Relationship between Chitta-Vritti & Sanskaras/Vasanas

Updated: Sep 17

Vasana & Sanskara are “synonyms” means their meaning is same as “physical, mental, emotional, energetic, experiential manifestation of a Chitta-Vritti”. It can be said that Sanskara is a “Vedic Era word” and “Vasana is a Vedanta Era word”. Patanjali used the word Sanskara. After Adi Shankaracharya wrote the word Vasana, people after that like Ramana Maharishi used the word “Vasana” in his teachings.

Yogi with Tree of Sanskaras and Roots of Chitta-Vrittis
Yogi with Tree of Sanskaras and Roots of Chitta-Vrittis

It’s very important for everyone to understand the relationship between Chitta-Vritti and Vasana/Sanskara.


Vasana & Sanskara are “synonyms” means their meaning is same as physical, mental, emotional, energetic, experiential manifestation of a Chitta-Vritti”. Sanskara is a “Vedic Era word” and “Vasana is a Vedanta Era word”. Patanjali used the word Sanskara. After Adi Shankaracharya wrote the word Vasana, people & Gurus after that like Ramana Maharishi used the word “Vasana” in his teachings.


The five Chitta-Vrittis are Abhinivesha (fear of loss & resistance to change), Dwesha (aversion), Raga (attachment), Asmita (seed of identities), Avidya (ignorance).