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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 161-165

A study of Mana (mind) to elucidate its location


1 Associate Professor, Dept. of Rachana Sharir, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College, Hospital & Research Centre, Wardha, India
2 PG Scholar, Dept. of Samhita Siddhanta, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College, Hospital & Research Centre, Wardha

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Sachin G Khedikar
Associate Professor, Dept. of Rachana Sharir, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College, Hospital & Research Centre, Wardha
India
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Mana (mind) is always a point of intriguing due to its uniqueness as well as ambiguity related to its various aspects and Location. Many aspects related to Mana like its definition, properties, objects, significance, existence; superiority to other sense organs is described. There is some controversy regarding the location of Mana in Ayurveda. The two organs viz. Hridaya (heart) and Mastishka (brain) have been the points of discussion since a long period for the purpose of location of Mana and also specifying for the seat of consciousness. Till date the ambiguity related seat ofMana is not resolved. Mana is coordinator between sense organs, organs of action and soul which is essential for physicomental balance of the body. Therefore the study related to location of Mana is of prime importance. In Ayurvedic Literature various views are available regarding the site of Mana as 1. Hridaya 2. Shirah (head) 3. Bhrumadhya (point between two eyebrows) 4. Enclosed between Shirah and Talu (palate) and 5. Sparshanendriya (skin). So to clarify the Location of Mana the Literature related to Mana was critically reviewed thoroughly from all available sources. The location of Mana is probably in Shirah as described by Charak and other Scholars because the functioning and objects of Mana has great similarity with that of functions of brain.


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