Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Yoga Sutra 1.4: Identifying with Thought Patterns

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1.4 At other times, when one is not in Self-realization, the Seer appears to take on the form of the modifications of the mind field, taking on the identity of those thought patterns.
(vritti sarupyam itaratra)

vritti = of the operations, activities, fluctuations, modifications, changes, or various forms (of the mind-field)

sarupyam = similarity, assimilation, appearance of, identification of form or nature, conformity with the shape of; the root sa means with, and rupa means form

itaratra = elsewhere, at other times, when not in that state of realization above