Sutra Saturday Chapter 1 Verse 4

Sutra 1.4
Chapter 1 Verse 4
vritti sarupyam itaratra

At other times, when one is not in Self-realization, the Seer appears to take on the form of the modifications of the mind field, taking on the identity of those thought patterns.
Up till now the inner persons have identified themselves with their forms and with their active modifications.

Otherwise, we identify with the activities of the mind.
vritti = of the operations, activities, fluctuations, modifications, changes, or various forms (of the mind-field)
sarupyam = similarity, assimilation, appearance of, identification of form or nature, conformity with the shape of; the root sa means with, and rupa means form
itaratra = elsewhere, at other times, when not in that state of realization above

Self Study Questions

  1. How strongly does my imagination affect my belief system?
  2. How much do I project my own mental projections onto others?
  3. Are there misperceptions that family/friends have pointed out to me that I still refuse to accept or acknowledge?
  4. What do I need to do to become aware of the activities of my mind?
  5. How much of my identity is wrapped up in the roles that I play