Six Enemies of the Mind

Arishadvarga – lust, anger, possessiveness, delusion, pride, jealousy.

All these binding negatives come from the fixation that “I am this body, mind and intellect and these are mine.”

KAMA… Wanting something that is not mine is lust.

KRODHA… The object of lust not coming to me creates anger.

LOBHA… The object of my lust comes to me and the emotion that I should not lose it creates possessiveness.

MOHA… The feeling that I cannot live without it is delusion.

MADA/AHANKARA… The sense that only I have it and no one else has it is pride.

MATSARYA… The sense that others have it and I don’t have it is jealousy.

Anger against these children of “I” and “mine” pushes them away. Thus we become a life in everyone. We become mothers to this illusory world giving the positive elements protection and nourishment.

Lobha – greed, miserliness, narrow minded; Mooladhara.

Kama – lust, craze, desire, passion, obsession; Swadhisthana.

Krodha – anger, hatred, motivation, aggression, dynamism; Manipura.

Matsarya – envy, jealousy, show or vanity, and pride; Anahata.

Moha – delusory emotional attachment, infatuation; Vishuddha.

Mada or Ahankara – pride, stubborn mindedness, arrogance, superiority complex; Ajna.

1) Lobha or greed. Determination that no one else should partake of even a small fraction of what one has earned or what one has. Even in times of distress, one’s possessions should not be diminished by use.

2) Kama or desire for riches, property, honour, status, fame, children. Attachment to
all things of this sensory world.

3) Krodha or anger. Yearning to harm others and cause ruin to them.

4) Maatsarya or jealousy. Finding it intolerable that others are as happy as oneself, Matsarya makes one miserable; over other s good fortune. Only I should have all things is the feeling of Matsarya.

5) Moha or illusion. Seeing life incorrectly. Unable to see reality, living in illusion. The delusion that some people are nearer to one than others and the desire to please them more than others, leading to exertions for earning and accumulating for their sake.

6) Mada or egoism or pride. The false pride that develops when one feels that he has either scholarship or strength or riches or high birth or good looks or fame, more than others. Even when one has not got these, Mada makes men move about without reverence for elders and consideration for others’ feelings and stimulates craving only for one’s own comfort and security. Mada is extreme egoism or self – centeredness.