International Infopage for Ashtanga Yoga

Samadhi Pada

Sentence 4

vritti sarupyam itaratra ||4||

वृत्ति सारूप्यमितरत्र ॥४॥

vṛtti sārūpyam-itaratra ||4||

Lacking that, misconceptions (vritti) skew our perceptions. ||4||

vṛtti = (nom. sg. f.) waves; changes; thought waves; lack of clarity
sā = (icc.) similar
rūpyam = (acc. sg. m./acc. sg. n./nom. sg. n.- rūpya) form
sārūpyam = (acc. sg. m. from sārūpya) similar form, as opposed to proprietary form of svaruupa (see above). In other words, we identify with something that is merely similar to our true nature, thus engendering a skewed perception.
itara = different, otherwise
itaratra = (adv.) in other states, otherwise