The six enemies of the soul & how to deal with them

The six enemies of the soul & how to deal with them

According to Shri Mataji and the ancient texts, principally there are six enemies of the soul. These enemies act through our ego and superego and particularly affect the Void, blocking our ascent. To defeat them we have to achieve self-mastery, develop our guru principle and through regular meditation establish ourselves in the Spirit.

Aum twameva sākshāt Shri Nishkāmā sākshāt
Shrī Ādi Shakti Mātājī Shrī Nirmalā Devyai namo namah

Shri Mataji, by Your grace, please make us desireless.
Please establish within us the pure desire of God Almighty

(Shri Shuddha Ichha/Shri Mahakali).
Kama (desire/lust)

Affecting: Muladhara, whole Left side, heart, superego/back Agnya.
Remedy: to channel sexuality to spouse and increase chastity
among all relations.

Aum twameva sākshāt Shri Nishkrodhā sākshāt
Shrī Ādi Shakti Mātājī Shrī Nirmalā Devyai namo namah

Shri Mataji, by Your grace please dissolve all our anger.
Please make us compassionate and loving.

Krodha (anger/temper – considered the worst of enemies by Shri Krishna)

Affecting: Swadhishthana, whole right side, liver, ego/front Agnya.
Remedy: to be angry with yourself only (but not guilty) and to be compassionate towards others.

 Aum twameva sākshāt Shri Nirlobhā sākshāt
Shrī Ādi Shakti Mātājī Shrī Nirmalā Devyai namo namah

Shri Mataji, by Your grace please take us beyond matter and materialism.
Please make us balanced, peaceful and satisfied, and let us see the beauty of the Spirit in everything.

Lobha (greed/covetousness/materialism)

Affecting: Nabhi/Void, Vishuddhi.
Remedy: to replace interest in money with appreciation
of whatever is handmade and the beauty of nature.

Aum twameva sākshāt Shri Nirmohā sākshāt
Shrī Ādi Shakti Mātājī Shrī Nirmalā Devyai namo namah

Shri Mataji, by Your grace please make us free from all attachments. Please establish the Spirit within us.

Moha (attachment/illusion)

Affecting: Heart, Sahasrara.
Remedy: always put global needs before any personal need.
Use ‘we’ instead of ‘I’ when talking.

 Aum twameva sākshāt Shri Nirmātsarā sākshāt
Shrī Ādi Shakti Mātājī Shrī Nirmalā Devyai namo namah

Shri Mataji, by Your grace please remove all our jealousies and competitiveness.
Please make us a part and parcel of the whole.

Matsara (envy/jealousy)

Affecting: Vishuddhi, Nabhi.
Remedy: who can share the most? Who can be the most kind? Who can talk the most sweetly?

Aum twameva sākshāt Shri Nirmadā sākshāt
Shrī Ādi Shakti Mātājī Shrī Nirmalā Devyai namo namah

Shri Mataji, by Your grace please dissolve all our petty pride.
Please let us be surrendered and ego-less.

Mada (false pride/vanity)

Affecting: Agnya/ego.
Remedy: the pride of being a Sahaja yogi, self-esteem.


Source:

60th Birthday puja, Sydney, Australia, 21 March 1983;
Address by Shri Mataji to IAS Officers’, Mumbai, India, 11 March 2000)

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