TheRāga Bhāvain theSāṁkhya Kārikā: Rectifying an Age-Old Mistake

Kumar Alok
  • Asian Philosophy, April 2014, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/09552367.2014.917831

Restoring the lost meaning of a Kārikā of Sāṁkhya

What is it about?

This article challenges two widely held views regarding Sāṁkhya: a) there are two kinds of opposing bhāva – sāttvika and tāmasika and b) Sāṁkhya Kārikā and Bhagavad-Gita present independent versions of Sāṁkhya. Both of the views are partly there because of certain misunderstandings regarding the bhāva doctrine of classical Sāṁkhya. I make an attempt to address the issue by restoring the meaning of the 23rd verse of the Sāṁkhya Kārikā.

Why is it important?

The significance of the articles lies in the fact that it rectifies a near about two millennia old misinterpretation of a Sāṁkhya doctrine. This rectification helps to make better sense of the oldest Indian philosophy.

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