A Perspective: On Problems

Neeraj Alavelli
3 min readFeb 3, 2019

Problems! We all have problems.

Hairfall is the biggest problem for one who identifies oneself with one’s body.

Corruption for one who is deeply concerned with the development of his nation.

Global warming for one who is worried about the future of the earth.

“My usage of ‘his’ in the 2nd sentence” for a grammar Nazi or a pseudo-feminist. ‘:D

Corruption, Poverty, Unemployment, World Hunger, AIDS, Depression, Racism, Gender Inequality, Sexual Abuse, Household Violence, Women and Children Trafficking, Drug and Substance Abuse, Addiction, Depression, Anxiety, Fragile Relationships… These are some of the biggest problems in the world today.

We can broadly divide the miseries of this world into three categories, the Tritāpas or Kleśas.

1. Adhyatmika — Caused by our mind and body:

Eg., Diseases, Depression, Anxiety, Frustration, Tension, Stress etc.

2. Adhibhautika— Caused by other living entities:

Eg., Insect-borne diseases, Relationship issues, Robbery etc.

3. Adhidaivika — Caused by Natural Disasters:

Tsunamis, Earth Quakes, Floods and Famines etc.

One can get over these problems by following the below chart.

But beyond these three-fold miseries, are the real problems.

Real problems are those which -

  • Are common for all.
  • No one wants.
  • No one can avoid.

Now take a pause, and think over what are those REAL PROBLEMS?

Hope you have got some idea about what they are,

There are 4 Real Problems:

1. Birth:

Most common people cannot envision how birth in this world amounts to suffering. Once we are born, we forget the sufferings gone through in the womb.

Lord Kapila in Srimad Bhagavatam describes the precarious condition of the living entity in the womb. The foetus remains in an abominable residence which is the breeding place of all kinds of worms.

The child remains just like a bird in a cage, without freedom of movement. Thus birth is considered one of the real problems.

2. Death:

When this body dies, the soul transmigrates to another body. Death also means the loss of all attachments. This separation of the soul from the body and the loss of all attachments causes great pain described to be equivalent 42,000 scorpion bites in the Garuda Purana.

3. Old age:

Old age is the time when our bodies are worn off and are nearing to stop functioning. With a pain-ridden body with several diseases, Old age is certainly painful and thus considered a real problem.

4. Disease:

Disease is the fourth real problem, as no one wants it but it is common for all and no one can avoid it.

And in the process of Reincarnation, these real problems go in a cyclic manner.

And the way to get out of this cycle is called ‘moksha’ or liberation.

Want to know one solution for all the problems?

Stay Tuned to “A Perspective” ;D

Welcome to the new month, one chapter of the yearbook already completed. Have a Fabulous February ahead.



Neeraj Alavelli

Senior Engineer @ TCS | IIT (BHU) CSE Batch of '21 Bibliophile | Writer | Thinker | Traveller | Altruist | Spiritualist | Devotee