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Kapot Leshya-Shatt Leshya Philosophy in Jain Religion (vk-253)

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Watercolorm on Arches paper
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Jain Religion (origin India) describes a concept named Shatt Leshya (षट लेश्या). Shatt means six. Leshya means a mental propensity, the inclination or natural tendency to behave in a certain way. The concept of Shatt Leshya grades human beings in 6 types and assigns 6 colors (of souls) to them. The worst grade (Krishn or Black) is most cruel, most deceitful, most envious. The noblest (Shukl or White) is most humble, most pious, most detached. A very common example is used to explain the concept. For eating fruits a person of Krishn (Black) Leshya cuts off the entire tree, person of Neel (Blue) Leshya cuts off the tree boughs, person of Kapot (Grey) Leshya cuts off branches, person of Peet (Yellow) Leshya breaks off twigs to get clusters of fruits, person of Padm (Pink) Leshya plucks only the fruits, and person of Shukl (White) Leshya eats only the fallen fruits. The example of obtaining fruits from trees by different degrees of cruelty is portrayed in a set of 6 paintings on Leshya. This painting portrays Kapot Leshya’s Grey color and still less human evil. Only the branches of tree have been cut for obtaining fruits.

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