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Science of Mind, Intellect, Chit and Ego (Antahkaran)

Jai Satchitanand Friends!

Have you ever found your mind wandering to different things while studying? If you close your eyes, can you visualize your home, your room, your parents' face? Have you wondered what helps you make decisions or take actions? There is a part of our body called Antahkaran. The antahkaran is the internal functioning in every human being and is made up of four components, mun (mind), buddhi (intellect), chit (inner vision) and ego (ahankar).

Dada has scientifically explained the four components:

All four of them have form and can be read. They are not visible to the eyes but can be comprehended through Gnan (right knowledge). Each of the four components has its own separate function but every action is carried out with the co-operation of all four. The Pure Soul has nothing to do with the antahkaran; it is completely separate from it.

Mind: Mind never goes out of the body but just shows clues and pamphlets. The mind is in form of thoughts. There is no end to the thoughts coming from mind until one attains Moksha. After the decision is taken by the intellect, the mind stops thinking about that matter and starts thinking about other things.

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Shiv wants to go out and play. His 'mind' shows him first pamphlets of going out to play. Then at once, his 'Mun' (mind) will show him second pamphlet of what to play - football, cricket or carom board.

Chit: Only Chit, out of the four, can go outside the body. It takes pictures of things exactly as it is.

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Next, his 'Chit' (Inner vision) will show him pictures exactly of what he has seen before - his friends, his football, his carom board.

Intellect: It gives suggestions and takes final decision. It can read and interpret thoughts coming from mind. It always calculates profit and loss and according to that, it finalises decision. It can only have knowledge of worldly things and therefore, it is limited. There are two types if intellect, one is good intellect and the other is bad intellect. Good intellect shows good thoughts like helping others, being noble etc. Bad intellect shows bad thoughts like to behave selfish, hurting others etc.

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Next his 'Buddhi' (intellect) will start finding out profits and losses in all the three options. It will start calculating e.g. his friends are not around, so should he play indoors? Once again, the 'intellect' shows that if he wants to use his brother's new bat, he should go for cricket. Likewise, after a couple of thoughts 'intellect' will decide on one game and pass the decision to 'Ahankar' (ego).

Ego: It just endorses the decisions taken by intellect and it sees through the eyes of intellect.

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Suppose Shiv decided on cricket, the decision then will be passed on to Ahankar.

Right there 'Ahankar' (ego) will sign on the decision and take the action. 'Ego' only endorses the decision made by 'intellect'.

Thus, our antahkaran works like a parliamentary system. Mind & Chit are voters. Intellect takes all the decisions like prime minister. Ego plays role of president and blindly signs the decisions taken by Intellect.

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