Seven Deadly Sins
In Roman Catholic tradition, the Seven Deadly Sins are considered to be the seven worst mortal sins, which lead to damnation. They are:
- Pride (or Vainglory)
- Anger (or Wrath)
- Sloth (or Acedia)
- Avarice (or Covetousness)
The Bible does not list them in this form, but they are commonly found in Medieval and Renaissance thought. Personifications or depictions of the seven sins (and their punishments in Hell) are also common in the art and literature of these periods, sometimes contrasted with the seven cardinal virtues.
The Seven Deadly Sins may be categorized in three groups (see, for example, Dante's Purgatorio):
- Pride, envy and anger are sins resulting from excessive self-interest. According to Ayurvedic medicine they result from Pitta (Fire and Water element) dosha disturbance in the mind/body.
- Greed, gluttony and lust result from excessive desire for things outside the self. According to Ayurvedic medicine they result from vata disturbance in the mind-body.
- Sloth or laziness results from a deficiency of the desires that inspire us to act for good or ill. According to Ayurvedic medicine they result from Kapha (Water and Earth element) dosha in Ayurvedic medicine disturbance in the mind-body.
- Afflictive emotion
- Three poisons (Greed-Lust of Vata, Anger-Hatred of Pitta, Ignorance of Kapha)