Saturday, December 08, 2012

Heredity from a Yoga Viewpoint

The following quote is from How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali - translated with a commentary by Swami Probhavananda and Christopher Isherwood:

"'Heredity,' from the yoga viewpoint, may be only another way of saying that the individual soul is driven by existing samskaras [tendencies, potentialities, and latent states which exist in the subconscious and unconscious areas of the mind] to seek rebirth in a certain kind of family, of parents whose samskaras are like its own, and thereby to 'inherit' the tendencies which it already possesses." - p.19

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