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Chitragupta, according to widely known belief, is a god who stays near Yama and records all the karma of an individual.

The actual meaning of Yama, according to a dictionary is

The one who decides the results based on the karma of a jiva

Similarly, the meaning of word chitraguptha is

The one who stores the list of karma of a jiva

Yama is a form of parabrahman who deals with the proper treatment to Jivas based on their karma.

Coming to chirtagupta, is it same as antahkarana? The name of the term may be different. I am thinking that antahkarana is the name of the entity of a jiva that stores the impressions of karma of a jiva and based on which the jiva attains results in different lokas.

Is this interpretation true? Can chitraguptha, who stores all the list of karmic activities of a jiva, be interpreted as antahkarana?


If anyone is unaware of the Yama or Chitragupta, can read the following statements

Thereupon, the people will go near Yama as before after being tied with ropes by the attendants. Taking the writing (of Chitragupta) as authority, there will be persons occupying hell. Thus what you do will be splendid.

[72, Chapter 7: The statement of Brahma, Uttara Bhaga, Narada Purana]

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  • Please give a reference for your story. The Lord (Iswara) is the giver of the fruits of karma; the Lord is not a bookkeeper. Brahma Sutras 3.2.38-39, Brhadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4.24 Jul 1, 2021 at 6:34
  • @SwamiVishwananda For what statements, do you want a reference?
    – hanugm
    Jul 1, 2021 at 7:07
  • @SwamiVishwananda Yes, the gist of the interpretation is the same. Parabrahman may not maintain a book of all karma. Anthakarana stores it automatically, so I am comparing and equating them.
    – hanugm
    Jul 1, 2021 at 7:08

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