MIND : ITS MYSTERIES AND CONTROL : 22.1.



Chapter-22. Raga-Dvesha : 1.

1. Raga-Dvesha, The Cause Of Bondage :


Raga-dvesha-viyuktaistu vishayanindriyais-charan,
Atmavasyair-vidheyatma prasadam-adhigacchati.

"But the disciplined (lower) Self, moving among sense-objects with senses free from attraction and repulsion and mastered by the Higher Self, goeth to Peace." (Gita, II-64)


Raga (attraction), Dvesha (repulsion) and Tatastha Vritti (indifference) are the three important Vrittis of the mind. Raga and Dvesha (like and dislike or love and hatred or attraction and repulsion) are the two currents in the mind which bind a man to the Samsaric wheel of birth and death.

Raga and Dvesha are the two Doshas or faults in the mind that have brought you to this world.

The Svarupa of Bandha (bondage) is Raga and Dvesha.

The Svarupa of Ajnana is Raga and Dvesha.

All the emotions come under the category of Raga-Dvesha.

These two currents are the Dharma (characteristics) of the mind and not of the spirit.

Pleasure and pain, Harsha and Soka, exhilaration and depression are due to Raga-Dvesha.

If Raga and Dvesha vanish from the mind, Harsha-Soka also will disappear.

Next : 2. Selfish Love And Divine Love :

Swami Sivananda
To be continued  ....



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