Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Daurmanasya Mean?

Daurmanasya is a Sanskrit word that is translated as “frustration,” “melancholy,” “despair” and “dejectedness.” It derives from the root, dur, meaning “bad,” “difficult” or “wicked”; and manas, meaning “mind” or “thoughts.” In the context of Hindu and yoga philosophy, daurmanasya is a negative mental state that is a symptom of an inner obstacle to spiritual growth.

Also sometimes translated as “mental unease,” daurmanasya results from agitation of the mind when the person’s desires are not realized. It could be a desire for material goods or something as basic as health or companionship.


Yogapedia Explains Daurmanasya

In addition to daurmanasya, the Yoga Sutras list three other symptoms of the presence of inner obstacles: dukkha (mental or emotional suffering), angamejayatva (physiological disturbances such as tremors and pain) and svasaprasvasa (disturbed breathing patterns).

The Sutras name nine obstacles to union with the Divine that result in daurmanasya and the other symptoms:

  • Vyadhi (sickness)
  • Styana (fixation)
  • Samsaya (doubt)
  • Pramada (carelessness and impulsiveness)
  • Alasya (lethargy)
  • Avirati (intemperance)
  • Bhrantidarsana (distorted self-esteem)
  • Alabdhabhumikatva (failure to attain a yogic state)
  • Anavasthitatvani (failure to maintain a yogic state once attained)

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