Why Is Envy The Chief Of All Internal Enemies? by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura
What is envy? Are envy and love opposed to each other? To become happy on seeing others distress and to become distressed on seeing others happiness is called envy. Envy and love are contradictory, and hence mutually exclusive. Wherever there is envy there is no question of love; and wherever there is
love there is no question of envy.
Why envy is the leader of all 6 internal enemies?
Lust, anger, greed, illusion and pride are included within envy. Lust is included in anger; Lust and anger are included in greed; Lust, anger and greed are included in illusion; Lust, anger, greed and illusion are included in pride and lust, anger, greed, illusion and pride are included in envy.”
How is Vaisnava dharma non-envious religion?
Vaisnava dharma consists of compassion for the fallen souls, eagerness in chanting the Lords holy names and serving the Vaiṣṇavas. It stands in one side and envy stands on the other side as its opposite.”
What is the living entities liberation and bondage?
Non-enviousness is the cause of the living entities liberation and enviousness the cause of their bondage.
Can an envious person feel compassion for other living entities, develop faith in the Vaisnavas and become lower than the straw in the street?
A person who feels distress on seeing others happiness can never show compassion to other living entities. He cannot worship the Supreme Lord with a simple mind. Due to his perverted nature he maintains hatred and enviousness towards the Vaisnavas. It is to be understood that a person who has completely divested himself of envy has actually understood the purport of the “tṛnād api sahiṣṇunā”