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1. Vasana (Sanskrit: वसन vasana n.) Robe, dress, shawl, stuff, outer garment and undergarment; Siege; Cinnamon cassia (Tvakpattra).

2. Vasana (Sanskrit: वासन vāsana n.) Robe, dress; Container, box, cassette, box; leaving home.

3. Vasana (Sanskrit: वासना vāsanā f.) thinking about, longing for; Wish; unconscious mental impression; Idea, idea; misconception; the perfuming.

4. Vasana, (Sanskrit वसान vasāna) dressing up.

Vasana means wish, desire, inclination or also idea, idea, wrong idea. This is the meaning of vasana with two long a, so vāsanā. When Vasana is written with two short a, it can also mean clothing, garment surrounded by ... Vasana also stands for apartment, living, place of residence, home. Vishnu is e.g. "Vaikunthavasa", i.e. he lives in Vaikuntha. Shiva is "Kailasavasa", which means he lives on Mount Kailash. In Vedanta and Raja Yoga, however, Vasana usually refers to wishes and desires from which a spiritual aspirant should break free in order to find freedom.

Different spellings for Vasana

Sanskrit words are written in Devanagari in India. In order for Europeans to be able to read this, Devanagari is transcribed into Roman script. There are different conventions on how Devanagari can be transcribed into Roman script. Vasana in Devanagari is written "वसन", in IAST scientific transcription with diacritical marks "vasana", in Harvard-Kyoto transcription "vasana", in Velthuis transcription "vasana" , in modern internet Itrans transcription "vasana".

Sukadev over Vasana

Transcription of a lecture video (2014) by Sukadev about Vasana

Vasana means desire, inclination, impression in the subconscious. Vasana is part of samskaras. Sometimes it is said that samskara is made up of skills, memories and vasanas. Sometimes Vasanas is also used synonymously in Sanskrit as Samskaras, and sometimes in a different context. If you are completely confused now, I can only tell you that Sanskrit is a complex language, a very ancient language, and sometimes contexts of meaning have changed a little over the millennia.

Vasana is now used in yoga today as a "wish". And in yoga literature these days, especially with SwamiSivananda, samskara is generally an impression in the subconscious, and a whole memory is in the chitta, in the subconscious, and there samskaras are there as all impressions. Furthermore, samskaras are all abilities that you have, samskaras are also all deep motivations. And samskaras is also personality, temperament.

What is Vasana now? Vasana then means wish. For example, if you have the desire for a better smartphone or a better computer, then you have the computer vasana, that is, the desire for a better computer. That is a vasana, a wish. Or suppose you want a green carpet, then that is also a Vasana. Or suppose you have the desire to have a new dishwasher, that too is a Vasana. So these are Vasanas. Vasanas can be sattvig, rajasic and tamasic. There are sattvige desires and those are desires that help you advance on the spiritual path, desires that help you do good, desires that uplift you, and desires that are in accordance with ecology and ethics.

Then there are rajasic vasanas. Rajasic vasanas are selfish vasanas, selfish desires that you simply want because it is your wish, regardless of whether you can do good with them or not. Rajasic vasanas give you sensual pleasures, sensual pleasures, rajasic vasanas are also those with which you might want to impress others. Maybe a new great car or new great glasses that you don't need to see but to show how great you are. Then there are tamasic vasanas, tamasic desires.

Tamasige desires are either unethical desires, are destructive desires, and are unhealthy desires. For example, if you have the desire for more alcoholic beverages, then the tamasige Vasana, it is unhealthy for you and maybe also, if you cause accidents, unhealthy for others. Or there are also people who become aggressive under the influence of alcohol, then they can become violent. Or drug use is a tamasic vasana for some people. A tamasic wish leads to crime with acquisitions and is also not healthy for you. Tamasige vasanas are unhealthy vasanas, are unethical vasanas, are those that harm themselves and others.

So it is important to cultivate sattvige vasanas, to grow beyond tamasige vasanas, to reduce rajasige vasanas and even not to hang on to sattvige vasanas, because in truth you are being, knowledge, bliss. Your true nature is Ananda. At Yoga Vida we sometimes sing in the context of Satsang at the end of Jaya Ganesha: "Anandoham Anandoham. I am bliss." And you don't really need anything, you are bliss, now and in this moment. Vasanas can sometimes be helpful in making everyday life more comfortable.

Vasana fulfillment can be helpful because some Vasanas are also good Vasanas, but you should not depend on Vasanas, do not become a slave to Vasanas. Vasana means desire in a narrower sense. This is how Vasana is used in yoga literature today. This is how we use it in Yoga Vidya. This is how SwamiSivananda, Swami Vishnudevananda used it. In some Sanskrit works, however, Vasana is every impression in the subconscious, every inclination. Sometimes Vasanas are even impressions from previous lives, which we refer to as "samskara" in Yoga Vidya.

Vasanas - impressions

An article by Swami Sivananda

The summum bonum of life is the attainment of self-knowledge or the experience of the one self of the same kind. Without the perfect surrender of the vasanas, self-actualization cannot be attained. Erasing all vasanas is liberation.

The subtle state of desire is called vasana. A hidden vasana is called "Kaanksha". Some philosophers use vasana to refer to an endeavor or an inclination. Others say: "The blind hanging on sensual objects through intense desire or desire without thought or thought is Vasana." There are two types of Vasanas: the pure (Subha Vasanas) and the impure (Asubha Vasanas). The pure free from rebirth, the unclean create rebirth. Impure vasanas make the mind wander and create a movement and a desire for objects in the organ of thought. When pure Vasanas stir you, you will soon reach the eternal place of inextinguishable splendor. Just as withered seed no longer grows, pure vasanas will no longer produce rebirths.

The vasanas that arose in previous lives will hang on you in future births. If a person is attached to pure vasanas, he will easily attain self-knowledge (BrahmaJnana) and liberation (Moksha). But if impure Vasanas cling to the person, he will experience suffering and worries and will be reborn again and again in this world. The desire arises to go into a film, another desire to eat meat, yet another desire to connect with a person or to usurp someone else's property by unclean means. These are impure vasanas.

Anger, lust, greed, pride, selfishness, hypocrisy, deception, jealousy, hatred are impure vasanas. But when the desire to be with wise men, to serve sannyasins and mahatmas, or a desire to help the poor and needy is awakened, then these are pure vasanas. Mercy, love, forbearance, generosity, chastity, truthfulness, forgiveness and courage are pure vasanas.

There are three types of impure Vasanas: the desire for name and fame, for honor and respect, power and position is called Loka Vasana and refers to the world. The desire to become a famous pandit and to argue with others in order to come first is Shastra Vasana and is related to the Shastras. The desire to be beautiful, healthy and strong, to live long and to eat well in order to keep the body well is Deha Vasana and relates to the body.

These are impure vasanas that bind people to samsara and bring them back to earth again and again. If you are a slave or victim of a powerful Vasana, you will become this according to an irrevocable law. There are two seeds for the mental tree. One is Vasana, the other is the flow of Prana. The seed produces a large tree, and the tree produces seeds again. In the same way, the vibration of prana is created through vasana, and vasana works through the movement of prana. If either is destroyed, both will shortly pass. Egoism is the first Titan son (Asura), born of Avidya or Ajnana (ignorance).

There are also two asuren-like daughters: Raga and Vasana. That is why there is a close relationship between Vasana and Raga (bond). Wherever Vasana is, there is raga. Both live together. Mamata (the thought of liveliness) comes from Raga. If Raga and Vasana are to be killed, selfishness must be destroyed. If selfishness is to be killed, Avidya must be destroyed. If you destroy Avidya first, Raga and Vasana will die on their own.

The Vasanas are of a very subtle nature

Just as the germ and flower are present in the seed, the Vasanas also lie dormant or latent in the heart. They set the bed of the samskaras in motion. From this arises the memory of joys. This memory awakens the desire that activates the senses together with their guide, the organ of thought. Man makes efforts to take possession of the requested objects and to enjoy them. It all happens in a second.

Something that is pleasant and enjoyable for you in one moment produces the opposite of these sensations in another moment, as anyone in this world of opposites can experience. Objects one longs for are enjoyable. If you don't ask for them, they become bitter. So the Vasanas are the cause of sensual pleasures. They stop when you are satisfied. But when Vasana ends, the thought also passes and everything else is destroyed. So you should destroy the vasanas, the enemies of atma-jnana or immortality.

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The thoughts create attachment or freedom. Thinking filled with impure vasanas creates fetters, while thinking without vasanas brings freedom. There is no more thinking when the vasanas are destroyed. When you are free from thoughts, intuition awakens and you receive the eye of wisdom. Then you will enjoy indescribable peace. Thinking is like a linen cloth. If you dye it yellow, it will appear yellow; with red color red. It wears whatever color you put on it. Likewise, the mind takes on any color presented to it by the Vasanas.

Sattwic vasanas give the mind a white, rajah-like vasanas a red and tamasige a dark color. Like the vasanas, so is the thinking. As long as the thoughts are not destroyed by meditation on the self, the vasanas will not leave you. They will attack you again and again. They will wage a guerrilla war with you. Sometimes they will come through the front door (the sensory paths), sometimes through the back door (samskaras), and other times through the windows (eyes).

You must be vigilant to perceive their presence and the path through which they enter. When your mind is completely free of impure vasanas, you will be balanced despite many obstacles or adverse circumstances. The thoughts become calm and serene when the vasanas are uprooted. They pass away through dispassion, discernment, mastery of the senses and the question: "Who am I?" Likewise through meditation. The impure vasanas persist and resist. They mysteriously hide in the corners of the organ of thought, changing their shape like a chameleon. They are controlled for a while under the pressure of yoga practice.

But if your meditation is not done regularly and your attention decreases, they will attack you again - and now with doubled force. The reaction sets in. You need to have a keen intellect to notice their presence. These impure worldly vasanas have arisen through genus in many thousands of forms of life. That is why they have great power. Only through constant mental exercises such as japa, kirtana, meditation, self-inquiry, discernment, celibacy, control of thoughts and breathing training can they perish.

At the beginning of the spiritual exercises there is a struggle between the pure and unclean Vasanas. The nature of thoughts depends on the nature of the vasanas. If you have bad thoughts, there are impure vasanas in your mind. If the pure Vasanas are more powerful, they will prevail or vice versa. Therefore, at the beginning, all efforts must be directed towards strengthening the pure Vasanas by all means.

If students complain that they have been meditating for years without having achieved good concentration or peace, then they have not destroyed the vasanas, who are enemies of peace and meditation. In a sadhaka, the impure vasanas will arise only occasionally. They are ruled by the power of his mental exercise and his strong willpower. With a Jivanmukta they are in a withered state, with a householder they are still in abundance. During a sadhaka they are in a weakened or thin state and can no longer wreak havoc.

Suppression of the Vasanas will not help you in any way

They must be eradicated altogether, just as one must pluck out the poisonous teeth of the cobra. By never tiring exertion, the impure Vasanas must be transformed into pure ones. The stream of the impure Vasanas must be changed so that they continue to flow in the channel or flow of the pure. One can have an abundance of pure vasanas, but these too are golden fetters. As one tears out one thorn with the help of another and then throws them both away, so one must destroy the impure Vasanas with the help of the pure. But then the pure ones are also to be given up. The desire for liberation, the moksha-vasanas, must pass once. Only then will you become "that".

Whose heart is free from all vasanas, he is the happiest person in this world. He is a jivanmukta. All devas worship him and the people of this world worship him. Prahlada, who had gained self-knowledge and was absorbed in Brahman through samadhi, returned to his physical consciousness at the touch of the god Hari through a remnant of pure vasanas.

In the Jivanmukta (the one who is already liberated in life) these pure vasanas exist like withered seeds. You can no longer bring about rebirths. Just as vasanas exist in a seed state during deep sleep, these pure vasanas, associated with the sattva-like jnana of pure meditation on the self, are still present in the jivanmukta. A residue remains latently in the heart as long as the body exists. Gradually the pure vasanas with which the liberated perceive the objects of this world are disappearing.

You should isolate yourself from the objects through right questions and discernment. Without this there is no "I" and in the absence of the "I" there are no objects. Be convinced with full certainty that the "I" does not belong to the objects and these do not belong to the "I". Identify yourself with the Infinite Self - Satchitananda Brahman - and give up the burden of the body. When you become disembodied (videha), all vasanas perish.

There are no vasanas in Brahman or the self

The self is always pure, without gender, without passion, without body and thoughts - even without senses and without prana. With perpetual meditation on this Brahman, all vasanas pass away. Impurity cannot stand before purity. The positive overcomes the negative. That is the immutable law of nature.

Kill this mind by destroying the Vasanas and remain immovably focused on Satchitananda Brahman. Obtain and enjoy the immortal Brahma of supreme peace, never ending joy and eternal bliss. Of all the workshops in the world, the body is the most wonderful. Because it is the workshop of God and not made by people. In this most amazing workshop, vasanas are turned into desires, impure vasanas are destroyed, pure vasanas are made, and thoughts are generated. It is difficult to destroy the vasanas. Rather, the Sumuru Mountain can be uprooted. But a person of dynamic determination and an iron will can tear it up in an instant.

The Vasanas have a tremendous influence on man's thoughts. They overwhelm him and make him a helpless victim and slave. They are stronger intoxicants than liquor and opium, the effects of which last only a few hours, while the effects of the vasanas last for countless years. They are carried from birth to birth and last until self-knowledge is gained. Under the influence of the Vasanas, one walks around the world like a drunk.One cannot distinguish between the real and the unreal. Understanding is overshadowed and one longs indiscriminately for sensual objects. Man forgets all the consequences under the overpowering influence of the Vasanas. He has no memory, but shamelessly repeats the same sensual actions.

In the grip of the vasanas the intellect cannot work properly

The vasanas become thick or dense as the sensual pleasures are repeated, that is, they become stronger and stronger. This increases the delusion and delusion. Those who are subjected to and misled by the Vasanas commit unclean acts, are selfish and proud. Bad resolutions grow in his head; Sensual pleasures are his only goal in life. Such people seek to get rich by unfair means in order to satisfy their sensuality and are entangled in a web of countless hopes and expectations. Money is their only god. They are greedy and irritable. They are prone to hypocrisy, anger, fraud, dishonesty and seek recognition in the world.

But nobody can please the world. Some will praise you, others will judge you. You will never shut the mouths of the multilingual world. That is why you should be balanced and above recognition and criticism. You should see praise of the world like a pig's manure. Only when you have attained the state of nirvana will you truly be full of peace and joy. People talk badly, even about gods. If they do, what can be expected of their treatment of an ordinary person? A white person rejects a black person and vice versa. A Protestant doesn't like a Catholic and vice versa.

The endeavor is innate in man to praise his own place of birth, his own country, his family, relatives, religion and language and to criticize the others. This is a bigotry that stems from ignorance. When man's heart expands through spiritual development, when he gains self-knowledge, then these evil vasanas will perish. Even if a person sees how deplorable and miserable his condition becomes through the vasanas, he does not try to destroy them. He hangs on them like a leech and, thanks to the deception created by the Vasanas, always believes himself on the right path. Although he lives in the body of a human being, he does acts of a four-legged creature.

Too close study of holy books as impure Vasana

Atma and God are certainly not to be found in books. One has to walk a practical spiritual path. Life is short, the religious books are endless. One should take the essentials out of them and adapt oneself. When one has attained Atma, the Vedas can no longer be of any use. But one can study it for decades and through many births without attaining Atma. PanditDurvasa once came to Shiva with a pile of religious books.

Narada told him the parable of the donkey: Just as a donkey that carries a bundle of sandalwood is only aware of this burden, but not of the sweet smell, so the bookworm pundit carries the bundle of books like a burden, but does not know its real content even though he has studied them all. Then Durvasa's eyes opened and he threw all the books into the sea. Shiva now gave him initiation into the mysteries of self-knowledge.

Pride in learning is an impure vasana that stands in the way of gaining knowledge. It stiffens selfishness and thickens the veil of ignorance. The sexual vasanas are more powerful than any other. That is why every effort must be made to calm them and first of all the genital organ. The wearing of flower garlands, the use of fragrances for the hair and ointments for the face, rings on the fingers and other things are vasanas which refer to the body.

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Words from Swami Sivananda

Vasanas are subtle desires. They are cruel by nature. Some philosophers define Vasanas as inclinations or predispositions. Others say that they are blind attachment to sense objects, caused by intense desire or desire, without thought or thought.

There are two types of vasanas - the pure and the unclean. Pure Vasanas deliver one from rebirth. Impure vasanas cause the mind to fluctuate by creating excitement in the mind and inclinations towards objects. If you are guided by pure vasanas, you will soon reach the immortal seat of indescribable splendor. The vasanas that were created by you in past lives will cling to you in later lives. But if you have pure vasanas attached to you, you will very easily gain knowledge of the self through which you will gain liberation. When the unclean vasanas are attached to you, you will experience pain and worry; you will be reborn in this world again and again.

The mind is the cause of slavery and freedom. A mind filled with unclean vasanas leads to slavery, whereas a mind impoverished in vasanas tends to be free. When the mind becomes non-mind through the destruction of the vasanas, you become unconcerned. When you become carefree, intuition will dawn and you will be endowed with the eye of wisdom. You will enjoy indescribable peace.

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