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Types of Soul, Jain Philosophy
Types of Soul in Jain Philosophy has been classified into six categories based on the type of Karma that binds them.
 Types of soul can be divided into 6 categories depending upon the value of their activity and accordingly, upon the Karma- type binding them; the first of them gets the highest degree of sinfulness, whereas each following one become better and better and the last finally possesses relatively the highest attainable purity. Affiliation of the soul to one of these six classes is revealed externally by the fact, that it is free, on account of its nature, from all that determines what is sensually perceivable, gets colour, smell, taste and touch, in short, a firmly prominent type which in any case in a manner that cannot be known for our senses distinguishes it from the other souls. This type of soul is called lesya.

The individual Lesyas are distinguished .as under according to the colours which the soul get: 1. krishna, black, 2. nila, dark-blue, 3. kapota, grey, 4. tejas, fiery, 5. padma, yellow or rose, 6. sukla, white.

The emotions and mentioned here are only the basic temperaments of the soul. A different degree of intensity is to be distinguished in each Lesya. It is, therefore, not surprising when the worst Lesyas are present even in high stages of development, when partial or complete self-discipline has already been attained. Lesyas characterize just only the emotional condition of a soul. The qualities which are described need not emerge in such a distinctive manner.

It must also be finally mentioned that a being has at its birth at first the Lesya which it had at the time of death in the preceding existence; the Lesya can be changed later.

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