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Sāṁkhya closely analyses the necessary conditions of experience in order to ultimately transcend them.


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Sat 21 Aug 2021

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (UTC+5.5)

Sāṁkhya – Indian Metaphysics of Experience by Manjushree Hegde

The Indian philosophical tradition, Sāṁkhya, has attracted less attention from scholars than other systems of thought. Yet, it is an extremely important tradition. It regards the purpose of life as being, in the end, its own transcendence.

A primordial misapprehension, where the true self falsely identifies itself with aspects of an empirical reality that are susceptible to change, decay and death, is the reason why lived experience is inherently imperfect and dissatisfactory. Consequently, the path to kaivalya involves a systematic disidentification with those impermanent and mutable aspects.

Sāṁkhya attempts to answer the question, “What makes experience possible?” It closely examines the necessary conditions of experience, catalogs its principal features, and orders them in a systematic manner that reflects their interrelations, in order to finally transcend them.


Manjushree Hegde


Manjushree Hegde served as Assistant Professor, Amrita Darshanam (International Centre for Spiritual Studies), Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. Her primary area of specialization is Vyākaraṇa and Advaita-Vedānta, which she has studied traditionally under Dr. Pushpa Dixit and Sri Asvatthanarayana Avadhani.