Ahańkāra

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Jit Majumdar

Sometimes transliterated as: Ahańkara, AhańkAra, Ahańkaara


  1. that which creates “I” (the self)
  2. ego-sense, ego-idea.
  3. the subjective principle that enables beings to have a sense of “I”-ness, and by which the individual soul or cosmic soul (Puruşa) is induced to identify himself with the Primordial or Cosmic Nature (Pakŗitī) and her activities. (also spelt: ahańkāra).