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Regarded by many Indian systems as a sixth sense organ—i.e. a material entity, itself processing subtle material entities, such as thoughts and physical impressions, to the essential self. So, according to Sāṃkhya ontology, for instance, manas is an evolute of prakṛti, which is simply ‘owned’ by the spiritual puruṣa, and in no way to be identified with it.

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