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Insinuation of the Five Kleshas in Spiritual Life #209


In Patanjali’s authentic Yoga, the seer gives us his short list of the most detrimental impediments that stand in the way of following and attaining to Yoga — Union with Reality. These are the five kleshas, interpreted later by the Father of Vedanta as five hells in which the ignorant minds dwells. Thus, heaven is not up in space, and hell is not down under the ground; they both reside in the human mind. Taking to certain yogic disciplines advised by Patanjali is the way out of hell. It is also the way beyond heaven to blissful transcendence. Putting the five kleshas down and systematically climbing the eight limbs of the eternal tree is all that separates the soul from realization.

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