“Our thoughts and feelings are trained by habit to flow in predictable patterns, which determine whether our life fosters a sense of ease and happiness or turns from it.” — Nischala Joy Devi, The Secret Power of Yoga
Category: Five Changing States of Mind
1.6 There are five types of thoughts: right knowledge, misapprehension, fantasy, deep sleep, and memory.
“Everything that we experience in life, we experience through the mind. Whatever happens around us, whatever thoughts and feelings arise within, whatever we dream for the future or recollect from the past — all that is a result of the mind’s activity, which falls into five basic categories.” – Devadatta Kali, Managing The Mind
1.7 The sources of right knowledge are direct experience, inference, and verbal testimony.
“We must not mistake right knowledge for absolute truth.” –Devadatta Kali, Managing the Mind
1.8 False knowledge stems from misapprehension – believing something is true and then discovering it is not.
“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
1.9 Imagination arises from words and ideas that are not grounded in reality, devoid of an actual object.
“The mind has great creative power….Without the ability to ideate we would not have any of our arts, sciences, and other human achievements.” –Devadatta Kali, Managing the Mind
1.10 In deep sleep there is an absence of thoughts.
“Though sleep and meditation may appear the same on the outside, deep, dreamless sleep is heavy and unconscious, while deliberately meditating inwardly is alert and conscious.” –Nicolai Bachman, The Path of the Yoga Sutras
1.11 Memory is thinking about a prior experience.
“Memories create impressions in the mind and at a later time come to the surface, either when we want them or sometimes even when we do not want them.” –Sri Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali