What mask are you wearing today

6th February 2015

Kleshas are negative tendencies that we are all born with and exhibit throughout our life.

 

 

 

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One of my favourite lessons during my YTTC at WLYA was the lesson about kleshas.

 

Kleshas are negative tendencies that we are all born with and exhibit throughout our life.

Kleshas are the voices who make you doubt yourself.

Kleshas are the voices who intensify your anger.

Kleshas are the voices who cause you to react negatively to a situation.

 

There are 5 kleshas and they can be thought of as a tree.

Ignorance makes up the roots of the tree, it determines how we ‘see’ and interact with the situation in front of us. Ignorance is when we think wrong knowledge as correct knowledge and act accordingly.

Egoism makes up the trunk of the tree, growing out of ignorance. Egoism simply is when we see ourselves as superior and others as inferior.

Aversion makes up some of the branches of the tree, aversion means a strong dislike. If we don’t like something we respond in a negative way, we don’t want to have this experience so we do everything in our power to not experience it through our thoughts, words and/or actions.

Attachment makes up the other half of the branches. Attachment is the opposite to aversion. It occurs when we want something so bad; the feeling of happiness, the taste of chocolate, the touch of a lover’s hand, that we will do anything to feel the sensation again.

Fear of death makes up the fruit on the tree. Fear of death means the end of the known so it covers change, loss and insecurities. Aversion and attachment determine to a large degree how the end of the known will be dealt with for each individual.

 

So next time you feel yourself reacting to a situation, take a moment to think what headspace are you in? Where is your reaction rooted? Is it rooted in ignorance?

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