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Colors of the Soul: By-Products of Activity or Passions?

Kristi L. Wiley
Philosophy East and West
Vol. 50, No. 3, The Philosophy of Jainism (Jul., 2000), pp. 348-366
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1400178
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Colors of the Soul: By-Products of Activity or Passions?
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Abstract

Several religious traditions of South Asia understand that mental activities produce colors (leśyās) that are associated with the mind or with the soul itself. In Jain texts, there are three theories about how leśyās are produced: that leśyās are a product (parināma) (1) of the passions (kasāyas), (2) of vibrations of the soul (yoga), and (3) of all eight varieties of karmas. The views of various Śvetāmbara and Digambara commentators regarding leśyās are compared.

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