Discerning Correct Knowledge

This sutra is important because this is where you can choose if the memory that gives rise to the emotion you are experiencing in the moment will be changed or not. Will you choose to focus on pain or its transcendence. But first, you need to isolate the triggers, such as people, things, current event, and past experience that has given rise to what you are feeling. Now you can identify how and why sloth, anxiety, depression, and hopelessness are able to make home in your mind through harbouring of incorrect knowledge.

Sutra 1:11

Recollection of memory or emotion (smriti), is a reproduction of a previous experience (anubhuti). When it arises, it does so, coloured with feelings and emotions of all past experiences. This is what's known as, Samskara.

Individuals and habits are diverse. As a result, the specifics of diagnosing and changing the thought patterns in our lives differ from person to person, and behaviour to behaviour. Giving up cigarettes is different than curbing overeating, which is different from changing how you communicate with your spouse, which is different from how you prioritize tasks at work. What’s more, each person’s habits and desires are driven by different motivations.

We needed a framework that empowers us to investigate and determine which strategies will be used for transformation of varying mind patterns. The introspection reports of one's thoughts and emotions enable them to understand how habits work, what beliefs and opinions are driving you into stress and suffering, and it also shows you how effective and efficient your efforts are in moving away from the dissatisfaction and suffering you are experiencing. Some habits yield easily to analysis and influence. Others are more complex and obstinate and will require prolonged study.

As far as the hightechmindfulness framework goes, it will empower you to track all your thoughts, feelings, and emotions so you can discern correct knowledge from incorrect. To make progress, you need to know who you are. But keep in mind that how you use the Thought and Emotion Tracker to monitor the progress of your Yogic quest will be different from every other person on this planet. Do not try to follow what others are doing. This is the very kind of behaviour we are trying to get away from. You have it in you to find your own groove, and that is true for all things in life.

Change is a process that never fully concludes. If you are able to change the context of the data that is going to be re-stored in the mind, putting a positive spin on it by changing the wrong information with the right, then a shift in consciousness will transpire. This is what is often referred to as paradigm shift. You have experienced a moment in personal growth, congratulations! The development of this skill is known as Kriya Yoga, literally meaning working towards Yoga, and is the first place that one must begin.

So many people give up Yoga practice because they attempt sitting in meditation while doing no work to clean up the rubbish circulating within the mind. The stench from a mind filled with garbage makes it impossible for one to meditate. This is the sole reason for premature derailing of one's practice. Begin the practice of purifying your thoughts, words, and intentions along with the practice of meditation. Once you start tracking and analysing your thoughts, emotions, and intentions throughout the day, then in meditation you have a much better chance of transcending the mind stuff, which are the cause of your dissatisfaction and anguish.

Through engaging in daily practice of monitoring your thoughts and emotions, you will soon be able to transcend the negative thought itself, and when that happens, the thought will have no power over you. The burden you have been carrying will now be a little lighter. You do this for enough of your thought patterns, and you will reinvent your reality from one of suffering, to one of miracles. Higher Samadhi practice will now find no obstruction in its path.

  • Sutra-1.11 anubhuti vishaya asampramoshah smritih
  • anubhuta - experienced

  • vishaya - objects of experience, impressions

  • asampramoshah - not being stolen, not being lost, not having addition

  • smritih - memory, remembering