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Sāṃkhya is the name of a system of religious thought associated with a series of key concepts in the Hindu tradition, such as puruṣa , prakṛti , guṇa , sattva, rajas, tamas, buddhi, tattvas, pariṇāma, tanmātras, and kaivalya, and which traces its origin to the sage Kapila. Sāṃkhya terminology and ideas had a history of several hundred years, before the Sāṃkh…

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Knut A. Jacobsen, “Sāṃkhya”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_9000000076>
First published online: 2012

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