Category Archives: Indian Philosophy

Human life is precious because of knowledge, beauty, wisdom, conscience, morality, responsibility, care, rationality, curiosity, justice, meaning, acceptance, willingness, feelings, emotions, attitude, fear, love, attraction, and so many things. All this has some origin or source of its production. It arises out of three important pillars which makes human life in existence. These pillars are- ‘Nous’, ‘Psyche’, ‘Soma’. In ancient philosophy, term nous signifies intellect or intelligence or ideals which a human mind carries all throughout its life. A person is greedy, lazy, caring, respectful, modest, and trustworthy because of the ‘Nous’. Anaxagoras(pre-socratic philosopher) is known to be the first person who has defined the concept of ‘nous’ or mind which is responsible for all the orderly patterns we see around. Aristotle define ‘nous’ as awareness which makes human a rational being. Without ‘Nous’, human beings cease to exist. Everyone has some ideals in life. Those who don’t follow their…

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Pandita Ramabai is an example of excellent creations that fulfilled every condition for which our life is meant. She lived her life on her terms and proved the world that everything is possible. Here I will give a glimpse of her life which will make us think and live the best way we can. 1.She was the first woman to be awarded the title of ‘Pandita’ & ‘Sarasvati’ for her excellence in the Sanskrit language (1878). 2. Born in Marathi speaking Brahmin family but acquired the skills of speaking 7 different languages. 3. Her parents and siblings passed away when she was very young. She was a self-made woman who raised herself with courage and a positive outlook towards life. She traveled to America to educate herself in global language, knowledge, and cultures. 4. She changed her religion to Christianity on founding her religion insufficient for her deeds. 5. She…

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Buddhism says sufferings could only be avoided by following eight-fold noble path: SAMYAK DRSTI=Right views/ understanding It is the understanding of four noble truths and realizing the reality of emptiness of life. Right view is to understand suffering, cause of suffering, extinction of suffering and path leading to sufferings. SAMYAK SANIKALPA=Right resolution/thought Right resolution is the thought-free from sensual desires, ill-will, cruelty and bad-faith. Eliminating wrong ideas and accepting good ideas would take us to nirvana. One should accept good thought, evil thoughts defile an individual and good thoughts elevate him. Samyak vak=Right speech Right though leads to right speech. Right speech means refraining from lying, slander, harsh words and frivolous talk. The speech should be true, sweet, agreeable and beneficial to others. SAMYAK KARMANTA=Right action It is the avoidance of killing, avoidance of stealing, and avoidance of sexual misconduct or misuse of the senses. These three evils are rooted…

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“We run towards illusionary happiness, the materialistic life. We should know that real happiness is within us. We just need to identify it.”

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Etymologically, the actual meaning of  Charvaka is not yet fully known. But some reference to ancient texts suggests that ‘Chara Vaka’ or ‘Charu Vaka’ or ‘sweet talks’ is the meaning of Charvaka. It is also said that the philosophy arises from the Sage whose name was Charvaka. The other meaning of Charvaka is ‘to chew’. Charvaka also means philosophy of Lokayukta. Lokayukta signifies People’s philosophy. Charvaka Philosophy is purely hedonistic. It follows the principle of maximization of one’s pleasure. One’s goodness is prioritized before the goodness of others. It also rejects the principle of Utilitarianism i.e., the happiness of the greatest number of people in society. The main principle of Charvaka thought is to look for one’s happiness even if others happiness is compromised. It believes in natural principles and so it is against the metaphysical systems which try to discover unseen realities. This philosophy is dependent on present conditions, it…

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