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5 Ways You Can End Suffering Now

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Source!

We’ve discussed this topic many times over the years, but I believe these turbulent times are the perfect opportunity to remind ourselves that there is hope, that there is a light at the end of the seemingly dark tunnel. There are common threads of suffering in life first identified thousands of years ago in the most ancient teachings of the Vedas.

When we stumble, feel pain, or find ourselves in suffering, there are commonalities that co-create those events as well. Those common threads that run through our non-nourishing choices, our emotional pain and our reactive thinking have been woven through you for many years. They are part of our conditioning and self-domestication. But they are also universal – and run through all of us.

In Sanskrit they are referred to as the pancha kleshas – or the five obstacles – translated literally – they are the five poisons. In fact, Vedanta says that it is our un-enlightened or illusionary thinking that brings us to decisions that we regret, interpretations that limit us, and ongoing emotional pain and suffering.

The five kleshas are:

1. Ignorance (in the form of a misunderstanding reality) known in Sanskrit as ávidyā,
2. Egoism (in the form of an mistaken identification of the Self with the intellect) known in Sanskrit as asmitā,
3. Attachment known in Sanskrit as rāga,
4. Aversion known in Sanskrit as dveṣa, and
5. Fear of death known in Sanskrit as abhiniveśāḥ.

These are mental states that cloud the mind and manifest in unwholesome actions. Kleshas include states of mind such as anxiety, fear, anger, jealousy, desire, regret, and depression, essentially non-nourishing emotions. You may want to look at each klesha and see how they are blocking you from happiness, success, fulfillment, or love.

In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali teaches that: “The goal of Yoga is not to obtain something that is lacking: it is the realization of an already present reality. Yoga practice removes the obstacles that obstruct the experience of Samadhi, or the state of complete absorption.”

As humans, we all struggle with these five mind poisons. But a daily meditation practice can help you navigate through the sometimes, treacherous waters of the kleshas. So this week commit to meditating at least once in the morning and once in the afternoon – you determine what style of meditation and the length of your practice. But by simply committing to connecting to the stillness and  silence within, you WILL SUFFER LESS this week.

In the meantime, stay strong, stay positive, and stay home. I’ll see you in the gap! Peace. -d

12 thoughts on “5 Ways You Can End Suffering Now”

  1. I tell you Davidji I am mighty grateful for discovering you! Currently going through some difficulties in my life and your words of wisdom and beautiful meditations are helping beyond words.

  2. You’re the best teacher ever! Just what I needed today…my parents 15yr old dog is sick and it doesn’t look like he has much longer…his suffering has brought up other losses for me…I’m so grateful for your teachings🙏🏼

  3. Thank you, Mr. Davidji. I like this: “rent, but not buy…” From time to time go to the place of sadness, upsets, grief, etc, but don’t live there and switch to ” the gratitude mode “. Something like that. Great tips !!! Stay healthy in body and soul! Namaste .

  4. Thank You Davidji for your divine WISDOM!!!!!!!!!!!I
    I will come to Carlsbad one day to take one of your meditation classes. It is on my Bucket List.

  5. Thank you David – I enjoy your word so much.
    I met you at the Chopra centre 10 years ago and still remember our handshake and your little dog.
    My experience at the Centre changed my life – I still follow Depak’s teachings. and now that I am connected to you once again there is no turning back.
    Namaste

  6. Thank you for your wisdom and lovely meditations, I’ve been following them for some time now and still appreciate every single one, thank you x

  7. Thank you David ✨ I have been meditating with you for many years…. being grateful is key, meditation has changed my life and I share with all my friends that are still overwhelmed on how to start and tell them to be kind to themselves and start slowly and they will see results, I share you meditations 🙂
    I am grateful for you ✨
    Love and Light and see you in the gap ✨

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