[Advaita-l] The Quarters of Mind
elisabeth-sylvain at sympatico.ca
Sun Nov 26 06:09:16 CST 2006
In the Teachings of RAmana Maharshi, the Maharshi says the antaHkaraNa are five : jNana, manas, buddhi, chitta, ahamkAra. (see no 392).
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Subject: [Advaita-l] The Quarters of Mind
I thought that Shankara spoke of the Manas Mind as being divided into four parts consisting of Buddhi Intellect, Chittam Affectivity, Ahamkara Egoity, and fourthly Manas itself, containing the others] and he spoke of this as the quarters of a silver dollar [karpaNa]. Mind, as I understand this, contains its own three parts, as a sort of Spiral Trinity/Quadernity.
I have been looking at a quote from my guru Bhagavan Shri Ramana Maharshi, which questions this.
He suggests that Chittam is this triply-self-containing mental organ.
Can one of you wise men add a thought here?
saMtoSaH paramo lAbhaH sat-saGgaH paramA gatiH |
vicAraH paramaM jJAnaM zamo hi paramaM sukham [Yoga Vasishtha 2.16.19]
= Contentment is the highest gain, Good Company the highest course, Enquiry the highest wisdom, and Peace the highest enjoyment.
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