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  • Writer's picturePremanandhan Narayanan

Overcoming the Five Vices in Raja Yoga Meditation

In Raja Yoga meditation, the practice is to win over the five vices which are lust, anger, greed, ego, and attachment. These vices are believed to be the root cause of all negative actions and thoughts, and therefore, to achieve spiritual growth, one must overcome these vices.


It's not easy to say which one of the five vices is the most difficult to win, as it depends on the individual and their life circumstances. However, it's true that lust and anger are listed as the first two vices because they tend to have a more significant impact on individuals and others around them.





Lust is a powerful force that can cloud judgment and lead to harmful actions towards oneself and others. It's difficult to overcome because it's a natural human desire and is often reinforced by societal norms and media messages. However, with the right guidance and discipline, it's possible to overcome lust.


Anger, on the other hand, can also be a challenging vice to overcome, as it can lead to harmful actions and words that can hurt others. It's essential to control one's anger and find positive outlets for it, such as meditation or physical exercise.


Regarding the two types of people who practice Raja Yoga meditation, those who have surrendered their lives to this knowledge tend to find it easier to overcome lust, attachment, and greed, as they have fewer distractions and temptations in their lives. They may struggle more with anger and ego, as these can be deeply ingrained personality traits that require more work to overcome.


People who practice Raja Yoga meditation while living in a family may find it more challenging to overcome all five vices equally, as they are dealing with everyday distractions and responsibilities that can trigger these negative tendencies. However, with consistent practice and effort, it's possible to overcome these vices and achieve spiritual growth.


It's important to note that all five vices are equally important to overcome, as they can all lead to negative thoughts and actions. Overcoming them requires discipline, focus, and a commitment to self-improvement. Ultimately, by winning over these vices, one can achieve greater inner peace, happiness, and fulfillment in life.


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