False Ego (or ahankâra): the mistaken notion that one is the absolute master, the supreme owner and rightful enjoyer of all worldly pleasures, as a consequence of which the soul identifies with the material body.
- The 'knot' binding together soul and body, and everything connected thereto (appearance, nationality, race, family, religious denomination, joy and grief etc.).
- Identifying with the body, holding the body for the true self.
- A symptom of bewilderment.
- A source of being bound to matter.
- Seat of fear and neurosis, viz. to have an ineffective spirit (see further ahankâra).
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