If someone were to ask you, “Who are you” how would you answer? Would your self-description consist of hair color, eye color, job, family status, race, religion, gender? In yoga, there’s a sutra called Avidya, which roughly translated from sanskrit, means ignorance. Buddhist and yogis interpret avidya as a spiritual ignorance, or lack of truly knowing one’s Self as divinity. For most of us, we’ve largely defined who we are based on precepts society has set forth as acceptable. We’ve worked hard to identify with personas that were literally conceived outside of ourselves. No wonder there’s so much suffering. In fact, the whole concept of “identity” is an illusion.
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