The Art of Sāṃkhya Philosophy
See your World through Spirit Living within the Field of Nature
From Paul’s Sāṃkhya Studies in India with Desikachar and Ramaswami
Sāṃkhya is said to be a relative of Yoga. In fact they are often linked together when presenting models around the six major schools of inquiry within the Indian tradition.
“Sāṃkhya has been fundamental in its influence on the philosophical
foundations underpinning such as Yoga, Buddhism and Āyurveda.”
The first text that I was privileged to be able to study word by word, Āryā by Āryā along with the commentaries of Krishnamacharya and then Desikachar, within the intimacy and vitality of private lessons, was the Sāṃkhya Kārikā of Īśvara Kṛṣṇa.
This Sāṃkhya Kārikā aspect of the Yoga Texts Freenotes section of the website now begins to offer a Āryā by Āryā transcription and interpretation. These will be further developed over time through added commentaries from my word by word studies of the Sāṃkhya Kārikā with the two longest serving students of the eminent T Krishnamacharya, my root teacher TKV Desikachar and my initial Sāṃkhya Kārikā teacher S Ramaswami.
The first stage of the Sāṃkhya Kārikā online resource project is complete with the entire text transcribed into a document with ‘proper’ Saṃskṛta notations. Now the second stage is under way with the setting up of the text as a live online and searchable chapter by chapter, word by word online resource in the same way as with the online Yoga Sūtra and the Bhagavad Gītā projects with commentaries around each verse from study with my teachers on and around this particular text.
Now you can start to access a verse by verse presentation of each Āryā which will be further developed over time through added notes and commentaries from the Sāṃkhya Kārikā , including notes from both TKV Desikachar and S Ramaswami’s studies with their teacher T Krishnamacharya. Furthermore key words from each Āryā will be linked to the online Yoga Texts Database with its Saṃskṛta glossary with word meaning and Yoga Sūtra and Bhagavad Gītā cross references.
A Sāṃkhya Kārikā study workbook is also offered for all students participating in the Art of Sāṃkhya Philosophy Live Small Group Study Workshop Modules or the Online 121 Art of Sāṃkhya Philosophy eStudy Modules.
They are offered with gratitude for what this learning has helped lead me towards.