Tenets of Samkhya
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Wed Aug 14 17:53:52 CDT 2002
On Wed, 14 Aug 2002 18:30:49 -0400, Vidyasankar <vsundaresan at HOTMAIL.COM>
>One has to be careful about what one means with the use of numbers here. In
>Samkhya, Prakrti and Purusha are independent entities, and it is therefore
>called a dualistic system. But this does not mean that there is only one
>Purusha. In fact, in Samkhya, there are multiple Purushas, each one being
>independent of the other Purusha-s.
>In the Yoga school, there are also multiple Purusha-s, and Ishvara is a
>special Purusha (Yogasutra says purusha-visheSho IshvaraH). It differs from
>classical Samkhya, in that Samkhya does not admit of Ishvara.
This concept of multiple Purushas should be treated with care.
Could the great Patanjali have postulated the existence of
independent, real, multiple Purushas. According to some legends
Patanjali was the guru of Gaudapada.
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