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or Sam·khya

  1. one of the six leading systems of Hindu philosophy, stressing the reality and duality of spirit and matter.
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Origin of Sankhya

First recorded in 1780–90, Sankhya is from the Sanskrit word sāṅkhya
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Historical Examples of sankhya

  • In India the Sankhya philosophy was the preparation for the Buddhist religion.

    Ten Great Religions

    James Freeman Clarke

  • Thou art the refuge of those versed in the Sankhya philosophy (the mysteries of the soul), and thou art the support of the Yogins.

  • The Sankhya system, which Buddha found in existence, presupposes the Vedanta system.

  • Had not the Sankhya, the doctrine of Kapila, called in question the merit of the sacrifice and the customs of purification?

  • The Sankhya doctrine had announced that Brahman and the gods did not exist, but only nature and the soul.

British Dictionary definitions for sankhya


  1. one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy, teaching an eternal interaction of spirit and matter
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Word Origin for Sankhya

from Sanskrit sāmkhya, literally: based on calculation, from samkhyāti he reckons
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