Kapila, founder of Sāṃkhya and avatāra of Viṣṇu
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Kapila, founder of Sāṃkhya and avatāra of Viṣṇu with a translation of Kapilāsurisaṃvāda by Knut A. Jacobsen

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Published by Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers in New Delhi .
Written in English


  • Kapila,
  • Sankhya

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Edition Notes

Other titlesMahābhārata. Śāntiparva. Kapilāsurisaṃvada. English & Sanskrit.
StatementKnut A. Jacobsen.
LC ClassificationsB133.K385A6-.Z (B-BJ5)
The Physical Object
Paginationxii, 250 p., [24] p. of plates :
Number of Pages250
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL22553823M
ISBN 109788121511940
LC Control Number2008325241

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Kapila, son of Kardama and Devahuti was the founder of the famous Sankhya philosophy. Kapila was famous as a divine teacher and a sage of wonderful merit. Devahuti was very much proud of her son's knowledge and one day she went to him and asked Kapila . About the Book The Samkhya sntras of Kapila, with English translation by Dr. J.R. Ballantyne is the most popular work and a classic of great celebrity. It presents a systematical language and style which is very helpful to understand easily the Samkhya system of the Indian philosophy. The Samkhya Aphorisms, in all the known commentaries available on this work are exhibited word for word. Kapila is an important figure in the sacred geography of India and the study of the rituals and narrative traditions of the tirthas of kapila is an important contribution of this book. The book also contains a translation into English of the text Kapilasurisamvada, Kapila's teaching of Asuri, found in a few manuscripts of the Southern recension. Kapila Muni is one of the twelve leading authorities in the Vedic tradition. His system of metaphysics and spiritual knowledge—Sankhya—forms an important part of India's philosophical heritage. Teachings of Lord Kapila is based on a unique series of lectures presented in Mumbai, India, in the spring of , by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

The founder of Samkhya Philosophy is Sage Kapila. According to sage Kapila, The desire to create and procreate is a natural instinct within every one of us. The reason behind is the universe itself. Universe created us. And, being a part and parcel of the universe – we have the same desire. Book 1. a. Salutation to the illustrious sage, Kapila! b. Well, the great sage, Kapila, desirous of raising the world (from the Slough of Despond in which he found it sunk), perceiving that the knowledge of the excellence of any fruit, through the desire (which this excites) for the fruit, is a cause of people's betaking themselves to the means (adapted to the attainment of the fruit.   In Bhagavata Purana, sage Kapila explains this philosophy to his t making it simplistic nor too technical, it would be best to read from this. This will give a lot of clarity. Ramakrishna Mission has that part printed as a book. Kapil.   This book, Teachings of Lord Kapila, the Son of Devahuti, is based on a unique series of lectures presented in Bombay, India, in the spring of 4, by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. In this series, Srila Prabhupada spoke from the Twenty-fifth Chapter, which contains the beginning of Lord Kapila’s teachings.

Back of the Book Samkhya is one of the earliest schools of Indian philosophy and most systems including yoga have been drawn from or influenced by it. Samkhya is a dualistic philosophy and postulates two eternal realities. Purusha the witnessing consciousness and prakriti the root cause of creation composed of the three gunas. This text highlights the unique contribution of Samkhya .   As we found in Part One, the great founder of the Sankhya Philosophy is said to be the Rishi Kapila, yet the actual life and teachings of this great sage are wrapped in mystery. The Sankhya darsana, as it comes to us today, is at best fragmentary, treating of . The lofty position of Kapila, the founder of Sankhya philosophy is demonstrated when Krishna, while enumerating the chief divine forms by which he manifests himself, says: “[I am] Kapila the silent, among those who have attained [i.e. perfect saints],” (Bhagavad Gita, Book X) Of Kapila, theosophist Charles Johnston states: “We cannot. Samkhya (Sanskrit: सांख्य, IAST: sāṃkhya) is one of the six āstika schools of Hindu philosophy. It is most related to the Yoga school of Hinduism, and it was influential on other schools of Indian philosophy. Sāmkhya is an enumerationist philosophy whose epistemology accepts three of six pramanas (proofs) as the only reliable means of gaining knowledge.