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

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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.
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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 (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Preface
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
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