Samskara: The WordY FrYdaY NerdY!

It’s time for the weekly feature! I have decided to take word Samskara for this week. It’s obviously a rare word for people who are not familiar with Hinduism and Buddhism, but quite common for people living in the Indian subcontinent. Here we use Samskar for many things. Please don’t confuse it with Samsara  which is a word for world or cycles of birth and death in the theory of reincarnation in Buddhism and Hinduism.

Samskara is used for many ceremonies in Hindu families. There are 16 prime rites of passages which are performed for any native from their birth until their death. In that sense, the word means Putting together of things. Sam means to add and Kar means to do and together they make Samskar.


In a deeper sense, Samskaras are subtle impressions on psyche. Spiritual traditions believe that a soul is bound to a body because of the conscience. Conscience is called Antahkarna in Hinduism. It’s considered to have four parts:





All yoga practices are to cleanse the Chitta of impurities. When psyche is cleansed the purity of soul shines forth. The cause of bondage is subtle impressions on psyche which lead a soul from birth after birth in various forms.

The purpose of 16 rite passages is to help auspicious impressions flourish so that negativity is cancelled out by the positivity. Our psyche is made of positive and negative programs. Like DNA these programs determine our thinking, speech and actions. Together they make our character and this character becomes our destiny. So, basically this programming decides whether we will stay happy or unhappy. It’s too subtle to fathom by intellectual analysis because it is subtler than intellect. Your intellect is made of such subtle impressions. Something gross can’t analyze something subtler than itself. It’s a law. That is why law of karma can’t be analyzed by gross analytical intellectuals. To observe it in action you need subtle psychic and intuitive wisdom.


Samskara is a positive word at large. Its opposite is Vasana. Vasanas are negative desires in the sense that they bring pain and suffering. Samskaras can be used for both positive and negative impressions on one’s psyche. In Hindu rituals, rites of passage are done to bring forth positive impressions to the consciousness from deep subconscious layers.

Therapeutic writing, meditation, psychoanalysis and other natural methods are ways to bring forth both positive and negative samskaras to consciousness. The light of consciousness helps dissolve darkness which was buried deep inside you and you become healthier and happier. Even positive samskaras are cause of bondage and attachment but they are needed as long as you are not free from ego. Otherwise negative influences take over immediately. Positive is needed to cancel out the negative and void cancels out the positive as well–giving you freedom from the known!

Please let me know how you found today’s feature in comments. I would love to hear from you and discuss further. Thank you and love!


32 thoughts on “Samskara: The WordY FrYdaY NerdY!


    A recent photograph of some Hindu Protesters demanding a ban on non-vegetarian food made me sit and take notice on vedaas. I believe that these protesters are ignorant of what their religion preaches.They are simply going against their own religious scriptures.


    chapter 5 verse30

    :”It is not sinful to eat meat of eatable animals,for God has created both the eaters and the eatables”.

    👉Aapastanba Grishsutram(1/3/10):
    says,”The cow should be slaughtered on the arrival of a guest, on the occasion of ‘Shraaddha of ancestors and on the occasion of a marriage”.

    👉Rigveda (10/85/13):declares “On the occasion of a girls marriage oxen and cows are slaughtered”.

    👉Rigveda (6/17/1) : states that, “Indra used to eat the meat of cow, calf, horse and buffalo”.

    👉Vashishta Dharmasutra (11/34):says,If a Brahmin refuses to eat the meat offered to him on the occasion of ,’Shraaddha’ he goes to hell”.

    👉Hinduisms great propagator Swami Vivekaanand said thus: “You will be surprised to know that according to ancient Hindu rite and rituals, a man cannot be a good Hindu who does not eat beef “.
    (The complete works of Swami Vivekanand vol :3/5/36)

    “The book The history and culture of the indian people” published by Bharatiya vidya bhawan,bombay and edited by renowned historian R C Majumdar (vol 2 ,page 18 says)This is said in the mahabharata that “king Ratinder used to kill 2000 other animals in addition to 2000 cows daily in order to give their meat in charity”.

    Aadi shankaraachaarya commentary on Brahadaranyako panishad 6/4/18 says:’Odaan’ rice mixed with meat is called ‘maansodan’ on being asked whose meat it should be, he answers ‘Uksha’ is used for an ox, which is capable to produce semen.

    👉Dear brothers and sisters what should we follow?????

    Religious books or communals policy..?

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    1. Hello Imran,
      Thanks for sharing this. Though I don’t follow either religious books or communal policy. I was born in a Hindu family but now I don’t follow religious rites strictly. Because of my childhood conditioning and local customs I didn’t eat eggs or meat ever. Since I meditate, I find that I never get cravings to eat delicious food or meat. It might have suited Vivekananda and I don’t take it against him.

      I feel we all start defending our own practices. I feel if there is a ‘need’ you should eat whatever is available, still, human digestive system is more well-suited for vegetarian food, specially in tropical countries. But I don’t go preaching this unless asked.

      I feel those who are doing movements in favor or against it have their own reasons. I do feel that like dog lovers, cow lovers have right to protect their own cows. Loving animals is not bad. Loving nature is not bad.

      So, I thank you for the discussion. I might even use some of these points in debate when required to balance sides, but they are not needed right now.

      Love and light ❤

      Anand 🙂

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      1. Well
        I really appriciate your respond.
        But a man died due to beef eating rumours …this is shame on secularism and our beloved nation.
        I respect vegtarian …being a muslim i hardly consume non veg diet.
        It is.much needed discussion NOW.
        Love and Regards!
        Your brother in Humanity
        Imran Ali

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  2. “The light of consciousness” I think is the key in general. This is what is done through psychotherapy as well. Bring to light what has been buried as a way to find the root of the issue and have a better view on how to work on it. This post was enlightening!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words Nena. Meditation is ancient and psychotherapy was built on some of the meditation techniques. You find similes to Freud’s approach in Patanjali’s treatises on Yoga Sutras which are thousands of years old. Cheers 🙂
      Anand 🙂

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  3. This is a very deep topic, especially for someone not familiar with Hinduism. I would love it, if you could elaborate sometime on the concept of conscience and its 4 parts! Material for future posts, Anand! It’s fascinating stuff! 🙂

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    1. Oh, thank you so much. Yes, I would love to talk about them some day as it forms the basis of one branch of Yoga called Jnana-Yoga–Yoga if knowledge. Thanks for your interest and wonderful comment, Meg. Much appreciated!
      Anand 🙂

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    1. Yes, like one after a few days of birth. One before a student goes to study and one before marriage and so on. 🙂 🙂 Thanks Srividya have a lovely Friday and a great weekend.

      Love and light ❤
      Anand 🙂

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  4. Nice topic , elaborately explained, loved reading . Keep spreading knowledge.

    One who writes is the most beneficiary, goes deep into topic , understand it completely then write it for others to read.

    That is how i am your fan!!!

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    1. Oh thank you so much for cheering me up my friend Nishthur! Though I would say we are both fans of each other which makes us friends 🙂 🙂 I will try my best to keep writing as long as I can. Thanks a ton. Love and light ❤
      Anand 🙂


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