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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Buddhi or ‘higher intellect’ as first degree of manifestation

The Sankhya teaches us about the higher intellect, or Buddhi, also called the ‘great principle,’ Mahat. Being the first of all productions of Prakriti, it is the first ‘degree of manifestation,’ hence its place in the order of enumeration. While Buddhi is formless and pertains to the Universal order, it nonetheless belongs to manifestation, proceeding, as we have just said, directly from Prakriti. We stress this point in order to show that Buddhi as intellect should not be confused with the individual consciousness or ‘ego,’ which belongs to the next degree of manifestation. When dealing with Buddhi we have not entered into the individual domain, which is the world of form. Buddhi, then, is the principle of the individual state, as the formless must be the principle of the formal. This also means that Buddhi unifies all of the lower, individual states and illuminates them as the Spiritual Sun. It is in this way that we can say that Purusha, identical with Atma, dwells at the center of the human individuality, determining the possibilities of the living soul (jivatma).

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