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Purusha ( पुरुष) is a vedic term syncretic with the Force aspect of Consciousness. [1]

Syncretic Terms

Force > Wakan, Will

Notes

The concept is quite fluid, and its meaning in vedic scripture depends on the when and where it was used. In the Taittiriya Upanishad is is used to refer to Spiritual Ego, residing in the heart center. "There is a space within the heart. Within it dwells Purusha, made of mind, immortal, golden. That which hangs down between two sides of the palate like a nipple, that is along the pathway of Indra (the soul). It pierces the two halves of the skull, passing out at the crown of the head where the hair ends. With the sound bhūh he is established in fire, with bhuvah in air."[2]


The opposite of Purusha is prakriti, or Formation.

  1. The Art and Science of Raja Yoga, by Swami Kriyananda. Step 12, “I. Philosophy: The Anatomy of Yoga, Part I.”
  2. Katz, Vernon, and Thomas Egenes. The Upanishads: A New Translation. New York: Penguin, 2015. https://amzn.to/2XAhN7M.