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Transcript of **4 Antahkarans**
Did you know?
Even today, philosophers and researchers argue about how the mind and body interact. Where does the soul fit in? But around 200 years ago, Shriji Maharaj explained the relationship of all three in detail.
Our Rishi-munis and scriptures have always encouraged us to look inwards instead of only outwards.
"A person who has conquered his mind can
be said to have conquered the whole world."
What is the Antahkaran?
The mind is an intangible thing, while the brain is a physical organ.
Similarly, the scriptures
refer to something called the antahkaran.
The antakaran is “The inner faculty'.
The complete mind which is
made up of four aspects:
the man, buddhi, chitt and ahamkar.
Makes Decisions using
Rules and Logic
Focuses, Contemplates and ponders.
Forms a sense of identity.
The man is what governs our indriyas.
Maharaj has clarified this in Vachanamrut Gadhada II-2: “When
one's skin touches a vishay like, for example, women and other
objects, that object 'enters' the antahkaran via the skin. Then, via the
antahkaran, it 'enters' the jiva. The vishay was not initially generated
from within the jiva or from the antahkaran. In fact, all vishays
which currently spring forth from the antahkaran have definitely
'entered' from outside through the indriyas, albeit in a previous life.”
We need to keep track of what we expose our indriyas to.
The chitt is the part of our
antahkaran that focuses on things, and then later recalls them.
We can call it our memory,but it really is our
Of the 4 antahkarans, why is this one even a necessary part?
After all, isn’t knowing who we are just common sense?
Because of our countless identities in the past, our ahamkar is necessary to help keep us comfortable in our everyday lives.
There has to be some sort of
experience or evidence
behind whatever we decide.
The Kingdom Analogy
The balance of power we want in our lives
The balance of power we
want in our lives
How to Rule
The buddhi is the intellect we have.It is what makes decisions and comes to conclusions using rules and logic.
"When a person behaves in this manner
no one can overthrow his authority in
the kingdom." - Maharaj
In Gadhada II-6,
Maharaj describes the chitt in detail: “The chitt is extremely pure; it
can visualize whichever object it recalls, regardless of whether it is
appealing or not. Therefore, a spiritual aspirant should not think,
'Objects such as women and other alluring vishays sprout in my
chitt because I do not possess vairagya.'In actual fact, objects sprout it contemplates upon. When it contemplates upon an object, it
appears just as it would appear in a mlrror.”
naturally even in the chitt of one who does possess vairagya. Thus,
vairagya or the lack of it is not the reason behind this. Instead, the
nature of the chitt is such that whatever it recalls, be it good or bad,
Write down one word that describes who you are
The buddhi is aware of all the desires created by the indriyas and the man, it perceives all the memories of the chitt, and it understands the I-ness of the ahamkar. The buddhi is thus constantly aware, even during sleep. So whenever it forms beliefs, and makes decisions, it does so while interacting with all of the different parts of the antahkaran and the indriyas.