tiltbillings wrote:It may be a hindrance, but that does not mean it has to hinder anything.
Here is Mahakaccayana on the hindrances
- Q. Herein, as to ‘hindrances’, what is the word-meaning? What do they hinder?
A. Whatsoever partakes of wholesomeness, all that the hindrances hinder.
Q. How do they hinder?
A. Desire for sense-pleasures hinders the perception of foulness.
Ill will hinders lovingkindness.
Sloth hinders tranquillity.
Torpor hinders the initiation of striving.
Restlessness hinders samatha.
Worry hinders non-remorse.
Doubt hinders understanding of dependent origination.
Or in brief:
Desire for sense-pleasures, ill will, restlessness, and worry hinder the development of samatha.
Sloth, torpor, and doubt hinder the development of vipassanā.
That is why they are called ‘hindrances’.