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Klesha (or Klesa) is derived from the root verb klis = suffering, torment or distress. Common synonyms include trouble, pain, misery, distress.

In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the five great “causes of affliction” are: Ignorance (avidya), Ego (amsita – “I-am-ness”) Attachment (raga), Revulsion (dvesa – aversion), and Clinging to life (ahbinivesa – will-to-live).

A Closer Look at Kleshas