SUTRA 1.9: SABDAJNANANUPATI VASTU SUNYO VIKALPAH

TRANSLATION: AN IMAGE THAT ARISES ON HEARING MERE WORDS WITHOUT ANY REALITY [AS IT’S BASIS] IS VERBAL DELUSION.

In Sutra 1.8, which deals with misconception, you are actually seeing something real but misinterpreting it. In this Sutra, 1.9, which discusses verbal delusion, you are drawing a conclusion from words alone. For example, say you overhear your friend say: “my dad has just died”. You begin freaking out and expressing your utmost condolences, when she says: “no, no, not MY dad, the character I’m portraying in this show’s dad”…. Oh, oops, you missed that part of the conversation some how… You get the idea.

This is an example of verbal delusion. We create impressions, which may or may not be true, in our minds from what we hear.

April 4, 2010. yoga.

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