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Raga – The Klesha of Pleasure

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Raga is the klesha of pleasure and the attachments that creates.  While pleasure itself certainly is not one of life’s poisons, the chasing of pleasure is, and it is an all too common klesha that is woven into Western culture.

Megha Malhar Raga painting

Megha Malhar Raga painting

This klesha views the small pleasures of life as hooks, digging into us and creating attachments to the past.  Because whether you’re looking for the next pleasure to come or seeking to recreate a pleasurable experience you’ve had, both aspects of this klesha will keep you from being fully present in this moment.

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Asmitā, the Klesha of Ego

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Asmitā is an erroneous identification of the Self with the intellect.  This klesha can arrive when the third chakra is out of balance, something our over-worked culture encourages.

Art from http://www.ishalerner.com Chakra Reading, Third Chakra

Art from http://www.ishalerner.com Chakra Reading, Third Chakra

An overly energized third chakra

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Dvesha – The Klesha of Aversion

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heyam dukham anagatam

The suffering from
pain that has
not yet arisen
is
avoidable.

I wrote earlier about the kleshas, or five poisons for the mind that can lead us off the yogic path towards moksha, or freedom from suffering.  The next klesha I’d like to discuss is Dvesha – the avoidance of suffering.

Avoid stepping on these prickly underwater organisms when strolling the Costa Rican beaches

Avoid stepping on these prickly underwater organisms when strolling the Costa Rican beaches

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