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What Feeds the Five Hindrances?

At Savatthi the Blessed Buddha once explained:
Just as this body, is sustained by food, is dependent on food, and cannot
continue without food, even so, friends, are the five mental hindrances
indeed also sustained by a kind of food, they are also dependent on food,
and cannot continue without ever renewed feeding!

And what, friends, is feeding for the arising and growth of sense-desire?
It is frequent and careless attention to the alluring and attractive features!
This food makes sensual lust arise, and feeds also growth of habitual greed...

And what, friends, is feeding for the arising and aggravation of ill-will?
It is frequent and careless attention to the displeasing and repulsive features!
This food makes aversion arise, and boosts also any habitual irritation...

And what feeds the emergence and deterioration of lethargy-and-laziness?
It is frequent and careless attention to drowsiness, and too much eaten dullness!
This is feeding makes sloth arise, and feeds also worsening of habitual laziness...

And what feeds the arising and escalation of restlessness-and-regret?
It is frequent and careless attention to the excited, agitated, and stressed up mind!
This food upsets and stirs the mind, and intensifies also
habitual anxiety and worry...

And what feeds the arising, deepening, and
expansion of doubt-and-uncertainty?
It is frequent and careless attention to doubtful theories and speculative views!
This food bewilders the mind, and feeds also the escalation of habitual confusion...

Just as this body is supported by food, is dependent on food, and cannot go on
without food, exactly so also, friends, are these 5 Mental Hindrances maintained
by feeding, dependent on feeding, and cannot persist without this continued
mental feeding by wrongly directed and irrational attention...

Videos on these 5 Mental Hindrances (Nīvaranas):

Dhamma on Air #14 Audio: The 5 Hindrances


More on  these 5 Mental Hindrances (Nīvaranas):

Though not visible these 5 Hindrances effectively Obstruct beings!

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya.
Book [V:64-5] section 46: The Links. 2: The Body...

What Feeds the Hindrances?

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