Samskara (Impressions)

ccording to various schools of Indian philosophy, every action, intent or preparation experienced by an individual leaves a Samskara (Impression/Impact/Imprint) in the deeper structure of his or her mind.These impressions then await volitional fruition in that individual’s future, in the form of hidden expectations, circumstances or unconscious sense of self-worth. These Samskara manifest as tendency, karmic impulse, subliminal impression, habitual potency or innate dispositions.This film uses a split screen to juxtapose a little boy with his adult self. To illustrates how life repeats itself and how he grows up to become the man who had left the strongest impressions on him: his wife beating father.We see the young Abhimanyu running to dig a hole and hide the gun that he’s used to kill his father to save him from beating his mother to death. While on the other side is his older self running to dig out the same gun to shoot his wife in a fit of rage.The film continues with both of them coming back in the house. Young Naman goes to look for comfort in his mother’s lap only to be slapped by her. She still has to deal with this tragedy, of facing her oppressor. While the older one sits to have a few more drinks but can’t contain himself when he realises that his wife is packing to leave.Young Abhimanyu sees his mom lost and distant. While the older has a fight forcing her wife to stay, finally pulling out the gun to shoot her.The gun is stuck.It’s at that moment that the two selves almost as if stare at each other. Older Abhimanyu becomes conscious that he has become the man he hated the most.He points the gun at his own head, as that seems to be the only way to stop this vicious circle of impressions. But, he pushed down by his wife.While on one side young Abhimanyu’s mom takes out her angst by screaming and beating up his dad’s dead body. Older Abhimanyu does the same by shooting all the remaining bullets on a photo of his dead dad. Finally, killing him within after all those years. It’s only now that he can shed a tear for all that he has lost. As he falls down, empty and devoid his wife comes to his rescue.He’s saved by the feminine. While on one side his mother sings him a lullaby and puts him to sleep. His older self remembers those impressions and begins to hum the same lullaby to comfort his wife.The theory of Samskara has also been used, in ancient Indian texts, to develop explanations for how and why human beings remember anything, and the impact these memories have on his sense of suffering, happiness and being content.Impressions build the body of our soul. Only consciousness can liberate us.
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