Oh, no! You didn’t agree to that, did you?
MANISH: No, but I didn’t say they couldn’t either.
RITA: Why not?
MANISH: I did not want to make them mad. They would call me names, and I just
hate to be called names.
RITA: Well, if you cheat, you will be in big trouble.
MANISH: I wouldn’t be cheating, just the others.
RITA: You need to be honest. Helping them on the test is not being honest, which makes you a cheater too. That’s dishonest, and then you will get pap (bad karmas).
MANISH: What should I do?
RITA: You know what is right. You need to stand up for what you believe in.
MANISH: Even if they call me all kinds of names that I don’t like?
RITA: They will do that for a little while, but soon they will forget it.
MANISH: I will ask my mother if they can come to my house to study, then they won’t have to cheat. They can make good grades honestly.
RITA: See, you answered your own question. Great!
MANISH: Now, I don’t have to be upset or worried.
RITA: How does worrying solve your problems?
MANISH: Well, I guess it doesn’t. The best answer is to stand up for what is right, and always follow the Jain principles we have learned.
RITA: I agree to that.