Sāṃkhya Kārikā Title

सांख्यकारिका

sāṃkhya-kārikā

Sāṃkhya Kārikā

sāṃkhya - enumeration; a numberkārikā - concise statement of doctrines in verseīśvara kṛṣṇa - name of the author of the Sāṅkhya Kārikā

Commentaries and Reflections

Commentary by TKV Desikachar:

“Sāṃkhya proposes a permanent solution to suffering.
If we look and see.
And see what produces what we see.”
– TKV Desikachar India 1979 on Sāṃkhya and Yoga

“Sāṃkhya postulates what appears and what causes it to appear.”
– TKV Desikachar India 1979 on Sāṃkhya and Yoga

“Sāṃkhya and its aspects, what are the characteristics?
1. What is seen – The effect
2. What is not seen – The cause
3. What sees – Something other than cause and effect
The relationship between these three is discussed in Sāṃkhya philosophy.”
– TKV Desikachar India 1979 on Sāṃkhya and Yoga

Commentary by Paul Harvey:

“Sāṃkhya is about living more within that which doesn’t change,
rather than living more within that which does change.”
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“The mutual aim of Yoga and Sāṃkhya is to experience the more discerning aspects of the psyche, rather than just the more grasping aspects of the psyche.
In the former, the tendency of the Buddhi to discern discriminately prevails over the tendency of Ahaṃkāra to grasp indiscriminately.
In the latter, the tendency of the Ahaṃkāra to grasp indiscriminately prevails over the tendency of the Buddhi to discern discriminately.
The former is a state known as Buddhi Sattva, where the clarity of discernment prevails over the indiscriminate grasping nature of the Ahaṃkāra.
The latter is a state of Buddhi Tamas, where the discerning clarity of the Buddhi is obscured by the grasping nature of the Ahaṃkāra.
Thus our Yoga Sādhana has but one primary Saṃkalpa,
that of the reduction of the obscuration by Tamas in the Buddhi. This reduction of Tamas facilitates the advent of the clarity of Sattva, as in the metaphor of the reduction of the cloud facilitates the advent of the sun.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 49