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  1. “Why a willow tree? It was his only roof. The swamp had consumed everything else.” —The Five Lives of Albios
  2. “It wasn’t until his fifth life that the Ahamkara spoke to him. By then it was too late.” —The Five Lives of Albios
  3. “He lived his fourth life in the swamps of Venus, beneath the shade of a willow tree.” —Five Lives of Albios
  4. “Not a trace of him is left. Only the swamps of Venus remain.” —The Five Lives of Albios
  5. There’s nothing out there. So why do we keep going back?

Definition/Summary:

A species of dragon like entities, that upon will can shape shift, first discovered on Venus by human explorers

  • They were hunted to extinction by order of the Tower
  • They were considered a threat to humanity because it was said their bargains had too high of a cost
  • Ahamkara first appeared after the Traveler terraformed Venus
  • They are called “wish dragons” and many Guardians made deals with them for knowledge and power

Expanded info:

Ahamkara

  • A Sanskrit word used in Hindu philosophy to refer to the human ego
    It is derived from the root words aham, meaning “self,” and kara, meaning “to do with” or “created thing.”
  • This is an ancient term that was first used in Vedic texts some 3,000 years ago and was then used in Hindu philosophy, with it being particularly relevant in samkhya philosophy
  • It is one of the four different elements that make up the antahkarana aka (inner organ)
  • The others are buddhi (intellect), manas (mind) and chitta(memory).
  • Lord Krishna said to Arjuna that it is necessary that ahamkara be removed, In other words, the ego must be eradicated in order to achieve true spiritual enlightenment

This is referred to as “the instrument of the spirit” and left unchecked can lead to undesirable feelings such as pride, jealousy and hate

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