Four Parts of the Mind
The whole of the mind is known as Chitta. The Chitta is divided into four parts:
ahamkara – ego or sense of I-ness, our sense of identity (not negative as often used in the West)
manas – questioning/sensing faculty of the mind, regular daily life thoughts, our brain’s interpretation of sensory input
buddhi – intuitive faculty of the mind, knowing, wisdom
chitta – storehouse (of all thoughts and memories)
The mind is not who we are. It is an instrument for us to use.
We draw on what we have learned to date in life. When we are stressed or afraid, we can be flooded with fearful and anxious thoughts. When we are emotionally flooded, it is difficult to access our intuition and innate wisdom.
Many people are focused almost exclusively on manas, the stream of thought that flows almost without a break and can be very compelling. This is especially true where there is anxiety, fear, trauma and an untrained mind.
- Vrittis are waves in the mind. They are caused by many things – emotions, attachments, our reactions to life.
- A samskara is a groove in the mind from repetition of a habit or type of thought.
- A vasana is a strong groove (or habit pattern) created in the mind by repeated, strong samskaras
We change our karma by changing our desires, thoughts and actions. The impressions stored in the causal body then lead us in new directions, giving new momentum to our desires, thoughts and actions.