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Subject: Eight Fears List

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The Eight Fears
1. Lions: 40314, 80626, 831, 73430
2. Elephants: 40315, 80627, 833, 90525
3. Snakes: 40317, 80629, 73428
4. Ghosts: (Kandro 40318), 80633, 827, 73431
5. Fire: 40312, 80628, 834, 73424
6. Water: 40313, 80632, 829, 73425
7. Robbers: (Barbarians 40319), 80630, 828, 73427
8. False Imprisonment: 40316, 80631, 830

Alternates:
Armies/Barbarians: 40319, 73426
Kandro/Kandroma (Daka/Dakini): 40318

From the Mind Ornament of Padma (page 86) by Dudjom Rinpoche it says:
"Outer obstacles are the sixteen major fears: the [1] earth fear of pride, the [2] water fear of desire, the [3] anger fear of fire, the [4] envy fear of wind, the [5] lightning fear of thunderbolts, the [6] weapon fear of what is sharp and piercing, the [7] tyrant fear of prisons, the [8] enemy fear of bandits and thieves, the [9] ghost fear of flesh-eaters, the [10] wrath fear of elephants, the [11] beast fear of lions, the [12] poison fear of snakes etc., the [13] illness fear of plague etc., the [14] fear of untimely death, the [15] fear of poverty and scarcity, and the [16] fear of vanishing sense pleasures."