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[uh-huhng-kahr-uh] /ə hʌŋˈkɑr ə/
noun, Hinduism, Buddhism.
the false identification of the purusha, or true inner self, with the body, the mind, or the outside world.
< Sanskrit ahaṅkāra ego consciousness, equivalent to aham I + -kāra making or producing (a sound), saying, as in śītkāra making the sound śīt Unabridged
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("I-saying," or "I-making"), in the dualist and evolutionist Samkhya school of Hindu philosophy, the second stage of development of the prakriti, the original stuff of material nature, which evolves into the manifest world

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