Ahaṁkāra (Sanskrit: अहंकार), ‘I-making’, is a Sanskrit term in Saṃkhyā philosophy that refers to the identification of Self or Being with ’nature’ or any impermanent ’thing’

Ahaṁkāra is one of the four parts of the antahkarana (inner organ) described in Vedanta, while the other three parts are Buddhi, Citta and Manas

In the Uttara Mimamsa or vedanta branch of Hindu philosophy, even though it is not discussed in great detail in the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says to Arjuna that Ahaṁkāra must be removed - in other words, it should be subordinated to the lord

The reason for this is that the Self is not (cannot be) perceived when one is in a state of Ahaṁkāra

In Bhagavad Gita Krishna says “Air, water, earth, fire, sky, mind, intelligence and ahankaar (ego) together constitute the nature created by me”