Book 1, Sutra 6: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra

“THE FIVE TYPES OF FLUCTUATING THOUGHTS ARE PRAMANA, VIPARYAYA, VIKALPA, NIDRA AND SMRTI.”

 

Patanjali will dedicate the next series of sutras defining each of these terms so I won’t make the attempt here. For now it is enough to know that each of these types of thoughts involve some type of knowledge or in other words, awareness of characteristics of the world, that fluctuate and can cause either pain or pleasure. These are the very things (VRTTIS, in Sanskrt) that Patanjali said in the earlier sutras that must subside if we are to disconnect from them and get re-established in our true natural unlimited state.

 

 

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About Kilaya

Kilaya is a yogi who is also well-versed in the sciences. He studied physics and mathematics at college, biology and molecular biology on his own, fluid dynamics while working as a professional plumber and has always had a passion for in-depth psychology. Now he adds what he has learned from his spiritual master, Amma, and from his life as a professional astrologer to his writings in order to make discoveries that may inspire others.

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