[Advaita-l] Doubt on an argument in Advaita
mahesh.ursekar at gmail.com
Mon Jun 13 04:54:57 CDT 2005
A common argument in Vedanta to justify that the real "I" is consciousness
is that it is the only enduring entity in the three states of jagrat,
swapna, & susupti (waking, dreaming and deep sleep). You do not go to sleep
as person A and wake up as person B due to the presence of the same
If you not familiar with this argument, see
Now it is well know that Vedanta divdes the mind into four parts - Ahamkara
(ego), manas (mind), buddhi (intellect) and chitta (memory / subconscious).
On this basis, can one not argue that this recollection of the "I" before
and after sleep is due to chitta (memory) aspect of the mind? Why does 'cit'
(consciousness) need to be the defining factor in this? One can say that
'cit' provides us the sense of 'self awareness' but and it uses 'chitta' to
provide us an idenity of being the same 'I'.
Two supporting arguments:
1. Your PC boots up (waking) after it has been shutdown (deep sleep) in the
same Operation system it started with though it does not have any
consciousness. This happens becuase the OS information is stored in its
2. A person suffering from amnesia has the same consciousness before and
after memory loss but has no recollection of who he or she is. Is this not
due to chitta being destroyed and has nothing to do with cit?
Can someone help me to clarify this aspect?
Humble pranams, Mahesh
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