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Friday, March 7, 2014
Random Daily QuoteEradicate all desire ruthlessly through enquiry, dispassion, aspiration and meditation.
Raja Yoga Sutra by Patanjali, with commentary by Sri Swami Sivananda - Random SelectionRaja Yoga Sutra Selection # 17
From Discourse I: "Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations"
I.11. ANUBHOOTA-VISHAYAASAMPRAMOSHAH SMRITIH
'Memory is the retention of past experiences.'
Memory, or 'smriti', exists when the impressions received by the mind do not slip away permanently and can be recalled to consciousness. If one knowingly performs an action, it will be recorded in the mind. If there is no awareness of an action or event, it cannot be retained. Memory can arise out of the three previous 'vrittis'--erroneous understanding, verbal delusion and sleep. Past impressions exist in the mind from thousands of years of life, but these are latent and are only considered memory when they surface to the conscious awareness.