Philosophical Questions {162} ~ What Is Essence?

Essence is defined as the core inner nature or most important qualities of a person or thing. An example of essence is what is captured of someone’s personality in a good photograph. That which makes something what it is; intrinsic, a fundamental nature or most important quality of something. An essential thing.

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10 thoughts on “Philosophical Questions {162} ~ What Is Essence?”

  1. There is an interesting dichotomy when I look back at all the different “selves” that manifested over the years. Some I don’t relate with or understand according to my present expansion. Even though I haven’t come to any clear understanding it seems like the only “essence” I can find is in memory, there’s nothing I can say is permanent or particularly consistent. Yet the “story” in my stream of thought insists there is a “core I” somewhere in there. More will be revealed. It’s one of my favorite areas of inquiry.

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  2. Thanks for this Dios. I also believe it’s good to make sense of the terms we use often. As this is a writing platform, I cannot talk about vanilla essence here. Essence, according to my dictionary, gives an definition as “ The central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work” which makes lot of sense, isn’t it?

    Then, coming to your explanation of essence captured in a personality which is , “an example of essence is what is captured of someone’s personality in a good photograph” is where I strongly contradict. A photograph never portrays the personality. It says one’s gorgeousness or handsomeness. That’s it. I believe personality is the essence of a person’s character of being benevolent and dignified. You wouldn’t know the person’s exact personality only when you get to know in person. Make sense, my buddy?

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  3. Adding further to your points, knowing the core is termed as ‘Saaraa’ in Sanskrit and there is a text of Ramana Maharishi called Upadesa Saaraa. In order to enjoy the status of the ancient wisdoms it’s message must not be obsolete and irrelevant but quite the opposite. Hence, the essence comes into play here with truest elements.

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