Saturday, October 27, 2012

Baba on Sanskaras

"The very foundation of all my explanations is sanskaras, which no religion has explained." (LM 835)
"I will give you some very new facts concerning sanskaras; truly, no philosophical books explain the term properly." (LM 2250) 

According to Wikipedia, sanskaras are the imprints left on the subconscious mind by experience in this or previous lives, which then color all of life, one's nature, responses, states of mind, etc.

To read what Meher Baba has said on the sanskara, it is best to begin with his discourse The Formation and Function of Sanskaras.

In Baba's book God Speaks he most often refers to sanskaras as "impressions." The word "impression" appears in God Speaks 585 times. They are the catalyst of evolution, both of species and of rising consciousness – and it is the termination of sanskaras while retaining full consciousness as a human being that leads the soul to the goal of Realization.

In Infinite Intelligence Meher Baba gives the analogies of tinted glasses and film frames in a movie projector to explain sanskaras and their effect upon experience.

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