Samkhyakarika, Sāṃkhyakārikā, Samkhya-karika: 7 definitions


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In Hinduism

Samkhya (school of philosophy)

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Source: Srimatham: Mīmāṃsa: The Study of Hindu Exegesis (sāṃkhya)

Sāṃkhyakārikā (सांख्यकारिका).—The Saṅkhya-kārika, considered the oldest available work of this system, says for the complete eradication of suffering there is neither an empirical, nor an ‘anuśravika’ means. ‘Anuśravika’ is what is transmitted orally from person to person, generation to generation, continuously; and that is known through Scripture, viz., the Veda.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Google Books: Feeding the World in the 21st Century

The name of an important old source regarding Sāṃkhya philosophy, by Īśvarakṛṣṇa.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

The Samkhyakarika (सांख्यकारिका) is the earliest extant text of the Samkhya school of Indian philosophy. Dated to the Gupta era (roughly 4th or 5th century CE), it is attributed to Ishvara Krishna (Iśvarakṛṣṇa).

In the text, the author described himself as being in the succession of the disciples from the great sage Kapila, through Āsuri and Pañcaśikha. His Sāṃkhya Kārikā consists of 72 ślokas written in the Ārya metre. The last three ślokas were probably added later.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sāṃkhyakārikā (सांख्यकारिका).—Name of a collection of 72 verses by Īśvara-Kriṣṇa.

Sāṃkhyakārikā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sāṃkhya and kārikā (कारिका).

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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