(Last Updated on : 22/03/2010)
The vyadhi sty ana samsaya pramada alasya avirati bhrantidarsana alabdhabhumikatoa anavasthitatvani cittaviksepah te antarayah sutra states the exact points by which one can be free from the several obstacles, including lapsing, lethargy, lack of perseverance or doubtfulnesses. However, self-realisation is only possible when one is successful in conquering these obstacles.
lack of perseverance, lack of interest, sluggishness,
intoxication, carelessness, negligence
idleness, physical laziness
incontinence, lacking in moderation or control,
living under illusion, mistaken notion
missing the point, inability to hold on to what is achieved, disappointment in one's desired object
an unsettled state, inability to maintain the achieved progress
a scattered or oscillating mind causing distraction in the consciousness
These obstacles are disease, inertia, doubt, heedlessness, laziness, indiscipline of the senses, flawed views, lack of tenacity, and backsliding.
This sutra delineates the nine obstacles or deterrents, which hinders progress and deflects the aspirer's consciousness.
In 1.29, Patanjali had indicated that Self-Realisation is possible only when consciousness is free from impediments.