Sankhya vs. Advaita Vedanta

Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian ramakris at EROLS.COM
Sun Feb 14 08:48:52 CST 1999

Vivekananda Centre <vivekananda at BTINTERNET.COM> wrote:

>Scholars (pandits) like to make a great deal of the possible
>between these two schools of philosophies. The only real difference
is in
>the final conclusions both these philosophies draw.

What is this supposed to mean? If I look at you and say you are human
being and some other guy comes and looks at you and says that you are
a tiger, does that make both of them right?

>Samkhya perhaps can be considered to be the first rational philosophy
>world ever saw. Other schools of philosophy - specially the Yoga and
>philosophies have drawn a lot from the Samkhya of Kapila. They just
made few
>final adjustments in the conclusions.


>The maya of Advaita and prakriti of Samkhya are interchangable.

This is completely incorrect.

>Whenever I study Samkhya,  I get a thrill,  the findings of Samkhya
are that

Whenever I read a Dortmunder novel by Donald Westlake I get a thrill

>Kapila - this ancient sage - after acquiring perhaps the highest
>known to mankind  - sat down and imparted this highest of
philosophies to
>his mother!
>How poetic and sweet. Kapila was not bothered to rush out and impress
>masses, he decided to share this first with his mother!!

?!!! Sha.nkara ridicules this kind of sentimentalistic regard of
kapila explicitly.  As a pUrva-paxa argument he states that kapila is
held as a revered sage in some smr^iti texts and hence sA.nkhya cannot
be incorrect. He basically laughs at this and says there is no proof
that it could not have been some other person named kapila.


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