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Origin and Development of the Samkhya System of Thought

Origin and Development of the Samkhya System of Thought


Item Code: IHD34

by Pulinbihari Chakravarti

Hardcover (Edition: 1975)

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN 70690501

Size: 9.6" X 6.4"
Pages: 348
Price: $27.50
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Origin and Development of the Samkhya System of Thought by Pulinbihari Chakravarti is an important work dealing with different aspects of Samkhya. The learned scholar has elaborately discussed some of the fundamental topics of Samkhya and has also tried to trace its origin and the development which the system underwent in the different stages of its growth and evolution. Of the various subjects discussed in the book, particular mention may be made of the Samkhya teachers and their work, Samkhya and Yoga, Samkhya and Buddhism, the Samkhya-Karika and its Commentaries, Samkhya Theory of Knowledge, Samkhya Theory of Evolution, etc. The present work is based entirely on a detailed study of the original texts and contains much new information that the author has been able to collect and analyse with erudition.


    Samkhya - what does it mean ?
    Origin of Samkhya
    Samkhya and the Vedas
    Samkhya ideas in the Upanisads

    Samkhya accounts of the Mahabharata The reflection of the full-fledged Samkhya in the Gita
    Does the Epic preach the true Samkhya view ?
    [Samkhya accounts in the Puranas]
    [Criticism of Garbe's view of non-brahmanical origin of Samkhya]
    Samkhya and Yoga
    Ancient works on Yoga
    [Yoga sometimes identified as Vaisesika]
    Samkhya and Buddhism
    Samkhya and the Abhidharma Literature
    Samkhya accounts in the Caraka-samhita and Buddha-carita
    [Kapila and Asuri]
    Sastitantra and its authorship
    Some Samkhya teachers as referred to in the Epie
    Post-Pancasikha Samkhya teachers
    Pata jail
    Varsaganya and his followers
    Varsaganya, his follwers and the author of the Yoga-bhasya
    Vindhyavasin and Vyadi

      [Reference to Vindhyavasin by Kamalasila
      Paramartha's account of Vindhyavasin
      Date of Vasubandhu
      Manoratha as the teacher of Vasubandhu
      Kuei-chi's account of the debate of Vasubandhu with the Samkhya teacher
      Gold Seventy and the Samkhya Karika of Isvarakrsna
      Takakusu's identification of Isvarakrsna and Vindhyavasin
      Untenability of such a view
      Examination of the view of Kuei-chi
      Paramartha-Saptati and the Samkhya-Saptati
      Yukti-dipika as a rejoinder of the Paramartha-Saptati
      Defective statement of Paramartha
      Vindhyavasin as a predecessor of Isvarakrsna]
      [Madhava-the Samkhya teacher]

    The Samkhya-Karika and its Commentaries
    The Chinese version of Paramartha
    Yukti-dipika and Raja-varttika
    The Bhasya of Gaudapada

    The Tattva-Samasa-Sutras
    The Samkhya-Sutra
    The Samkhya Theory of Knowledge
    Indeterminate and determinate perception
    Psychological process in perception
    Mind and its function
    The function of ahamkara
    The function of buddhi
    Buddhi and Purusa
    Valid testimony

    The Samkhya Theory of Evolution
    Prakrti and the Gunas
    [The characteristic feature of the three Gunas]
    Modern Science and the doctrine of Gunas
    Psychical aspects of the Gunas
    Prakrti and its evolutes

      [Arguments in support of the existence of prakrti
      Its unity-Paurika's view of the plurality of prakrti
      Conception of mahatmya-sarira
      Criticism of the doctrine of plurality of prakrti The two-fold end
      Its criticism by Vasubandhu
      Clarification of the Samkhya view by the author of the Yukti-dipika
      Cyclic process
      Samkhya conception of evolution
      Three fold ahamkara
      The tanmatras
      The gross elements and their properties
      Samanya and visesa
      Conception of substance
      Conception of tativa]

    Time and Space
    Doctrine of change
    The five vital breaths
    The five springs of activity
    Evolution of embodied beings
    Doctrine of sat-siddhi
    The subtle medium of migration
    Corporeal creation
    The subtle body and the bhavas

    Misery and its source
    [Conception of avidya
    Explanation of 'error' form the standpoint of Samkhya]

    Proper names and Schools
    Technical terms and expressions
    Alphabetical index of Sanskrit terms and expressions that appear in the book in Devanagari script
    Additions and corrections

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