MIND : ITS MYSTERIES AND CONTROL : 17-2.1.



Chapter -17. Avidya And Ahankara-2.

2-Ahankara-how It Develops-1.

Atman in conjunction with the Buddhi is Ahankara.

The basis of Ahankara is Buddhi.

As the Buddhi (Bheda Buddhi) is the cause for this differentiation (this little "I"), Buddhi is the cause or seed for Ahankara.

Ahamta and Mamata ('I'-ness and 'mine'-ness) are Jivasrishti.

It is Jivasrishti that binds a man to the world.

Isvarasrishti (God's creation) helps man in his God-realisation.


The seed of mind is Ahankara.

Ahankara is development through the thoughts of the mind.

As the first thought is the 'I' thought and as this 'I' thought is at the base of all other thoughts, Ahankara is the seed for the mind.

This idea of 'I' will bring in its train, the idea of time, space and other potencies.

With these environments, the name Jiva accrues to it.

Contemporaneously with it, there arise Buddhi, memory, Manas which is the seed of the tree of Sankalpa.


When you are a boy, the Ahankara is not very potent.

It is like a shadow in a glass.

It gets developed and firm-rooted during your adolescence after you marry and entangle yourself in the achievement of various worldly desires.

You are fearless in your boyhood.

The moment this little 'I' becomes stronger in your, side by side, various sorts of fears, various sorts of desires, a host of delusions take firm hold of you.

The world appears to you more real, too.

Next : 3. The Curse Of Egoism

Swami Sivananda
To be continued  ....


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