Friday, February 04, 2011

The Snow Provides an Opportunity to Explore the Kleshas, the Koshas and the Yamas

The car is so nicely shoveled out, yet I haven't been able to bring myself to move it.

A grand war is going on, and there's no telling who will win.

The lower mind (Manamaya Kosha) wants to hold on to the hard-won parking space, due to attachment - the third Klesha.

The body (Amnamaya Kosha) does not want to go through the back-breaking shoveling ordeal again, due to aversion - the fourth Klesha.

The lower mind wants to employ Chciago's famous "dibs" system, and mark "its" spot with a chair or crate and go back to driving.

But the higher mind (Vijnanamaya Kosha) has deep reservations about "dibs," and believes that putting a chair in the spot would be a form of asteya (stealing) or aparigraha (greed). After all, the streets belong to everyone (the ones that weren't leased to LAZ Parking, that is).

But it sure is tempting....


  1. Anonymous6:31 PM

    So if the streets belong to everyone, then everyone should have helped you shovel out that parking space. And when you move your car and don't use the dibs system, everyone should help you find a new parking spot and shovel that one out if needed. ;-)

  2. If everyone were operating from Anandamaya Kosha (the bliss body), that's how things would be!