Three Main Enemies on the Path of Spirituality | Obstacles on the path of Devotion | Part 2

Three Main Enemies on the Path of Spirituality | Obstacles On The path Of Spirituality | Obstacles on the path of Devotion | Part 2

The REAL BRAVE person is one who can defeat the demons inside! Maharishi Patanjali, in Patanjali Yoga Sutras, has enumerated these demons or the main impediments of the spiritual path. In the previous lecture, Swami Mukundananda graciously explained the impediments of disease, mental inertia, and doubt. In this lecture, he delves deeper into carelessness, laziness, and absence of detachment.

Swamiji enlightens us that carelessness is a big impediment on the spiritual path. For example, we all know that pride is a bad thing. Yet, when the thought of pride comes, we do not take action to the extent required. If we are careful, then we will think that this is not the right sentiment and take it out! When we eat food, if a stone comes in mouth – we immediately take it out. In the domain of mind, our attitude of carelessness pulls us down.

Now, the next impediment is similar – laziness. What is laziness? not doing what we are supposed to do. We know that we should always think of God. Why don’t we do it? Laziness. We know we need to attach our mind to God – why we don’t do it? Laziness. Some scriptures claim that the biggest enemy in this human body is laziness.

Finally, the absence of detachment: Consider when someone has an attachment to coffee/tea – his/her mind repeatedly goes to that. As another example, Some people say, when we retire we are going to do devotion only. By the time retirement comes, they become attached to grandkids. The highest realization requires complete attachment in God. Can’t one have 50-50 attachment between the material world and God? No. Our mind is such that at one time it can ONLY be attached to ONE thing. We do not have the hunger for God because the mind is attached to the world.

Listen to this amazing lecture in full to understand each of the impediments in detail with Vedic references and progress on your spiritual journey.

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About Swami Mukundananda:

Swami Mukundananda is a renowned spiritual leader, philosopher, visionary, author, and humanitarian. He is the founder of the yogic system called “JKYog.” Swamiji is a unique sanyasi (in the renounced order of life), with distinguished degrees in Engineering and Management from two world famous Institutes in India, IIT and IIM. He is a senior disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj.

Swamiji’s enlightening discourses clarify the deepest concepts of the Vedic scriptures with wit, humor, and perfect logic. Along with his discourses, he teaches the comprehensive system “Yoga for the body, Mind and Soul”. For the youth, Swamiji has conducted programs at prestigious universities such as Princeton, Stanford, Yale, MIT, Duke and Kellogg School of Management. He has been invited to speak at various Fortune 500 companies like Google, Oracle, Intel, etc. For children, he has established a special personality development program, called “Bal-Mukund Character Building Program.”

He has inspired millions of people around the world on the path of spirituality, holistic health, yoga, meditation, service to society, and God-realization. Swamiji’s warmth and humility touch all those who have had the fortune to have his association.

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Obstacles on the path of Devotion | Part 2



17 thoughts on “Three Main Enemies on the Path of Spirituality | Obstacles on the path of Devotion | Part 2

  1. The three obstacles in the path of devotion – carelessness; laziness; no detachment. The attitude of carelessness brings us down. Complete attachment to God is required. The mind can be attached to only one thing at a time – attach it to God!

  2. Can you lessen pride by practicing it's opposite humility?
    If thoughts were separate things, that you could discard permanently and keep the good ones then yes, but since the thought of pride and humility have a common denominator that is thought itself then no.

  3. Swamiji so beautifully describes that mental afflictions are problematic because divine love demands exclusive and continuous attachment to God. Thank you, Swamiji!

  4. Pride, laziness, not detached from world are the impediments to devotion. 100% attachment to God is needed to attain him. Thank you Swamiji

  5. Carelessness is harmful for our success in any field. When it comes to spirituality, we are even more careless and lazy . We are not doing what we are capable of doing. Swamiji is helping us to keep a watchful eye on our own attitude. Thank you Swamiji!!!

  6. Swamiji so beautifully describes how carelessness, laziness, and absence of detachment can hinder the progress on the path of spirituality. These mental afflictions are problematic because divine love demands exclusive and continuous attachment to God. Thank you for continuing to remind us of the important messages.

  7. So nice explanation by Swamiji! Mind is the cause of everything.When we control our mind and attitude,everything can be easy for us.If we pray sincerely to God,one day He will certainly listen to our prayer.

  8. 100% surrender example is awesome. It's very challenging, but will do my best. Does that mean give up on all kinds of relationships and become one monk? Wonderful lecture Gurudev. Radhey Radhey Govinda Radhey

  9. Need to get rid off my laziness and carelessness…no wonder I'm not able to progress on the path of devotion.
    It's all in our hands. Need more determination and this Knowledge which stays all the time.

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