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Five Obstacles On The Path of Spiritual Journey

Five hindrances or obstacles on the path of spiritual journey
  1. Lust and Greed
  2. Hatred and Ill Will
  3. Agitation
  4. Sloth and Inactivity
  5. Doubt

He who is able to withstand even while alive the agitation caused by lust and anger — he is the self-controlled one and he is the happy man. (Bhagavad Gita, 5.23)

Hell has three doors – lust, rage, and greed. 

When one has no lust, no hatred, a man walks safely among the things of lust and hatred.

It is while living on earth that we should attain moksha - all desires, anger, ego, hatred should be dropped and we should purify ourselves while living on earth. We need to make the place we live Vaikunta - with Bhagavan our guide. In this Kali Yuga, mere recitation of the name of the deity helps in achieving peace and moksha.

Vigor, forgiveness, fortitude, purity, absence of hatred, absence of pride – these are the qualities that one should possess to become perfect.

He by whom the world is not disturbed, and who is not disturbed by the world, free from exultation, impatience, fright, and agitation — he is dear to me. (Bhagavad Gita xii. 15.)

Dispassion is the giving up of all attachments to the objects of the world and by giving up the expectations for the fruits of action. These two are the main causes for the agitation of thoughts, which thicken the flood of the thought flow and make the mind uncontrollable.

We are warned that even a healthy bodily existence is not possible if we were to live in complete inertia and inactivity. Inactivity brings about the destruction of the nation, of the society, and of the home, and often the very individual himself becomes victimized by his own idleness and suffers physical disabilities and intellectual deterioration.

And whosoever, leaving the body, goes forth remembering Me alone, at the time of his death, he attains My being; there is no doubt about this. (Gita 8.5)

The wise man who has attained purity, whose doubts are solved, who is filled with the spirit of self-abnegation, does not shrink from action because it brings pain, nor does he desire it because it brings pleasure. (Gita 18.10)