All living creatures, because of our hindrances, are unable to see these hindrances of self, and thus mistakenly reckon that every view, which was born out of hindrances, is the correct view and one’s actions are all right conduct. The view, the conduct and the cultivation under such circumstances are all false posture; discipline, steadfastness and intelligence are all affectation; and yoga is only an appellation.
Different living creatures have different hindrances. These hindrances are the product of one’s every conduct from the far-reaching past to now. Hindrances are ignorance. They are the shortcomings that one does not know about. It is one’s karma-obstruction. This karma-obstruction is also the problem that one’s good karma and savvy cannot resolve. It is the flaw in one’s foundation.
In general, this circumstance is always so. Suppose someone pointed out your flaw. Not only do you not change yourself, but because of your hindrances, you in turn believe this person is picking on you and not being nice. In such a way, you will be sure to wander in evil karma. Namely the teacher pointed out the deficiency of your rooted character. You would not listen. The teacher does understand. It is not that you would not listen, but that you have the problem of hindrances. Since you have had big hindrances, therefore you would not listen. Why do hindrances arise? They are due to your attachments and opinionated view.
Worldly affection is the natural enemy of the right cultivation. Joking or kidding around is the natural enemy of yoga. Foolish intelligence is the natural enemy of dharma mindfulness. Hindrances are the natural enemy of liberation. It is no good if we do not know these natural enemies. To know is to conquer. If you do not conquer these natural enemies, your lifetime’s cultivation is wasted!
Laziness or being slack is the biggest natural enemy of your success. No matter how much of a genius or how wise or smart you are, once you have the problem of laziness or slack, your wish to cultivate dharma will only be just a flower in the mirror or the moon in the water.
Why cultivate dharma when you have no determination to enter the path? Once you have already entered, why quit halfway? The root cause and the biggest hindrances of everyone having a hard time to accomplish are in the changing one’s mind often and in procrastinating. Thus, making yourself accomplish nothing and letting hindrances dictate you.
Once a person has hindrances, his sight is set on the hindrances, instead of analysing the cause that generated these hindrances. He is, from the angel of origin, far from looking into the changing cause and the converging result of things.
If one wishes to enter dhyana or samadhi, the most important thing is non-contention. If you have the notion of contention in mind, no matter how great your efforts are to cultivate or to meditate, you will not attain your goal. Let go of all and everything of this life. Let them dictate you not. So, you would be able to relax and calmly achieve the basic condition for entering dhyana or samadhi.
Change the energy of contention to the strength of caring-kindness for others. If you can do so, you are a Bodhisattva on the Bodhisattva path.
~ Dechan Jueren - ‘The Dharma Book’