Defeating the Enemy Within

Lightmatter_buddha3Sensual passions are your first army.
Your second is called Discontent.
Your third is Hunger & Thirst.
Your fourth is called Craving.
Fifth is Sloth & Drowsiness.
Sixth is called Terror.
Your seventh is Uncertainty.
Hypocrisy and Stubbornness, your eighth.
Gains, Offerings, Fame, and  Status wrongly gained,
and whoever would praise self
& disparage others.
That, Namuci, is your army,
the Dark One’s commando force.
A coward can’t defeat it,
but one having defeated it
gains bliss.

– Gautama Buddha
from the: Padhana Sutta: Exertion

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