It is my intention over the next five weeks to write a simple
introduction to the Kleshas, also known as the five hindrances. They are the obstacles to the completion of your dharma, or your purpose. In yoga philosophy, we identify them to overcome them and ultimately serve our highest truth. Through the deeper study of them I hope to educate myself, to relieve myself of their influence. I hope this helps you in some way as well. Thank you for reading.
Yoga philosophy – It’s not dogma, it’s truth. Universal truth. Referred to in some way in most major religions, the kleshas are aspects of human being – promoters of human suffering. They are:
1. Avidya – ignorance
2. Asmita – ego or I am-ness
3. Raga – attachment
4. Devaha – aversion
5. Abhinivesha – fear of death
Today we will look at Avidya, or ignorance.
Mistaking pain for pleasure. Non self for self. Misunderstanding of the nature of reality.
My heart is a little broken and it’s because I see myself as separate. My mind understands that we are one part of one part of One. My mind gets it but my heart is learning. And sometimes it’s the other way around. Other times – I just get it. You know the feeling – you’re vibing – in flow. The sun is shining, the traffic is clear, your favorite song is on the radio. Happy. Whole. One. Mind is calm.
“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us, “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”