Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: The Five Kleshas

In the second chapter of the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali outlines “the means to liberation.” Within these key principles, we find the five Kleshas, or the five obstacles: ignorance, egoism, attachment, aversion and clinging to life. Sutra 2.2 introduces the subject very clearly: “The goal of Yoga is not to obtain something that is lacking: it is the realization of an already present reality. The yoga practice aims to remove the obstacles that obstruct the experience of Samadhi, or the state of complete absorption”. Patanjali then explains how each obstacle can be resolved; discussing all five obstacles and offering easy ways to identify, accept, and integrate each into our practice of commitment of self-realization and therefore, liberation. 

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