UNCONSCIOUS MIND, IMPRESSIONS-CHITTA, SAMSKARAS

Jan 28, 2015

by Ann Holaday | in AYURVEDA - YOGA - MENTAL HEALTH - BEHAVIOURAL QUESTIONNAIRE

 

 

CHITTA is the unconscious mind and can be compared to the hard disc of the computer. It is where all life’s experiences and images are kept. We are unaware it is constantly taking in and storing our experiences. Deep-seated memories, emotions, habits attachments and impressions are all stored in the unconscious and in some cases it can be reached through hypnosis. Drugs like LSD reach the CHITTA and people think they are having a spiritual experience, but the only way to go beyond the CHITTA is through meditation and spiritual practice. In the video on creation I talk about Mahat or cosmic consciousness and it is through CHITTA that we can connect to Mahat and is where consciousness appears. CHITTA is the bridge between the mind and the soul.


The concept of scars on the CHITTA is called samskara must be mentioned here. The Vedic system of treating mental disturbances is by erasing these scars through the practice of mantra. Mantra is a chant of a sanskrit word or phrase repeated over and over. It has the effect of engraining itself on the unconscious mind almost like learning something which has to be repeated over and over to be remembered. In the same way Mantra will erase these scars. I think the word scar must come from this word samskara. It is like a scar on the sub-conscious mind. Every experience leaves a  on the CHITTA, and not all experiences are positive ones. 

 


The buddhi filters experiences but if it is fearful or weak it will not function properly and samskaras will be created. Insults and hatred create very deep samskaras in the CHITTA and disturb the mind.  The buddhi is not developed in children leaving the CHITTA wide open to samskara which is why the early days especially are so important in the bringing up of a child. Everything is recorded in the CHITTA even before birth therefore children have to be protected from trauma. In ancient Vedic culture and even in Indian today, babies are not brought outside for at least 40 days after birth because birth itself is considered a trauma.

 


If a child has a traumatic experience a deep samskara is created on the CHITTA and will lie in wait to raise its ugly head at any time. This is how phobias manifest in the mind, because the buddhi is overpowered by the samskara and there is an automatic reflex. The individual can’t control it never mind how hard he tries.

 

The mind is the most difficult thing to control and our aim in life should be to harness it.


ATAY Video on "Levels of the Mind - (Chitta) Sub-Conscious: (Samskaras) Impressions: Soul (Jiva)" 


Memories are stored in the “Sub-Conscious Mind or Chitta”, impressions or “Samskaras” are  made on the Chitta and the “Soul or JIVA “is the real SELF. More information and videos at www.ataytv.com According to Ayurveda & Yoga

http://youtu.be/nPVg2LN-AE0


 

According To Ayurveda & Yoga - Ann Holaday

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