DOI: 10.14704/nq.2016.14.2.951

Creation, its Processes, and Significance: Samkhya - Evolution and Involution

Pratibha Gramann


Science, religions, and cultural traditions develop theories and creative descriptions about the origin of the universe and meaning of life. These theories have both similarities and differences regarding the cause and effect of creation, and life as human beings know it. Religions and cultural traditions primarily adhere to a personal God as creator and ruler. Science has gone in the opposite direction of denying the existence of a God. A definitive cause of creation has not been scientifically found. Science may find a comparable, suitable match in the ancient thought of Samkhya, written in the 500-800 BCE era. Samkhya is probably the first complete philosophical description of the origin and evolution of creation. The three basic energetics of Samkhya are comparable to the basic energies of physics (i.e., light, kinetic, and mass). This paper addresses the hypothesis that the evolution and origin of creation stem from the 3 energetic gunas (i.e., light, motion, and inertia) that make-up what is referred to as Materiality/Nature prakrit that is described in Samkhya thought.


Samkhya; guna; light; action; inertia; ego; intellect; senses; principles; consciousness; materiality; universal/cosmic mind; Mahat; evolutes

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