Alabdha-bhumikatva is one of the nine antaraya, or obstacles to spiritual growth, according to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and is the inability to attain a particular stage or state on the path to enlightenment. From Sanskrit, alabdha means “unobtained”; bhum means “earth,” suggesting groundedness and stability; and katva means “bed,” suggesting a sense of comfort and stability.

The reasons for alabdha-bhumikatva can be wide-ranging, but inner issues such as self-doubt, procrastination and lack of motivation are most common.

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