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CH2Y12 kleśmūlaḥ karmāśayo drstādṛṣtajanmavedanīyaḥ #yogasutrasofpatanjal #yoga

on January 21, 2017

Study notes:

The stock of karma has the kleśas as its roots.  It is experienced in present or future lives. ~ E F Bryant.

Afflictions rooted in the deposits of actions are experienced in seen and unseen birth. ~ Paul Harvey, my teacher’s free notes

Our actions and their consequences are influenced by these obstacles.  The consequences may or may not be evident at the time of the action. ~  T K V Desikachar 

  • Obstacles based in mind and body, all actions emanate from them.  Actions initiated from dominant obstacles result in undesirable results. Obstacles based on misapprehension, mistake what we see, conclusion drawn from that = incorrect. ~ T K V Desikachar

kleśa: impediments, afflictions

mūlaḥ: root

karma: actions

āśayaḥ: deposit, stock

ḍṛṣta: seen

adṛṣṭa: unseen

janma: birth

vedanīyaḥ: is experienced

  • Deposit/stock of karma produced from desire greed delusion anger (Gita)* Desire = greed = attachment, flip side aversion stems from ego and ignorance. * Anger is the frustration of desire or attachment. *Delusion is a manifestation of ignorance.
  • Karma good and bad can bear fruit in this life.
  • Good or bad all karma is imprinted or stored as samskāra in the citta and may manifest its fruits in either this life or the next.
  • Fruits of karma have kleśas as their root.  It is these kleśas that influence one to act in good or bad ways.  Therefore, vicious cycle. Kleśas provoke karma and karma fuels the kleśas.
  • Unless! “those who dedicate their desire, anger, fear, affection, sense of identity and friendship to that which they regard higher than themselves, the ‘devine’ enter for certain into that state of being.
  • Laws of karma apply only when they are performed out of ego = Patañjali defines as confounding the true puruṣa self with the mind and body.
  • Any state of mind leaves an imprint of itself on the citta and, as we know, this imprint is called samskāra.  Imprints of good and bad karma produce an accumulation of samskāra called the karmāśaya, or stock of karma.  These samskāras are  either born from the kleśas, or are not:  Those produced out of ignorance are born from the kleśas, but those resulting from true understanding are not (ch1y50). It is the former category of samskāras born from the kleśas, whether pious, impious or mixed in nature, that produces the store of karma, the karmāśaya.  This store of karma then fructifies and brings about the threefold conditions of one’s life that are subject of the next sūtra ch2y13.  The time it takes for the seeds of karma to fructify – whether in this life or a future one – depends on the intensity of the original samskāra.


Paul Harvey ~ “When seeking the power of the light, take care lest we forget the power of our roots.”


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