The Dynamics of Self

The Dynamics of Self

On a recent retreat, Lorne Hoff briefly mentioned the correspondence of individual and cosmic.

It’s a useful note to make. As is described in philosophies like the Indian Samkhya, our personhood has a three-fold structure that gives rise to all forms and phenomena of the world – both the means of perception or senses and the objects thereof.

That threefold structure is Buddhi, Ahamkara, and Manas aka intellect, ego and mind. The ego is the I-sense or individual, the intellect is what makes distinctions (like self and other) and the mind is the field in which distinctions are made.

If you’re familiar with other articles here, you may have noticed these relate to 3 of the Koshas or energy sheaths that give rise to our physical form.

What’s another way of describing this trinity, but from a more universal place? The observer, the process of observing, and the observed. This universal appears to become local, individual.

Lorne noted that the cosmic values of Buddhi, Ahamkara, and Manas continue, even in Brahman(BC). That the Cosmic Intellect discriminates even in BC where there are no differences. And that is why someone in BC still experiences a world even though it was never created.

This is not some sort of mistake or delusion but rather is intentional. It allows all the detail to be known at every point without ever having to create it.

Last Updated on August 27, 2015 by

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