A comparative study of the concept of self revealed in the Kathopanisad and the Bhagavadgita from the perspective of the samkhya philosophy
Author(s): Subhra Sabhapandit
Abstract: Samkhya is one of the six orthodox schools of Indian Philosophy. Samkhya philosophy deals with two realities, viz., Punta (self/soul/atman) and Prakrti (matter). From the word samkhya, the term samkhya is derived. Samkhya means right knowledge as well as number. Samkhya philosophy means the philosophy of right knowledge. It is the knowledge of the distinction between Puru.5a and Prakrti. Indian philosophical ideas were originated in the Upanisads. The Kathopanisad and the Bhagavadgita are the ancient sources of Indian philosophy. References of the Samkhya philosophical ideas are found in both the texts. Both these treaties deal with the concept of self or soul (Purusa or atman). Here in this paper a comparative study is presented on the concept of self as discussed in the Kathopanisad and the Bhagavadgita from the perspective of the Samkhya philosophy.