Understanding the Fluctuations of the Mind: Lessons from King Shrenik’s Encounter

Once upon a time, King Shrenik embarked on a journey to visit Lord Mahavira. Along the way, he encountered a sage who exuded wisdom and serenity, surrounded by a radiant light as he meditated. Impressed by the sage’s presence, King Shrenik respectfully bowed before him before continuing his path.

Upon reaching Lord Mahavira, King Shrenik posed a thought-provoking question: what would become of the sage if he were to pass away while in meditation? Lord Mahavira responded with two contrasting answers. Initially, he suggested that the sage would be destined for hell, only to later proclaim that the sage would ascend to the realm of angels in heaven. This contradictory response left King Shrenik perplexed, prompting him to seek clarification.

Lord Mahavira proceeded to unravel the mystery by recounting a tale of the sage’s inner turmoil. Prior to King Shrenik’s encounter, the sage had been misled by false information regarding his son’s well-being, leading him to harbour feelings of anger and thoughts of violence towards others. However, the sage ultimately recognized the error of his ways, choosing to embrace his peaceful nature and relinquish his hostile thoughts.

This anecdote served as a powerful lesson for King Shrenik, illustrating the profound impact of one’s thoughts on their destiny. The concept of Leśyās, categorizing thoughts into distinct types with varying consequences.

From the story of King Shrenik, we are reminded of the significant impact our thoughts have on our lives, both in the present and in the afterlife. It is crucial to cultivate positive thoughts and show kindness towards others to lead a fulfilling life. King Shrenik’s experience serves as a valuable lesson, highlighting the influence of one’s thoughts on their ultimate destiny. By maintaining a mind free from negativity and distractions, one can attain inner peace and grasp eternal truths. A purified mind is a valuableally, while an impure mind can be one’s greatest adversary. By replacing impure thoughts with pure ones, we can find solace and allow our true selves to shine. It is essential to strive for a calm and peaceful mind, free from the disturbances of desire. Merely seeking solitude in nature will not bring peace if the mind remains restless and impure.

By quieting the turbulent waves of the mind, we can gradually experience divine bliss. Just as iron turns to gold when touched by the philosopher’s stone, or gutter water becomes pure when mixed with the waters of the Ganges, so too can a tainted mind be transformed and purified through connection with the divine. Let us now explore the concept of Leśyā, where the colors of our thoughts illuminate our spiritual journey. By understanding the essence of these hues, we can empower our souls and embrace a life of purity and enlightenment.

  1. Krishna Leśyā (Black): People with these thoughts are angry and violent. They don’t care about others and are full of jealousy and hate. They don’t believe in being good. If they die with these thoughts, they might go to hell.
  2. Neel Leśyā (Blue): People with these thoughts are proud and lazy. They are not reliable and often lie. They don’t care much about being good. If they die with these thoughts, they might be reborn as plants.
  3. Kapot Leśyā (Brown): People with these thoughts are sad and always find fault in others. They brag about themselves and get upset easily. If they die with these thoughts, they might be reborn as birds or animals.
  4. Tejo Leśyā (Red): People with these thoughts are kind and know right from wrong. They try to be good and help others. If they die with these thoughts, they might be reborn as humans.
  5. Padma Leśyā (Yellow): People with these thoughts are very kind and forgiving. They follow rules and are not bothered by good or bad things that happen. If they die with these thoughts, they might go to heaven.
  6. Shukla Leśyā (White): These are the best thoughts. People with these thoughts are peaceful and don’t hate anyone. They are calm and treat everyone nicely. If they die with these thoughts, they might be reborn as humans or angels. If they become perfect, they might be free from being reborn.

In this issue, let us delve into the realm of Leśyās, where hues of thoughts guide our spiritual pathways. Understanding these colours, their essence profound, can empower our souls, with purity crowned.

Dr. Sejal Shah (Ph.D.)