smṛtiDevanāgarī: स्मृति Translation: remembrance; memory; mindfulness; the whole body of sacred tradition or what is remembered by human teachers and constantly revised Opposite words:śruti Related concepts:vāsanā, saṃskāra
Appears inYoga Sūtra: Bhagavad Gītā:
Chapter 2: 63Yoga Rahasya:
Chapter 1: 34
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“Strongest memory is of that which is introduced when one is young.”
– T Krishnamacharya
“Knowledge is not only memory.
Every day there must be something new.”
– T Krishnamacharya
“These problems in our observation are related to the mixing of:
- Vikalpa: Imagination is already there operating when we begin to observe. All the more that we are better and better informed about what we should see, etc.
- Smṛti: Memory is, unfortunately, never factual.
Finally, we should never forget that all conclusions are wrong, because things change. Hence the importance of private lessons, which allow for more flexibility.”
– TKV Desikachar 1981
“When we look at things, memory always intrudes.
To see clearly,
we need to be in that state described in the Yoga Sutra in Chapter One verse 43.
In such a state, memory dies, imagination vanishes,
then we can see the reality of the object.
This state is Samādhi.”
– TKV Desikachar Madras December 21st 1988
“Through Śraddhā we get the Vīrya to pursue to the end
and if we hold firm to this Śraddhā we always have the Smṛti,
the memory of our original goal.
This is very important as with progress on the path to the goal,
we get distracted by or satisfied with some of the gains made
that were previously not within our capacity.
It is through Śraddhā that we have the Smṛti,
the memory of the original goal, that prevents us from being satisfied
with anything less than what we started out for.”
– TKV Desikachar on Śraddhā in the Yoga Sūtra
“Your mind is a product of your food, memory is linked to food.
My stability, my confidence is linked to food.
All these facts are mentioned in the texts.
For these reasons I said that food is very important and becomes me.
Not just the muscles, but the whole me, the whole personality.”
– TKV Desikachar from an interview in the Journal Viniyoga Italia on Yoga and Well Being.
“If you remove the past from the present what is left?”
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