1.8 False knowledge stems from misapprehension – believing something is true and then discovering it is not.

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“Misperception or contrary thoughts, twisting the basic facts or reversing the facts arises due to the erroneous understanding or perception of an object.”

–BKS Iyengar, Core of the Yoga Sutras

“Living in this world, we sometimes get things right, and sometimes we get them wrong. The unavoidable companion of right knowledge is misapprehension or error.”

–Devadatta Kali, Managing the Mind

“Misperception is often due to drawing a hasty conclusion while in the grip of emotions….A distorted view of ourselves and others is common. It is rooted in automatisms and prejudices, and can only be recognized by hindsight.”

–Bernard Bouanchaud, The Essence of Yoga

“In the twilight you see a coiled rope and mistake it for a snake. You get frightened. There is no snake there in reality; there is a false understanding. But still it created a terror in your mind. It is not only valid knowledge that creates thought waves, but erroneous impressions also.”

–Sri Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

“This is considered to be the most frequent activity of the mind. Misapprehension may occur through faulty observation or the misinterpretation of what is seen. It is caused due to our inability to understand the depth of what we see, often as a result of past experiences or conditioning. The error may be recognized later or not at all.”

– TKV Desikachar, Reflections on Yoga Sutra-s of Patanjali

“Open-mindedness and the capacity to learn from and move through our life experiences will lead to fewer unfair misperceptions and more understanding of the people and events around us.”

–Nicholai Bachman, The Path of the Yoga Sutras