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History of Man, Buddhi & Sanskars. Ego, ahamkara & antahkara



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I was reading for the first time about the ahamkara and the antahkarana.

In some schools of Hindu philosophy, I understand that the "antahkarana" refers to the totality of two levels of mind, namely buddhi (intellect) or higher mind, and manas, the middle level or levels of mind or is seen as the link between the middle and higher mind, and described as the reincarnating part of the mind.

In Vedāntic literature, the antahkaraṇa (internal organ) is also said to be organised into four parts:

    Ahamkāra (ego) — the part that identifies the Atman (the Self) with the body as 'I'),

    Buddhi (intellect) — the part that controls decision taking
    Manas (mind) — the part that controls sankalpa (will or resolution)
    Chitta (memory) — the part that deals with remembering and forgetting

Immediately, I saw the parallels to the much simplified BKWSU teaching of man, buddhi and sanskars (mind, intellect and sansakars).

Ahaṃkāra is said to be related to ego and egoism, and the identification or attachment of one's ego. Ahaṃ meaning the Self and kāra refering to the concept of "any created thing".


"Ego" and attachment are terms which Western BKs use quite often and have their own meanings for.

Which Hindi words are being translated, and when were these concepts introduced into Brahma Kumarism? Is it commonly used in the Hindi branch of Brahma Kumarism?

The old Sindhis I have spoken to were not of the opinion that Lekhraj Kripalani was particularly educated either generally or in classical religion philosophy. Was he, or the original BKs, known to have studied other material during the period of seclusion? Did they read the vedas? Could they have just be taken and simplified from traditional sources and how do the two views relate?
As soon as souls indulge in vice, they experience bad omens. Their intellect is locked up. This is an incognito, severe punishment. Then such souls would never be able to say, "God says that lust is the greatest enemy". SM 2003/09/02

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