THE WAR WITHIN

SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE

THE WAR WITHIN

BY ANUP TANEJA

ANTAHKARANA IS A BROAD TERM USED IN VEDANTA AND INCLUDES MANAS (MIND), BUDDHI (INTELLECT), CHITTA (SUBCONSCIOUS MIND), AND AHAMKARA (EGOISM). MANAS IS THAT ASPECT OF THE MIND WHICH IS CONSTANTLY IN DOUBT AND IS NOT SURE WHETHER A PARTICULAR THING BE DONE OR NOT. FOR EXAMPLE, THE THOUGHT WHETHER ONE SHOULD BUY A CAR OR NOT OR WHETHER ONE SHOULD BUY A CAR OR A MOTORCYCLE.

INTELLECT IS A DETERMINING FACULTY THAT SHEDS DOUBT AND TAKES A FIRM DECISION ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, LIKE ‘I OUGHT TO GO TO MUMBAI BY TODAYS FLIGHT’. CHITTA IS THAT ASPECT OF THE MIND THAT DOES THE CONCENTRATION AND INQUIRES INTO THE NATURE OF THINGS. THE FUNCTION OF MEMORY BELONGS TO CHITTA. AHAMKARA IS THE SELF-ARROGATING PRINCIPLE THAT PERFORMS THE FUNCTION OF ABHIMANA OR EGOISM. IT CREATES MAMATA OR MINE-NESS AND IS THE ROOT CAUSE OF ALL HUMAN SUFFERING.

MIND IS UNDER THE CONSTANT SWAY OF THE THREE GUNAS OR QUALITIES OF PRAKRATI, VIZ. SATTVA, RAJAS AND TAMAS. SATTVA REPRESENTS PURITY OR LIGHT; RAJAS IS PASSION OR ACTIVITY; WHILE TAMAS IS INERTIA OR DARKNESS.

PREPONDERANCE OF RAJAS RESULTS IN CONSTANT KSHIPTA OR WANDERING OF THE MIND THATV BECOMES A SLAVE OF VARIOUS SENSUAL OBJECTS. WHEN THE MIND IS FILLED WITH TAMAS, IT ABIDES IN IGNORANCE AND BECOMES FORGETFUL. DEEP SLEEP SUPERVENES ON ACCOUNT OF EXCESS OF TAMAS.

IF SATTVA DOMINATES THE MIND, THOUGHTS OF GOD, BRAHM-VICHARA(INQUIRY INTO TRUTH), ETC. WILL MANIFEST. THE MIND BECOMES ONE-POINTED AND THE SEEKER ENTERS INTO A MEDITATIVE MOOD SPONTANEOUSLY.

SIGNIFICANTLY, SATTVA IS ALWAYS MIXED WITH RAJAS AND TAMASAND DOES NOT EXIST IN ISOLATION. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE SEEKER TO INCREASE THE SATTVIC MODIFICATIONS LIKE FORGIVENESS, LOVE, MERCY, MAGNANIMITY, GENEROSITY, TRUTHFULNESS, ETC. IN RELATION TO THE OTHER TWO GUNAS SO THAT HE COULD EXPERIENCE JOY, PURITY, PEACE AND ULTIMATELY, ENLIGHTENMENT. THIS CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED BY HEATING THE MIND IN THE FIRE OF VAIRAGYA(DISPASSION) AND ATMA-VICHARA (SELF-ENQUIRY).

INTERNAL FIGHT TAKES ON CONSTANT BASIS AMONG THE THREE GUNAS; BETWEEN GOOD VRITTIS. THIS IS THE INTERNAL WARFARE BETWEEN SURAS(GODS) AND ASURAS (DEMONS).

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