(Vāsanā): To remain; to dwell; to persist [in memory]. Most often, the term vasana is associated with the notion of subtle desire. Vasanas are our inherent latencies and tendencies, resulting from our previous actions. They govern the psyche unless overcome by tapas and nirodha parinama (the transformation of dissolution). They are assimilated with the predispositions, tendencies, or propensities of the mind in the present life due to the experiences of former lives. Because of all the desires we have in daily life, subliminal traces or subtle fingerprints remain in our minds. They are what make us live in a state of constant agitation—always planning the future and thinking about the past. This prevents us from living in the state of clarity that arises in the awareness of the eternal present moment. In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali defines vasana as a dynamic chain or concatenation of samskaras (subliminal activators).
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