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: Sāṃkhya Kārikā: Bhagavad Gītā:
Chapter 2: 63Yoga Rahasya:
Chapter 1: 34
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“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 Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 20
“In Samādhi there is an understanding.
Something not based on your memories,
something that transcends your memories.
Prajña comes only in Samādhi.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 3
“In observing, we must remember a few more things:
Because of our own memories, backgrounds, cultures, etc.
Each person looks at the same problem differently,
which may cause problems.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 15
“The first Śloka sets the saga on the field of Dharma.
Dharma is how we respond, whatever the situation,
presuming we can sustain our view within the present.
Karma is how we respond, having lost sight of our view,
because it’s become obscured by the force of our memories.
Then Karma is the force now driving us through our memories.
So, Arjuna’s Dharma becomes obscured because of his Karma.”
– Paul Harvey on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter One verse 1
“Remember the mind should follow
the exhale, inhale and retention.
Exhale, inhale and retention all support the vital force.”
– From T Krishnamacharya’s composition the Yoga Rahasya Chapter One verse 34
“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
“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
“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.
“Yesterdays Smṛti can become Todays Saṃskāra,
without Tomorrows Saṃkalpa being re-affirmed,
through Todays Sādhana each and every day.”
– Reflection on Saṃkalpa – The Art of Volition
– 108 Study Path Pointers
“If you remove the past from the present what is left?”
– 108 Sutra Study Pointers
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