This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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Ahankara or the individual consciousness

Ahankara is Buddhi particularized, and so we have entered the individual domain at its highest level. This justifies the place of  ahankara as the third principle enumerated by Sankhya. Its meaning is, literally, ‘that which makes the me’, and can be understood as that which gives rise to the notion of the ‘ego,’ which of course could only come about once the Universal domain has been left behind. Its function is to create the ‘individual conviction’ (abhimana) which distinguishes for the being between idam, ‘this,’ and aham, ‘me,’ creating the relative opposition between things, both in an internal (abhyantara) and external (bahya) sense. In Western terminology this is the point where the opposition of ‘subject’ and ‘object’ comes to exist, although it never gains in Eastern thought the importance given to it in the West, since it is viewed for the relative and thus artificial opposition that it is.

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