klesha

klesha

[klesh-uh]
noun Yoga.
any of the five hindrances to enlightenment, which are ignorance or avidya, egocentricity, attachments, aversions, and the instinctive will to live.

Origin:
< Sanskrit kleśa literally, suffering, distress

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Main Entry:  klesha
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  any of the five hindrances to enlightenment, including ignorance/delusion, attachment/desire, aversion/anger, envy/jealousy, and pride or belief in a separate self
Etymology:  Sanskrit 'mental defilement, mental poison', from Patanjali's Yoga Sutras
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