By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Raga-dvesa, RAga-dveSa, Raaga-dvesha
Rāga-dveṣa literally means ‘attachment and aversion’.
Connection Between Rāga-dveṣa
The two words rāga which denotes attachment and dveṣa which denotes hatred or aversion are often used together since the two are interconnected in a way. When somebody thwarts a person from fulfilling his desire, born out of rāga, it turns into dveṣa or aversion towards that person causing the obstacle. They are the equivalents of:
- Kāma - desire
- Krodha - anger
Disposition of Rāga-dveṣa
These are the first two of the ariṣaḍvargas, the six enemies of spiritual evolution.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore