Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 11

अनुभूतविषयासंप्रमोषः स्मृतिः ॥११॥

anubhūta-viṣaya-asaṃpramoṣaḥ smṛtiḥ ||11||

Memory is the retention of the experience of an object.

anubhūta - experience, experienced; resulted, followed as a consequenceviṣaya - an object; any object of affection or concern or attentionasaṃpramoṣa - retentionsmṛti - remembrance; memory; mindfulness; the whole body of sacred tradition or what is remembered by human teachers and constantly revised

Commentaries and Reflections

Commentary by T Krishnamacharya:

Anubhūta is the change that
occurs in one’s state of mind
when it is related to external objects
through the involvement of the senses.
This is also known as experience.”

Commentary by TKV Desikachar:

“When we look at things,
memory always intrudes.”

“In Samādhi there is an understanding.
Something not based on your memories,
something that transcends your memories.
Prajña comes only in Samādhi.”

Commentary by Paul Harvey:

“Memory is the retention of the outcome
of our experience of an object.”

Inspirational Quote

“'I have done that,' says my memory. 'I cannot have done that' -- says my pride, and remains adamant. At last -- memory yields....” Fredrich Wilhelm Nietzsche