[Advaita-l] On Purusha and prakrithi of Sankhya Yoga

Sunil Bhattacharjya sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com
Mon May 25 18:46:18 CDT 2009

Sorry friend, please do not misunderstand. It is as if after my describing the entire Ramayana now you are saying that I have told you that Sita was a male. Where did I say that individual purusha is lower than Prakriti? As long as the Individual purusha is enamoured by Prakriti it does not remember its transcendental nature and that it is the master of prakriti as long as the individual purusha identifies itself with the prakriti. It is very easy to misunderstand the written sentences and hence there is no real substitute for  a guru. Hence my sincere suggestion would be that please better go to a guru and have a dialogue with him if the concept of Sankhya is baffling you.
Sunil K. Bhattacharjya

--- On Thu, 5/21/09, Srikanta <srikanta at nie.ac.in> wrote:

From: Srikanta <srikanta at nie.ac.in>
Subject: [Advaita-l] On Purusha and prakrithi of Sankhya Yoga
To: advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2009, 11:49 PM

This is with reference to the above topic regarding the Sankhya
yoga.Sri.Sunil Bhattacharjee says purusha is lower than the prakrithi.This
is not so.The Purusha ,prakrithi and pradhana are the threefold divisions
that that the Sankhya yoga attributes to the creation of the
Universe.There is no separate Ishwara other than the Purusha in Sankhya
system.The Purusha mingles with the Prakrithi and creates the individual
souls.Pradhana is the material cause.In Bhagawad gita SriKrishna
says,"Mayam to prakrithi viddhi".When the Purusha through discrimination
realises that he is free,then the prakrithi departs from him just like a
dancer departs from the scene.

A parallel can be drawn with the Vishishtadwaita siddhanta of SriRamanuja.
He says that there are three fold divisions,Viz.cit,acit and Ishwara.This
can be compared to Purusha,prakrithi and pradhana.Only that Ramanuja
doesnot recognise Maya as SriShankara recognises Maya in his Adwaita

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