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"The bow is bent," etc.—The Master told this while dwelling in the Bamboo Grove, concerning a Brother who kept bad company. The occasion was given at length in the Mahilāmukhata Birth. The Master said, "Brethren, he is not keeping bad company for the first time," and told an old tale.
We shift our focus to another key theme of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali today, the kleshas or the five obstacles that prevent us from realizing our inherent peace. Often translated as “veils,” the kleshas represent what the Yogis perceived as the five primary psychological states of misperception or misidentification that keep us from realizing our natural peace and joy. We’ll look at each of these forms of misunderstanding in greater detail, but today we’ll start with a general overview of the obstacles as a whole as well as their place within the Yoga Sutras.
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