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body compared to chariot in which rides the Self

re: avayakta body that is being compared to a chariot in which rides the Self. refers to the body that is being compared to a chariot in which rides the Self. Not the gross body of course but the subtle body is intended and itis called avyakta because it is the potential state of what will become actualized in the gross state. Cited from Website: Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies There are several parallel terms for this analogy: avyakta - buddhi cf. Atman - buddhi atman - jIva Cf. Chariot - Charioteer At a more literal level man was seen as a beast who needed to be tamed. So there were metaphors of moving from: Wild - Tame Meanwhile another tradition saw the body as a field of/for the indwelling soul. Hence there were metaphors of moving from Uncultivated - Cultivated .
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