Teachings of Lord Kapila: The son of Devahuti


I just got this new printing of Teachings of Lord Kapila. Looks fantastic. 300 page hardcover with index. There it was sitting on the book table in the temple foyer at the Sunday Feast last weekend.

From the foreword:
Kapila Muni, a renowned sage of antiquity, is the author of the philosophical system known as Sankhya, which forms an important part of India’s ancient philosophical heritage. Sankhya is both a system of metaphysics, dealing with the elemental principles of the physical universe, and a system of spiritual knowledge, with its own methodology, culminating in full consciousness of the Supreme Absolute. Kapila, however, is not an ordinary philosopher or sage.

According to Vedic tradition, the tradition of India’s ancient scriptural literature, He Himself is an avatara (incarnation) of the Supreme Absolute Truth.

As described in the Srimad Bhagavatam Devahüti approaches her son, Kapila, and with deep humility expresses her sincere desire for spiritual enlightenment. In response, Lord Kapila delineates “the path of the transcendentalists, who are interested in self-realization.” Concisely summarizing the actual process of self-realization, Kapila defines consciousness in both the conditioned and liberated states.

He describes the psychology of pure consciousness, delineates the symptoms and characteristics of a sädhu, holy person, and stresses the importance of sädhu-sanga [Cc. Madhya 22.83], association with those who are saintly.


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