Obstacles to Happiness: The Kleshas… A look at Avidya: the root cause of Suffering

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So it can be said that we all have two main goals in life: 1) To be happy 2) To avoid suffering And this is true of all sentient beings! We all desire these two things in our life. In fact we all desire the goal of yoga – Samadhi…pure consciousness…a state where suffering doesn’t exist and we simply exist with awareness. So what is it in life that prevents us from experiencing this state of Samadhi? In the yoga sutras, Patanjali describes five obstacles to happiness. These obstacles are called ‘kleshas’ which in Sanskrit is translated as ‘poisons’. The … Read More