|Handbook of Jainism
THE RIGHT ATTITUDE
When a person is convinced as above regarding the Deity, the
Teacher, and the Rule, he takes care or takes a vow not to fall
into any of the following five transgressions or waverings from
- Sanka (Doubt)
- You may doubt the truth of some of the statements of the
philosophy; but this doubt is that which comes after
having once been convinced of the truth of the statement.
- A state of mind in which it is argued that because a
person can do wonderful things, such as cause a wall to
fall down by speaking a word, or any other wonderful
thing, that therefore such person can make true
statements with regard to life and spiritual truth. The
fact is that rogues and rascals are able to do these
wonderful things just as can good men.
- When, after having followed the religion for a length of
time, suffering, illness or losses come upon us and we
blame the philosophy doubting its efficacy. The
philosophy must not be blamed, but the cause of the
suffering should be looked for in past actions.
- Praise of any one who can be proved to be following wrong
paths; butchers, Napoleon etc. Or the feeling that the
fakirs who do all manners of absurd things must be
wonderful people with a true religion.
Too much familiarity. The feeling that you cannot do
without the person causes you to get into the wrong ways
of life he may have.
These are given as examples of waverings from the right
attitude. There are, of course, other possible ways.