~I Am This~

“I am this” is a concept in yogic philosophy that suggests the yogi identifies with a self-centered perception of who he/she is. The concept equates with asmita, or egoism.

In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali describes this concept as the misunderstanding that the true Self is made up of the physical, mental and emotional components of the person. Asmita is one of the five kleshas, or obstacles, that prevent the yogi from reaching the state of samadhi (union with the higher Self or the Divine).

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