Antaḥkaraṇa is a Sanskrit term that means „internal organ”. Hindu philosophy attributes this term to the totality of the mind, including the thinking faculty, the sense of I-ness, memory and the discriminating faculty. It has also been called the bridge between the middle and higher mind, the reincarnating part of the mind.
In Theosophy (a system of esoteric philosophy), this term is used with a special meaning that is different from the Hindu philosophy. According to H. P. Blavatsky, it is an aspect or function of the lower mind that retains its initial purity active whenever there is a spiritual aspiration.
Therefore, it is figuratively speaking, a „bridge” or „path” that acts as a two-way communication. According to Vedanta, the term refers to the four-tiered inner mechanism of consciousness, that we call „mind”.
The Four Functions of the Mind
There are 4 functions of the mental faculty or Mind. In Sanskrit, these 4 functions are designated as manas, buddhi, ahamkara and chitta.
This 4 functions of the mind are described in the Upanishads as being like a wheel with 4 spokes. The center of the hub never moves, which is the Higher Self, on which the wheel of the mind seems to rotate, thus, the Self-seems to operate in the illusory manifestation through the 4 functions of the mind.
- Manas is indeterminate thinking, ordinary, just being aware that something is there and automatically archives the facts which the senses perceive.
- Buddhi determines, decides and logically comes with a conclusion that something is such-and-such a thing. Consequently, that is another aspect of the operation of the psyche – intellect or buddhi, on attending to such registration, determines, discriminates and cognizes the object registered, which is set over and against the subjective self by ahamkara.
- Ahamkara — ego, assertion, affirmation, „I know’. „I know that there is some object in front of me, and I also know that I know. I know that I am existing as this so-and-so.” This type of statement attributed to one’s own individuality is the function of ahamkara, also known as egoism.
- Chitta is the mind-stuff or mental substance.
The healing power of Antahkarana symbol
The term also refers to a symbol used in the Reiki healing method. This healing symbol does not require an attunement.
It is a healing and powerful symbol and simply by having it in your presence, the symbol will create a positive effect on the chakras and your aura. When doing healing work, it focuses and empowers the actions of the healing energies involved in the process.
When meditating with the symbol on your person or close by, it instantly creates what the Taoists call the great microcosmic orbit wherein healing spiritual energies travel up the spine (sushumna nadi), over the Sahasrara (crown) chakra, then down through the front of the body to the Muladhara (root) chakra and back up again constantly moving around and around.
This action balances and heals the chakras and prevents too much energy building up in one or more of the main seven chakras.