Excitement

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Excitement (Skt. auddhatya; Tib. རྒོད་པ་, göpa, Wyl. rgod pa) — one of the fifty-one mental states defined in Abhidharma literature. According to the Compendium of Abhidharma, it belongs to the subgroup of the twenty subsidiary destructive emotions.

Definitions

In the Khenjuk, Mipham Rinpoche says:

  • Tib. རྒོད་པ་ནི་སྡུག་པའི་མཚན་མའི་རྗེས་སུ་ཞུགས་པའི་འདོད་ཆགས་ཀྱི་ཆར་གཏོགས་པ་སེམས་ཡུལ་ལ་འཕྲོ་བས་ལས་སུ་མི་རུང་ཞིང་མ་ཞི་བར་བྱེད་པ་ཞི་གནས་ཀྱི་བར་དུ་གཅོད་པའོ།
  • Excitement is a mind which pursues pleasant objects and belongs to the category of desire. As the mind moves to an object, it becomes unserviceable and restless. It is a hindrance to calm abiding. (Rigpa Translations)
  • Excitement is the fascination with an attractive object and belongs to the category of desire. It is a mental incapacity due to the mind moving towards an object, and it causes restlessness. It is a hindrance to calm abiding. (Erik Pema Kunsang)

Alternative Translations

  • Agitation (David Karma Choepel)
  • Mental agitation (Gyurme Dorje)