viparyayo mithya jnanam a tad rupa pratistham विपर्ययो मिथ्याज्ञानमतद्रूप प्रतिष्ठम्
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 1.8
viparyayo = misconception mithya = (is) mistaken jnanam = knowledge a tad rupa = not that form pratistham = (of the true) form
I often mistake things for other things and it’s so weird when you actually see what you think is there until you realise what it really is. In this one he is freaked out when he thinks the rope is a snake, but then he finds out that it‘s just a rope and can bring him joy in the form of a swing 💖
This one is naming the 5 kind of thoughts mentioned in the previous sutra. The following sutras will go into more detail about what each one is.
If you want to get out of compelling thoughts, throughout the day (or during meditation) you can notice which one your thoughts fall into.
Today I noticed I was thinking about making a retreat centre in the country side and thinking about where it should be and imagining all these little huts with different colour umbrella shaped roofs like those paper umbrellas that you get in cocktails and actually open and shut (I really love them!).
So this one is mainly imagination but the umbrella part is memory and maybe about longing for a time in childhood when I was so happy playing with those umbrellas.