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Asakriya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Samkhya (school of philosophy)

Source: Shodhganga: Prakrti and purusa in Samkhyakarika an analytical review

1) Asakriya (असक्रिय, “non-active”).—The non-manifest being omnipresent is non-active, because, it lacks any kind of movement (i.e. parispandana). Though non- manifest is mutating (pariṇāmi), yet it is not transmigrating. Vācaspati interprets “sakriya” as “parispandavat” i.e. able to move or able to migrate. He writes that although avyakta has action of mutation, it does not have transmigration and hence, it is asakriya.

2) Asakriya (असक्रिय, “without activity”).—Pure consciousness (śuddha-puruṣa) is asakriya, i.e. without any activity, because no transmigration occurs in case of pure consciousness. But vimba-puruṣa, i.e. the consciousness reflected in the buddhi, is sakriya (with an activity), because it is able to transmigrate through the subtle body (sūkṣmaśarīra).

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Samkhya (सांख्य, Sāṃkhya) is a dualistic school of Hindu philosophy (astika) and is closeley related to the Yoga school. Samkhya philosophy accepts three pramanas (‘proofs’) only as valid means of gaining knowledge. Another important concept is their theory of evolution, revolving around prakriti (matter) and purusha (consciousness).

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