While working, many difficulties come on the way. But really speaking the obstacles are from within. Eknathji says, “It is the ego that causes frictions and differences of opinion. At the slightest provocation a person flares up and there is a breach of discipline. One should exert oneself to have control over the mind. The ego of a person is present even in childhood and one feels insulted if asked to apologize for the abuses hurled at one’s sister. I remember, in my childhood when an option of apologizing or eating cowdung was open to me, I ate cow-dung but did not apologize.
On introspection, we notice that it is not the external agency which provokes an individual but the human weaknesses are a cause to it. There are six adversaries of human being as narrated by our ethics viz. attachment (Kama), anger (Krodha), avarice (Lobha), delusion (Moha), conceit (Mada), and jealousy (Matsara).
When a person is under the sway of any one of them, he loses his self-command. One ceases to be his normal self when he is overpowered by anger. As the Bhagavad Gita states :
स्मृतिभ्रंशात् बुद्धिनाशो बुद्धिनाशात् प्रणश्यति॥
Krodhatbhavati sammohaha Sammohat smriti vibhramah
Smritibhrumshat budhdhinasho Budhdhinashat Pranashyati II.63
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