In India, philosophy originated as an exploration of the mystery of life and existence. Indian Philosophy refers to a number of philosophical traditions that arose on the Indian subcontinent. Six philosophical systems have evolved to embody India’s intellectual quest for truth throughout the ages, these are Vaiśeṣika , Nyāya, Sāṁkhya, Yoga, Purva Mīmāṃsā,, and Vedanta or Uttara Mīmāṃsā,. Almost all Indian schools of thought recognize the principle of karma and reincarnation, and the goal of moksha is viewed as an escape from the cycle of births and deaths. Moksha (liberation) is regarded as the greatest aim of human effort.
Samkhya is the oldest of the orthodox philosophical schools, and it holds that everything, in reality, is derived from Purusha (self, soul, or intellect) and Prakriti (matter, creative agency, energy). In this course, we will go through the aspects of Samkhya in-depth, which brings more clarity around the purpose of life.
Level I – we study the foundation of Sankhya through Tattva, Samasa and an introduction to the Sāṁkhyakārikā which is considered the principal text of Sāṁkhya.
Tattva Samasa or “principles of truth.”
“The Tattva Samasa is the foundation of Yoga —the basic text of Yoga philosophy. In it the Yoga philosophy is clearly laid out. To understand the science behind the state of highest existence, called Yoga, we must study the sutras of the Tattva Samasa. These sutras need to be explained to help the reader comprehend the text in simple contemporary language. Thus, the reader’s mind opens to the true understanding of what Yoga is.”
Led by Dr Vigneshwar Bhat
September 6 – November 8
10 classes on Wednesdays at 9pm IST
We will continue next year with Sāṁkhyakārikā part 1 & 2.