Samkhya Philosophy - The conceptual foundation of yoga and ayurveda

Samkhya Philosophy

The conceptual foundation of yoga and ayurveda

2 Hours to Complete

This course takes approximately 2 hours to complete. Includes lifetime access.

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Course Overview

Yoga, tantra, and ayurveda are all rooted in Samkhya philosophy, and its concepts are essential in understanding the context for study and practice.

In this mini-course, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait describes the major ideas of Samkhya, one of the six classical Indian schools of philosophy, and the oldest formulation of the ideas of even older revealed texts. Study questions and notes will help you assimilate the basics and expand your grasp and application of all aspects of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Tantra.

In this 2 hour digital course, you will learn about:

  • The Vedic and non-Vedic philosophies of India
  • Why Samkhya philosophy is distinctive
  • The goal of Samkhya philosophy—freedom from pain and suffering
  • Removing pain: the doctrine of cause and effect and the techniques of yoga and ayurveda
  • The main features of Samkhya philosophy
Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
Meet The Teacher

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, is a modern-day master and living link in the unbroken Himalayan Tradition. He is the successor to Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas, and the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute. As the author of numerous books, including his autobiography Touched by Fire: The Ongoing Journey of a Spiritual Seeker, Pandit Tigunait offers practical guidance on applying yogic and tantric wisdom to modern life. For over 40 years he has touched innumerable lives around the world as a teacher, humanitarian, and visionary spiritual leader. You can view more of his teachings online at the Himalayan Institute Wisdom Library.

Pandit Tigunait holds two doctorates: one in Sanskrit from the University of Allahabad in India, and another in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Family tradition gave Pandit Tigunait access to a vast range of spiritual wisdom preserved in both the written and oral traditions. Before meeting his master, Pandit Tigunait studied Sanskrit, the language of the ancient scriptures of India, as well as the languages of the Buddhist, Jaina, and Zorastrian traditions. In 1976, Swami Rama ordained Pandit Tigunait into the 5,000-year-old lineage of the Himalayan Masters.

Course Outline

  9 Lessons    |      2 Hours    |      2 CEUs
  • The Vedic and Non-Vedic Philosophies of India
  • Why Samkhya Philosophy is Distinctive
  • The Goal of Samkhya Philosophy - Freedom from Pain and Suffering
  • Removing Pain: The Doctrine of Cause and Effect & the Techniques of Yoga and Ayurveda
  • The Main Features of Samkhya Philosophy
  • Two Sets of Creation
  • The Impairment of Buddhi (Conscience) and the Beginning of Sorrow - Part 1
  • The Impairment of Buddhi (Conscience) and the Beginning of Sorrow - Part 2
  • Yoga: The Way to Eliminate the Cause of Self-Inflicted Misery & Attain Freedom Here and Now