Sāṃkhya – Redefining the Marriage of Wisdom and Action
Until the Dancer (Citta) deeply realises that
the Observer (Cit) of the Spectacle (Viṣaya)
is not interested in the drives (Avidyā) which animate the dance,
the Dancer continues to Dance.
Sāṃkhya Kārikā of Īśvara Kṛṣṇa Āryā Fifty Nine
Link to Series: 108 Study Path Pointers
“The Nature of the three Guṇa are Gratifying, Painful and Depressing,
(they serve) Brightness, Endeavour and Restraint,
and are mutually Supressing, Supporting, Producing, Co-existing, Mobile.”
– Sāṃkhya Kārikā of Īśvara Kṛṣṇa Āryā Twelve
Non-perception (of Nature) is because of subtlety,
not because of non-existence,
since it (Nature) is perceived through its effects.
These effects are intelligence and the rest.
Some are similar to Nature and some dissimilar.
– Sāṃkhya Kārikā of Īśvara Kṛṣṇa Āryā Eight
Comment from Gaudapādācarya Bhāṣya:
Even in the world, a son is similar as well as dissimilar to his father.
The causes of similarity and dissimilarity we shall explain later.
We may not perceive what is within the range of the senses (Pratyakṣa) because we are:
Blind or deaf to what is in front of us.
Not relating with what is there.
Seeing something between.
Letting something else dominate.
Confusing with something similar.”
– Sāṃkhya Kārikā of Īśvara Kṛṣṇa Śloka Seven
What about the supersensible?
“But, knowledge of what is beyond the range of the senses is from inference based on generalised correlation;
and knowledge not attainable even by that is attained though the eyes of another or authentic texts.”
– Sāṃkhya Kārikā of Īśvara Kṛṣṇa Āryā Six
“Direct observation involves selective ascertainment through the senses.
Inference is of three kinds:
– The past shaping the future
– Projecting the whole from the part
– Forming a comparison from a similar.
Authentic authority is trusted words and teachings.”
– Sāṃkhya Kārikā of Īśvara Kṛṣṇa Śloka Five
“Primordial Nature is uncreated and yet creates.
Awareness is neither.”
– Sāṃkhya Kārikā of Īśvara Kṛṣṇa Āryā Three
“The usual means to reduce suffering are linked to impurity, decay and excess.”
– Sāṃkhya Kārikā of Īśvara Kṛṣṇa Āryā Two
“Within and around us is an absence of certainty and permanence.”
– Sāṃkhya Kārikā of Īśvara Kṛṣṇa Āryā One