Bondage of the Soul

kāmakrodhalobhamohamadamānāhaṃkārāśceti sapta bandhanāni || Āmaraugha Śāsana || 25 | 1 ||

Sensual desire (kāma), wrath (krodha), greed (lobha), delusion (moha), insanity personified or intoxication by the filling of self importance (mada), the desire to be honored (māna) and the egoistic I – maker (ahaṃ-kārā) are the seven bondages [binding the soul to the conditioned existence].

Being attached to the gross body makes one focus on and follow in the path of the material only. (asana focused western yoga, with nothing higher than a focus on the physical body and self absorption) This individual embodied soul literally is on a path of suicide; though actually immortal. Being a servant to the physical body and animalistic nature, a lower nature than soul, the individual soul is imprisoned by the physical body it experiences. The one who has the ability to become master of is only a slave to the bondages listed above.

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