Thursday, April 15, 2021

The Dualism of Samkhya and Yoga

The Samkhya and Yoga systems are dualistic since they preach that the universe is created when there is a disturbance in the equilibrium due to the coming together of Purusha (intelligence principle) and Prakriti (material principle). There is a multiplicity of Purushas. All material and living things in the universe are a result of the conjunction between certain kinds of Purushas and Prakriti. In living entities, Purusha has been translated as the approximate equivalent of what is known as the “soul” in the western tradition, but it’s not exactly the soul because it also represents a complete relationship between the body and the soul. In the case of man, along with being the eternal life-force, the Purusha is a man’s ego, intelligence, and consciousness.


Unknown said...

Anoop, I have been reading your blog for quite a while and I am in general impressed. This particular post was excellent. Would you have any ideas at all about what the New world order would look like?

Anoop Verma said...

@unknown: I think that instead of a world dominated by one or two superpowers, we will have a multipolar world with several centers of power. I don't see China attaining total dominance. They have very little experience of fighting overseas wars and they have lot of economic problems of their own. But they will take control of several neighboring countries. America will retreat from all parts of the world, so will Britain in the next 10 years. They don't have the money or the passion or the zeal to fight any battles. In any case the British and the Americans will be throughly engaged in trying to save their own country from breaking apart. I think it will take 20 to 25 years for a new world order to get established. It is going to be brutal.