What is Samskara?
Samskara is a Sanskrit word that refers to the impression or mark left on the mind by past actions. It is often translated as “memory” or “impression.” Samskaras are the subtle imprints of our past actions that shape our present behavior and future choices. They can be positive or negative, depending on the nature of the action.
Samskaras are often compared to seeds that are planted in the mind. Just as a seed will eventually grow into a plant, so too will a samskara eventually lead to future thoughts, emotions, and actions. The strength of the samskara (and its ability to influence our behavior) depends on several factors, including how often we perform the action, how strong our emotions are at the time, and how recent the action is.
Samskaras can have a powerful influence on our lives. They can determine whether we act with compassion or cruelty, wisdom or ignorance. By understanding samskaras, we can learn to plant positive seeds in our minds and create a more joyful and fulfilling life.