(Asmitā): “I am-ness,” represents the feeling of being just a personal entity. It is the sense of the ego. According to the Yoga Sutras, asmita is one of the five kleshas (causes of suffering). It is the limitation of the egoic consciousness. As Patanjali said in the Yoga Sutras (2:6): “I am-ness (asmita) is the apparent identification of the powers of vision [i.e., the instruments of knowledge (the sense organs and mind)] with the Seer [i.e., the Supreme Self, the Witness Consciousness].” Read more.
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