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10 MAY, 2017 (MAINS)

TODAYS ANSWER WRITING CHALLENGE FROM PHILOSOPHY PAPER – 1 – PART B

 

Q1. Alayavijnana (2015/10/200 words)

 

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  • Ashish

    Alaya-vijnana is the eighth of the eight levels of consciousness of Yogacara, a Mahayana philosophy that is primarily concerned with the nature of experience. The Sanskrit word alaya literally means “substratum,” which suggests a foundation or basis. Vijnana is awareness or consciousness, and it is the fifth of the Five Skandhas. Hence, Alayavijnana is the substratum of consciousness.

    The alaya-vijnana is the foundation or basis of all consciousness, and it contains impressions of all of our past actions. It is not something which western philosophers referred to as ‘subconciousness’, but like subconciousness alaya-vijnana is a part of mind that stores things outside of our conscious awareness. The alaya-vijnana is the foundation or basis of all consciousness, and it contains impressions of all of our past actions. Through these impressions our thoughts, opinion, desire and attachments grow.

    These seeds or impressions are also identified as the seeds of karma or karmic impressions. Karma is created primarily by our intentions and acting on our intentions with thought, word and deed. The karma thus created is said to reside in our subconscious (or, the storehouse consciousness) until it ripens, or until it is eliminated.