#6. Avirati means being engaged in any one of the sense objects and not coming out of it. You can call it obsession. When you are hungry, you eat food. But after your tummy is full, then there is no point in thinking about food the whole day. Same thing you know, when people want to see some nice beautiful scenic place. You see it or that’s it. Finished, but do not go on, thinking about seeing something nice, beautiful all the time. All the organs of senses act and their action is limited to some time and it should be over after that. But carrying it on, thinking about it 24 hours and being feverish about the whole thing all the time is avirati, is obsession. Do you see what I am saying? Is it clear?
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So you eat and after eating you should not think about eating. Similarly with sex. You had sex and do not carry sex in your head all the 24 hours. Then that is avirati. Non-detachment from it. People go to all these blue movies and sit there and see the movies day and night. Their head gets so hot. Body is incapable of functioning, but mind is obsessed with thoughts of sex. Even old people get into this problem. They are 70, 80, 90 years old, but they are thinking about sex.
It is said that Mulla Naseeruddin had a birthday party for his 75th birthday and someone asked him. “What do you think about girl friends? Mullah said, “Don’t ask me that question. Only three days ago, I stopped thinking about girls.”
Incompletion of any sense, experiences, creates an avirati, attachment to that sense object and lack of non-attachment to that sense object. Avirati is a big obstruction in the path of yoga, for it does not allow you to get centred. It just pulls you and keeps you there, there, there.
#7. Bhranti darshana is hallucination. You imagine that you are somebody special like a superstar. This is a problem with many people. Many seekers get a vision and they get caught up in that vision because the visions are neither completely false nor completely true. They are a mix of both. So people try to hold on to it. Many cults have happened in this part of the world just because of this bhranti darshana. They never understood these obstructions that can come in the path of yoga. This is called Yoga Maya, which means a vision would come and give you some message or it will be an intuitive message. You are sitting and meditating and a message will come, “Go and open the door; somebody is waiting for you.” And you go and open the door and you find someone there and you get excited. Next day it will happen again and also for the third, fourth and fifth time. As you are not completely hollow and empty, there are residues or traces of your desires, hatreds and fears. These ideas will come up in a form and it will give you ideas in the mind and then you suffer.
9 obstacles on the path
* Vyadhi = illness
* Styana = inability to comprehend
* Samshaya = doubt
* Pramada = carelessness
* Alasya = laziness
* Avirati = non-attachment towards the senses
* Bhranti darshana = hallucination
* Alabdha bhoomikatva = non-attainment of any state
* Anavasthitatva = instability
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It happened to one of our devotees. That person had a vision and almost every vision was right. So one vision came which said, “Do not take your husband to a doctor. He will be cured without going to a doctor.” She was afraid of going to a doctor and became averse to allopathy medicine. She saw all this thing coming up in meditation and said, “I am not going to a doctor.” So the blood sugar went up and up and up and he lost both his eyes. That person became so angry, “Why did my inner voice say this thing to me? Has deceived me?” It was lack of proper understanding. Eighty percent of the things were right, because there was no impurity in those things. Then her own fears and cravings and other things were still there and those things came into thoughts, intuitive thoughts and they went on it and it did not give a very pleasant result back. This is an obstruction. That is why do not gallop on these horses of delusions, bhranti darshana. Many people get caught in it.
#8. Alabdha bhumikatva. This is, sometimes people say, “Oh I am doing all these practices now for eight, ten years but I do not seem to be going anywhere. I simply sit and nothing happens. Just thoughts come and I have not attained any state”. Non-attainment of any state or any samadhi, any peace, any tranquility is another obstruction. The eight obstruction. Where one feels completely stuck and going nowhere. At the same time one is not letting go of the practice and continuing the practice also. But they feel that they are stuck and no progress is happening.
#9. Anavastitava means instability. Okay you get some good experiences. You say, “I feel very calm, but it does not stay longer.” This is another complaint. The ninth obstacle is, “I feel all this bliss, but it all goes away. I feel very peaceful but in moments it all goes away. Just for a few minutes and the whole thing vanishes. I have all this alertness, awareness, good intention but I come out and start doing something and in ten minutes, fifteen minutes it has all gone. For a few days I feel that I have a wonderful state, awareness, alertness and then very soon it is all gone. It does not stay.” This is another usual complaint that people come up with. This ninth obstacle is known as anavastitatva, not getting stabilized in any state.