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Vitarka in general means imagination or doubtful knowledge. However, the Yogasutras of Patañjali (200 B. C.) uses this word in  a technical sense. It categorizes samprajñātasamādhi<ref>Samprajñātasamādhi means perfect concentration.</ref> into four varieties, the first one being with vitarka (sa-vitarka).<ref>Yogasutras 1.17</ref>
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Vitarka in general means imagination or doubtful knowledge. However, the Yogasutras of [[Patañjali]] (200 B. C.) uses this word in  a technical sense. It categorizes samprajñātasamādhi<ref>Samprajñātasamādhi means perfect concentration.</ref> into four varieties, the first one being with vitarka (sa-vitarka).<ref>Yogasutras 1.17</ref>
  
 
Meanings as per Yogasutras are as follows:
 
Meanings as per Yogasutras are as follows:
 
# Vitarka is defined as the intense awareness that arises in the mind when it concentrates on a gross object.
 
# Vitarka is defined as the intense awareness that arises in the mind when it concentrates on a gross object.
# In another place,<ref>Yogasutras 2.33.34</ref> vitarka is identified with certain obstacles to the practice of Yoga.
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# In another place,<ref>Yogasutras 2.33.34</ref> vitarka is identified with certain obstacles to the practice of [[Yoga]].
  
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
  
 
[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]
 
[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]

Latest revision as of 07:35, 19 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Vitarka in general means imagination or doubtful knowledge. However, the Yogasutras of Patañjali (200 B. C.) uses this word in a technical sense. It categorizes samprajñātasamādhi[1] into four varieties, the first one being with vitarka (sa-vitarka).[2]

Meanings as per Yogasutras are as follows:

  1. Vitarka is defined as the intense awareness that arises in the mind when it concentrates on a gross object.
  2. In another place,[3] vitarka is identified with certain obstacles to the practice of Yoga.


References

  1. Samprajñātasamādhi means perfect concentration.
  2. Yogasutras 1.17
  3. Yogasutras 2.33.34
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore