Teachings – Jagadguru Sri Maha Periyava – Kanchi Paramacharya

The first three of the six internal enemies are kama, krodha and lobha. The remaining three are moha, madha and mathsarya. The six internal enemies together are known as Shadripu.

If you think about the six enemies, they are all born from desire.

What is moha? It is the state or remaining under the spell of something, losing one’s mind over it, due to one’s desire for it.

Madha is also based on desire. It is vanity and haughtiness over indulgence in objects of desire and the arrogance that results from the satisfaction when a desire is fulfilled.

Mathsarya is jealousy. Why do we become jealous of someone else? It is because the other person has something that we do not have. When we are deprived of something, such as money or influence, we feel jealous. The desire to possess what is missing is the cause of mathsarya.

So all the six internal enemies have the same root, desire.

Therefore, to end the deva-asura war that is constantly afflicting us, we have to get rid of the asura called desire, the root enemy.

The only way that jiva can attain the peaceful state is through the destruction of desire.
Jagadguru Sri Maha Periyava – Kanchi Paramacharya