style: Philosophy

duration: 60 min

Philosophy – Kleshas

Kleshas and Freedom

Two core principles: Practice (abhyasa, 1.13) and non-attachment (vairagya, 1.15) are two core principles on which the entire system of Yoga rests (1.12). It is through the cultivation of these two that other practices evolve, by which mastery over the mind  occurs (1.2), and allows realization of the true Self (1.3).

In second chapter of the Yoga Sutras, Sadhana Pada, Patanjali outlines “the means to liberation.” Within these key principles  are the five kleshas, or obstacles: ignorance, egoism, attachment, aversion and clinging to life. In Pada 2, specific methods are introduced on how to minimize the gross colorings (kleshas) of  mental obstacles, which veil the true Self. The later sutras of this chapter deal with the the subtle colorings of mental obstacles.

Cora Wen

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