Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals :Ch-4. Part - 21.



Chapter-4. Swami Sri  Adi  Sankaracharya - The Genius ( Sankara Jayanti ) :

 Part-21.

Well, there is something very interesting to note in this philosophy of the Sankhya again.

Is this satisfactory?

The Sankhya thought that for certain obvious reasons the Nyaya and the Vaiseshika were not satisfactory, especially in its theory of God.

The liberation, the nature of the soul and such other conclusions of the Nyaya and the Vaiseshika were almost preposterous.

No thinking mind would accept them. So, the Sankhya came forward and proclaimed that liberation is a fact.

There is such a thing as liberation or salvation.

But, salvation is nothing but Purusha resting in himself, consciousness resting in itself, thought merging into its source.

It is self-illumination of consciousness, independent of its contact with matter.

This is Kaivalya, Ekatva, Absolute Independence.

Thus there is no provision for God in the Sankhya system.

This is not necessary at all, because we can get on in the world even without a God.

Why not?

The world and the world experiences are nothing but the contact of Spirit with matter.

And liberation is nothing but separation of the Spirit from matter.

We have explained the whole of experience here and hereafter with these two principles alone – Purusha and Prakriti, consciousness and matter.

Swami Krishnananda
To be continued  ....



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