Verse 25: What arises from the self center?

sāttvikaḥ ekādaśakaḥ pravartate vaikṛtād ahaṃkārāt |
bhūtādeḥ tanmātraḥ sa tāmasaḥ taijasād ubhayam ||

sāttvikaḥ – of buoyancy/illumination
ekādaśaka – set of eleven

tanmātra – subtle element
tāmasaḥ – of heaviness/obscurity

taijasa – of power (Rajas)
ubhaya – both

Eleven special objects arise when Sattva is dominant and five special objects arise when Tamas is dominant.

  1. The three gunas effect Ahamkara.
  2. As with Mahat (see verse 23) the Rajasic (active) nature of Ahamkara is always present since it is, by definition, the origin of activity. Both Sattva and Tamas are activated by the active nature of Rajas.
  3. What arises from Ahamkara therefore depends on which of the two Gunas (Sattva or Tamas) is dominant. Each dominant Guna gives rise to a group of special objects.
  4. When Sattva is dominant a category of 11 special objects is formed. These are the objects-of-sense.
  5. When Tamas is dominant a category of 5 special objects is formed. These are the primary elements.

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