Ahankaratattva, Ahaṅkāratattva, Ahankara-tattva: 3 definitions


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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Ahaṅkāratattva (अहङ्कारतत्त्व, “ego, identity”):—One of the Thirty-six Tattvas, according to Śaiva doctrine. This is the fifteenth or twenty-second tattva (when counting in reverse). These primary principles (tattva) represent the different manifestations of Brahman (universal consciousness) which together form the basis of our experiences. The Ahaṅkāra-tattva forms part of the group of twenty-four Aśuddha-tattvas, which together constitue the realm of Aśuddha-māyā.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Veda (wikidot): Hinduism

Ahamkara-Tattva: The offshoot of Buddhi-Tattva, it represents the Power of Personality or Identity whereby the Soul creates or builds a sense of Identity for himself out of sense perceptions, emotions, thoughts and memories. Hence it is called Ahamkara or "I-maker".

Source: Nadalila: 36 Tattva

Ego (ahaṅkāra): the I-maker; identity. “A persistent contraction of awareness in the form of a collection of self-images that causes suffering through artificial self-limitation.”

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