The sense-mind. It is a mental instrument (sometimes seen as an indriya, sense organ) that assimilates and synthesizes sense impressions. Thus, it enables the jiva (human soul) to make contact with external objects. It is involved with these objects and consequently gives rise to the possessive “my” and “mine.” The Hatha Yoga Pradipika (4:26) compares manas to unsteady mercury. It is complementary to buddhi (the superior mind, which processes consciousness as intuition and wisdom). Because manas is somewhat blind (lacking discriminating objectivity), it is referred to as a mental condition of vikalpa (doubt).