The first text that I was privileged to be able to study word by word, Śloka by Śloka along with the commentaries of Krishnamacharya and then Desikachar, within the intimacy and vitality of private lessons in Madras from 1979, was the Sāṃkhya Kārikā of Īśvara Kṛṣṇa.
“Sāṃkhya has been fundamental in its influence on the philosophical
foundations underpinning Yoga, Buddhism and Āyurveda.”
Sāṃkhya is said to be a relative of Yoga. In fact they are often paired together when presenting models around the six major schools of inquiry within the Indian tradition.
- What is the basis for this relationship?
- How closely are they related?
- Where do they agree and where do they differ?
These questions will form the base from which an exploration of the fundamental principles within Sāṃkhya and its links with Yoga and especially the Yoga Sūtra will be explored.
The Art of Sāṃkhya Philosophy Workshop Module One
See your World through Spirit Living within the Field of Nature
offers a 2 day opportunity for a student from any Yoga background or style to have an in-depth introduction to the primary principles and teachings, putting in place the essentials underpinning Sāṃkhya and how they can inspire and guide our personal Yoga practice and study Sādhana, either for personal development or, if relevant, professional skills.
Follow the link above for further details of the Sāṃkhya Philosophy Module One Workshop.
“Sāṃkhya proposes a permanent solution to suffering.
If we look and see.
And see what produces what we see.”
– TKV Desikachar
As well as being complete in itself it offers a necessary foundation for those interested in a verse by verse in-depth study of the primary Sāṃkhya text, the Sāṃkhya Kārikā of Īśvara Kṛṣṇa, along with the commentaries of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar, through Modules Two and Three.
“Sāṃkhya will not make sense to those people who have not tried anything.
i.e. Prayer, Mantra, Medicine.”
– TKV Desikachar
Follow the link below for details of the follow on Sāṃkhya Philosophy Module Course Two.
The Art of Sāṃkhya Philosophy Course Module Two
– In depth exploration of the Sāṃkhya Kārikā of Īśvara Kṛṣṇa
are 4 day meetings intended for those Yoga students, having completed the Sāṃkhya Philosophy Module One Workshop, wish to undertake an in-depth verse by verse study of the teachings from its primary text, the Sāṃkhya Kārikā of Īśvara Kṛṣṇa, along with the commentaries of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar and how they can inspire and guide our Yoga practice and study.
- Module Two – Sāṃkhya Kārikā verse by verse with the commentaries of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar
Module Two comprises either a single 4 day Module or two 2 day Modules over 3 months.