[Advaita-l] Sankhya & Yoga

Michael Shepherd michael at shepherd87.fsnet.co.uk
Sat May 9 06:31:33 CDT 2009


Thanks. I think I get it ! it's a bit like Voltaire's 'Candide' -- one can
have the occasional democratic revelation, without necessarily being a
democrat or a Democrat !


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H. Vyas
Sent: 08 May 2009 20:33
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Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Sankhya & Yoga

On Fri, 8 May 2009, Michael Shepherd wrote:

> Would the implication be, that 'sankya' and 'yoga' were used as general
> terms for 'knowledge' and 'practice' before being codified (in a later
> ?) as 'systems' ? Thus their terms would be well known without yet such a
> codification, as a darshana ?

The standard explanation I like to give is the United States is a
democracy and also has a political party called Democrats.  All Democrats
are democrats but all democrats are not Democrats.  In other words, a
"capital-D" Democrat belongs to a particular darshana of "small-d"

That Samkhya/Yoga shares vocabulary and concepts with Vedanta is not
surprising as they do have a common root in Vedic tradition.
Shankaracharya does not deny this, he only says that their reading of
tradition is incorrect.

That "capital-S" Samkhyas share vocabulary and concepts with Gita,
Puranas, Ayurveda, Arthashastra etc. is not surprising as they have a
common root is a particular type of philosophical praxis we can call
"small-s" samkhya.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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