avirati अविरति

  • desire
  • intemperance
  • incontinence

In Yoga Sutra I-30, Patanjali describes nine obstacles that create distraction and inconsistency in chitta (consciousness) and prevent the aspirant from progressing in his/her spiritual path. Avirati (desire) is one of those obstacles. Others are illness, inertia, doubt, neglect/heedlessness, laziness, blindness/erroneous views, lack of determination/weakness and irresoluteness.

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