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Six internal enemies
« on: April 27, 2009, 05:47:54 PM »
Any living being has got six external enemies.  But the human
being alone, which can think and consequently create problems
for him, has got six internal enemies.

Kamba Ramayanam and Villiputturar Bharatam, two Tamil rendeings
of Ramayana and Mahabharata speak of six characters who represent
each, one internal enemy.

Kama -  This is only undeserving desire.  Not sexual desire per se.
An undeserving desire is something like Sanjay Dutt wanting to
become Prime Minister!  Sisubala in Mahabharatam is the example
for this.  In the Rajasuya Yaga, of Dharmaputra, when he wanted
to give the first offering to Krishna, Sisubala said that he should
be given the first offering, and quaralled with both Dharmaputra
and Krishna.  He was killed.

Kobha - unbridled anger.  The example is Hiranya Kashyap.  He
got angry with Narayana and got killed by Narasimha who came out
of the pillar.

Lobha - not giving even a small portion of one's wealth and riches
to others.  Duryodhana is the example.  He did not even want to spare five houses to Pandavas.  And he died later due to this.

Matha -  limitless arrogance - bloated egoism.  Kamsa.  Knowing that
only Vasudeva's eighth child would kill him, he imprisoned Devaki
and Vasudeva and killed every child from the first child. 

Moha - this is morbid sexual desire towards women other than one's wife.  Ravana is the unbeatable example.

Mascharya - enmity towards anyone other than one's enemy.  This is Aswathama, who killed Pandavas' harmless young children and also tried to kill even Utthara's child in the womb.  He was killed.

Arunachala Siva.