[Advaita-l] Sankhya & Yoga
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Fri May 8 14:32:50 CDT 2009
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 view
> ?) 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
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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