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In this discussion, the famous image of the material body as a chariot has been mentionned. It is difficult for artists to describe this reality, wether in 2 or 3 dimensions. As a matter of fact, in most illustrations, there is one very important material element missing. That is Ahankara. Yet, acording to Lord Kapiladeva in the third Canto of SB, it is the first element to spring up from the Mahat-tattva. In his purport to verses 23-24 of chapter 26, Srila Prabhupada states:” In the beginning, from clear consciousness, or the pure state of Krishna Consciousness, the first contamination sprang up. This is called false ego, or identificationof the body as the self”. The passenger is the jiva, seated in a state of slumber, as portrayed on the illustrations, but somebody else has taken over. Ahankara is “leading” the journey. He knows were to go: to possess, enjoy and lord over the inferior energy.
From that perspective, the driver ( intelligence) is in the service of Ahankara, through the agency of the senses and the mind which collects all data received from them.
Generaly, the illustration we are familiar with depicts the horses ( senses) going wild and taking over from the driver ( and therefore the reins). But that is not always the case. There are many ahankaras who can manage quite well, for a good while at least, to achieve their desired result.
Comment Posted By ramanreti dasa On 29.06.2010 @ 16:52