named fearless once asked the Blessed Buddha:
Venerable Sir, what is the conditioning cause for lack of vision and wisdom?
Prince, when the mind is obsessed, overwhelmed,
and dominated by
or when mind is beset by ill-will, plagued, enraged,
and fully conquered by anger,
or when mind is retarded, dimmed, detained,
and diluted by
or when mind is agitated, troubled,
and tyrannized by
restlessness and regret,
or when mind is perplexed, confused,
and bewildered by doubt and uncertainty,
and one does not understand any safe escape from any of
hindrances, at that very moment, one can neither see, nor
of what is advantageous, neither for oneself, nor
nor both for oneself
and others! These 5
mental hindrances are therefore
the conditioning causes for
lack of vision and wisdom! It is in
this very way, that ignorance arises from a cause,
without a cause...
What is this Dhamma explanation called, Sir?
These are called the mental hindrances, prince.
Surely and unquestionably they are mental hindrances.
One overcome by even a single mental hindrance would not
know and see
they really are, not to speak of one overcome by
5 mental hindrances..