[Advaita-l] The Quarters of Mind

jiva das jivadas3 at yahoo.ca
Sat Nov 25 19:51:26 CST 2006

I thought that Shankara spoke of the Manas Mind as being divided into four parts consisting of Buddhi Intellect, Chittam Affectivity, Ahamkara Egoity, and fourthly Manas itself, containing the others] and he spoke of this as the quarters of a silver dollar [karpaNa]. Mind, as I understand this, contains its own three parts, as a sort of Spiral Trinity/Quadernity. 

I have been looking at a quote from my guru Bhagavan Shri Ramana Maharshi, which questions this. 

He suggests that Chittam is this triply-self-containing mental organ. 

Can one of you wise men add a thought here? 

saMtoSaH paramo lAbhaH sat-saGgaH paramA gatiH | 
vicAraH paramaM jJAnaM zamo hi paramaM sukham [Yoga Vasishtha 2.16.19] 
   = Contentment is the highest gain, Good Company the highest course, Enquiry the highest wisdom, and Peace the highest enjoyment.

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