Day 9 of #yogasutrachallenge: YS 1.9 Sabda-jnananupati vastusunyo vikalpah

Day 9 of #yogasutrachallenge: YS 1.9 Sabda-jnananupati vastusunyo vikalpah My interpretation: Knowledge pursued through words without substance results in delusion In the previous sutras we looked at what how we know which thoughts are based on true knowledge, and how to know when we’re mistaken. Imagination walks its own (imaginary) line between truth and falsehood, but there are big differences between the commentators on what it actually is. Some interpret this sutra as saying that we can easily delude ourselves by not listening closely enough to something someone has said or written, and imagining something based on that which is not true (the sheer variety of interpretations of this sutra being a prime example). We all have a tendency to hear what we want to hear, and to see what we want to see, rather than be objective. This can also be purposefully exploited, and in this sense, our culture can be seen as suffering from mass delusion. Politicians make empty statements, bending the “facts” to suit their needs. The media and products we consume are full of references to “detoxing”, “anti-aging” “100% natural” etc. which are terms which are commonly understood but actually mean very little, full of claims which are contradicted the next day. We buy into the stories of celebrities which have been spun and airbrushed by a team of experts. And despite our better judgement, we still sometimes fall for it when corporations present themselves as being ethical or local when they run their operations wherever they can exploit poor labour laws and their headquarters in a tax haven. You get the idea. continued...

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