vṛttiDevanāgarī: वृत्ति Translation: fluctuation; modification; turned; set in motion, movement; profession Opposite words:nivṛtti Related concepts:citta, saṃskāra, pramāṇa, pratyakṣa, anumāna, āgama, viparyaya, vikalpa, nidrā, smṛti, pañca
Appears inYoga Sūtra: Sāṃkhya Kārikā:
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“The perception that something is desirable is Sukha.
This perception sets in motion an urge to possess it.
This is Rāga.
Whether what is desired will give a lasting happiness is a different matter.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 7
“In Yoga it is said that everything that happens is from the mind.
Citta is the mindstuff, the perceptual mechanism.
That which makes us see and remember.
Vṛtti is the activity, transformation, motion, modification, that is caused in Citta.
The mind is the main function for seeing,
without it the senses are useless.
The mind can develop words or ideas.
The mind can remember.”
– TKV Desikachar Madras December 8th 1979 on Sāṃkhya and Yoga
“Yoga is more about exploring
the movement of the mind, whilst
Āsana is more about exploring
the movement of the body.
The vehicle common to exploring both
is the movement of the breath.
The yoking of all three is towards the goal of
experiencing the source of all movement.”
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