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Allegory of Chariot: Soul,Body,Mind,Intelligence,Senses

Chariot Krishna Arjuna

Kathopanishad Discusses the allegory of Chariot in relation with the Body, Mind, soul, Intelligence, Senses and Sense Objects.

the Verse Goes like this:

आत्मानं रथिनं विद्धि शरीरं रथमेव तु।

बुद्धिं तु सारथिं विद्धि मनः प्रगहमेव च॥

इन्द्रियाणि हयानाहुíवषयांस्तेषु गोचरान्‌।

आत्मेन्द्रियमनोयुक्तं भोक्तेत्याहुर्मनीषिणः॥

In English:

Aatmaanaam rathinam viddhi, Shareeram rathameva tu

Buddhim tu Saaradhim viddhi, manaḥ pragraham eva ca

Indriyaaṇi hayaan aahur vishayaams teṣu gocaraan

Aatmendriya-mano-yuktam bhoktety aahur manishinah

- Kathopanishad

Meaning:

Self is the rider of the chariot, where Body is the Chariot

Intelligence is Charioteer, and Mind is the reins

Senses are the horses (which drag us everywhere), The objects are the roads

The Self, (though) associated with Body & Mind is the enjoyer


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