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Mahat (Skt., ‘the great one’). In Sāṃkhya (and other non-theistic) philosophy, the first evolution of mūlaprakṛti, synonymous with buddhi (‘intellect’). Mahat contains all individual buddhis and all potential matter of the gross universe in its cosmic extent as the first manifest principle (tattva). Mahat in turn produces ahaṃkāra, the ego principle.