Praktrti in Samkhya-Yoga: Material Principle, Religious Experience, Ethical Implications

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $115.94
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (1) from $115.94   
  • Used (1) from $115.94   


This book is the first monographic study of prakrti. It traces the history of the word prakrti, the word chosen by the modern North Indian languages to translate the English word 'nature,' through the texts of the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain systems of religious thought. Prakrti is one of the central metaphysical principles in the religious traditions of Hinduism, especially in the very influential Samkhya and Yoga traditions. The second part of the book gives a systematic analysis of this important principle in the Proto-Samkhya, Samkhya, and Samkhya-Yoga texts.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Prakrti is the word chosen by the modern North Indian languages to translate the English word nature. Jacobsen (history of religions, U. of Bergen, Norway) traces the word's history through the texts of the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain systems of religious thought. He explains that it is one of the central metaphysical principles in the traditions of Hinduism, especially in the influential Samkhya and Yoga traditions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Read More Show Less

Product Details

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
1 Introduction: Prakrti 1
Notes 15
Pt. I Prakrti in the Textual Traditions of South Asia 23
2 Prakrti in the Sanskrit Sources 25
3 Pakati in the Pali Scripture and Prakrti in Some Buddhist Sanskrit Sources 123
4 Prakrti in Jainism 151
Pt. II Prakrti as an Ultimate Principle 167
5 Names, Epithets and Predicates of Prakrti 169
6 Prakrti in Classical Samkhya and Yoga 223
7 Prakrtilaya and Prakrtibandha: Merging with Prakrti 273
Pt. III Prakrti and Ethics 321
8 Prakrti, Classification of Living Beings, and Ethics 323
9 Conclusion 363
Glossary of Sanskrit and Pali Terms 367
References 379
Index 413
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)